Disaster Recovery: Is Your Business Ready?

Your organization is running like a fine tuned machine. Every single piece is in place from your employee’s to processes and the critical technology it takes to run your day to day operations. It has taken years to cultivate and get your process down, but it is all still a work in progress. There is always going to be obstacles that come your way that have to be tackled on to keep your business moving forward. The last thing your business needs while trying to grow and move forward is an IT disaster.

Disasters can come in many forms, events like hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes can definitely put a damper on daily activities, but the type of disaster that has been recurring more often and is more of a silent player are IT disasters. Equipment failures, ransomware and other malware can really cut down your businesses productivity and make it hard to focus on your core activities. When IT problems strike, companies are always faced with putting in more time and resources than they need to in order to fix these problems. Downtime is something no organization can afford to have.

According to a report from the IT Disaster Recovery Preparedness (DRP) Council, one hour of downtime can cost small companies as much as $8,000! But what are some of the major causes of this IT downtime? A survey from a disaster recovery service provider Zetta provided some common causes of IT downtime.

  1. Power Outage
  2. Hardware Error
  3. Human Error
  4. Malware
  5. Natural Disaster
  6. Onsite Disaster

IT systems these days are critical to the success of a business, it only makes sense that every business has an IT disaster recovery plan.  Imagine if your business is being held up by some malware, which if the right prevention tactics were put into place would have never even happened. It can be quite frustrating. IT disaster prevention is also a very specialized plan. These plans need to include the following:

  1. A Statement and overview of the goals of the plan
  2. Contact information for key personnel and disaster recovery team members
  3. A Diagram of the entire IT network
  4. Identifying the most critical IT assets
  5. List of software, licenses keys and systems that will be needed in the recovery effort.

For a small business owner these resources can be scarce and hiring those specialized in IT can be quite expensive. Small business shouldn’t have to worry about their IT, they should stay focused on growing their business and maintaining a safe, productive digital environment for their employees. A managed service provider like ECMSI can be your main partner in IT disaster recovery. An MSP will be proactive about your environment fixing up any issues that could arise before it causes any damage to your network. This leaves you with peace of mind that your business is safe and protected. Contact Shane Nesbitt, IT Consultant, today for additional information: (330) 750-1428.