The Finer Points of Disaster Recovery

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Sep 16, 2015 5:01:12 PM

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The Finer Points of Disaster Recovery

Small business owners have historically faced the most challenging paths toward strong disaster recovery and continuity strategies, as they tend to have fewer resources to work with and broad ranges of demands. While it may be true that larger enterprises have to contend with far more diverse risks given the higher volume of moving parts that fuel their operations, a giant tends to be a bit harder to take down by small hits than a younger, less sizeable counterpart. 

Luckily, the game has changed significantly in the past few years, driven by the availability of newer, more inclusive and affordable solutions that can dramatically improve an organization's resilience to disruption, outages and loss. This includes cloud services and unified communications, each of which comes with robust implications for disaster recovery, and can be provisioned in a more comfortable fashion than having to invest in expensive systems that would have to be hosted and maintained internally. 

Before the cloud, small businesses needed to find creative ways to acquire the backend infrastructure necessary to run their computers, manage their apps and store their data, as well as traditional disks for backup purposes. Today, on the other hand, entrepreneurs can get a full range of infrastructure services delivered to them by a firm that hosts and maintains the actual equipment. This approach adds a significant level of protection against disasters and outages as well, especially for smaller firms. 

If you want a quick rundown of some of the more basic aspects of continuity and recovery, check out this 10-minute tutorial provided by the Louisiana Small Business Development Center:

Diving a bit deeper, entrepreneurs need to recognize the importance of comprehension in disaster recovery and business continuity plans, striving to not leave even a single stone unturned when crafting relevant strategies and managing operations. With the right level of commitment to continuous performance improvement and plenty of solutions in place to add the technological fortification necessary to protect against long-term outages and disruptions, small businesses can indeed boost their resilience to loss. 

Modern solutions 
CloudTech recently explained some of the merits of leveraging Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service solutions for not only system fortification and basic continuity needs, but also everyday operations management and consistent purposes. This is becoming a bit more of a common thread among technologists and small business owners, in that cloud-based IT management that is hosted largely outside the walls of the physical workplace is providing more 360-degree benefits to entrepreneurial firms. 

According to the news provider, virtually all organizations are beginning to be expected to be available for customers every hour of the day and week of the year, which presents unique challenges from a staffing and logistical standpoint when traditional technologies are in place. And, when firms do not meet these demands, the brand image is more likely to suffer as a result, leading to poor customer engagement and loyalty that can hinder profit margins and give others in the market a competitive advantage before long. 

Continuity plans must be tight and comprehensive to succeed today.Continuity plans must be tight and comprehensive to succeed today.

However, the source pointed out that DRaaS - which is becoming more popular by the day - can be used for the double purpose of protecting businesses from disruption and boosting their ability to meet the preferences and demands of the modern client. This is among the more prominent reasons why taking a cloud-based approach to IT provisioning - regardless of which assets are needed in what period of time - is among the more financially sound decisions companies can make today. 

Low risk and high reward investments tend to play out the best in practice, and there is no replacement for solutions that can serve an organization for more diverse and eclectic purposes. CloudTech went on to explain that smaller companies, which tend to have less robust IT departments, can benefit the most from DRaaS as it essentially adds a more affordable layer of control and oversight that would only be replicated by hiring more staff members. 

Furthermore, the news provider noted that, once again, comprehension must be the end goal among small business owners moving through these procedures, as a one-dimensional recovery plan will simply not cut it in today's risk-filled world . Again, tapping the support and solutions of a reliable managed service provider can be among the best ways to ensure full-fledged protection against breach. 

"Physical aspects of defense and continuity are critical."

Physical protection a must
One cannot address comprehensive protection against disaster without discussing the physical aspects of defense and continuity which, despite it being the era of digital operations is still a critical aspect of recovery. Even when companies have a strong program in place that allows employees to operate remotely when the physical workplace is compromised, this has to be viewed as a temporary fix. Additionally, the assets in the office will no doubt be valuable and in need of protection against loss. 

TechTarget recently affirmed that every facility a company manages will need to have strong plans in place to quell risks related to emergencies including fires, floods and other adverse weather conditions. The news provider argued that fire safety programs should be implemented for data center environments, while action strategies for when alternative threats come to pass must be accurate and aligned with the unique needs of each business. 

This is another point that can help small business owners truly avoid one of the greater missteps so many have taken in the past few years, which is the idea that out-of-the-box, cookie-cutter approaches to continuity and recovery will actually work well. On the contrary, each company will have its own objectives, needs and risks to contend with, and the intricacies can be lost when the firm does not work to customize its strategies. 

Be it for physical facility fortification or otherwise, entrepreneurs should always consider the merits of leveraging managed services for their recovery and continuity needs, especially when they are unsure of whether or not they can handle the responsibilities in{-}house. With the right cloud services in place to support the strategies developed, resilience will be more consistent. 

Topics: Business Continuity