Your disaster recovery plan
How many people have a DR plan in place for their business?
Would you know where to start or do you think that it’s OK as the business insurance will cover everything?
Making sure your business insurance is up to date and all-encompassing should be part of your DR plan but the main focus should be on keeping your business working should you have to move premises, lose the use of your PC’s, server and laptops and/or have restricted use of your facilities and equipment.
The idea of a DR plan is to keep your business trading and making money whilst the problems are sorted out. After all, if you can’t keep selling your products and services where will the money come from to rebuild your business or at least tide you over whilst the insurance company processes your claim?
A DR plan should cover your whole business but we’ll focus on the IT side. Here are a few pointers to get you started:
- Think about the most important things you need to have access to and use on a daily basis. That could be your accounts package, your contact list, your CRM system. Do you have a backup plan if you can’t access these such as paper records or alternative systems?
- Make sure your PC’s and servers are backed up regularly onto tape, external hard drive or remotely. Check your backups to make sure they are completing, that you can restore and that all your data is included in your backup jobs. If you do a backup to tape or hard drive, make sure that you rotate your devices and take the latest backup offsite.
- Have details of all important information such as Administrator user names and passwords, email account details and any backup services securely stored offsite. Keep them up to date and know where they are!
- Make sure your important equipment is attached to a UPS – Uninterruptable Power Supply. This will offer a short amount of battery backup, to cover short power cuts, and should shut your servers down in the proper manner in the event of a longer power outage. A UPS should also protect against power fluctuations.
- Have a plan on where you can work and alternative business processes you can use in the event that you cannot get into your offices or have access to your systems.
- Consider your communications. Do you have all the information you need to hand to divert telephone calls to your main number to another landline or mobiles? Can you access your email via a web portal if your server is inaccessible?
If you need help to put together a DR plan or would like to look at remote backup or email continuity services, please contact us.