Many companies learn the importance of disaster recovery planning the hard way. After a disaster destroys the IT system, they vow to implement a recovery plan with the help of a managed IT services provider. Unfortunately, many companies that experience a major data loss don’t get the chance to implement a plan; they go out of business a few months after the disaster. Without access to crucial business data that has been for years, most companies are unable to remain financially viable.
What a Recovery Plan Isn’t
Most companies have enough foresight to take the threat of a catastrophic event that destroys the IT network seriously. However, many companies have in place a recovery strategy that isn’t a viable option. In many cases, the so-called recovery plan consists of having data stored offsite at a location from which it would be recovered following a disaster. But unless the warehoused data can be migrated onto new hardware within two weeks of the catastrophe — and ideally within one week — the chances of resuming business as usual are slim.
This is where a provider of managed IT services comes in. Although storing data offsite is an important part of the strategy, it is only the first step toward preparing to reopen following a disaster. In addition to a strategy for offsite data storage, a company also needs a strategy for deploying temporary hardware to a temporary business location, migrating data onto the hardware, and deploying temporary staff to the location if necessary. The provider will coordinate a plan for these things to occur immediately following a disaster.
The provider can also help you build in house support for the initiative by supplying statistics and studies that underline the importance of going forward with a plan, as well as putting forth financial ideas for accruing the capital necessary to get the strategy off the ground.
The Time to Act is Now
Statistically speaking, most companies will never experience an event that destroys the IT network and leaves them without access to important data. However, because catastrophes are generally unpredictable, knowing whether your company will be statistically lucky is all but impossible. This is why companies with a lot on the line ensure that they have an effective recovery strategy. If your company’s version of a recovery plan is simply storing data offsite, contact a provider of managed IT services that specializes in business continuity today. If you want more information about this click here or visit our website today.