Why You Need a Backup and Disaster Recovery Plan
Let’s face it: disaster planning, to most of us, is something we think of but never really do anything about. Intellectually you know that at some point down the road your data is going to be in danger – you have read the ‘doom-and-gloom’ stats. But nobody reads them and thinks “that is going to happen to me”.
We can’t help it. We want to be optimistic. We want to believe the worst will never happen. But when it comes to your data and running your business, optimism will only get you so far.
It’s not all about gloom and doom
A backup and disaster recovery plan isn’t all about predicting the worst. The chances are your data won’t ever be lost to a volcanic eruption, but your business would still be interrupted and precious resources wasted if something unforeseen were to happen. So why not take preventative action?
Here are some solid reasons you should have a plan.
1. Because disasters do happen
Yes, you may not want to believe that it will ever happen to your business, but disasters really do happen. Servers crash, physical data gets damages, equipment is stolen – these are all disasters that have a heavy impact on a business. Having a recovery plan not only minimises the interruption to a business, minimising the income loss, but it also reduces the money you are likely to spend in trying to get your organisation back to the point it was before the disaster.
2. It will improve your business efficiency
Making a backup and disaster recovery plan means having a look at how your processes and technology fit together and what’s most important. You have to prioritise your data and services so you can figure out how to protect them and how to restore them in the event of a disaster.
While this may seem like a tedious exercise, it gives you the opportunity to improve the efficiency of your systems by bringing in new technologies, removing the excess, and streamlining. Ultimately this will in turn improve business efficiency and productivity, saving you money.
3. It will save you money
Besides saving you money through improved business efficiency, a good backup and disaster recovery plan also saves you money by reducing the time your IT staff spend on backup and recovery. Additionally, if you are aware of all of your technology and what it’s doing, you’re saving money on worthless cycles.
4. It Helps You Make Money
Your business needs to do what it does. So what happens when operations are interrupted due to disaster? You can no longer sell your product and you are no longer making money.
A good backup and disaster recovery plan will ensure that operations are never compromised, allowing you to continue to make money.
If you haven’t yet, take a moment to figure out what a single hour of business down-time costs you. It will give you a good understanding of the potential risk to your business and get you on the road to safety.