By: Alicia Hernandez, Think Technical Writer
Do you remember a time when there were no computers in the workplace? A time when office walls were lined with filing cabinets taller than the average woman? Ok, maybe many of you do not remember these times, but I know some of you can take a stroll down memory lane with me. The fact is, whether or not the data was written, typed, or printed on paper, it has always existed and has been the blood that delivers oxygen to your company.
Today, you may still have a filing drawer or two, but the majority of your company’s lifeline is stored somewhere on a piece of technology. Do you simply store it where it lands in some computer or server within your office? If you are nodding in agreement to that last question, this article is for you. The idea here is to help you build a basic backup and recovery system to provide a relieving sense of continuity for your business. And we shall call her Disaster Recovery.
The cold, hard truth:
Let’s keep you from being one of these failed businesses! This daunting, but necessary, plan is so much simpler than it used to be. Do not let the horror stories of 2005 scare you away. Back then, building a disaster recovery plan required hundreds of thousands of dollars and an off-site location to back your data up to, additional hardware and software, and even additional manpower, all in the event a plane crashed through your building. I apologize for the harsh analogy, but that truly was the event that many large companies planned for after 9/11.
Today, we have the all-powerful Cloud! This simple solution, while not perfect for everyone, does provide small businesses an off-site disaster recovery option that only large companies were privy to in the past. It is important that you do your research—a good read to start with is Disaster recovery explained, by Jacob Gsoedl—find the best solution to meet your needs, build your blueprint, BACK THAT DATA UP, and as always, feel free to contact us here at Think with any questions or DR needs that we can help you with.
1ADP Advanced MD (2013). Build a disaster recovery plan.