Is Your Organization Prepared to Recover After a Disaster?
Disaster planning is a critical part of just about any business. Having a plan to get back on your feet after a variety of different potential scenarios is vital to ensuring the long term success of your project, business or organization. Research over the years has made it clear that disaster recovery is something many businesses, big and small, should be paying attention to; with 73% of small-medium sized businesses falling behind in disaster readiness as of late 2015.
You might be wondering; what makes a good disaster recovery plan? The best way to answer that is to understand the intent of a disaster plan; to enable timely recovery of vital IT components for operations to happen. One of the most significant IT components is the server(s) that stores critical data. Just think: how would you recover if all of your project data, ongoing and historical, was wiped away?
What Sort Of Disasters Should Be Considered?
Disasters of significance can be man-made, stem from technological failure, or even have natural causes. Here are just some examples of what might fall under each of these:
- Material spills / man-made building fire
- Break & enter
- Cyber attacks
- Explosions / war / civil unrest
- Fatal server failure
- Power failure
- Hardware failure
Some of these events may seem outlandish, but the reality is that many businesses plan for several possible situations that could harm or interrupt their survival; no matter the odds of a specific scenario occurring.
What Should You Be Doing?
It can be overwhelming trying to determine what the best steps to take are in order to recover from something like a hurricane or war situation. Simply put; your organization needs to take steps to protect data, and one of the best ways to do that while mitigating such events is to keep multiple copies of important data in different forms and locations.
There are many different tools that organizations use to accomplish this. Here are two of the most significant and feasible ones for organizations of all sizes;
For many organizations, a significant amount of key information is stored on paper documents. While reliable when they can be located, paper documents can take up valuable real estate in your workplace, and are highly susceptible to damage in various different types of disaster situations. Document scanning allows organizations to create and keep electronic copies that can be stored under different circumstances, while remaining accessible.
E-Backup & Restore
Electronic copies of physical records can be stored and accessed electronically from multiple different geographic locations. The idea is that if one region is impacted by some form of disaster, a backup copy of information still exists in a non-affected region. The process of choosing the regions in which to keep data copies is an entire strategic process in and of itself, and many companies put serious thought and consideration into it.
We Have The Solutions To Power Your Recovery Plan
A disaster recovery plan is an expensive and complex thing to put together. Let our team of data storage experts help you and your business put together a plan that works for your needs and budget. NRC’s document scanning and e-backup services can help your organization ensure that data is protected and accessible in the event of catastrophe.
Talk to our expert team today to find out more about how we can help protect your business!