Topics: Implementing disaster recovery, productivity, disaster recovery, systems and data, backup
Implementing disaster recovery best practices in your business may seem like a time-consuming project, but it’s an essential step to protect your resources and reputation in the event of a system failure. There’s more on the line than just losing data. The time it takes to get things up and running again lowers your productivity. Not only that, but the downtime can lead to lost sales and a loss of confidence as clients and customers try to access you during the downtime.
The first step in developing a plan is to decide what hardware and software are critical for the operation of your business. Are there programs that your business can do without for a few hours or days? Which ones will bring the company to a standstill? Identifying and prioritizing these items will ensure that you and your staff are concentrating on the most critical elements of your network in the event of a disaster. It’s also important to make sure that representatives of many departments are on hand to help decide the priority list. Each department may have a different idea of what is important, and it’s only by hearing each perspective that you can put together a comprehensive plan.
A plan is the right place to start, but your disaster recovery best practices will need to be reevaluated and updated on a regular basis. It’s important to have one person or one group of people in charge of doing this. If it is part of an employee’s job duties, you can ensure that they are making sure the company’s needs are being met.
Another key step in disaster recovery is regularly backing up your systems and data. Limiting the amount of time between your last backup and a disaster means there is less data lost and you can recover more quickly.
Test your plan by having a mock disaster. If you know in advance that you are going to have a mock crisis and have your data and systems properly backed up, you can test both your employees and the plan without risking losing data or much time. This test may seem like a nuisance, but knowing in advance if there are weaknesses in your plan could save you quite a bit of money and resources should the real disaster occur.
Developing and implementing a disaster recovery best practices plan is one key way of protecting your business and customers in the event of a catastrophe. Taking the time to be thorough about the plan and to test it will ensure that your preparations aren’t just good on paper, but that they’re also good in practice. The sooner you can get up and running again, the more time and resources you save - and the sooner you can get back to business.
Daniel Gottilla senior consultant at Guidance Consulting, Inc. has been delivering profitable technology results to everything from small, private firms to Fortune 500 companies.
Get more information:
Previous Articles Highlighter:
Tips For Refilling Ink Cartridges (1)
Wash the hands again with soap to remove the bleach. But if the cartridge dries out. The people out of laziness wait for too long to refill them.
A Four Post Lift Brings Out The Best In Your Business (2)
For all of your lifting needs, this machine has the ability to lift cars and smaller SUVs to greater heights, allowing you to safely work underneath them to provide more than accurate diagnostics and work.
Printer Ink Cartridges - A Humble Beginning (3)
Brightness indicates the vividness of the print image and absorption is how effectively the paper absorbs the ink. When using an inkjet printer, it is best to use paper specifically designed for its use.
Siemens Cell Phones: How These Devices Came To Be (4)
A lot of them also have internet capabilities, along with looking at television or listening to music. It's just so amazing how these devices have evolved over the years.
Why Your Current Capacity Planning May Not Be Adequate (5)
One common mistake businesses make is taking random measurements of network usage and using those to build a plan. How do you know if this is peak usage or not?
Computer IT Outsourcing Solutions (6)
The result would be a member of staff will have to dedicate their time to fix the IT problem. An option we have in order to keep the workforce concentrating on their job at hand is to outsource the computer and associated technologies to an outside IT support company.
Advantages Of Using A Free Trial Offer (7)
This leads to another marketing strategy, which is referred to as word of mouth marketing. Consequently, a consumer can also benefit from obtain a free trial offer. Say, if the consumer wants to try out a skin care product, a free sample can be obtained to save the consumer from spending money on a product that does not work for him or her.
The Essential Components Of A Computer System (8)
Memory (RAM) Random Access Memory (RAM) is that basic part of the computer that temporarily holds all the information you need while the system is in operation. It is so versatile it can access stored data in random order (hence, random access), rather than synchronized classification.
"Green Rust": How Copper Defends Itself From Corrosion (9)
But not all metal exposed to air and moisture equals to rust. And though this formula applies to iron, with copper comes a little twist: a little twist called verdigris.
Social Networking Sites - Security Concerns (10)
The problem is that all the little cute programs that people are so tempted to load on to their accounts may allow people access to all their information. And while it seems many people don`t think about it too hard, it may do some harm.
Newer Articles Highlighter:
What You Should Know And Understand About Computer Components (1)
These components can be in hardware or software form. Make Up of a Computer A computer is a collection of replaceable modular electronic components that may have different characteristics, but which when integrated becomes capable of running computer programs.
Buying Printer Ink Cartridges And Toners The Right Way (2)
The secret is to look at the big picture. One might need to guess how much ink he consumes per year. He can take the resulting number of cartridges and multiply them with the two prices and get the two results.
A Printer Owner's Guide To Remanufactured Inkjet Cartridges (3)
Next, the cartridges are cleaned and restored, then reassembled and filled with new printer ink. Factories also test the remanufactured cartridges to be sure they are working properly before sealing and packaging them for shipment to customers.
Making Money By Recycling Printer Ink Cartridges And Cellphones (4)
When your ink cartridge starts to run dry or if you want to replace your cellphone, do not throw them away. Recycle them and make money from your efforts.
Make Your Ink Cartridges Last Longer (5)
This eliminates all the unnecessary images, and will save much ink in your ink cartridge as well as save your printing paper. Keep the Printer Inkjet Cartridge Moving. If you don't print very often, you can stretch the life of your inkjet cartridges or toner by keeping the printer moving.
Save Money On Printer Ink Cartridges - Refill Your Ink Cartridges Yourself (6)
If you can't refill your ink cartridge right away for some reason, wrap it in a moist towel or napkin and seal it in a zip-lock bag until you can fill it.
Cheap Printer Ink Cartridges - Smart Ways To Buy Replacement Printer Ink (7)
A final option is to refill your cartridges yourself. This is the cheapest way to do things but is very messy. More importantly, you'll be filling your cartridges with generic ink which may not give good results and could clog up your printer or worse.
10 Tips For Ordering Printer Ink Cartridges Online (8)
Stores that request for money orders or check are suspect. 9. Avoid shopping at any place that asks for your bank details and so on. Remember online frauds are very common and you must always follow security rules when buying ink cartridges or other stationary online.
Ink Cartridges - Different Kinds With Different Cost Saving Ability (9)
People who have extensive use of the printers generally prefer to buy the ink in the bulk so as to save their time as well as the money. The replacement of your ink cartridges from your printer's manufacturer is usually a costly process and this has led to several third parties producing cartridges compatible with your printer with the almost the same quality but at a cheap rate.
Cheap Printer Ink Cartridges - Are They Real Money Saver (10)
And they tend to work at the same pace as the original cartridge. Even if they do not, one does not feel disheartened as one hasn't spent too heavily.