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Can Your Business Weather a Disaster? 4 Steps for Effective Disaster Recovery Planning

As a kid, you couldn’t wait for a snow day or storm to shut down school for a couple days. As a CEO, CIO, Entrepreneur or IT Manager – you realize a business shut-down even for a day or two is a disaster. With most businesses relying on technology to perform their day-to-day operations, it is more important than ever that precautions are taken to keep the computers and network up and running, while having a plan to recover if faced with a system collapse.

Types of Disasters: Know What You Are Preparing For

When we think about disasters wiping out a business, we normally think about the major weather events and acts of God, like hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, and snow storms.  These can all lead to the inability for a business to operate, but even more common and disastrous to businesses are the situations we don’t think much about: power outages, floods, thunder and lightning storms, theft, and equipment malfunctions.

According to Continuity Central, 47% of businesses are unable to operate due to human error, 29% due to server errors, 15% due to power failure, and only 9% are due to natural disasters. From these statistics, we can see how to prioritize our disaster recovery planning.

Disaster Recovery Planning

  1. Create the plan and assign roles. If you are not outsourcing your disaster recovery planning, determine who in your organization is responsible for declaring a situation an emergency and who is responsible for putting the plan into action for business continuity if you experience equipment failure, human error, or some natural disaster.
  2. Regularly test your plan. Once you have a business continuity/disaster recovery plan in place you must continue to update and test it to ensure it is working. Internal IT Managers can take on this task, or you can outsource your disaster recovery planning and maintenance to Intivix.
  3. Be Redundant! Have multiple backup copies – one on-site for faster recovery and then a second copy off-site in case your on-site copies are damaged in a disaster.
  4. Remember you have more than just the infrastructure. Many disaster recovery and protection plans focus on the infrastructure itself, with little or no consideration about application and data availability. You need a comprehensive disaster recovery/business continuity plan that will protect your infrastructure while also making it possible to recover data and application information so you can continue operating your business.

Don’t Become a Failed Business Statistic

The IDC reports that more than 90% of businesses fail within a year of experiencing data loss. You don’t have to become a failed business statistic, you just need to create a disaster recovery plan before an emergency takes place.  Many industries require a solid disaster recovery plan in order to fulfill audit requirements and the maintenance of audit trails in fiscal systems, as well.