Avoid an IT Disaster by Having a Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP)

Disaster Recovery Plan (DRT)Disasters can strike at any time. An IT disaster WILL strike at an inconvenient time. Notice the emphasis on the word “will.” As any business owner can attest to, IT can be one of the most unpredictable aspects of your business. Lightning never strikes the same place twice, but an IT disaster has no regard for who it’s victim is or how many times they will fall prey to it.

One thing is for sure, if you are not prepared for an IT disaster, it will come back to bite you. Best case scenario, you’ll lose a days worth of work and have a few sleepless nights. Worst case, your business will fail. In fact, Falkner Information Services found that 50% of companies that lose their data due to disasters go out of business within 24 months. Pair that with the fact that 60% of North American Businesses do not have a disaster recovery plan in place and you have a “recipe for disaster… IT DISASTER!”

Though there are many ways to try and avoid these IT hurricane headaches, one of the best things to do is simply to have a disaster recovery plan or DRT for short.

A proper recovery plan for any type of disaster must involve a backup system that is “off site” or away from the place where your data usually resides. Since a major disaster will normally not occur in two different cities at the same time, as long as you are backing up your data in at least two to three remote locations, you should be well prepared for any type of natural disaster.

In general, there are three measures that are considered in a disaster recovery plan. They are:

  1. Preventative Measures: This is what can be done in order to prevent a disaster from taking place. Though you can’t control the weather, you can have proper surge protectors, uninterruptible power supply (UPS), backup generators, fire preventions and local mirrors.
  2. Detective Measures: This is what can be done in order to detect an unwanted event or disaster. These are things like anti-virus software that warn you when danger is near.
  3. Corrective Measures: This is what can be done after a disaster in order to restore your system and data. Things like storage area network (SAN), RAID disks and high availability systems which keep both the data and system replicated off site which enables you to continuously access your data even after a disaster.

Disaster recovery plans are essential to any business and they are not to be taken lightly. If you need help setting up a recovery plan for your small business, call M5 Networking today at (480) 428-3912. We’ll provide you with a free estimate.

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