If you’re like most people, you’d rather not think about the possibility of a natural disaster, hacking, or other type of attack affecting your business. However, common sense and experience tell us that it’s in your best interest to not only think about the possibility, but to plan for it. Your business depends on information technology working smoothly, so you need to be prepared to restore your hardware, applications and data should a disaster occur.
Business and IT experts agree that having a plan to restore IT infrastructure, systems and data is essential for all businesses. However, we do not necessarily agree on how to develop or implement a disaster recovery plan and know that many small businesses simply do not have the resources for conducting the analyses, strategizing, and testing that typically go into developing a reliable plan. If this sounds like your business, we’d like to suggest some steps you can take right now to avoid IT crises that could threaten your business’s survival.
Developing a Basic IT Disaster Recovery Plan
Inventory. A good IT disaster recovery plan begins with a complete inventory of the processes (including equipment, systems, applications, employees and suppliers) involved in your business’s key business activities. For each critical business process, determine how much downtime could be tolerated and how much time would be needed to restore it in case of a disaster. Then examine each process for vulnerabilities and develop plans to minimize risk.
Emergency Procedures and Personnel. Even at the beginning stages of disaster recovery planning, your organization should develop emergency procedures and an emergency response team. Who is in charge of determining a disaster has occurred and notifying key personnel? Who should be contacted in case of emergency? Who is in charge of assessing the damage and putting the disaster recovery plan into effect? Who will handle emergency communications?
Recovery Procedures. The disaster recovery plan should include detailed instructions for operating in an emergency situation, as well as procedures for restoring the equipment, systems and applications necessary to maintain your critical business processes. We recommend documentation and distribution of your disaster recovery plan in various formats. In addition, you should train an emergency response team and test your recovery procedures to make sure they work.
Improving Your Disaster Recovery Plan
If your organization’s disaster recovery plan never made it past the initial planning stages or if it hasn’t been reviewed or tested recently, partnering with IT experts to make sure your business is adequately protected is an option you should consider. Rather than draining your resources to develop and implement a plan to protect your business’s critical processes, you can rely on the experience and expertise of IT professionals who work every day with industry quality assurance standards and tools.
At SON Technology, we develop disaster recovery solutions to meet your needs. Our reliable data backup and recovery system captures and restores all data, giving you quick access to all files. Our offsite storage provides data protection if something happens to your office building; our built-in archiving provides a reliable, cost-effective back-up solution; and our 24/7 monitoring service gives you the security you need for peace of mind.
Contact SON Technology for a Reliable Disaster Recovery Plan that Works for You
Located in Lake Mary, Florida, we work with businesses across the U.S. and in Central Florida in Orlando, Altamonte Springs, Apopka, Casselberry, Lake Mary, Longwood, Maitland, Mount Dora, and Winter Park, to make sure their IT systems and disaster recovery plans are efficient, reliable, and cost effective.
Contact us at 407-936-220 or online to make sure you have a reliable backup and disaster recovery plan to protect your business.
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