Businesses face a wide variety of challenges and dangers every day, from computer viruses to natural disasters. Luckily, overcoming these obstacles requires one type of plan: a disaster recovery strategy. Developing the right recovery or business continuity plan for a business’ unique needs can be challenging, but by addressing key factors, such as the geographic location of the business, the type of industry it’s in, and the level of protection it needs, company leaders and IT decision-makers can develop a highly effective and efficient strategy for making it through a crisis and recover operations afterward.
In an interview with Patrick Dunn, an industry expert on business continuity planning and best practices, the Star Tribune examined what it takes for a company to make it through a crisis. These tips can be used by a business in any field to ensure the safety of its employees, data, and finances, whether they are threatened by a tornado, earthquake, hurricane, or simple system crash.
One of the first things any company should examine when considering disaster recovery is where the business is located. Geographic location factors into the types of disasters the business needs to prepare for, as well as its proximity to power stations, emergency responders, and employees’ residents. All of these factors weigh into what type of backup and recovery software solution the business should invest in, as well as how quickly employees can reach their families, or how fast responders can reach the business to help.
When it comes to business continuity, cheaper is often not better. The “you get what you pay for” adage applies strongly, and any company should ensure that as many resources as necessary go into keeping not only employees and offices safe, but data as well. Off-site cloud-storage options can keep files out of harm’s way, and also reduce the cost of data storage and recovery.
When it comes to different crisis strategies, cost and location are the only factors that should be considered. How the plan will affect employees, data, and company resources is also an important consideration. A business must ensure both its employees and data are safe in every situation, even those where it seems like only one is threatened.
With reliable system backup software, a business can ensure the data side of any strategy is secure, and focus its efforts on the human side of the company.