Smaller businesses sometimes think they’re so small, they don’t really need to have a disaster recovery plan. That’s especially true in difficult economic times because anything that can get postponed until a later day gets put on the back burner. Bring it up in a discussion about the need for business continuity and you’ll probably hear, “I know, I know, I know. But I just can’t afford it right now.” Unfortunately, SMBs are the least able to recover following a disaster because they don’t have the financial capital to survive a crisis. In this economic climate, a little preventive planning can mean the difference between surviving and thriving and having to close your doors.
Now the question is where to start with your planning. While a DR plan should start with protecting your employees, it also should encompass your facilities, your systems and your data. This month, SearchSMBStorage.com has a couple of DR Planning articles (subscription required) that may provide insights on how to begin your DR plan. In addition, you’ll want to check out InfoWorld.com for some insights into using snapshot technology for DR.
Storage snapshots are among the best data protection features that any server or storage platform can offer. The ability to quickly and easily roll back to a previous point in time without pulling out a tape or copying data puts a healthy distance between you and disaster.
We won’t argue with that advice, of course, since snapshots are the technology powering ShadowProtect. But no matter how your SMB customers plan to protect their businesses, the best advice you can give them is the first step: start with a plan.