Why Your Business Needs an IT Disaster Recovery Plan
- Post by Janet Gehring
- May 20, 2016
Every business IT plan needs a tested strategy for IT disaster recovery, including backup. Here’s what you need to know about how IT disaster recovery is different from data backup, why your business needs both, and how to get started.
Data backups are critical so you can restore what you need, when you need it, on hardware that is otherwise functioning normally. This can range from the ability to restore one file that gets deleted by mistake to restoring the entire network including operating systems and software applications. Backups can be onsite, offsite, or both depending on your needs.
Best practices are to regularly test the backup to make sure that it’s working properly and that the data captured on the backup can be restored. Your IT provider can help.
Data backup can be set up many different ways and often only backs up files (Word docs, Excel spreadsheets, etc.). The operating system and actual software applications that run your network may not be backed up at all.
So, if the server is damaged beyond repair, it’s going to take a while to get the network up and running again, and that’s assuming that your backups are regularly tested and that the most recent backup is good.
Without an IT disaster recovery plan, if your only backup is at your office and your office is inaccessible, you’re stuck.
A disaster recovery plan allows you to get your business up and running after a catastrophic event, including extreme weather or another situation that damages your hardware beyond repair. This means having an off-site full system backup (not just data only), the ability to select and get new hardware quickly, and the expertise to install the hardware and recreate the network.
In Northeast Ohio, our greatest concerns for natural disasters are tornados or severe winter storms. But what if the “disaster” is smaller, like a rainstorm that knocks power out at your office for a few days and you can’t get in? What would be expected of your employees? How would your customers be affected? It’s important to think through these scenarios in advance.
If you don’t have a plan, start developing one now. It’s never too late! For more on IT disaster recovery planning, visit http://www.ready.gov/business/implementation/IT.
It’s important to have an IT disaster recovery plan to help protect your business. Of course, no one wants to have to implement such a plan, but having one could save your business in case of a catastrophic loss.
If your business needs help managing IT, contact CRU Solutions.