Effective Emergency Management and Disaster Recovery Are a Key to Successful Production
Disaster recovery (DR for short) is an important aspect of any operation’s IT strategy and encompasses the preparation, planning, and enacting of emergency measures in the event of an IT outage or disaster. The main aim of disaster recovery is to restore processes and IT infrastructure as quickly as possible and keep business operations running.
Disaster recovery covers a wide range of risks and hazards, from minor technical outages to major events such as natural disasters, ransomware and other cyberattacks, hardware failures, and human error. Disaster recovery is an integral part of a company’s risk management and is closely related to business continuity management (BCM).
An effective disaster recovery strategy typically involves a detailed analysis of IT infrastructure and operations to determine which systems and data are business-critical. Recovery objectives are then defined on that basis. These are referred to as Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objective (RPO). The RTO defines the maximum tolerable downtime, while the RPO defines the maximum acceptable data loss in the event of a disaster. Every business that uses production equipment should have a disaster recovery plan.
A software solution can help businesses implement overall data management and back up all of their system statuses centrally and automatically using a set of rules. This helps to ensure that an industrial plant or production facility can be operated with as little downtime as possible, which ideally, means none at all. Companies like AUVESY-MDT offer software solutions designed especially for the requirements of industrial environments. These allow those system statuses to be restored which are essential for effective disaster recovery. Versioning and change management can also be essential when tracking and managing changes in production and are therefore part of successful disaster recovery.
A disaster recovery strategy can take a number of forms, including duplicating and saving critical data off-site, using cloud-based backup and recovery solutions, and creating redundant systems and networks that can be activated in the event of a failure.
But disaster recovery isn’t just a technical issue within an IIoT environment, it also has a strategic component in business management. The costs incurred by downtime can be significant, and without an effective disaster recovery strategy, businesses risk not only financial losses but also reputational damage and legal fallout. Disaster recovery, therefore, needs to be a priority for technical and business decision-makers.
But ultimately, disaster recovery isn’t a one-time process. It’s a complex and dynamic one that requires constant review and adjustment. Only with a constantly evolving disaster recovery plan can businesses successfully manage industrial facilities and their numerous devices and components in the IIoT environment, while accommodating changing security requirements and threats. Effective disaster recovery management can minimize these risks, reduce downtime, and help ensure that an organization remains operative in the event of a crisis.