With the many recent power outages in the Metro Vancouver area, it has become apparent that it is imperative to be well-prepared for when natural disasters strike. It seems that the City is not thoroughly prepared and many have called for an immediate preparedness plan to be in place, one that can withstand the many storms that Western Canada is sure yet to have. Natural disasters like this can cause interruption of work and in the event of power outages, it could certainly result in lost data - which may or may not be recovered, depending if your company has a disaster recovery plan in place.
Disasters though are not always natural. There is a risk of fire, and it is an actual fact that accidental data deletion, corruption, or sabotage trump natural disasters in data corruption scenarios. And if your answer to the question "Can my business continue to function without my critical data, applications and operations?" is a resolute no, then having a reliable Disaster Recovery Plan is an absolute priority.
Here are the top reasons why:
Machines and hardware fail
While technological advances have made IT hardware fairly resilient, most devices still fall short. Hardware upgrades may prove to be too costly, especially if you don't have a maintenance and upgrade plan in place that ensures optimal performance, and if the need arises in the worst time of the year where budget isn't in place. The next best thing (and frankly less expensive), is to have your business data backed up regularly - in the cloud or a reliable and secure data center - for data protection that goes beyond the hardware that houses it.
Humans make mistakes
As mentioned earlier, accidental data deletion and corruption trump over natural disasters in scenarios of data loss. Forgetting a critical step, accidentally hitting the wrong key may lead to data loss. It happens to everyone, even to the most cautious. This is common but it's also the hardest to prevent and correct. But hope is not lost as this could easily be prevented by having incremental online data backups in place that ensures you can restore your files to an error-free state. Of course, the need for process improvements and continuous checking and double checking of your files are the best remedies, and online backups can act as safety net.
No business is immune to IT disasters
Your company might have the most-advanced and well-crafted IT and network system in place, but if you don't prepare for the iceberg that's not in your line of sight, it wouldn't matter how strong your network is, it won't be ready for the impact. Total immunity may not be an option but there are many things you can do for prevention and faster recovery. There is just no excuse not to have an IT disaster recovery in place today, especially when you can...
Avoid lost revenue
You need to consider not just how much time your company's IT hardware and assets are unavailable, but how much data is lost, and more importantly - how much in dollar and cents that translates to. Companies lose an average of $84,000 for every hour of downtime after a disaster. That could easily be too costly depending on how much time your system is offline. Do the math.
Corporate brand kept intact
A large scale IT failure have the potential to keep ruining brand reputation even after the initial incident. The impact on stock price and productivity is almost instantaneous. Customer loyalty will most likely be affected, resulting in an even worse scenario - the costly customer re-acquisition.
You can maintain productivity and performance if your company has alternative ways to perform in the event of system downtime. Incremental online data backups and desktop virtualization can be the solutions in keeping productivity running.
We've put together a guide on how to create your own Disaster Recovery Plan to help with your business continuity efforts. Feel free to download and share with your colleagues!
If you would like our support, contact us to find out how we can develop a highly reliable and cost-effective Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity Plan that could make the difference between your business surviving or failing during adversity.