A disaster needn’t be the end of your business

Published: 07 / 10 / 19

Most of us put to the back of our minds the potential of a disaster such as; a fire, burglary or flood occurring at our business. That’s what we put business insurance in place for right?! Well, insurance is obviously essential, however, you may be aware that many insurance providers now stipulate that businesses should have an IT disaster recovery plan in place. With a robust IT disaster recovery plan, you can be sure that your IT systems will be up and running again quickly in the event of a disaster within your organisation. This allows your business to get back to normal quickly with minimal disruption. Moreover, you can relax in the knowledge that should the worst happen, you’ll be back on your feet again in no time.

We back up our data, isn’t that enough?

Disaster recovery is sometimes confused with having data backup in place, it’s an easy assumption to make and having data back up in place is great, however, this purely means that your files will be accessible should your hard drive or server be destroyed. The problem occurs when accessing backed up data as many people do not consider the time and financial investment that must be made replacing hardware, restoring software, business essential apps, connectivity and more. Can your business afford to lose weeks of trading time? 

An IT disaster recovery plan will incorporate your business continuity plan and will be developed in conjunction with a business impact analysis. The IT recovery strategy and timings will be dependent on business priorities decided within the recovery plan. Systems that an IT disaster recovery plan may incorporate are;

Hardware including; computers, networks, servers and wireless equipment.

Computer room including; a secure computer room with climate control and backup.

Data and how it will be restored.

Software apps including; email, CRM, databases, office productivity, EPOS etc.

Service provider connectivity including; cabling, wireless and fibre.

How do Southern Solutions approach disaster recovery?

Our goal is to ensure that your business is protected if the worst possible scenario occurs, we hope you never need to call on us to implement your disaster recovery plan, however, if you do we’ll have your IT infrastructure back up and running within a matter of hours. We will work with you to formulate a plan, which can then be submitted to your insurer and gives you peace of mind that should something go wrong, you have a plan in place.

Our disaster recovery solution works by taking snapshots of your data and servers multiple times per day, taking copies and putting these onto local storage. This copied data is replicated and stored offsite. Your servers can be restored from images taken back as far as your plan was configured for. The disaster recovery products we use are up to date with the latest technology and regular disaster recovery tests are carried out.

Peace of mind

Your IT is integral to your business, without a well thought out recovery plan your business could be on its knees for some time, losing you significant revenue. Our goal is to take away the fear of a disaster occurring, allowing you to relax and continue to focus on what’s important, your business. Speak to an expert today, a disaster needn’t have disastrous consequences if you have a plan in place. 

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