Hurricane season has just begun and being prepared for a disaster is crucial to your business’ survival. According to the Insurance Information Institute, up to 40 percent of businesses that are affected by a natural or human-caused disaster typically fail. Too many small-to-medium sized businesses do not take the steps necessary to protect their business critical systems – like backing up their data on a regular basis – which is putting their companies at risk if the unexpected were to occur. Although this simple task may not seem very important, it can be a major factor as to whether or not your business can fully recover if a disaster strikes.
Many businesses depend on their computer and database systems which hold vital information for day-to-day operations including client data, financial data, product and service information and much more. The information stored on these systems is often irreplaceable and essential for the success of the organization. Without the proper back up recovery plan, any business is vulnerable to the devastating impact of data loss.
Here at Data Storage Corporation, our business was built on recognizing the importance of protecting your business’ critical information. Your data is one of your company’s most valuable assets and we make it our number one priority to ensure that your data is protected.
Here are a few tips to prepare your business from disaster:
- Assess your risk – both internally and externally. What could result from a process, system or supply chain failure? Have you considered the impact of short-term interruptions versus long term ones?
- Assess your critical business functions. What functions are critical to your the day-to-day operations? What employees are essential? How long can you withstand an interruption to those critical functions (0-24 hrs, 24-48 hrs, 48-72 hrs)?
- Review your insurance coverage. Make sure to check your coverage for Flood and Water Damage protection.
- Prepare a disaster recovery plan. While some businesses prefer to do this on their own and not outsource it to a disaster recovery expert like Data Storage Corporation, be prepared as new auditing and compliance regulations have recently been adopted. Your business partners and clients may be required to ask to see your disaster recovery plan as part of their due diligence. It’s important to make a professional presentation.
- Think outside of I.T. What would you do if your office were suddenly uninhabitable for days, weeks, or even months at a time? Major disasters like hurricanes and floods can shut down operations for extended periods. You’ll need an alternate place to work in the interim. Whether that’s home or a temporary office location, consider everything you’ll need to get your operations back online as soon as possible – from office supplies to furniture to computer equipment.
- Backup isn’t enough. You back your work up every night to reliable media but is that backup securely stored? At Data Storage Corporation, we offer services such as Cloud Backup Recovery and Restore and Virtual Standby Servers that will store your backup disks in an offsite secure, disaster-proof facility. Having your backups in the same location as your PCs and servers is counterproductive.
- Invest in a Cloud-based data recovery service. DSC Cloud is a fully managed service provided by Data Storage Corporation, offering “Capacity on Demand” for IBM Power Systems and Windows based applications. This offering is a secure and reliable solution for any enterprise looking to ensure business continuity.
- Test your system. A disaster recovery system isn’t useful if it fails when you need it. When you put your disaster recovery plan together, make sure you include plans for regular testing and have checks in place to make sure you complete your testing goals each year.