Disaster Recovery Plan Essential During Bad Weather

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It was a horrible weekend in the Southeast as tornadoes ripped through the communities that we call home.  People lost their homes and, in some cases, more.  Our hearts go out to everyone who found themselves in the middle of a true disaster. 

There were personal tragedies, and there were also companies that suffered.  The winds ripped their businesses apart in the blink of an eye.  The lucky ones will be able to be back in business pretty soon because they planned ahead.  We’ve written about disaster recovery before, but it takes on an entirely new level of importance after the events of this weekend.

Companies need a business continuity plan; this is not an option as evidenced by these recent storms.  You need to know how you’ll stay in business when the unimaginable occurs…be it a fire, a flood…or winds bearing down on you, roaring like a freight train.  Disaster recovery (DR) is a key component of any such plan and one that should be based on where you store a copy of the data that’s essential to your business, how quickly you can access it when you need it, and how will you be able to utilize it.

Windstream Hosted Solutions did a study last year, revealing that 30 percent of the businesses out there didn’t even have a DR plan in place.  And of those who did, more than half had not tested their plans to make sure they’d work when they needed them most.  The survey also found that most companies want to be back up and running within a day after they’re hit by a disaster.  That kind of quick response takes more than servers and Internet connections.  That takes advanced planning, and thinking about scenarios you’d rather not think about.

Helping companies prepare for the worst is part of what we do for a living.  Many of our customers live in areas where they are susceptible to tornadoes, hurricanes and more.  So it’s in that spirit that we urge you to review your company’s disaster recovery plan.  Make sure you know exactly what you’ll need to do and where you’ll need to go, so that you’ll be able to recover your data quickly if the worst ever becomes a reality.