Disaster Planning For Businesses: What You Need To Know

Some studies show that as many as half of all small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs) lack a disastery recovery plan. Of those that do have a plan, that plan is likely a) out-of-date, b) established by people no longer with the company, c) based on old hardware/software, or d) some combination of those problems.

A solid disaster recovery plan is essential to businesses that wish to retain a competitive advantage in the event of an unfortunate catastrophe. Here is what you need to know about disaster planning for businesses.

1. Ensure that your plan supports the disasters most likely to occur in your area. Is your business located on the eastern seaboard? Make sure your plan supports hurricane/flood disaster recovery. Is your business located in Oklahoma or Kansas? Be sure to have a disaster recovery plan that responds to a tornado hit.

2. Ensure that your company has sufficient backup power. The last thing that you need is a great system in place to recover from a disaster, but not enough power to make the recovery happen.

3. Ensure that you have a priority order in place. Some servers are more important than others. Those servers that have the most business-sensitive data, or those that are minimally required to maintain business operations, should be high (if not first) in priority during a recovery session.

4. Test the disaster recovery plan frequently. At least annually, have a drill which tests the disaster recovery plan so that you know that it works as everyone expects. This will ensure that your plan is up-to-date and that it is effective.

If you’re interested in learning more about disaster recovery planning, feel free to contact us. We’re here to help.