Disaster recovery, also known as business continuity, involves having a pre-thought-out, fully tested plan to recover from such unforeseen emergencies as fires, power outages, tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, blizzards, and anything else that could potentially shut down normal business operations for a significant interval. Putting the right precautions into place so as to minimize the disruption and get all systems running again in as little time as possible is crucial to business success.
For enterprise computing, e-commerce sites, and any business with an IT department, disaster recovery has taken on increased importance in recent years. Hardware, software, and networks continue to grow in complexity, even as more revenue becomes dependent on their uninterrupted operation. In response, some IT departments now spend up to 25% of their budget on disaster recovery planning. Yet, at the same time, about half of businesses don’t even have a disaster recovery plan, and many who do have tested it.
Big Changes in Disaster Recovery
Twenty years ago, disaster recovery was much simpler and much more hands-on. A recovery plan from a fire threat, for example, might have included elements like powering down the mainframe before turning on the sprinklers, taking apart computers to check for damage, and drying off circuit boards with a hair dryer. Today, such methods would be too tedious for many companies because of the sheer size and complexity of their systems. Furthermore, speed in recovery is crucial because every minute of downtime represents lost profits and less satisfied customers.
Even ten years ago, tape and disk were the number-one method used in data backup for small to medium-sized businesses. Today, tape and disk are still sometimes used, but disaster recovery systems on the enterprise level have progressed beyond and now use a great variety of backup methods. Many of these methods are easier to manage, more reliable, and work faster. Because enterprise back-up systems are available to smaller businesses via online clouds, everyone can benefit from them, eliminating data loss and minimizing downtime.
The Biggest Threats You Face
The seriousness of having an effective disaster recovery plan in place can be seen in the fact that businesses that fail to re-open after 10 days of disaster-caused shutdown usually never re-open at all. Further, 80% of businesses hit with a major disaster fail within three years’ time, and 40% hit with a major IT failure do the same within a single year.
The most common threat to disruption of your business, however, is not weather-related. It is malicious malware infecting and disabling your hardware and/or software systems. Human error and fraud also rank high on the list of problems, and hard drive crashes are so common they happen every hour. Both businesses and private PC users often lose all or some of their important files due to reasons beyond their control. Failing to test backup tapes and later finding them faulty is another common experience.
Help From EBM
EBM is a top IT solutions provider with over four decades of experience in the industry. EBM specializes in providing products and services to businesses and organizations of all descriptions and has built a reputation of excellence and integrity that inspires confidence in its clientele.
EBM’s disaster recovery and business continuity systems are at the cutting edge of the industry. By contacting EBM and scheduling a consultation, you can get started on forming a viable disaster recovery plan for your business that will prevent unnecessary data loss and keep interruptions as brief as possible.