Business continuity. Maybe you’ve heard the term recently. What it means in technology is the ability to recover from disaster scenarios with minimal fallout and cost to your IT budget. The following five aspects of this practice will help you determine if you are ready for a disaster scenario.
–Disaster Recovery Plan
A disaster recovery plan helps to establish a written plan of action for what happens when, not if, disaster strikes. This is the most important part of your business continuity framework. If you do not know what will happen if an application goes down or a company critical system decides to not work, you are off to a tough start.
Redundancy is the idea of having multiple systems in multiple different places. For example, if your main host server goes down, do you have a redundant host server on premise or in the cloud? If neither, please consider talking to us to figure this out.
As the title suggests, this is where your company has to audit your internal processes to determine risk to operations should they be interrupted. It is important to perform regular risk assessments, as technology and operational best practices/industry standards change constantly.
Much like redundancy, fail over is an important practice in cases of internet failure, server failure, or power outages. Fail over methods could include 4G LTE fail over from your main internet, power generators, and redundant cloud hosted server VM backups. This could be a specific plan or hardware solution that would cause your organization to have less risk associated with interruption of normal business operations.
Data replication is simply the practice of making sure your data is in more than one place. This can be done through redundant host servers/file servers, hosting off-site cloud backups, or a variety of other methods. If asked where your backups are stored, “I don’t know” does not suffice as an acceptable answer. Always be prepared!
Hopefully the above list is helpful to getting the conversation started about your company’s business continuity plan. Please feel free to contact Merit Technologies if you have any questions on what business continuity is, as well as how we can help you navigate through this practice.