Is your business disaster proof?

The temperamental British weather can cause havoc for businesses; whether it be flooding or heavy snow. You need to have a plan to be able to run and operate if and when disaster strikes.

A disaster recovery plan is essential for any business; it documents every reaction should your business be unlucky enough to face a disaster. Flooding in the office, for example, is devastating enough but even more so if your company has no means to enable employees to work from an alternative location and continue to earn your company revenue.

But with evolving technology there are simple to solutions to ensure that your company has a plan in place should the worst happen; one of these solutions is server replication, whereby a mirrored clone of your production servers is produced and will allow for minimum downtime in the event of a disaster, incurring charges only when a DR scenario is invoked.

Another solution to aid the disaster recovery process is SIP Trunking; this allows calls to quickly be re-routed when required, enabling your business to react rapidly if disaster strikes.

Creating your DR plan

Whilst of course you could plan and create your disaster recovery plan internally, there are options to on-board a third party service provider to handle the process for you. Do you have the time and resources available to fulfil the amount of work required to ensure that you are fully protected?

According to an IDC study, organisations running DR internally lost an average of $4 million per disaster incident. In contrast, organisations using a third party managed service provider lost an average of $1.1 million per incident. The study adds that companies using in-house DR sites spend 32% more than those opting to use a third party provider.

Using a company that offers disaster-recovery-as-a-service means that you can feel safe in the knowledge that they have experience in disaster recovery and will handle the process from start to finish, providing you the peace of mind you need and as shown above often cost savings too.

Taking the next steps

Naturally there is a lot to consider in order to create and finalise your DR plan. But ensuring that you have it in place will save you the hassle and grief of having to deal with a disaster without one.

  1. What would be your primary concern in the event of a disaster: could your staff access their workstations remotely and are you able to reroute calls quickly and easily? What do you need to keep your business running whilst your office is uninhabitable or unreachable?
  2. Do you have the resources available to create your DR plan internally or would sourcing third party assistance be wiser? Research providers of disaster-recovery-as-a-service and see if they would be a better solution.
  3. Finalise and circulate your DR plan to the relevant people. Ensuring everybody that needs to know has a full understanding of the plan will avoid wasting time if it needs to be invoked.

Whilst creating your DR plan from scratch may seem a daunting process it is a necessity that you cannot be without. Rest easy with the assurance that you have the plan compiled and arranged if the worst case scenario was to arise.

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