Disaster Recovery: Knowledge is Key

Disasters by definition are sudden and unexpected and cause great damage and even harm.

Having a Disaster Recovery Plan is paramount when trying to “expect the unexpected”.

A disaster recovery plan (DRP) is a documented, structured approach with instructions for responding to unplanned incidents.

Seems simple eh..

Disaster planning must cover disasters of all types and sizes: fires, floods, fraud, ransomware, cyber-attacks, power or IT system failure, human error, acts of terror, and other unexpected scenarios.

While types of disasters vary, the impact is distinctive: data and operational downtime.

The effect of business downtime caused by any such disaster is crippling and can include irreparable damage to data, reputation, customer relationships, income and business vitality.

The best defence is a good defence.

Businesses must begin by identifying what they don’t know (expect the unexpected) understanding their vulnerabilities and then safeguard against the risks and prepare for the worst-case scenario with a plan for business continuity.

You must admit the lie you are telling yourself; Having your data simply backed-up is NOT a Disaster Recovery plan.

Here are some facts that every business should consider:

Downtime is Common

90% of companies experience some form of downtime, which may result in loss of data, security, productivity, and revenue.

Understand how long it will take you to rebuild your Servers / Systems following a period of downtime.

(Down) Time is Money

An hour of downtime costs €7,000 for the average small company, €65,000 for a medium company, and €620,000 for a large enterprise.

Calculate how long you can afford to down before your business truly suffers.

Planning Ahead

The most powerful and flexible disaster recovery plan designed and implemented with the help of experts. Engage with your IT Provider to discuss a plan that suits your particular needs.

Disastrous Situations

Disasters that result in downtime may be a caused by hardware failure, human error, software failure, or natural disaster.

Whatever the cause of the disaster, a contingency plan needs to be in place to minimise the damage.

Recovery is Painful

The average time it takes a business to recover from disaster is 18.5 hours, but 43% of companies never totally recover.

It is now imperative for a business to have a disaster recovery plan in place.


Disaster Recovery Plans will ensure that your business infrastructure can recover within a very short period of time.

All businesses need a holistic, integrated disaster recovery plan that is reliable, simple, and quick to execute. PFH’s DRaaS offers a disaster recovery plan that is viable, scalable, and affordable.

Business-critical data, systems, desktops, servers, and the entire infrastructure must be protected and recoverable.


In February, PFH launched our Disaster Recovery as a Service with our strategic partner Datto. Each backup is a fully bootable virtual machine, there is no need for complex, time-consuming conversion processes before performing a restore as there is no backup chain to process.

The PFH/Datto DRaaS solution combines local and cloud infrastructure to boot an complete server infrastructure on the local SIRIS NAS, or hybrid via Datto’s secure cloud which allows a businesses to be back up and running as fast as the images can boot. The full environment is managed through the PFH/Datto portal.

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