When doomsday for your computer hits, having a plan is crucial for getting your systems back up and running, with minimal downtime, and little to no loss. Most people find their “plan” happens as a “reactive” state of mind, but being “proactive” with your agenda can create a huge monetary and functional difference for your business.
What exactly is a Disaster Recovery Plan? For your business, a disaster recovery plan can be just as important as a business plan. It is multifaceted and identifies the strategies and procedures your business will use to recover from business interruptions, losses and unexpected tragedies.
Take a look at what you have in mind for your business if the situation occurs that you are in the midst of a disaster; is it rock solid? Data loss due to natural disaster is a VERY serious business, and it could mean your entire business IF you don’t have a recovery plan for everything. Whether it be due to a fire, flood, storm, or… let’s be honest, here in Florida? Hurricane. The odds of it happening are higher than we’d like to acknowledge at times. So, having a plan will prepare you (and your business) for the worst possible interruptions, and will explain steps to overcome these aspects while analyzing the core functions and mapping out responsibilities for procedures taken during the disaster.
Did you know a study by the University of Wisconsin found that 43% of medium to small business DO NOT (yep, do. not.) re-open after a major disaster, and just as many will close within the next few years after a major disaster? Scary isn’t it? Your entire business, livelihood, and in some cases future, could be gone in an instant, because honestly, companies that suffer a large data loss are realistically out of business within five years. But, that doesn’t have to be YOU. Recovery plans focus on not only recovering, but also preventing- hence being “proactive”! While devising the plan, a business can identify aspects that can be refined or implemented for a safer work environment, because as mentioned, some of these disasters cannot always be avoided, nor do they come with flashers announcing their arrival!
At Olive Branch one of our many and MAIN goals, is to ensure that your company doesn’t suffer this fate, and that data lost is something you never have to be faced with. “But, how?” you ask? Well, we aren’t just a one option business, instead we offer several options, that almost cater to YOUR needs, because YOU are OUR priority. Our team of experts will sit down with you, and discuss different options and solutions that best fit your budget, while still giving you the highest amount of data protection for your money.
Ok, so let’s play devils advocate…. What if you have NO natural disasters? (knock on wood..) Well, that’s fantastic! And your chances of overall chaotic destruction are minimized. A little. Unfortunately, your odds aren’t completely wiped away, and you aren’t in the clear for disaster avoidance. Hardware failure on your server? Can happen anytime. What if an employee accidentally deletes data? Or… your network contracts a virus and software applications become corrupted. What would you do? Those may not be “fire, flood, and hurricane”, but in the end, the result is the same. Data lost. And in simple mathematical terms, data lost = money lost. From there, we all know what happens.
So what do WE do? Well, we are the experts, so…. we’d decide whether off site backup, multi-server replication, or portable media could be customized to fit your needs. But, what can YOU do? Start getting in the habit of backing things up to CD, DVD, flash drive, or a second hard drive. Also? See our previous blog titled “Back that thing up”. Next, write down all of your passwords on pen and paper, and keep it safe- try to be original too with your passwords. Then, keep a list of what devices are installed on your computer and their specifications. Try to write as much as you can on a piece of paper, and keep it somewhere safe. In addition, protect important financial records, install fire extinguishers, anchor large equipment, secure combustible material, educate employees on safety procedures, and if necessary install sewer back-flow valves.
Still unsure where to start or HOW to start? Relax! That’s what we are here for. Call our office today, and let us assess your system and discuss the plan that best suits your needs and your budget!