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Four undeniable reasons to care about business continuity and disaster recover.

As a proactive business, you know that a solid business continuity and disaster recovery plan  is essential.

Why would anyone ever put a business at rick to downtime or data loss when prevetion is so easy?

While some negligent businesses fail to give BCDR the proper attention it deserves, we’re not worried about you.

But if anyone asks, here are four critical reasons that explain why you should care about business continuity and disaster recover.

1 – DOWNTIME IS EXPENSIVE

When employees or customers lose access to business applications and data, there will be direct impact on productivity and revenue.

Many organisations do not consider the actual costs of downtime. To better understand this cost, consider the following:

Let’s say your business has 100 employees, average hourly revenue is £1,500 and the backup data set amounts to 2 TB.

Given these parameters, a full restore from a local backup would take over 8 hours.

The associated downtime cost would amount to £12,000 in employee wages alone.

Some modern BCDR products offer the ability to run applications from backup instances of virtual servers.

This allows users to continue operations while primary application servers are restored.

Choosing a BCDR solution aimed at reducing downtime makes good business sense.

2 – BACKUP ALONE IS NOT ENOUGH

You’d be hard pressed to find a business today that doesn’t conduct some form of data backup.

But, what happens if a flood wipes out your primary and backup servers?

Sending a copy of data offsite for disaster recovery should also be considered essential.

Historically, this meant sending tapes to a secondary location.

As previously mentioned, modern BCDR products can run applications from backup instances of virtual servers, and some can extend this capability to the cloud.

This approach is frequently called cloud DR or disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS).

The ability to run applications in the cloud while onsite infrastructure is restored is widely considered to be a game changer for disaster recovery.

You don’t want yesterday’s backup technology.

Backup and business continuity are not one in the same. Your business needs both.

3 – THE RISK OF DISASTERS

Not every disaster is broadcasted on news and weather channels.

Most IT downtime is a result of common, every day actions like accidental (or intentional) data deletion, damage to computer hardware and poor security habits.

For example, a recent study found that 94% of respondents routinely log into public wifi, in spite of security risks.

And, 69% of this group accesses workrelated data over public wifi. A ransomware attack or virus can halt operations just as easily as a tornado or a power surge.

These “lower-case d” disasters are typically a result of human error, which in unpreventable.

Having technology in place that allows your business to continue operations following these user error disasters is equally if not more important than protecting against natural disasters.

4 – BUSINESS CONTINUITY IS EVERYONE’S CONCERN

Data is essential for all types of organisations today, so ensuring access to applications and data following a disaster is critical.

But it’s just one piece of the BCDR puzzle.

Evaluating your business’ ability to restore IT operations can be a good starting point for company-wide business continuity efforts.

Good BCDR planning should look at the business as a whole, and the goal should be to develop business resilience.

You know a disaster (natural or otherwise) is coming at some point and in the company you lead, everyone has a stake in BCDR.

CONCLUSION

Business continuity and disaster recovery is a company-wide responsibility.

Failure to protect your business from human error, hardware failure and/ or natural disasters can be detrimental and impact every single employee.

It’s not only important to have a business continuity and disaster recovery solution you trust, but to make sure you test it as well.

We have put together a simple business continuity and disaster recovery checklist to keep on hand.

If you would like to download our ‘Ultimate Recovery Checklist’ click on the link HERE

For further help and advice with your backup and disaster recovery plan contact Taylor Made today on enquiries@tmcs.co.uk or 01329 239900

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