17 Oct Keeping the lights on when all else fails.
Being able to recuperate from a catastrophe is one thing…
An IT calamity, whether that’s the cost of a few files or the outage of your entire system in the wake of a cyber-attack, can be devastating to the operation of your business. If you have a professional backup service in place, there’s a robust chance you’ll be able to recover and get back on your feet. But, have you ever contemplated the time that a full-sized recovery might take?
If you need to transfer backup files from the cloud, it can take hours, or even days, to get access back to your data. That’s before you start the recovery process of restoring the data & services to their correct place, and ensuring your users successfully regain access.
As the adage says, time is money. An IT outage, however large or small, can cost you a fortune.
…but how can you endure the continuity of your business operations during that downtime?
Business Continuity is the often overlooked third sister to Backup & Disaster Recovery.
BC doesn’t have to be an elite enterprise-grade solution, it should be standard operating practice, (which will likely include an IT platform of some kind), that is both commercially & technically appropriate to the way you work. Your industry, size, the types of software & data you process, and even your geography, all play a part in the style of Business Continuity process your business should acknowledge.
Where IT is concerned, there are several BC puzzle pieces that can come together to complete an entire continuity solution, which is designed to meet several likely disaster outcomes.
At a substandard level; a local server failover can provide you with continuity in the event of losing the operation of your main server. At a higher level; your local server failover can be paired with a cloud-based service that offers failover to a cloud hosted platform in the result of a total loss of access to your office grounds.
If your business already functions mostly, or entirely, from cloud-based services you may not to need a recovery failover. Your BC plan might simply be centred around users having access to IT devices and internet connectivity from an off-site location.
Build a complete strategy
All businesses irrespective of their size or industry should have a Business Continuity plan that issues in any number of possible disaster outcomes, and how you will respond to ensure the continuity of operations are maintained.
Your IT partner should be best placed to comprehend the complexities of your business operation, and of your IT services, to support you in mapping out a suitable BC plan.
Your IT may require investment as a part of this review to ensure you are truly protected, or, you may simply require documentation, training & support for your team to be able to access and function expertly with the existing tools you have.
Backing up your data is not only useful but can save your Business from utter disaster.
Backup your data, protect your Business from collapse, Cyber threats are real, and they want your personal information.
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