Do you know you need to develop a business continuity plan but you don’t know where to start or even have the time if you did know where?
Having backups of your important data is NOT a disaster recovery plan. (It is a good start.)
So what is business continuity and disaster recovery?
Business continuity and disaster recovery, are, for our purposes, one and the same. We don’t use “disaster recovery” as a concept anymore. We start with the idea of ensuring business continuity and move forward from there.
No area of IT has been changed more by the Internet than backups and Disaster Recovery. It’s great that in the last 30 years IT has matured and grown so much. The downside is that we have some people in our industry who now do things because “that’s the way it’s always been done.” As a company, we reject that mindset.
For the equipment you already have on site, the ability to replicate your key servers to another location in near real time is an affordable and realistic option. But you have to plan for it. Done right, it’s not something that can be done overnight. And, frankly, it doesn’t have to be your entire infrastructure. We can help you determine the impact a loss of access to those programs or data would have and how to decide whether it’s better to invest in more infrastructure or rethink an in-house solution altogether.
“Well, we’ve moved many of our key software packages to the cloud. We don’t have to worry about continuity issues anymore.” —That is an accurate, but misleading statement.
You’ve made the care and feeding of that part of your company some one else’s problem. Likely dramatically increasing uptime and reliability. But what plans do you have to continue operation or mitigate the damage loss of that service will do to your organization. Either due to something as simple a network outage or as complex as not really understanding where the vendor stands on data loss or integrity.
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