Do You Need a IT Disaster Recovery Plan for Your Business?
Today, large to small-sized businesses use information technology to process information. Your employees rely on electronic mail, VOIP, and EDI to transmit orders, payments and data from one company to another. Your company’s many servers’ processes and stores large amounts of critical data needed to run your business daily. Your employees rely on desktop computers, mobile devices, laptops, and wireless devices to perform their daily job duties. Your network is vital to process, manage, create, and communicate your information. What would happen to your business if one day your information technology stops working?
To ensure your business never looses their critical data you need an information technology disaster recovery plan (IT DRP). Your plan needs to be developed in conjunction with your company’s business continuity plan. When you develop your business impact analysis you need to include your priorities and recovery time objectives. Also, include a technology recovery strategy plan that will restore hardware, data, and applications that meets your needs for your business recovery.
What Is Necessary When Developing Your IT DRP?
1. Develop your internal recovery strategies for your business
Many large-sized businesses have access to more than one data facility. Businesses store their hardware at another facility that can be configured to run their hardware and software applications when needed. This depends on if the company data has been backed up off-site or they have mirrored their data between the two sites. The company’s data can be restored at the alternative site and the company can continue processing their data.
2. Is a vendor supported recovery strategy plan right for you?
Today, vendors can provide your company with a hot site to meet your IT disaster recovery needs. The sites provide your company with a fully configured data center and commonly used hardware and software products. Vendors can host your data streams, applications, and data security services. If an outage is detected at your data center your vendor will hold your data until your systems are restored.
3. What should you include in your recovery plan?
Take an inventory of your hardware that includes; servers, desktops, mobile devices, wireless devices, and laptops. Include all your corporate software and critical and non-critical data. Furthermore, include how you will backup all your critical data. Also, identify all your critical software applications, your data, and what hardware you need to run theses on. Always, prioritize your hardware and software restoration inside your plan.
4. How to develop your data backup plan?
Start developing your data backup plan by identifying all data that resides on your network servers, desktop computers, wireless and mobile devices, and laptop computers. Also, include a backup plan for all your hard copy records and information. Include scheduled backups from all desktops, wireless and mobile devices, and laptops to a network server. After backing up your data to the server schedule the server backup. For your hard copy records, scan the records to your server and backup the scanned copy.
Remember your data should be backed up frequently to ensure your company doesn’t lose critical information. Use online data centers, backup services, or cloud services to store your company’s critical data.