In today’s fast-paced world of business, data loss and system downtime are issues no one wants to experience. Data loss can be devastating to businesses, whether it be caused maliciously, through user error, or by system failure. Downtime, although potentially not as significant for some businesses, can be a costly experience due to:
- Loss of earnings
- Lost sales
- Loss of trust from your clients
- Staff productivity affected
- Unwanted negative publicity
Whether your business operates 9 to 5 or 24 hours a day 365 days a year, the likelihood of data loss or downtime can be significantly reduced by implementing the correct Business Disaster Recovery (BDR) Solution to meet your business needs.
No two businesses are the same, as such, some key considerations need to be made when selecting the right solution.
Acceptable Downtime determines how long your business can survive without it’s data or server(s) in the event of an issue.
Acceptable Data Loss determines the frequency of backups to protect against short term data loss.
Data Retention requirements determine how long your backups need to be stored for and could be determined by external regulations.
Having a BDR solution in place is only the first step in designing a suitable Business Resilience plan tailored to your business needs.
There needs to be a clear understanding of how to implement the plan in the event of an incident and who is responsible for each action.
Risk Reviews should be carried out regularly to ensure that any risks within the business are minimised and incorporated into the overall strategy.
Hardware Resilience can be implemented simply with extended server warranties and adding redundancy and resilience to existing hardware,
Disaster Recovery Plan, having one in place which includes scheduled recovery testing, ensures you are prepared should the worst ever happen and ownership for each step is clear, to ensure there are no unnecessary delays.
Regular Reviews of the strategy should be carried out to ensure that they align to the business objectives.
As part of our service offering to clients, we provide advice, guidance and assistance on all aspects of IT Business Resilience. We work closely with our clients to understand their business needs and goals to ensure we offer the right advice, providing a strategic benefit to their business.
For more information on how we can assist your business, get in touch.
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