You already back up your data, so you think you’re prepared for a disaster, think again! A disaster recovery is more complex than a routine data backup, without a plan you are putting your business in danger.
What are they?
Backups and disaster recovery planning is vital to your business and needs to be a part of your IT strategy, especially security breaches and networks outages are becoming more common.
Backups – This is where you copy data to a secondary form, like the cloud. The original file can then be restored in the event of a disaster.
Disaster Recovery – This is a strategic security planning model that will protect your business from the effect of natural or man-made disasters. Having a disaster recovery plan means you will be able to maintain critical functions before, during and after a disaster without it disrupting your business.
Why are they important?
Data loss can happen in many different ways so you need a plan in place to make sure you can recover the data or work through a disaster so your business can carry on as usual.
Why you need a data backup and disaster recovery plan:
If technology fails –
Even though modern technology is pretty resilient, mistakes can still happen. Some desktops can get infected with viruses, laptops can break, or power surges can break hard drives. You probably store all of your important data and documents locally, so without a plan you could lose all of them!
Natural disasters –
All over the world, natural disasters have caused disruptions to businesses and technology systems, extreme heat or coldness, flooding, electrical faults or fires can happen at any time! If you have a disaster recovery plan in place, then you don’t need to worry about damage to your business. if something did happen then you can locate the information from your storage solution and the carry on with business as usual.
Human Error –
People make mistakes, an employee could accidentally delete data, leave their laptop or phone somewhere or spill a drink over a hard drive. With a data backup and disaster recovery you will be able to get everything back and rectify any mistakes.
Downtime will make your customers unhappy which means you could lose them, if you then face a disaster this could result in a loss of long-term profits. It takes time to build a reputation, but only seconds to lost it, which means making a disaster recovery plan is very important.