What’s your “Disaster Recovery” plan?

Disaster recovery as a concept developed in the mid to late 1970s as computer centre managers began to recognize the dependence of their organizations on their computer systems. Wikipedia

New solutions enable not just large organisations but small and medium sized businesses to protect their critical data against unplanned business interruption for a fraction of previous costs.

In today’s world, organisations are increasingly aware of the threats to business continuity. These range from virus attacks, power outages and natural disasters, through to less evocative but equally serious challenges such as equipment failures, network interruptions, or simple human errors. Small and medium-sized organisations are particularly at threat from such risks. As a result, it is vital that SMEs formulate a business continuity plan that mitigates their exposure to risks. From an IT point of view, the plan should include protecting against the effects of data loss or corruption and should provide a practical and cost-effective path towards protecting critical information.

Top 5 Reasons you should have a disaster recovery plan:

1: Closure of the company: 50% of companies fail to prepare and implement a disaster recovery plan, and according to the London Chamber of Commerce 80% of these fail within 13 months and never re-open. Where data loss is not restored within 10 days that figures rises to 93%. Don’t become a statistic!

2: Requirements under the Data Protection Act: “Appropriate technical & organisational measures shall be taken against unauthorised and unlawful processing of personal data and against accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to personal data” Are you compliant?

3: Under the companies Act 2006: It is a duty if Directors to exercise reasonable care, skill & diligence & promote the success of the company….having regard to the desirability of the company maintaining a reputation for high standard of business conduct. Are you a business owner?  You can be held liable if you fail to put the correct preventative measures in place.

4: The Companies reputation: Failure to have client’s data accessible and resume business quickly can have a significant impact on the reputation of a company. Don’t lose customers because of it!

5: Time is MoneyA common stumbling block many businesses face is to demonstrate the value of securing effective back-up systems. There is, however, a simple formula that can be applied which may help secure the buy-in of those who are sceptical. This involves estimating the potential cost of downtime and the financial impact to the business of your employees, suppliers and customers being unable to access critical information. Can you afford not to have a plan in place?

A simple calculation that will enable you to estimate the financial impact of potential downtime is:

Productivity impact + revenue impact = downtime estimate

Finally, it is important to ensure that you have an action plan outlining how you would restore your critical applications, either locally or at a different location. This plan should detail whether you have (or can quickly get) all the components you need to recover, the specific steps you would need to take to restore a failed server, and an outline for moving staff and operations to an alternate set of servers at another location.




In the past, SMEs had limited options for planning against business interruption and for data recovery, but with many new software solutions available nowadays this is no longer the case. With careful foresight, it is possible for businesses of all sizes to significantly reduce their downtime risks, while maintaining a flexible, replication solution that is cost-effective and easy to maintain and deploy.

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Written by Karen Wilson

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