MDM in Disaster Recovery: Strategies for Business Continuity
Mobile Device Management (MDM) is an effective tool for organizations that rely on mobile devices to perform business activities. It provides organizations with a centralized console to manage devices by configuring policies, deploying apps, setting compliance standards, and enabling kiosk mode. The organizations can deploy MDM solutions in two basic forms including self-managed MDM setting or outsourcing it to some third-party vendor. In a self-managed MDM structure, the solution is managed internally within an organization with the help of its IT team. When it comes to outsourced MDM, the entire software is managed by some third-party service provider and the organization just has to pay for the services. Both approaches have their own merits and demerits, and companies can choose any of these solutions depending on their requirements. This article specifically focuses on the role of self-managed MDM solutions in dealing with disasters and ensuring business continuity.
Disaster recovery and business continuity
Since disasters can occur at any time and without proper planning, organizations can lose their sensitive data and disrupt their operations, which can impact the reputation of an organization and cause huge financial and customer losses. Therefore, organizations should have well-developed disaster recovery and business continuity plans to deal with such incidents. The MDM solution can play a vital role in implementing these plans to help achieve the business objectives.
How self-managed MDM can help in disaster recovery and business continuity?
The following are the ways in which self-managed MDM solutions help in recovering from a disaster and continuing their business operations.
Failover and redundancy
These are the most important components of disaster recovery and business continuity planning. The MDM solution being managed internally provides the highest level of failover and redundancy capabilities. Since in-house IT teams are responsible for the deployment of MDM software so they can implement it on redundant data centers or servers. Therefore, this software can failover to the backup server so that the MDM solution remains accessible and available to manage mobile devices and can take necessary actions like data wiping, and device locking in case of a disaster.
Backup and restore
Another important component of BCP and DRP is maintaining a backup of critical functionalities. In the case of a self-managed MDM solution, organizations have full authority and control over the solution so they can deploy their disaster recovery and backup systems. In this way, enterprises can ensure that data is regularly backed up and can be restored if some disaster occurs. It assists organizations to reduce downtime and ensure continuity.
In the case of self-managed MDM solutions, organizations have the proper IT infrastructure and specialized technical personnel. In case of a disaster, this well-trained technical team can quickly work on restoration rather than relying on some third-party service provider. This reduces downtime and helps organizations to restore their services quickly after the disaster.
Real-time data replication
The real-time data replication mechanism is all about replicating the changes made to data over other systems located at different facilities. This provides high availability of resources and is suitable for organizations operating remote business operations. This helps in dealing with disasters as it provides updated data and services that can be used to resume operation even if one location is compromised by the disaster.
The role of self-managed MDM solutions is critical in an event of a disaster as they are managed internally so additional devices that are not impacted by some attack can easily be accommodated to restore business activities.
The self-managed MDM solutions allow organizations to implement robust security protocols and access control mechanisms that can ensure the security of data even in the event of a disaster.