As we grow more reliant on data and acts of God continue to dominate the news, disaster recovery and business continuity are becoming important areas of focus. Business continuity is the ability to maintain essential functions and provide services after a disruption, large or small. Disaster recovery is broader and accounts for everything from IT infrastructure to personnel. Disaster recovery can also be reliant on a variety of manual methods used to reestablish the operational abilities of the IT environment.
Seventy-five percent of businesses without a continuity plan fail within three years of experiencing a disaster and 43 percent never manage to re-open at all.
It’s hard to imagine the hypothetical and especially hard to spend money on the hypothetical. Many businesses do not spend the time or money required for a stable disaster recovery and business continuity plan. However, over the past few years, the cost of implementing failover and disaster recovery solutions has dropped significantly with the introduction of newer technologies like cloud computing and server virtualization.
And, because there are large chunks of money being spend on this type of system and infrastructure, this is not just an IT decision. This is a management decision and there can be difficulty explaining in understandable terms to non-technical people what a disaster recovery and business continuity plan requires and on what the money will be spent. You can never prove a return on investment unless disaster strikes.
However, the best part about a well-designed business continuity plan is that even the smallest outage will not trip up your business functions. When done correctly with server and data virtualization, a business could experience very little downtime.
We can set up an effective disaster recovery and business continuity system. Call us toll-free at 877.552.0404 to learn more!