What Is Disaster Recovery?

IT disaster recovery involves a set of procedures to be taken in the event of serious, unplanned disruptions to operations. The related concept of business continuity involves insuring that an organization's critical business processes, including those utilizing IT systems, can be maintained in the event of a disaster. Disasters can result from:

  • Malware
  • Power outage
  • Hackers, compromise of critical systems
  • Cable, infrastructure failure
  • Natural disasters (e.g. hurricane, flood)
  • Human error

When done well, disaster recovery can, indeed, make the difference between going out of business and carrying on. Planning and prevention are keys to any good disaster recovery plan. Some events cannot be prevented (hurricanes, floods), but some can.


For events that cannot be prevented, a good disaster recovery system will account for:

  • Notification - Parties with an interest in the system need to know, and understand, what is occurring.
  • Isolation - So that damage, and risk, do not spread further
  • Critical Systems Repairs - So that normal business operations can continue

In general, organizations employ redundancy to allow secondary stores of data to be brought on-line when primary systems fail. NetworkElites can implement remote and local backups, allowing us to instantly backup and restore data locally and remotely. All file data is stored encrypted on disk and is doubly-encrypted while in transit. Using reverse-delta incremental backup strategy ensures that the most recent backup is always a full backup, while the transmitted incrementals and stored historical deltas are still small. This allowed for faster restores and also means that once the full backup is uploaded for the first time, only incremental backups are needed from that time forward (in contrast to forward-delta systems like tape backups where you have to periodically perform a full backup).

Using a replicated remote site that is based on best-in-class backend infrastructure, data recovery is done from redundant storage with additional software-based forward error correction, end-to-end data integrity checks (software and hardware), and automated file-integrity for absolutely zero data loss. With offices in Dallas and Austin, we service all of Texas.