Fire is a Real Threat
On Sunday, May 21, 2017 a fire engulfed 1111 Camino del Rio in Durango, CO. This location was the former home of Think Network Technologies.
Last summer’s Camino del Rio fire in Durango and Western Excelsior fire in Mancos, in addition to other potential disasters, there is no time like the present to review and/or implement data backup, disaster recovery and business continuity plans. Disasters are real and business owners should have a disaster readiness plan in place to continue business operations during and after a disaster. So what can you do to ensure you’re prepared before disaster strikes?
First, it’s important to understand the definition of data backup, disaster recovery and business continuity and how they relate to business processes. Data backup, disaster recovery and business continuity are used interchangeably are different, but equally important and interconnected facets to protecting your business. Second, it’s important to employ an IT partner to develop a comprehensive strategy and plans that fit your business.
What is “Data Backup”?
Data backup is the process of creating copies of your important data and storing in another location that would not be affected by the same factors that could affect your primary copy of data.
Some things to keep in mind:
- Your backups should include all important business data.
- At least one up-to-date copy should be stored off-site.
- Backups should be monitored regularly to make sure they are working properly.
- Restoration tests should be conducted regularly to make sure data can be recovered from the backups when needed.
- Periodic reviews should be made to ensure that all critical data is being backed up. A set-it-and-forget-it approach can lead to future important data not being backed up.
What is “Disaster Recovery”?
Disaster recovery is the concept and strategy for recovering key IT systems and processes in a timely manner in the event of some form of disruption to these systems. It’s critical to have a plan for how to use data backups in the event of a server failure or physical destruction of property, e.g. fire or flood.
What is “Business Continuity”?
Business continuity is the plan and processes that a business has in place to to continue business while key IT systems are unavailable or are being recovered. While disaster recovery is focused on how to recover key IT systems and business processes, business continuity is the plan for how to continue business operations while IT systems and data are being recovered. A business continuity plan should answer the following key questions:
- What people, equipment, resources, and information need to be available so that business can continue without key IT systems?
- What steps can be taken to manually complete normal, day-to-day business processes with impaired IT systems or completely unavailable IT systems?
We Can Help…
As you can see from the above, data backup, disaster recovery and business continuity are equally important. Having one of these processes without the others, is like having a car with seat belts but no brakes. Having strategies for backups, disaster recovery and a business continuity in place can help protect your business during and after a disaster.
Think Network Technologies can help you develop strategies tailored to your business, systems, and processes. We can also help execute these strategies if and when disaster strikes.
For more information about this topic and how we can support your business, contact us.