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Case Study: The impact of disaster
recovery preparedness

 

Introduction

Redmond Computers is a full-service technology consulting firm. It is one of a handful of technology companies in central oregon able to cater to small, medium and large size businesses and of course any home office. Oregon has always been a business friendly state attracting all sorts of companies to relocate their headquarters or engaging many entrepreneurs into starting a new business. Once established, it is critical to consider mitigation strategies in the event of a disaster to the business’s data and technology infrastructure.

 

What is disaster recovery preparedness?

Disaster recovery preparedness alludes to the time required to bring the technological aspects of a business back into operation. The technological aspects of a business include telephone, mobile devices, fax machines, copiers, printers, critical business software, and databases. In today’s modern economy, data is paramount to a business’s success. There is nothing more unsettling than worrying about your burgeoning business only to find that there is no way to recover your valuable data after a tragedy. After all, much time, effort, and money has been put in to making your business succeed. Therefore, it is necessary to ensure the integrity of the data and the continuity of your business in the event of a disaster. There are a few important things to consider here:

  • How much down time can your business weather in the event of a disaster?
  • Do you have enough technology personnel on your own staff to help you prepare for a disaster?
  • Once a disaster has struck your business, do you have the capability to restore your operations to a point where you can once again conduct business?
  • Is there an execution strategy in place in the event of a calamity?

We at Redmond Computers can help you answer all these questions and many more that you may have. Being prepared for disaster recovery means to be prepared to spring your business back into operation as quickly as possible. In our experience, we have found that proactive business owners have set a threshold of 1 day to 7 days for their systems to be back online in a remote location in the event of a natural disaster. Now, that may be too aggressive for some business owners. However, the point is that being prepared for such a catastrophe is the first step to ensuring the longevity of your business and its ability to continue to flourish.

 

The strategy short list

Here are some things to put in place in your business to ensure business continuity:

  • Backup schedule
Have a routine schedule to backup all your critical data. A daily incremental backup
routine followed by a full weekly backup is a good starting point.
  • Offsite backup

If you do not have a location offsite where you can store a copy of your critical data,
consider getting one. This can be any site that is at least seven miles away from your place of business. You could even get a safety deposit box at your bank.

  • Quarterly restore

It is not enough to just backup your data, you must also be able to ensure the integrity of the data being safeguarded. As a business owner, you should consider simulating a disaster once a quarter and attempt to restore all the critical data to see if you run into problems with your current disaster recovery strategy.s

Conclusion
This discussion on disaster preparedness is just an introduction to the elements one must consider for the continuity of a business. Knowing that a disaster is possible and not preparing for it is not a smart business move. At Redmond Computers, our experienced personnel can help walk you through the steps necessary for ensuring your business’s success today and in the future.