Developing disaster recovery solutions are essential for business continuity.

Developing a disaster recovery strategy

Stephen Perkins

IT has become the lifeblood of small- and medium-sized businesses today. Without it, the same level of productivity and growth would be a harder feat to achieve. However, as dependency on technology for daily operations increases, so does the reliance on IT solutions to secure invaluable data and sustain business continuity.

Initiating a continuity strategy could be expensive and flummoxing to SMBs with limited IT knowledge. Writing for the Digital Marketing Show, Daniel Hunter noted that research conducted by the Onyx Group found that only 16 percent of small businesses were confident that their disaster recovery solutions were first-rate, while 14 percent didn't know if it was possible to improve them. In January 2013, a separate survey by Onyx revealed that one in four SMBs had lost mission-critical data in the last two years.

While recent natural disasters have spurred some SMB owners into high gear with regard to business continuity strategies, the threat to IT systems is still very real and requires companies to implement a strategy before it is too late.

A recent ZDNet article by Heather Clancy noted several ways that SMBs can get a better understanding of business continuity and make it a smoother process.

For organizations with fewer than 1,000 employees, nearly 80 percent of basic IT infrastructure should be transferred to cloud backups over the next three years; particularly for services including email, payroll and an extra backup profile. In situations where companies lose power, they will still be able to operate by having essential data stored in cloud-based backups.

SMBs should not rely solely on one local copy for data storage; having off-site data storage is the foundation of any reliable continuity plan. Companies that have large files can use the on-site copy to prevent the network from slowing down.

Lastly, backups should be automatic and not limited to running just once a day, which is why continuous data protection through an automated backup is an important component of any business continuity strategy.

Categories: Cloud Backup, Data Management, Data Protection, Disaster Recovery, Online Backup, Server Backup