According to an article in Computer Weekly, UK businesses lose 300,000 hours and £2bn per annum because of IT downtime. And Workspace reports that surveys show that 60% of small businesses that lose their data fail within six months of the disaster.
Does your business have a disaster recovery plan in place?
If you do, is it up to snuff? You can assess the situation by following these recommended steps.
- Look at your current plan (if you have one) and determine what level of protection is needed.
- Determine the length of time your company can afford to have its computer system(s) down.
- Assess how much critical data you can afford to lose.
- Identify all important servers, applications, and related software.
- Document the steps needed to bring your server(s) back online.
- Examine the availability of your IT staff if an unpredictable disaster happens. If you use an outside IT support firm, how quickly can they get their personnel to your workplace?
Testing Your Plan
If you have a procedure in place, thats a good start. However, if you have never tested it, how do you know if it will work? Excuses are numerous for not testing a recovery plan disruption to workflow, not enough time, no allocations in the budget, etc. However, its crucial to test your program regularly to make sure that everything works the way its supposed to. If you wait until disaster strikes, only then will you discover the defects in your plan.
Testing your recovery system will give you with the following important data:
- The length of time the recovery took.
- The specific data that posed a challenge to recover.
- Which applications did not return to their expected state.
- Whether the process was feasible for your IT personnel.
Disaster Recovery Assistance
If designing a workable plan and testing it seems a bit overwhelming, we can help you. Taking advantage of our expertise means that your downtime and the adverse impact on your business operations will be minimal. Please contact us for more information.