Nugget 40 – Disaster Recovery! Is your business prepared?

How prepared is your business for a disaster? Sadly, the last time the average business backup system was checked and tested was the day it was installed. A well-planned backup and recovery solution plays a crucial role in minimizing downtime in a disaster and preventing data loss in the event of server or application failure.

Fire, Flood, Hardware Failure and Theft are the most common situations resulting in Disaster for your companies IT systems.

 

Disaster Scenarios

 

30% of all businesses that have a major fire go out of business within a year. 70% fail within five years.

 

Gain Peace of mind with these four simple steps:

Plan
You need to plan for the worst situation. Imagine you have nothing, no office no IT systems nowhere to work. You need to be able to look at this situation and feel confident that you have a plan in place that will work for your business. Ensure your IT assets are insured and check that they have a replacement policy.
Ensure you have backups of your systems and data offsite. Once you have new servers and computers you will be able to restore the data as long as you have it!

 

Create a DR Process
This needs to be worked through step by step to ensure it is realistic and can be achieved. Several members of staff should be fully aware of the process and have copies of the process printed out at home.

 

Test
It is hard to fully test a Disaster Recovery situation but you will be able to test the data recovery systems to ensure you are able to restore a working system with relevant data.

 

Be ready to deliver
If you make changes to the system ensure you update the Disaster Recovery plan. Don’t leave it a day or week as you never know when the disaster may happen. Keep it up to date and keep your staff up to date with the process.

Hope it’s never needed but if it is then this process will be the most important thing that your business invested in. Without it you could be one of the 93% of companies filing for bankruptcy.

 

Without testing you can restore your backups you have NO disaster recovery plan!

 

Simplex understands that having a reliable disaster recovery strategy in place is paramount for all businesses. Should a disaster happen it’s important that you know that your businesses data can be easily restored to get you back up and running in the quickest possible time frame.

 

34% of companies fail to test their backup device and, of those that do, 77% have found recovery fails.

 

After deploying many backup solutions and implementing disaster recovery plans, Simplex IT’s backup consultants have gained extensive experience and can help your business to prepare a recovery strategy that meets your business and technology needs so you can quickly recover from a system outage that may stop your company to continue operating.

 

If you are not 100% certain that you can restore all of your information at any given point in time then contact Simplex IT. We can help you plan, monitor and maintain your backup systems ensuring that your business information is secure in the event of any disaster.