Before we go into the reasons for a Disaster Recovery Plan, what the heck is a Disaster Recovery Plan? Is it not simply making sure your company has adequate backups?
You could look at a DR Plan as a blueprint on how your business is pinned together, how it would be rebuild from scratch? From an IT perspective, it’s how your company data, servers, PCs, email, internet, databases, applications, VoIP Phones are all glued together.
So back to backups. You have a have backup of your company data, but what if…
More than likely your UK business won’t be affected by hurricane, extreme weather, forest fire or major earthquake. You might say that our company data is backed up offsite anyway, and you’d be right, that would certainly help, but what if the following happened…
All of the above has happen to existing and new clients that have recently come on board with us. Introducing a manual check process to check the integrity of the backups would help in a couple of cases mentioned above.
So if you’re backing offsite and check the integrity of backups, your next problem is what you recover to. Your IT company might say in DR situation..
Then as mentioned earlier on, it’s the glue, the knowledge of how components of your IT systems are pinned together. Even if you still work with the original suppliers and people, will they remember or have information to piece together the bits of the jigsaw? Especially in the heat of the moment, ah the office has burnt down! Then how long is it going to put this jigsaw back together, how much effort will it need to complete the picture in timely fashion that your businesses doesn’t start to suffer?
With DR Plan, an IT company will test these different scenarios and tackle these questions. They will actually recover from backups and recreate your IT system. They will hit problems, hopefully work them out, document them and make suggestions to improve current backup strategies.
Even if the first DR recovery test fails, yeah its not great, but the process has done its job, you can make changes now before your business really needs to call upon it.
Over the past 12 months, 15% of our clients have taken out an extra Disaster Recover as a Service with Dunedin IT. We’ve found that more and more companies are being asked by their insurance companies, what is your business continuity plan?
If you like to find out more about DRaaS and business continuity, contact David or Jamie on 0131 225 2215 or email@example.com