Spotlight: Simple Disaster Recovery for your business - Why?
businesses are totally dependent on technology, and tightly integrated
with the internet with websites, email, document and database systems,
desktop & laptops, mobile phone technologies.
In the past,
taking a set of mysterious backup tapes offsite was as good as it
got—but today, there are many more options including portable hard
drives, alternate internet connections, laptops with internet air-cards,
and even wireless internet access from homes, neighbors, coffee shops
and other businesses.
Business continuity planning questions:
Do you take backups offsite and
periodically do a sample restore?
Do you have multiple forms of
backups? (tape, hard drive, alternate location)
Do you employ disaster backups such
as server virtualization with offsite backup for near instant systems
recovery for any disaster scenario?
Could your business work from an
alternate location given internet access and a small number of
Does your business have a
combination of onsite and offsite servers available for recovery or is a
portion of your business hosted?
Do you have alternate email
communications (even Hotmail, Roadrunner, Gmail, etc.?)
Do you have a documented business
contingency process for various disaster scenarios including fire,
flood, long-term power outage,
If you answered
YES to these questions, you have an IT disaster recovery plan—if not,
you might need to give some thought to how your business would operate
in an emergency situation.
Tip: You might consider a simple agreement with a partner’s business
in your area to act as a disaster location for your operation if they
have a few spare offices and good internet connectivity.
Feel free to have us review disaster recovery and contingency plans for