Ensure Business Continuity in Any Situation

Kim Mays

It would be impossible for a company that has no disaster recovery (DR) plan in place to continue business after a severe hacker attack, fire, flood or tornado. And yet, many companies still do not have solid DR strategies developed. Businesses often find it challenging to make a case for a business continuity plan, much less devote funds, people and time to its creation “just in case” something were to happen someday.

Every minute your business systems spend down is a loss of revenue. For your enterprise to ensure its continued services after an emergency situation, having an extensive DR strategy is critical.

Our IT Download, Business Continuity: Considerations, Risks, Tips and More, provides instruction on how to develop a business recovery strategy. According to this report:

…Executives know that downtime equals lost dollars and that every minute spent on recovery data and systems is time taken away from running their business. This results in a lack of productivity and a poor customer response time. Companies can create a resilient IT infrastructure with automated disaster recovery (DR) for any service, any time and any place…

This informative compilation identifies seven points where many companies fail at disaster recovery and explains how to instead build—or rebuild—a successful plan. To build a robust disaster recovery plan,  you must examine many areas within your enterprise, including:

  • Backup and recovery
  • Maintaining operations
  • Automation
  • Virtualization
  • Risk management

You will learn how and when to test your plan once it is complete and find tips on how often a plan can and should be updated. You will also benefit from additional resource tools, including a Disaster Recovery Training Outline and an excerpt from the book “IT Disaster Recovery Planning for Dummies.”

Don’t let your business fall behind during an emergency situation. Learn the best way to create a continuity plan for your company, then test it and update it as necessary. Disasters happen every day and without warning. Now is the time to make sure your business isn’t caught off guard.

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Aug 19, 2013 8:09 AM Rob Berra Rob Berra  says:
Business Continuity Planning is considerably broader than just data/application survival. It's very easy to lose sight of the fact that even if all your data are secure, your business will hemorrhage money at a terrifying rate if you have no place for your people to work, if you have no *people* (think pandemic), if your supply chain is disrupted, etc... A disaster recovery plan must include far more than just the IT component. Reply

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