Disaster Recovery Definition & Meaning

Disaster recovery is the process of maintaining stored data after a natural or man-made disaster or emergency threatens the location in which the data is stored or the infrastructure that manages it. Any disaster that threatens data centers or servers can require a recovery process, not just a flood or tornado. A gas leak or a nuclear explosion, for example, also apply, as well as widespread illness. Just a few methods of preparing for disaster recovery include:

Disaster recovery requires a specific team within an organization. Employees at different levels of leadership and responsibility must be aware of disaster recovery plans, and an organization should put a specific plan in place in case a disaster occurs. A disaster recovery plan should include legal compliance plans as well: which customer records does the law require a business to keep, and what security measures need to be placed for certain data?

Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) allows businesses to rent servers and infrastructure in case of emergency, providing them with services to continue running applications and storing data. Finding a pay-per-use DRaaS plan is a good option for businesses so they are only charged for the services they use and applications they run. DRaaS providers should also be able to transfer data to a secure cloud environment if physical infrastructure is destroyed.






Jenna Phipps
Jenna Phipps
Jenna Phipps is a contributor for websites such as Webopedia.com and Enterprise Storage Forum. She writes about information technology security, networking, and data storage. Jenna lives in Nashville, TN.

Top Articles

Huge List Of Texting and Online Chat Abbreviations

From A3 to ZZZ we list 1,559 text message and online chat abbreviations to help you translate and understand today's texting lingo. Includes Top...

How To Create A Desktop Shortcut To A Website

This Webopedia guide will show you how to create a desktop shortcut to a website using Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer (IE). Creating a desktop...

The History Of Windows Operating Systems

Microsoft Windows is a family of operating systems. We look at the history of Microsoft's Windows operating systems (Windows OS) from 1985 to present...

Hotmail [Outlook] Email Accounts

  By Vangie Beal Hotmail is one of the first public webmail services that can be accessed from any web browser. Prior to Hotmail and its...

Unregulated Power Supply Definition...

An unregulated power supply is a system that transforms input voltage into direct...

Cybersecurity Awareness Training Definition...

Cybersecurity awareness training informs employees of the attack surfaces and vectors in their...

OST File Definition &...

An OST file, or offline storage table (.ost) file, is an Offline Outlook...