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Disaster Recovery Planning – Managed IT
Consider this scenario:
A severe storm rolls into town, and without warning the power to your entire office building is lost. You call the power company, and they can’t tell you if it will be down for hours, days, or even weeks. Every minute without power is more lost revenue for your business. Can you afford to be down for hours, days, or weeks? Are you going to miss a critical client deadline? How will you communicate your status to your clients? Most disaster recovery solutions struggle to protect these types of outages.
Disaster recovery solutions involve a fail-over and fail-back process that makes it extremely prohibitive to fail-over in the event of a power outage due to the time it takes to fail-over to another site and then ‘fail-back again.
Disaster Recovery Planning (DRP)
Don’t wait until it is too late!
A recent study discovered that of companies experiencing a “major loss” of computer records, 43 percent never reopened, 51 percent closed within two years of the loss, and a mere 6 percent survived over the long term. For small and medium-sized businesses (SMB’s) in particular, these statistics suggest the necessity of crafting a Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity strategy grounded in a robust data backup and recovery solution.
Unlike large enterprises, many small and mid-sized businesses can’t afford the optimal in-house strategies and technical solutions required to successfully initiate or execute in the event of a disaster. If this sounds like your business, you are currently running at an elevated risk of being put out of business due to any major loss of data.
Loss of data could mean emails lost, accounting data lost, patient or client files lost, company records lost, client legal records or orders lost, and so on. Through our years of experience in this area, we know that disaster recovery is a major concern of an entire organization, not just data processing. In developing an effective plan all departments within the company should be involved. Within all departments, critical needs should be identified. Critical needs include all information and equipment needed in order to continue operations should a department be destroyed or become inaccessible.
Our specialist Disaster Recovery Consulting Team can help you devise a near bulletproof Disaster Recovery Plan, so you can have total peace of mind that your critical systems and processes are safe, and can recover from any potential data loss situation.
Business Continuity Planning (BCP)
Along with a Disaster Recovery Plan, a Business Continuity Plan is a blueprint for how businesses plan to survive everything from local equipment failure to global disaster. Data-oriented BCP, an indispensable component of business planning regardless of organization size, poses challenges. Smaller businesses in particular, generally lack the in-house IT resources to achieve these demanding planning, technical and process requirements.
Therefore, many SMB’s either neglect to implement any data-oriented business continuity plan or else approach data backup and recovery in a sporadic, rudimentary fashion that fails to conform to the best practices of BCP.