When it comes to disaster recovery and business continuity, no business should be without a plan. Far too many shirk this responsibility for another day, either because they have never been the victim of data loss or because natural disasters rarely strike their area. However, it is generally only matter of time till the tables turn and a company has to restore lost data or rebuild its IT network after a system crash or hurricane.
According to IT Jungle, there are certain “dos and don’ts” that can make or break a business. By following just four of these tips, any organization can ensure that it is well protected from a crisis.
Do back up everything, not just data
When it comes to rebuilding after a disaster, data isn’t the only thing that has to be recovered. IT infrastructure components, application settings, and more may need to be restored to get operations working again smoothly. With the right data backup software or virtualization integration, a business can back up more than just data, and ensure its systems will be fully operational as quickly as possible should a storm, power outage, or other disaster befall it.
Don’t update systems without ensuring backup plans can handle it
According to the news source, one major mistake that some organizations make is updating hardware and IT systems to a point where its backup technology can no longer support them. Whenever implementing a major change in technology, any company has to make sure its system backup software can support those changes first, or risk failure because of incompatibility.
Do be confident, but cautious
No business is risk free. Technology can be flawed, employees can make mistakes, and planning can go awry. However, one key component to a successful disaster recovery plan is confidence. Through training, a business can be sure of its technology and employees’ ability to handle a crisis, and that confidence will translate into success. However, first the company has to be confident in its ability to recover by implementing the right tools and making sure they work.
Don’t assume high-quality is high-expense
Finally, one mistake many companies make, according to the news source, is that high-quality disaster recovery software is too expensive for their needs. With various tools, such as virtualization, a company can reduce the cost of its disaster recovery solutions without reducing its efficiency, and even potentially increase overall productivity in the workplace.