Disaster Recovery can mean many things to different people. In the technology realm, it is the plan you need to have in place to be prepared for disaster, either human-induced or natural disaster. Disaster recovery is often overlooked for small- to mid-sized business, but the importance is paramount nonetheless. 3 things (at minimum) your Disaster recovery plan should cover are below:

Data.

  • What data does your company absolutely depend on to function?
  • How much money could your company afford to lose if disaster should strike?
  • How long can your company be down?
  • You must establish a RTO (Recovery time Objective) and RPO (recovery Point Objective) as an integral part of your DR plan.

Physical Hardware

  • Do you have physical servers on site at your company? Would your company suffer if your hardware failed eminently?
  • Do you have redundancy in place where you would not lose information if your location went down? (We will discuss redundancy in our next Tech Talk)

Business critical software.

  • What software does your company use? If it is an ERP or accounting software, can your company function if it was down completely?
  • Does your company use industry-specific proprietary software? Do you have a support contract that guarantees uptime and/or functionality?

All of the above are absolutely important things to your DR plan, and the Business Continuity plan on the whole. A word to the wise-use a third party consultant like Merit Technologies to develop a cohesive Business Continuity plan for your business. You can’t afford not to!

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