When you own a business, there are a lot of things that you need to consider. What if the system gets corrupted? What if my building catches fire? What if something bad happens? These what ifs might determine if your business will grow or will fail in the long run. This is the reason why a disaster recovery plan was made, to lessen the negative effects of a specific disaster. Disasters are those events that threaten to disrupt the workflow and productivity of your business. These events include hardware or software failure, a network outage, a power outage, physical damage to a building like fire or flooding, human error, or some other significant event.
In line with the topic of disasters, let’s take the recent flood and severe storm that devastated New South Wales for example. There were a lot of businesses that were affected by the flood and really bad weather.
Reports say that the world’s largest port for coal exports in the city of Newcastle, north of Sydney has just been shut down as a consequence of the bad weather or “disaster”. The storm took the region by surprise, houses were being swept away and power poles were snapped. If you owned a business in that specific region, this will pose a great threat to your business.
Do you have enough resources to get back up after something as devastating as losing your office files and work to a flood? This is an ideal example of the disasters that you have no control over.
Without a proper Disaster recovery plan, this situation could set you back a couple of months or even years.
Using the new innovations made available through the web services, you can ensure the continuity of your company even when your employees are at home.
These services also allow you to employ people from other regions of the world. Again by taking advantage of technology, it will mean that your company will continue to function even when the disaster has already struck.
What good is a disaster recovery plan when the disaster has already happened? So you need to make sure that you prepare for any possible negative scenarios. Implementing this before the disaster happens will ensure the company’s function and will save you a lot of resources.
The cost of a disaster recovery plan will greatly differ between each type of disaster and how big your business is.
The traditional Disaster Recovery plan is basically just a copy of one’s data infrastructure. Using this copy, service providers set up and maintain the data on this specific infrastructure and tested on a regular basis. It is also imperative that the backup and original copy be far away from each other. This is to ensure the isolation from internal faults.
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