Disaster Recovery – it’s not as simple as having your data backed up

hurricane_sandyIn my cozy corner of paradise many were hit pretty hard by Hurricane Sandy last Fall.

We were very fortunate in that we only lost utilities – electricity, heat, hot water for 8+ days (I won’t mention much else except one of my in-laws was living with us at the time, as that’s not relevant … and there’s a chance my loving wife might read this).

Many local businesses endured severe external & internal structural damages.  Many of the more fortunate  “only” lost communication and computer system hardware and thought they’d be fine as their data was backed up off-site.  It’s not that simple.  Having your data backed up helps but it doesn’t insure a speedy recovery.

Here’s a simple way to look at the matter …

  • Your house = your server
  • Your belongings, everything in your house = your data

Now let’s assume with all the advancements in technology we could make a copy of everything in your house – from your socks to your sofa – and you follow the sound business practice and always backup timely and  store off-site, say, in the cloud.

Then a flood, a fire, you’re hacked, whatever strikes and destroys your house and your belongings.  The good news is you have backup pots, pans, pants and the like in storage, the not so good news is you can’t get to any of those items.

Here’s where your risk analysis enters the equation to determine if you have a satisfactory data recovery plan in place:

  • If not being able to get access to your systems and data would only be an “inconvenience”  and you could sustain being down for a couple of days to several weeks you would be covered by any of the many inexpensive, data backup solutions in the cloud.
  • Conversely, if your business could not sustain such an outage or that would come at a considerable loss of revenue – both immediate and potential on-going as a result of losing customers or clients you should seriously consider a comprehensive Disaster Recovery Plan that addresses: data security, backup and importantly business continuity systems.

There are many capable tech companies that specialize in Disaster Recovery solutions, most will conduct a no-cost audit of your situation (if they don’t offer a no-cost option I’d look elsewhere) and give you options on how to safeguard your business and a quote to implement.  With the advancements in technology these safeguards have become surprisingly affordable, value propositions.

If you’d like a recommendation for a Disaster Recovery solution provider to safeguard your business, please feel free to give me a call … at least one of those pre-Sandy business owners mentioned he should have listened more closely … awhile back.

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