Just a few weeks ago, high winds and thunderstorms knocked out the power to parts of Mesa, Arizona for several days. Heavy monsoon rains caused flash floods high enough to swamp offices in Gilbert. Some businesses had to close down for a few days. Some lost access to their vital data, either temporarily or — and this is just awful — permanently.
Do you know what you would do if your building lost power for a few days? What would happen if you couldn’t access your office at all? How would you cope if your computer and network equipment were damaged or destroyed? If you are unsure, you’re not alone. According to the National Small Business Administration, 74% of small business owners don’t have a disaster recovery plan.
CMIT Solutions suggests taking these three critical disaster-prep steps:
1. Move your backups off-site, make them redundant, and encrypt them. Most businesses back up their data on-site, sometimes on hard drives that sit right next to the computers they are backing up. That method only protects you from a hardware failure. It does nothing to protect your data in the event of fire, flood or burglary.
2. Formulate a long-term business-continuity plan. A disaster could affect your business for longer than you anticipate.
3. Formulate a virtualization strategy — and test it. Virtualization is the act of creating a virtual (rather than actual) version of something, including computer hardware platforms, operating systems, storage devices, and computer network resources. If your main systems are down, a virtual copy of your systems can be running on a remote server. Another aspect of virtualization is the rebuilding of your data on unaffected equipment. There are many virtualization options, but whichever ones you choose, you need to test them regularly so that you can be sure they will work if you need them. It’s also good to know how long it will take to completely restore your systems, and this is also accomplished by testing.
Ready to protect your business from the next disaster? Contact us at 480.926.6445 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dateline: Tuesday, 13 October, 2015
Author: CMIT Solutions of Gilbert and Mesa