What would an hour of downtime cost your business? Hundreds of dollars? Thousands? Maybe even the loss of a client? In today’s era of image-based backups, cloud services, and cost-effective on-demand IT services, there is no reason why any business should risk being without a comprehensive disaster recovery plan. And that is the key: Solid disaster recovery begins with planning.
To implement an effective disaster recovery plan, you need to know your business:
-What elements of your business are so essential that you cannot survive without instant access to them?
-What information or data do you store that, if lost, would put your customers at risk?
-What proprietary business data do you need protected in order to maintain your position in the industry?
Once you’ve identified the essential elements that make up the structure of your business, then it becomes easier to create a disaster recovery plan that integrates with your business in a way that prevents downtime from disrupting your business continuity. Part of your disaster recovery planning requires you to consider different scenarios. Having your location damaged as a result of fire or another natural disaster necessitates different protocols than does discovering a disgruntled employee has deleted files or compromised security.
In each case, you need to have an action plan in place and be able to respond swiftly. An oil-and-gas company may need to prioritize security, while a dental office may need to prioritize access to patient records. Legal and financial firms will need to address regulatory compliance in their planning. Most organizations will need to consider the impact of BYOD technology and how that impacts security and disaster recovery both positively and negatively.
Planning for disaster is essential for every business that wants to remain functional, whether a minor disaster occurs (a server fails, an employee deletes essential information) or a dire situation threatens to disrupt your business continuity. Ideally, you will be able to create a disaster recovery plan that is comprehensive enough to keep you operational in any situation and flexible enough to meet your specific needs.
The benefits of disaster recovery include:
- Round-the-Clock Monitoring and Protection
- Rapid Recovery
- VM Backup
- Cloud BDR
- Offsite Backup
Disaster recovery is not a one-size-fits-all solution. The ITeam will work with your Alberta business to customize a cost-effective solution and help you develop a comprehensive disaster recovery plan that will ensure the continuity you need. Contact us for a free consultation.