Is your business growing more quickly than you expected?
If so, congratulations! Though you likely have your hands full with training additional staff, increasing sales, and an expanding customer base, don’t forget to address a critical element of sound business management: planning for disaster recovery and business continuity in the face of an unexpected catastrophe.
These plans are important for businesses of all ages, stages, and sizes, but are especially important for expanding businesses, which must constantly update recovery and continuity plans so that all critical elements of the business are accounted for when disaster strikes.
Backup, Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
While no one wants to dwell on all the man-made and natural disasters that can cripple a business, the fact is that these situations do occur, and that the continued success of your business could depend on how well you have planned for it. Floods, fires, earthquakes, superstorms, system crashes, and hackers are just some of the disasters your business could face.
The ability to recover from a disaster quickly and get your business back on track with minimal downtime, inconvenience, and confusion while your company is growing can make the difference between business success and failure. The secret to a successful recovery lies in the planning. Regularly scheduled offsite backup keeps your critical information secure.
Set Up a Business Disaster Recovery Plan NOW
If you don’t already have a plan in place, set one up now.
A basic plan includes steps to restore hardware, software applications, and data quickly in order to recover the critical elements of your business. It identifies all desktop, laptop, wireless devices, and servers used by your business, as well as all application systems and most importantly, critical data. While the others can be replaced easily, your data is unique to your business and no amount of money can buy it back! Your recovery plan should contain specific details regarding the current back up strategy for safeguarding important information and records that are vital to a growing business.
Add a Step to Implementation of All New Hardware and Software
Keeping your backup and disaster recovery plan up to date requires revisiting it to add new elements of an expanding company. This may mean regularly scheduled revisions of the plan to add new information and backup strategies, or it may require adding steps to the implementation of each new piece of hardware (such as desktops or laptops) or software as it is introduced to your business. Discuss the method best suited to your needs with your back up service provider.
As your business grows, make sure the services necessary to support your disaster recovery plan can keep up. For example, if you’re using an internet-based recovery system, it likely synchronizes any changes in your data daily with what it has from the day before. As your operations grow, the amount of total data stored, and being transferred daily will grow as well. Ensure your plan with your internet service provider (ISP) is capable of meeting these transmission requirements.
This is where professional advice is invaluable. Contact your backup service provider to discuss your concerns and ask about available options to accommodate your expanding needs.
Regularly Review Your Plans
As you introduce new IT hardware and software, consider which of these systems would need to be restored first in a disaster. Keep in mind that as your business expands, the sequence of steps in your business recovery plan may have to change. Plan to regularly re-prioritize the steps of your backup recovery plan to reflect your changing business.
Make sure your business meets any compliance rules or regulations governing your industry when it comes to transferring data off site as part of your backup disaster recovery plan, especially if your business handles sensitive client information.