Business continuity is about more than being prepared for a disaster – it’s about being ready in a way that doesn’t interfere with normal operations, and helps resume them as swiftly as possible. For companies that survived the recent onslaught of Sandy, this knowledge may be fresh in their minds, but for others disaster recovery is often forgotten. As such, it is important to keep up to date on how the company strategy works, and test it frequently.
One issue many businesses run into is realizing that their backup solution is outdated. Tape backup systems are bulky, confusing, and becoming unreliable, outpaced by the cloud and backup hard drive solutions that are being introduced and improved upon today. To improve disaster recovery, ensure survival, and do so in way that doesn’t interrupt operations, businesses need to consider three factors
Backups are always necessary
Backing up data is simply a part of running a business, and shouldn’t be an inconvenience to the company. When employees have to take time out of their “normal” routine to back up data, it interrupts workflow and causes more problems than it potentially solves. With improved solutions, such as online backup services, a company can integrate backup and recovery software with its normal operations, improving the reliability and speed of both without making data protection a hassle.
Data loss is inevitable
While protecting the company from loss is a major concern, all businesses know that data will be lost in a disaster. As such, companies should focus on reducing loss, ensuring that what is lost is backed up, and shortening recovery times. This means having high-quality data backup software to speed up recovery times or permitting recovery to offsite locations, such as employees’ home offices.
Versatility and flexibility are key
Ultimately, disaster recovery comes down to a business’s ability to get back to normal operations as swiftly as possible once the storm passes. The cloud provides flexibility that is necessary to accomplish this, without significantly raising disaster preparedness costs or interrupting workflow. With cloud-based recovery, a business can restore data anywhere at any time after a disaster, rather than being restricted by physical hardware.