Disaster recovery planning is one of the key component of smooth business security strategy. While hardware component of such planning is well discussed in the manuals and white papers of hardware providers, the software component, being no less important, is often overlooked in the planning.
Solid File System (SolFS) is a software component for programmers working on data storage and data integrity solutions. Integration of SolFS into data recovery solutions will reduce recovery time, minimize data loss and insure data integrity, prevent malicious tempering or destruction, and reduce requirement for highly-skilled IT workforce. This white paper analyzes advantages of SolFS use in the area of data recovery following a disastrous event of any nature.
Statistics show (Jim Hoffer, Health Management Technology) that only 6% percent of enterprises fully recover after serious software or hardware disaster, either malicious or due to negligence, while 43% never reopen and the remainder 51% of companies close within two years.
Planning for data recovery became an ubiquitous and necessary process for any company that can not afford significant downtimes due to data loss, and in real life this means every company. The inevitable losses resulted from company activity interruptions can come from:
- Direct revenue loss
- Loss of "face" -- customer trust, damage to company image, etc.
- Brand damage
- Loss of know-hows, insiders information leaks, public availability of privileged data, etc.
- Legal costs
The key elements needed to prevent these severe consequences of a disaster and to insure business continuity is careful proactive planning of disaster recovery strategy. For every business process such strategy must define a Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO). As always, a right trade off between costs and speed/effectivenes of recovery should be chosen. Obviously, the zero data loss, zero recovery time solutions are the most expensive.
Besides well-known hardware based precautions, one of the way to reduce costs of disaster recovery is use of custom file systems, such as Solid File System. Solid File Systems allows creation of huge encrypted compressed single file storages encompassing any type of data. This paper analyzes possible application of Solid File System (SolFS) on every of seven traditionally identified tiers of business continuity solutions.