Disaster Recovery

Disaster Recovery

There are a number of events that can lead to disaster in IT terms

Disaster Recovery

There are a number of events that can lead to disaster in IT terms, which include:

Fire, Flash flood, Pandemic, Power Outage, War, Theft, Terrorist Attack, Malware or Cyber Attack.

From the complete loss of systems and offices to malware attacks and viruses which scramble accessible data. Unless measures have been taken to protect IT systems and the data they hold, businesses can face huge unanticipated disruption with very few recovery options.

It is also worth considering the impact of loss of services to and from the office such as a prolonged internet outage. For most small and medium sized businesses, information systems are necessary to conduct day to day business. However, for some businesses services such as internet connectivity and voice services are critical.

When considering disaster recovery options, it is also worth considering redundancy planning and backup services.

Recommendations –  Here are some steps to take to help your business recover in the case of a disruption to your business’s information systems.

Create disaster recovery and business continuity plans: It is important to have disaster recovery and business continuity plans in place now, so that you have a systematic way of dealing with problems in the future. A first step would be to have written documents with specific instructions that employees can easily access.

Implement system backup and recovery solutions: A system backup and recovery solution allows you to take advantage of a disk-based, bare-metal Windows system recovery, independent of the hardware used, and should be implemented on any systems which store company data. Rebuilding your servers can take a long time and can be very expensive. By installing system backup and recovery solutions, you can restore your system quickly, saving you from excessive downtime and the costs associated with lost revenue. In addition, you will save on the cost of professional IT personnel to restore your systems. Instead of rebuilding your entire system from scratch, you can easily restore your systems and data, software, and customised settings, to new hardware or to your old hardware once repaired.

Test your disaster recovery plan: Once you have a disaster recovery plan in place, it is important to test it so that you and your employees will know what to expect if you ever have to use it in a disaster situation. Additionally, when testing it, the findings will help you customise your plan based on the specific needs of your business. Several things to keep in mind when testing the plan include: knowing how long it will take to retrieve a server backup; being able to access data even if you can’t get to the office; and being able to access uncorrupted copies of software if the system shuts down because of a computer bug.

Conclusion – Disaster recovery planning is a necessary part of a successful business strategy. System backup and recovery solutions not only helps you to recover data, it helps you save and restore your software, customised settings, and even your operating systems. This way, even a malfunction that causes losses to your hardware will not be a major problem as you can quickly and easily restore your business functionality to another system. By implementing a system backup and recovery solution, you can save your business precious time and money, and possibly the business itself!

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