With Storm Hector here and the Beast from the East and Storm Ophelia only happening in the last few months, Ireland has had a hard long season of storms and unusual weather.
Natural disasters and disruptive weather is something that no one can control but it is something that everyone can prepare for. At home we batten down hatches, salt driveways and buy extra candles but what do we do for a business?
If a storm hit tomorrow and destroyed your business would you have a way of recovering the data lost? Would you even have a plan in place as to what data is valuable and where it should be stored?
Not to worry, that’s where a Disaster Recovery Plan comes into to place. It helps define what data needs to be saved and what will be available during planned or unplanned downtimes.
What’s included in a plan?
Disaster plans can cover everything from how to get out of your office during a fire drill, to how to get back up and running if your servers are underwater.
Then, you can take it a step further. If you think about staying in business during a disaster, as well as recovery, you’ll be in the best shape you could be.
While it’s important to customize a plan for your business, every plan should include:
· Technology asset inventory that names mission critical processes and data
· Schedule for updating and testing any disaster recovery plans
· Clear understanding of the trade-offs between cost and complexity
Murphy’s Law says that whatever can go wrong, will go wrong. That’s why it’s important to understand how your plan works. If you are a business decision maker, you might hand this over to your IT team. But it’s important to ask some questions to make sure you have full coverage for your business. A few questions:
· Does your plan include an inventory of mission critical business processes and data?
· When was the last time anyone reviewed your plan? Tested your plan?
· Is cyberattack preparedness included in your current plan?
· How much depends upon human intervention?
Evaluate Cloud Solutions
During a disaster, humans have other priorities than failing over their virtual machines. Automating your solution is key to ensuring success.
A cloud solution can help you recover quickly. And it’s less expensive than having your own datacenter to support and protect. It’s a practical solution for a business, whether it’s large or small. But it makes especially good financial sense for a smaller organisation.
At Typetec we work with Microsoft Azure to offer cloud solutions in backup and recovery to suit your business. We offer hybrid solutions, so you can move your most important data to the cloud while keeping the rest on-premise. We can help you control your costs with a metered service that allows you to turn on and off services for when you need them and when you don’t. With the cloud we can also offer ‘geo-redundancy.’ This means that your data is in more than one location. So, if your area is hit with a a storm, floods or snow your data would be safe in a datacenter across the country .This also means that your company data is available even during the storm.
What about your employees?
This covers your data and infrastructure but what about you’re employees? No manager would ask their employees to come in during emergency weather, however, closing until the storm or flood is over could see major losses in business. With Microsoft and the cloud Typetec can get you setup with Office 365. A subscription system that gives you access to your email, files and applications all in the one place while also being secure . Allowing employees to work remotely from home safely and securely.
What can you do today to get started?
1. We’d love to meet you and discuss your plans for keeping your business running. If you’re ready right now, call us or send an email. We’re happy to set up a free consultation to review your plan.
2. If you’re still evaluating your options, download our infographic on the power of Office 365 to learn more.
3. If you’re somewhere in the middle, read our blog about Disaster Recovery and Backup Planning.