Businesses are built on data: millions of names, records, details, multimedia and more, it’s all stored and communicated through IT infrastructure – unless you’re operating on a pre 1950’s ‘filing cabinet’ setup, but we very much doubt that. Backing up crucial data is something we’ve been consciously doing for decades, but are we really thinking about where that data sits and how we would go about retrieving it efficiently in the face of disaster? A sound disaster recovery plan means that, in the event of a disaster, you’re able to follow pre-planned steps to safely and securely retrieve your data.
What Qualifies as a ‘Disaster’?
The word disaster conjures up images of earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunami-induced floods, and while large-scale natural disasters are a very real threat to your businesses infrastructure, there are so many other, minor disasters that can unexpectedly corrupt huge amounts of data. Examples of these disasters are endless, and they could be anything from a small leak or spillage, to a theft or break-in.
What Data Do I Need to Make Recoverable?
As you can see, data loss or corruption can be brought on very easily by a number of different causes, and so keeping valuable back-ups safe is key to the functioning of your disaster recovery plan.
Deciding what you will want to back-up can be difficult at first, as you may just think the answer is ‘everything’ and not know where to start. It may be that you think about your business in departments, and then mark out where your crucial information is stored, working by priority area; whichever way, you’re going to want to back-up all of it and the finer details can come later.
Your Disaster Recovery Plan
It goes without saying that your disaster recovery plan should be tailored specifically to your business, and although it’s sensible to ask the right questions about what sort of things people generally will want to include. The bottom line is this: keeping your data safe and making it easily accessible and retrievable in the event of a disaster.
If you’re interested in setting up a disaster recovery plan, feel free to give us a call on 0345 345 1110. Alternatively, email us with any enquiries and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.