In IT environment, hardwre break down is a common case as you can't predict it. It is always good to plan ahead before disaster strikes because 'prevention is better than cure'. In Enterprise level, The following are some benefits of having a data Disaster Recovery ( DR ) plan:

       Daily Backups to tape and sent off-site at regular intervals.

       Backups to disk on-site and automatically copied to off-site disk.

       Replication of data to an off-site location.

       High availability systems which keep both the data and system replicated off-site, enabling continuous access to systems and data.

 

When formulating business continuity plans, the first concern is typically how fast you can get the production resume to minimize the impact from the disaster. Whilst critical, it's only half of the recovery equation. The second part of a disaster recovery (DR) plan needs to focus on the amount of data an organization can afford to lose. After all, do you want your business up and running quickly, but operating with data that's a day or even a week old? While most organizations would like zero data loss and zero time loss, the cost associated with that level of protection may make the desired high availability solutions unpractical.

 

There is an Assurance: Since a plan has been put in place before a certain disaster occurs, there is an assurance and confidence that is built in the employees and also customers. This will mean that both the employees and customers remain loyal to a particular firm. It will also increase the customer base because having a contingency plan acts as a good selling pint to potential client. Being prepared for disasters is one way of attracting customers.

 

File Security: It has been noted that at the current time, file corruption has greatly increased due to the spread of viruses. This means that data can be easily lost. Thus, Disaster Recovery ( DR ) planning and putting into place systems of backup will ensure that data belonging to that organization will be safe. In any case, if data is lost, they can always go to the backup and retrieve the data. In case of corrupted files, that backup system can be used to restore the corrupted files and allows a business to continue with its everyday running.

 

Saves on Time and Money: This is one of the major benefits of coming up with a data disaster recovery plan. If data was to be lost and no backups were kept, it would mean recreating the data all over again. Recreating this data would mean employees demanding overtime pay, informing the clients to bring their data again (meaning wasting the client's time and even money) and even negative publicity that would eventually lead to closure.

 

A Disaster Recovery ( DR ) plan puts in place backups that can be retrieved and business continues as usual. This saves a lot of time and money and therefore, it is advisable to come up with a disaster recovery plan for data. In many cases, an organization may elect to use an outsourced disaster recovery provider to provide a stand-by site and systems rather than using their own remote facilities.

In addition to the recovery of data and systems, organizations must also implement preventative measures. Disaster Recovery (DR) objective of these measures is to prevent a disaster situation in the first place.