Strategy (from Greek στρατηγία stratēgia, "a]): a high level plan to achieve one or more goals under conditions of uncertainty.
The focus for Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery strategy is this 'uncertainty' - what will you do if something unexpected happens that causes your business to shut down?
Fire. Flood. Theft. Power Outage. Any one of the unexpected disasters could force you to stop operating your business for any amount of time.
Can you afford to close your doors and stop servicing your clients for a day, a week, a month? Longer?
More importantly, do you have a formal, repeatable and easily implementable plan to get your business back up and running in as short a time frame a possible?
At first thought that might seem easy to accomplish, but when you stop to focus on the intricacies of your business, you might begin to see major gaps in this process:
- How would you recreate your desktop computer with its operating system, applications, documents if you no longer have access to it?
- How long would it take to rebuild you accounting server, or client database?
- What degree of documentation exists that describes your IT Operations?
The answers to these questions may be simple at first, after all, you have a backup, don't you?
Although that may be true, and yes your documents may be stored on another system or in hard copy, how long will it take to restore that back up?
And what are the processes that are required to retrieve that data?
What about the other elements, such as network or Internet access, that cannot be stored in a regular backup?
How long can your business be down while someone struggles to put all the pieces back together without knowing where it goes or where to find it?
Having an effective Business Continuity and Disaster Recover Strategy means you never have to ask that question!
A Business Continuity Strategy is basically the processes and procedures, outlined in advance, that are to be carried out by an organization to ensure essential business functions continue to operation during or after a disaster. Disaster Recovery Strategies, focused specifically on the quick and secure restoration of IT applications, is a key element of that Business Continuity Strategy.
As devices, systems, and networks become increasingly more complex, there are simply more things that can go wrong.
A thorough Disaster Recovery Strategy can get your business up and running, from any remote location, in a matter of hours.
Getting you back into the business of doing your business.