Category "Disaster Recovery"

So you have been disaster recovery planning, good job! You’re already more prepared than many companies when it comes to protecting your business in case of a disaster. The following 3 things will help you continue to develop your recovery plans, or refine a plan you may already have in place:

1. Business Impact Analysis

A frequently overlooked aspect of a DR plan is a business impact analysis, or BIA. This will help you determine ahead of time how your business will be impacted in case of a disaster, and how to potentially prevent negative impacts to key areas. This will also allow you to create a projection of the effects a disaster-related disruption will have on things such as productivity, security, and potential income. A BIA will also allow you to develop priorities for your disaster recovery plan.

2. Updates

Once you have a DR plan in place, do not forget to update it as need. Reasons to update a recovery plan include changes in your employees or company needs as you grow or change methods of operation. Additionally, the software and mechanics in place to help companies protect their data continues to grow and change over time, and you want to be sure you are using the most effective options possible.

3. Personnel

It is important to have a list of personnel who will be called in to work during a crisis, and to have multiple forms of contact information on file and easily accessible via hard copies in case digital records are not accessible. It is also beneficial to know which law enforcement or government officials to call in case you need their help, and to establish a dialog with them ahead of time if possible.

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Does your business have a disaster recovery plan? Have you reviewed it recently? If your disaster recovery plan has always been an afterthought, it’s time to transform your thinking and create a plan that will help bring your business back up in the event of an emergency. If your disaster recovery plan doesn’t contain these key elements, it might be time for a redesign.

1. Business Continuity Plans

Can your business keep running in spite of a disaster? Do you have a plan in place that will enable you to, for example, shift operation to another location or to bring your vital systems back up in the event of a disaster? The more effective your business continuity plan, the better the odds you’ll be able to keep things running smoothly in spite of a disaster.

2. Contingency Plans

Your disaster recovery plan needs to include elements that will enable you to respond in the event of several types of disasters–and you need contingency plans for as many possibilities as possible. The greater your contingency planning, the greater the likelihood that you’ll be able to bring vital systems back up fast in the event of a disaster.

3. Instructions for Employees

How is each employee expected to respond in the event of a disaster? Who is responsible for taking care of vital tasks? Employees need to know how to respond, whether you’re dealing with a system-wide hack or a weather emergency that has forced you to shut down your physical location. Make sure your disaster recovery plan includes clear instructions for the most important employees and how they should react to emergencies–as well as contingency plans in case those employees aren’t available.

By making sure your disaster recovery plan includes these three elements, you’ll be able to keep your business rolling more smoothly in the event of an emergency. Disasters happen. If your business isn’t prepared to respond, contact us today to learn how we can help.

There is no bigger nightmare than if something should happen to your computer, and you’re unable to get a hold of all your necessary data. That’s why it’s necessary to have disaster recovery planning in place, which is when you document a proper procedure to recover your data in the event of a disaster.

Here’s a list of things you need to know about the disaster recovery planning process:

  • It’s necessary for business continuity. Disasters can happen to anyone, anytime — so having a plan in place will ensure that you won’t have any business “downtime.”
  • It’s not a “one size fits all” plan. No two businesses have the same needs, so it’s necessary to have a customized plan that specifically fits your business needs. You may want to enlist the help of a professional in order to get a proper plan in place.
  • There are a number of things that could cause a disaster that causes your data to be lost. Natural disasters (such as changing weather patterns) and man-made disasters (such as arson) are both equally responsible for causing data disasters. That’s why you can never be too careful!

These are just a few of the many things that you need to know about disaster recovery planning. But, we understand that the process can be overwhelming, especially if you have a lot of data to take care of.

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We offer a comprehensive portfolio of best-in-class services to meet mission-critical requirements deployed on the industry’s finest hardware and software technologies.

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Planning business continuity and disaster recovery has changed substantially with the Internet and the increasingly digital dependence of business processes and information.

Not long ago business continuity and disaster recovery planning focused primarily on the physical aspects of organizations, such as what to do when an earthquake or tornado hits, or how the company should respond to a large-scale fire or lengthy power outage. However, advances in information technology have change organizational operations substantially, now operating with employees disbursed throughout the globe, working via remote connections over the Internet from home offices, customer facing departments (such as sales and marketing) operating from a web site rather than a brick and mortar store front, and confidential business files stored throughout the company on workstations, laptops, mobile devices.

Virtual space and the Internet transformed business continuity and disaster recovery planning today into something much different from business continuity planning only 25 years ago.

True that file cabinets of company information, physical business artifacts (such as engineering prototypes), and physical assets such as computers, servers, and expensive network equipment must all be protected. However, the modern business continuity and disaster recovery plan must also account for potential disasters that do not impact physical assets, only virtual ones (such as company trade secrets and sensitive information stored on hard drives). Hence, today’s effective business continuity and disaster recovery plan places priority on  the availability and security of virtual/digital assets and the risks to those assets including malware attacks, denial of service attacks, unauthorized access, power outages and brown-outs that corrupt file system integrity, mishaps such as failed storage arrays, and even attacks from inside the company that compromise sensitive information through email via a “phishing” attack.

Contact us today for professional disaster recovery and business continuity planning and solutions that match the specific requirements for your organization’s virtual, digital and physical assets and business processes.

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