Protecting your technology investment is one of your top priorities. Many business owners live with the constant, nagging fear that something terrible is going to happen and they’ll wind up with a closet full of fried servers, lost data and lost revenue. It’s a legitimate concern. One concern that can be avoided with a Disaster Recovery plan. However, that is not to say that you need a Disaster Recovery plan just because you’re scared. Fear is a natural motivator; however, it’s an emotional response. Deciding on a Disaster Recovery plan should not be an emotional decision. It’s risk management and mitigation; it needs to be based on facts and the type of plan that is going to work best for your specific needs.
At the core, Disaster Recovery is a duplication of data, servers and infrastructure, either on-site or off-site. It enables businesses to get back and up and running as quickly as possible after natural disasters, physical or cyber attacks, or a mistake like accidentally unplugged servers.
Some believe having an on-site backup solution is enough because natural disasters are unlikely in their location, but what happens if the disaster is something like water damage, electrical failure or human error? Simply having equipment on a different shelf doesn’t make it disaster proof. While on-site mirrored equipment is a form of disaster recovery, you need to set your sights higher for greater protection. Off-site replication is key to a business’ ability to bounce back after a disaster. If something catastrophic happens nearby, however unlikely, having secure backup solutions hundreds of miles away can make or break a business. If a power grid goes out on your block, off-site backup will ensure your business remains up and running.
Why Disaster Recovery?
Let’s say that you have data stored on site. Data that is used every day by your employees or your customers. If that data is unavailable, when will you start losing money? 30 seconds? Five minutes? Nobody wants to pay an employee to sit around and do nothing while they wait for the information they need to become available again. Think of all of the products or services your business isn’t delivering to your customers while you are down and consider the lost revenue. What about the relationship you have with your customers? They trust your business and their data to be available – and today’s consumers have very little patience for downtime. If you can’t deliver, they’ll take their business elsewhere. Depending on the size of your business, downtime can cost you thousands of dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars and beyond. How much are you willing to risk?
The Solution – A Comprehensive Disaster Recovery Plan
A comprehensive plan to restore and recover all aspects of your IT is essential. All variables need to be considered for your internal employees, external employees and customers. Using a company like Compudyne for Disaster Recovery can help determine what you need to maintain your bottom line. Your Disaster Recovery provider should help you find the best solution based on your needs, rather than your fears.
Creating a Disaster Recovery plan makes good business sense. It protects your bottom line and keeps your business agile. Every business is different, so each Disaster Recovery solution should be unique. Trust Compudyne to help you create a plan that works for your business, whether it’s traditional Disaster Recovery, Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) or somewhere in-between.