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Be Ready When Disaster Knocks at Your Door

If you’ve watched the news anytime in the past year, you know that disaster doesn’t make an appointment. Hurricanes, ice-storms, tornadoes and floods have no bias as to when and where they strike. A well-designed and tested Business Continuity / Disaster Recovery plan (BC/DRP)can limit impact of catastrophic events such as these.

A recovery time objective (RTO) refers to the maximum length of time that a system can be down after a failure or disaster occurs before the company is negatively impacted by the downtime. Without an effective disaster recovery plan, businesses can find themselves facing mounting financial burdens within hours after catastrophe strikes.

A recent Gartner report projected that only 35% of SMBs have a comprehensive disaster recovery plan in place. This is a troubling statistic when, according to the Gulf Coast Back to Business Act (2007), Congress finds that 43 percent of businesses that close following a natural disaster never reopen, and an additional 29 percent of businesses close down permanently within two years (Library of Congress 2009).

Taking the data above, a disaster recovery plan proves critical to business continuity. Most small business owners understand the financial effect of employee downtime, but recognizing the best way to put in place an IT plan to ensure recovery proves itself to be less black and white, and in turn gets thrown into the “save for another day” pile.

Stop the procrastination and start the preparation. Just as no business is the same, disaster plans aren’t either.

Consider the following when designing your DRP:

  • Staff readiness:individual roles and responsibilities during both preparation and recovery
  • Backup, shutdown and restore procedures
  • Voice and data service re-routing
  • Critical equipment inventory
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1 Comment
  1. dieta

    Disaster Recovery Plans are generally part of a larger, more extensive practice known as Business Continuity Planning. DR plans should be well practiced so that the key players are familiar with the specific actions they will need to take should a disaster occur. DR plans must also be adaptable and routinely updated, e.g. if new people, a new branch office, or new hardware or software are added to an organization they should promptly be incorporated into the organization’s disaster recovery plan. Companies must consider all these facets of their organization as well as update and practice their plan if they want to maximize their recovery after a disaster.

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