One of the most horrifyingly catastrophic events that can befall a modern business is the loss of data. Businesses routinely process and store information and communications, as well as transmit this data to other businesses and to their customers. Indeed it is nearly impossible to conduct business without immediate access to this vital information; as a result, disaster planning for businesses is an essential preparation in today’s marketplace.
Unfortunately, there is no foolproof manner that will safeguard any business’ data, but an IT disaster recovery plan will give you the peace of mind to know that your data crisis can be quickly and efficiently remedied.
If a disaster occurs, it will be important to restore the hardware, applications, and data so that you may continue to meet your customer’s needs. Whether the information is compromised by human error, a corruption from faulty hardware, or criminal hacking, an effective plan will stand ready to mitigate the problems associated with each possibility.
While every business will feel more secure with an individualized recovery plan, there are some generic items that all plans should take into account:
- The computer room environment must support the needs of the technology. A climate controlled room with a back-up power source is a very basic room, but it is also one of the most important aspects because without it the hardware may not work as you desire.
- The functionality of the hardware components (i.e. networks, servers, desktop and laptop computers, wireless devices, and peripherals) is paramount to the access that is permissible to the data.
- Check to see that you have the connectivity (fiber, cable, or wireless) needed for the smooth communication of data.
- Verify the software applications that support your business’ interchange of data, communication through electronic mail, resource management, and office productivity.
Technology’s evolution has supported the more efficient utilization and maintenance of business data; however, technology’s failure for any number of reasons demands that you have a plan in place in case an unforeseen scenario arises. Be certain to protect your company’s vested interests by contacting us today to create a disaster recovery plan especially to support your business’ needs.