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The 5W Disaster Recovery as a Service Methodology©

Would you like your organization to be prepared for disaster? A fire, flooding, lightning striking – these are examples where you can insure the material side of things, but that often does not bring your data back. Corporate assets like machines, production locations, storage and office space are usually easy to arrange. But would not it be best if your IT systems and data will be available right after a disastrous event? Lessons from the past shows us that this is the part that takes many organizations weeks; a back-up alone is not enough, because it is not just about your data, it is about getting your IT systems and applications operational again so you can access the data.

Organizations that are not prepared to deal with disaster can experience serious, continuity-threatening consequences. Because of these major consequences, banks, accountants, and other stakeholders often insist on the importance of having a solid plan for dealing with these types of situations. 5W has developed a benchmark model with solutions and services that have already been deployed at many organizations – the 5W Disaster Recovery Methodology©.

5W Disaster Recovery Methodolgy©

5W has developed a methodology to explicitly visualize and control risks with respect to the IT infrastructure. This model consists of 5 steps.


Step 1 – Analyzing current risk with a Health Check
A health check checks the current risks in the hardware and (cloud) software applications against the best practices and market standards. 5W has a rich benchmark database and is familiar with the best practices and market standards, based on experience working with both multinationals and medium, small enterprises.
During the health check, we investigate your infrastructure based on a security risk scan. Where are the organization’s possible weak spots? The results of the security risk scan are summarized in a report that should be tested. Will the data be back available quickly enough, and is the data retention acceptable?

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Step 2 – Determining the acceptable risk per application
The next step is mapping the acceptable risk per application based on the needs of the organization and the end users. Usually, the following questions will be required:

    • What is the maximum amount of data that can/may be lost (RPO)?
    • How soon will the application be available again (RTO)?

The RPO is the time between the last backup and the moment when things went sideways: all data processed in between those two points in time is lost. The shorter the RPO, the less data will be lost.
The RTO is the time it takes you have systems and data back up and running after the moment things went wrong. From that moment on, you will be able to work as usual again. The shorter the RTO, the sooner you will be back at work and your company is fully operational again.

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Step 3 – Gap Analysis: Acceptable Risk vs. Actual Risk
In the majority of cases, companies can afford to be offline for a short while. In a limited amount of cases even this would have major consequences, and in rare cases bankruptcy can be caused within a day. Think of banks, where payment traffic would be interrupted for hours. In these cases, we talk about Business Continuity: the guarantee that certain systems are able to keep working at all times. It is expensive to set this up for all systems and applications. It is possible, of course, but only if and where needed.

By mapping the acceptable risk to the current risks, gaps are made visible. If gaps are found, these will need to be solved. Concrete actions are formulated based on these gaps, to close them and to create a Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP).

Step 4 – Disaster Recovery Plan
A Disaster Recovery Plan describes all the steps that are necessary to restore a corporate process.

The DRP consists of a planning that matters directly and indirectly related to IT. Where should employees log in in the event of a disaster? Who is the first point of contact? Which team will be available to get the applications back online? Which suppliers must be available?

A DRP has to be tested at least once a year. This test yields recommendations. Designing the Disaster Recovery environment can be done on-premise or be purchased from 5W as a cloud service/subscription with recovery assurance.

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Step 5 – 5W Disaster Recovery as a Service
5W offers the possibility of fully managing the Disaster Recovery of physical, virtual and cloud environments. This includes all systems, corresponding internal and external network infrastructure as well as end user access.

5W offers this service with 100% Disaster Recovery with mutually agreed, realistic recovery times and minimal data loss based on predetermined service levels. We also guide and support organizations with every step in the Disaster Recovery process with the help of an experienced team of consultants. The team has experience with companies with just a few working places to tens of thousands of working places.

Designing a Disaster Recovery on-premise is also a possibility.

Benefits of 5W Disaster Recovery as a Service

    • 100% coverage of all necessary components of a full Disaster Recovery of your environment.
    • Experienced infrastructure- and security consultants are responsible for guiding the total Disaster Recovery process.
    • Point-in-time recovery: recovery of the relevant snapshot and use of the transaction logs to recover from the desired point in databases.
    • End-to-end encryption: data is secured using FIPS certified hardware or software-based encryption.
    • Application-consistent snapshots for Microsoft Exchange, Sharepoint, SQL Server, Active Directory and Oracle RDBMS, among others.
    • Policy-Based Management: simple SLA policy applied to VMs, applications and databases based on pre-defined or self-configured SLAs.
    • …view more benefits of the 5W DRaaS Methodology (link to landing page download brochure)

The 5W datacenter is designed to work with modern application technologies. Flexibility means scalability for legacy, on-premise and cloud applications. If desired and needed, 5W is able to design your organization’s entire Disaster Recovery environment, including all analyses, documentation and a custom Disaster Recovery Plan.

Protect your critical data with 5W’s DRaaS solutions and services. Contact us via +31 30 6361214 or via info@5wdatasolutions.nl