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How to Plan for Effective Disaster Recovery

Posted on: 06/10/2016

How to Plan for Effective Disaster Recovery

In July of 2016, a monkey caused a nationwide outage for power in Kenya - meaning that millions of businesses and homes were forced to survive without power. This just goes to show that your next disaster can come from almost anywhere - not only storms and natural disasters.

Everything from a sudden electrical fire in your office building, to a burst water pipe, or a damaged air conditioning unit could cause enough damage to stop your business in its tracks - so are you prepared for when the worst happens? If not, we've got a few tips to help you plan for effective disaster recovery.


1.   Make a Software and Hardware Inventory

Your disaster recovery plan should always include an inventory of all the hardware and software that you currently use. Make sure to list everything in order of priority, and create a plan for how you're going to access the things you need to get back up and running. For some people, this might mean storing data and applications on the cloud, whereas others might turn to other backup methods.


2.   Decide Who Will Be Responsible for What

When disaster strikes in your company, everyone should know exactly what they need to be doing. For example, your IT team - outsourced or otherwise - should be ready and prepared to start recovering backup information that has been stored on your systems, or outside of your computers for a while now, while looking for ways to integrate new software into new computers if necessary.

If it helps, don't be afraid to write out a system plan for everyone in your office or staff, so that they know exactly what they need to do in the event of emergency. The more prepared your company is; the less likely people are to panic.


3.   Define Your Data Loss and Downtime Tolerance

Depending on what your business is responsible for, and the kind of services that you offer, the amount of time you can spend without an internet or electricity connection may change. For example, if you're a plumber, you can probably get by for a little while without technology or servers, but if you're a hosting service, or an IT company, you're going to need things to be back up and running within a matter of seconds.

Figuring out exactly what you need and how quickly you need it can help you to figure out the kind of services and backup solutions you need in the event of a disaster. 

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