No one wants to contemplate the potential negative impact of disasters, and many business owners never think about it. They rely upon traditional backup solutions to provide business continuity after any outage—from a server crash to a natural disaster.
The hard truth is that most traditional backup systems aren’t optimized for today’s business needs, and they certainly aren’t disaster ready. Cloud-based backup services perform better for file-level restores, but when the time comes to ramp up a production server quickly, they are not up to the task.
Furthermore, even among companies that maintain appropriate backups for disaster recovery, the majority are not managing or testing them well enough to ensure business continuity. In fact, the Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council reports that 73% of businesses globally are failing at their disaster recovery efforts.
With any disaster recovery program, system files must be secured, encrypted and archived in a manner that ensures they cannot be compromised and tested for recoverability. Plans must be tested, as well, and updated periodically to ensure they still reflect operating conditions.
These are the elements that transform a disaster recovery program into a business continuity solution, and it is where many firms fail spectacularly.
Problems arise because creating, documenting and testing a disaster recovery program, with its related data and system backups, isn’t a simple task. Even with automated backup and recovery software, it’s complicated. Furthermore, many business owners don’t have time to explore and develop functional responses for all likely business continuity scenarios. For example:
- Server crashes—and even seemingly minor events, like spilled coffee on a data drive—cause far more outages than natural disasters but can be nearly as disruptive.
- Selective recovery of and access to individual files from any location can make or break an important business deal—and maintain staff productivity during a significant weather event.
- Web service crashes for e-commerce and other customer-facing platforms can permanently damage corporate reputations.
Disaster Recovery Planning for Business Continuity has many intangibles and covers much more than backup services. InterDev’s experts have the training and experience to help organizations develop a plan that will untangle the complications of recovering from disasters large or small. In the process, we often discover business opportunities that decision makers can leverage at the same time. From the initial strategic assessment to recommendations for infrastructure, processes, policies and even training protocols, we help our clients prepare to recover from against whatever life throws their way.