What Is Disaster Recovery Plan and How Does It Work?

Apr, 2022
Every successful business understands the importance of forward planning and being prepared for every eventuality. No-one like to consider the worst happening, but if it does, the outcome will be far preferable if you have a plan ready to swing into action.

Disruption and loss of data are unthinkable for power plants, but there are ways to minimise the effects of a disaster. We explain what your disaster recovery plan should include and solutions you might want to consider.

What is a Disaster Recovery Plan?

You may already have a business continuity plan (BCP) plan in place, but a disaster recovery plan is still required. The two work in tandem in the event of a disaster or major disruption occurring, protecting the business and enabling rapid recovery.

A BCP is normally wide-ranging, covering all aspects of the business. In contrast, the remit of a disaster recovery plan focuses on protecting your data, restoring critical systems and getting technical operations back up and running in the shortest possible time.

The technical requirements may depend on the type of problem your power plant is facing. A disaster recovery plan should therefore include every possible permutation including bomb threats, fire, flood, loss of access and power outage. Scripts should be available that can be followed by anyone, organised by the type of disaster and the location (where applicable).

Retaining Full Functionality of Power Generation Technologies

It’s possible to protect your data by automatically backing up the information contained in the system. The use of the Service Box offers corrective maintenance, and direct access to an engineer while also creating a full copy of the configuration of the working status of the computer. This means that if a recovery is required, you’ll retain not only the information and software but the commands which determine how the system works. For instrumentation and automation processes within power plants, this distinction is vital.

Access to a remote server in a separate location provides an extra layer of protection in the event of a disaster. That is why we have created the Service Box by Bohemia Market. In addition to a pain-free backup process, it provides full TXP system administration, including analysis of server and system logs. And it doesn’t need to connect to the power plant control system making it very secure. A functional evaluation of OM650 components plus a full assessment of automation processor resources means that regardless of which type of disaster occurs, all the necessary data and system information is retained and available.

With our Service Box, you get complete peace of mind because it includes a full copy of the configuration of the computer (the full working status of the commands that dictate how it works) which is essential when working with controls, instrumentation and automation processes in power plants.

The Service Box is a bundled solution that offers support 24/7. Portable, wheeled and lightweight, there are no substantial space requirements and in return, your power plant will have the reassurance of a fully backed up service that assesses, identifies and resolves system failures and errors in the shortest possible time.

Implement Full Protection for Power Plants

Some of the benefits that the Service Box provides to power generation technologies are:
1. Direct and instant communication with a specialised engineer if there is a cyber attack on energy infrastructure
2. Ability to be serviced on very short notice and with the flexibility to select how soon the computer will be serviced
3. Security - does not connect to the power plant control system
4. Modern backup server - pain-free backup to USB hard drive. 

To find out more about how the Service Box could become an integral part of your bespoke disaster recovery plan get in touch with us today.