It’s not a “Small Business” when it’s yours. You’ve worked, perhaps for years, to build it. But you could lose it all in a day.
How prepared is your business for an emergency or disaster? Having insurance is no longer enough to protect your business and your livelihood in the event of a disaster.
The speed of business happens at such a fast pace that having your business communications shut down for even an hour can have detrimental long term effects. Between natural disasters, theft, fire, and accidents, there are many possible scenarios that you need to be prepared for. When creating a disaster preparation plan it is important to consider two things:
Data storage and server restoration
If you don’t carefully consider how you are storing your data and how you will quickly restore your servers, you could face a huge loss in the event of a disaster. If you lose your data or your servers go down for an extended amount of time you could:
-Lose revenue because you can’t do business
-Lose your customers’ and partners’ trust
-Face the consequences of breaking service-level agreements
-Face legal penalties
-Pay exorbitant amounts to try to recover lost data
In the past it might have been possible to close your business for a day or two during a disaster, but that is just not a possibility for most companies these days. In the age of email and online business, a loss of data or server outage can have major consequences. Customers and service providers expect to be able to have 24/7 access to your communication channels and server.
It is necessary to plan ahead and consider how you will back up your data and how you will restore your servers quickly after a disaster. This plan should include two types of recovery and data backup to ensure the lowest amount of downtime possible:
Onsite recovery. Keeping a backup of your data on site is always a smart decision for fast and efficient service restoration. Fully backing up all data on a separate system that is kept in a safe and secure location on site could save you many headaches in the event of a disaster. However, this method will not always be possible in the case of major damage to the building and equipment. This is why you should also consider:
Offsite recovery. There are two different ways to store data offsite. The first is to find a disaster recovery facility or data center that can store your important data for you nearby. The second option – using a cloud recovery system – becomes even more important in the case of widespread disasters such as hurricanes or earthquakes. Using a cloud-based data and server backup is very easy and ensures that your data is always available and can be accessed remotely.
By taking these precautions you will ensure that your business can recover as soon as possible, saving you time and money. Your customers expect to be able to do business with you no matter what, and with a little planning you can ensure that you don’t lose their trust.