Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning
Your business’s critical data is always at risk. What kind of risks? How about natural disasters, human errors, hardware failures, and malicious attacks… for starters?!
As an informed business owner, you take all the precautionary measures to prevent disasters from happening by keeping your IT network up-to-date and secure. You can also invest in a reliable backup system to make sure your business data is properly stored and always available to get your operation back up and running in the event of a disaster. You feel confident that you are ready for anything until you find your systems down and users unable to access information they need to perform their jobs.
Why does it take days to recover? Didn’t we have a backup?
Many business executives find themselves asking this question after a disaster. And, just like you, they thought they had everything they needed to breeze through a disaster.
What you don’t know can hurt you.
It is important to know that backing up your data on a regular basis only ensures the availability of your data when you need it. However, data by itself cannot make your business operational after a disaster.
To put this in perspective, we use an analogy: let us assume your data is everything that you own in your residence. A backup solution can copy every single piece of your belonging and deliver it to you after a serious earthquake. However, what can you do with all those pieces if the house is no longer there?
Obviously, you need to build the house first!
That is where business continuity and disaster recovery planning comes into play.
Business continuity and disaster recovery is a set of tools and procedures that can house all your organization’s critical business functions and place them in the right setting to be fully operational within minutes after a disaster.
Business continuity solutions are designed to mirror your operation systems, your servers, and replicate your entire IT infrastructure. A business equipped with data backup and business continuity plan can limit interruptions resulted by a data loss to minutes instead of days and avoid the high cost of downtime and loss of productivity.
A sound and solid business continuity plan starts with a thorough risk assessment. Once your organization’s risk tolerance factor is determined, an experienced solution provider can help you to develop a recovery strategy and to create a road-map to minimize unpleasant surprises.
Again, backing up your data is only one part of a comprehensive business continuity plan. You and your employees must have a solid plan of actions to act upon in case of an IT disaster. Just like any other plans, your recovery plan must be tested and maintained to ensure its effectiveness.