Today’s society is one dependent on technology for basic function. If a disaster occurred, would your business be prepared? It is important to consider these factors when developing your disaster recovery plan. Having your data backed up and safe should be a priority of any business, big or small, as losing it could result in the end of your business.
Disaster recovery planning
When you plan for disaster recovery, you are outlining the steps that will be taken to resume your business after a disaster or other disruptive event. It could be a significant disaster, such as a terrorist attack or earthquake, or as simple as a computer virus. There are many executives that do not understand the urgency of developing this plan, until the unthinkable happens. With a business continuity approach, you will be able to keep making money, even in the event of a disaster.
Business Continuity Plan
The development of a business continuity plan includes the use of four steps:
- Have a business impact analysis conducted. This will identify any time sensitive or other critical business processes and functions, as well as the supportive resources.
- Take the initiative to identify, then document and implement backup and recovery solutions for the businesses critical processes and functions.
- Create a continuity team and create a continuity plan that will be used to manage any and all business disruptions.
- Train your business continuity team and test your methods with exercises that will evaluate the recovery strategies that you have put in place.
Identifying a Significant Disaster
What classifies as a disaster? The fact is that any loss of information or data that can cause you to lose income and revenue should be considered a disaster. When this occurs, on any scale, you need a plan to ensure that you can handle restoring your business back to “business as usual.” Without a business continuity plan you are likely to be unable to return to business as usual, and risk losing profits and revenue. If this continues of an extended period of time, it will likely equate to the demise of your business.
Recovery Time Objective
The recovery time objective for your business should be determined by your business impact analysis. The system recovery time are typically defined by the method that is used as well as the time that is required to actually recover your businesses systems.
Resume Critical Business Processes
In order to resume critical business processes you should have a backup for your business’s data. This can include using a third party facility, or using a backup method of your own. However, keep in mind, in instances of weather issues or complete disasters, having your back up of data on site, will likely cause you to lose it, as well. This can mean complete devastation for your business. Developing a strong and effective business continuity plan is your best defense against any potential disaster that may occur. This plan can save your business.
Deney Dentel is the CEO at Nordisk Systems, Inc., a managed and cloud computing service provider company in Portland, OR. Deney is the only localised and authorised IBM business partner in Pacific Northwest. You can also follow him on LinkedIn.