Has your company set an IT Disaster Recovery Plan in place?
In today’s transaction-intensive world, companies that can tolerate data loss between the time of their last backup and the time of a disaster are getting increasingly hard to find.
System outages are both unpredictable and in many cases unavoidable, with serious consequences on your ability to do business. Any downtime (whether planned or unplanned) can cause your Company to grind to a halt.
According to the Contingency Planning Research and Strategic Research Corporation, 43% of Companies experiencing disaster never re-open and 29% close within 2 years. Is that really a risk you are prepared to take?
Today’s expert advice is provided by Dave Taylor, managing director of Amshire IT solutions:
Having an IT Disaster Recovery Plan in place is almost like having an insurance policy for your company data. If the worst was to happen and your data is lost or destroyed through fire, flood, theft, data corruption or equipment failure, then your vital Company information can be restored quickly and efficiently to get you back up and running in the shortest time possible.
Potential threats can be identified with a good IT Disaster Recovery Plan, recognising critical equipment and assets thus prioritizing their protection. It will protect your network from security threats such as hacking, viruses or malware therefore, ensuring that all your Company data is backed up securely off-site, where it can be accessed and restored quickly in the event of a data loss.
A good IT Disaster Recovery Plan can also protect your voice communications by putting firm plans in place to keep you in contact with the outside world at all times. If your main business line is out of order, or unusable due to a fire, flood or other damage, then a Disaster Recovery Plan will ensure that all crucial contact numbers are quickly diverted, or that employees are able to make and receive calls from an alternative location using IP Telephony.
Having a Disaster Recovery Plan in place should be a high priority for any IT-dependent business. How many of us would struggle to work without our IT systems and equipment, so preparing for the unthinkable really does make good business sense.
Downtime costs money, so the quicker you can be back on-line and working, the better!