Online backup is critical to corporate continuity

Online backup is critical to corporate continuity

Stephen Perkins

In the past several years, businesses in North America and abroad have learned just how dangerous an unforeseen disastrous situation can be when the proper protections and plans are not in place. The economic damages that came following Hurricane Sandy, winter storm Nemo and a variety of other events were substantial, and many small business owners saw the most severe after effects.  

As such, companies need to make corporate continuity and disaster recovery main priorities going into the new year, and online backup can be a perfect and affordable way to achieve more resilient operations. Between the protection of data and servers, organizations will be better prepared to handle the challenges that will automatically surface in the wake of a major natural or man-made disaster. 

Keep it strong
Data Center Journal contributor Jack Bailey recently listed several reasons why companies should not spend any less budget on disaster recovery in 2014 than they did in 2013, asserting that these plans are critical for long-term success in virtually every industry. According to the news provider, DR is relatively easy to plan and implement, and can reduce instances of data loss and outages. 

The costs associated with information loss and exposure are substantial and can cause significant issues for any company, regardless of size or specialty. What's more, downtime has also been found to come with average expenses surpassing the $500,000 mark. The source explained companies which focus on deploying disaster recovery plans that cover applications and mission-critical operational processes will reduce the risk of outages. 

Additionally, Bailey stated that once the disaster recovery plan is in place, it will be up to managers and decision-makers to keep up with best testing practices. Without at least one review of the systems and policies every couple of months, the firm's plans run the risk of losing their relevancy and effectiveness. 

Awareness can help
Businesses must remember that the most effective disaster recovery plans are characterized by a robust range of solutions such as data backup, combined with extensive and engaging employee awareness and training strategies. Although new solutions and services are often automated and can alleviate some of the stress for employees, staff members must know what their responsibilities are for maintaining the recovery plan.

Furthermore, managers would do well to simulate disaster conditions so that employees know exactly what to do to get systems and data up-and-running in a short period of time following the event. 

Categories: Disaster Recovery