Fires in California, Floods in Pennsylvania, riots in the Northwest, and cyberattacks are the most recent examples of events that disrupt businesses in a disastrous way. Developing a bulletproof IT Disaster Recovery Plan to recover from major disruptions is one of our core competencies at Lehigh Valley Technologies. Coupling that with a well thought out Business Continuity Plan will reduce your business losses and increase your efficiency and speed in which your business is up and running again. September is National Preparedness Month, a reminder to plan for the unforeseen events that will cripple an unprepared company.
Wikipedia defines disaster recovery as a set of policies, tools and procedures to enable the recovery or continuation of vital technology infrastructure and systems following a natural or human-induced disaster. Disaster recovery focuses on the IT or technology systems supporting critical business functions, as opposed to business continuity, which involves keeping all essential aspects of a business functioning despite significant disruptive events. Disaster Recovery assumes that the primary site is not recoverable (at least for some time) and represents a process of restoring data and services to a secondary survived site, which is opposite to the process of restoring back to its original place. Effective disaster recovery encapsulates the creation of systems that reduce the recovery time period to the smallest possible down time. A plan is the only method to ensure a quick recovery.
Business Continuity Planning
A Business continuity plan is documented processes that outlines how the company will continue to operate and respond to an unplanned disruption. The plan outlines the systems, support staff, employees and all vendors that will be involved in the recovery and their roles. Additionally, the plan outlines alternatives if local support is unavailable due to a local disaster. This type of planning became dominant in the 1070’s, driven by banks and insurance companies needing to assist their customers quickly and without interruption. Scott Gingold, Chief Visionary Officer at Lehigh Valley Technology poses the following question. “Imagine your office and all your computers were destroyed in a fire, what will you do next? How will you contact your employees, clients and vendors? What will you tell them?” If you cannot answer these questions, I urge you to contact us. The peace of mind you will attain is priceless”
Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Planning is a comprehensive and complicated process, having an industry expert is paramount for the successful execution. #WeAreThere