Developing a data recovery plan for the winter will help to ensure business continuity for SMBs.

Winterizing SMB data recovery plans

Stephen Perkins

As winter weather quickly approaches, those in areas where snow is common will need to begin taking out their shovels, snow blowers and bags of salt. However, these individuals are not the only ones that will need to prepare for what the winter has in store. Blizzards and ice storms can be just as devastating to businesses as hurricanes and earthquakes, and having a data recovery solution in place for the coming months will be key for effective preparedness.

The Portland Daily Sun recently published an article detailing three steps companies can take to winterize small business disaster recovery plans. Even if businesses have not yet implemented a full-scale recovery solution, they can develop a "micro-plan" to defend against winter hazards.

When snow storms create hazardous conditions for employees who commute to work, it may be best to close down the office and work from home. For small- and medium-sized businesses, this is usually the most practical and economical solution. Testing network connections, telecom systems and the productivity employees can achieve by working from home are all important aspects to evaluate when developing a DR strategy that ensures business continuity and data protection.

Establishing a plan to restore lost data, Internet and phone connections is crucial to successful DR, especially as more SMBs rely on cloud computing for daily operations. Server backups can guarantee secure data storage at offsite data centers, far away from snow encumbered businesses. Having local copies of data will make it easier to access information if an Internet outage hinders the retrieval of cloud-based backups. In addition, remote copies stored offsite can restore mission-critical data to various locations if the office is inaccessible.

Lastly, since winter storms can lead to crippling power outages, businesses must have a strategy in place for backup power. Installing generators at the office or moving key applications and information to data centers that have complete backup systems in place will avoid extended IT downtime.

Preparing for the winter by utilizing data backup and recovery solutions will prove to be a good investment for SMBs, especially when compared to the potential costs that business disruption can have.

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