IF YOU EXPERIENCE A DISASTER DO YOU HAVE AN IT DISASTER RECOVERY PLAN IN PLACE?
How Much System Downtime Can Your Business Take?
Can you afford to have your business system break down? How much system downtime can your business take? Will you lose money? These are important questions for any business owner to ask themselves before they are faced with such a situation. Contingency planning is vital to the success of any business. And a big part of this is an IT Disaster Recovery Plan?
Let’s assume that you can’t afford to have your business system break down. Do you know what your options are? Do you know what events could happen to cause your system to suffer downtime? A good IT Disaster Recovery Plan will provide the framework to answer these questions.
System Break Down Survival: Creating an IT Disaster Recovery Plan
The first step towards creating a IT Disaster Recovery plan is to write down all of the possible events that could cause your business system to suffer downtime. Electrical outages are obvious, but what about earthquakes? Hurricanes? Fires? Floods? There is probably a few more situations you can think of that could happen. Write all of these down. You will need a plan for how to keep your business system up and running for each of them.
Of course, next you will need to start planning for each of these situations. Mounting your equipment up off of the ground will help protect it from water damage, but what about the electrical wiring? Or fires? Yes, this can be quite complicated! Chances are though that you can get most contingency planning done using a little creativity and research. Uninterruptible power supply units, as an example, are an easy and quick fix for any electrical outages that last several hours. You may want to consider getting a generator if you need your business system to stay up a lot longer than that. And surprisingly, there is fireproof servers and other equipment available for purchase that will help keep at least part of your systems safe in the event of flames taking down your building… although it is highly doubtful you’ll be doing much business in such an event!
This brings us to another part of and IT Disaster Recovery Plan: keep your expectations reasonable. There are a lot of disasters during which you will not be in a position to keep up business operations, and your best hope will be to keep your data safe from being destroyed. Don’t expect to keep business running in the event of a tornado or a hurricane, as an example. Not too many people will be expecting you to keep up operations as normal in such an event.
System Break Down Survival: Implementation
Once you have your IT Disaster Recovery plan set up, next will come implementing it. This is also something you can do yourself thanks to the wonders of the internet. There are tons of Youtube videos online that can show you how to set up your new equipment in a manner that is safe and disaster proof.
If you feel overwhelmed in creating a IT Disaster Recovery plan for your business systems or setting the equipment up, don’t be afraid to give us a call. We create IT Disaster Recovery plans and set up disaster proofed business systems every day. We can easily do the same for you, and take the guesswork and headache out of the planning and setup for you!
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