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What does your disaster recovery plan look like?

When was the last time you revisited your disaster recovery plans? Many businesses were forced to put theirs to the test at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, to varying degrees of success.

If it’s been a while since you’ve tested your disaster recovery strategies, it might be time for our experts to have a look.

The benefits of disaster recovery

Well, the main benefit of having a disaster recovery plan in place is the peace of mind that comes from having the confidence to handle whatever comes your way.

The more tangible benefits of a well thought out disaster recovery plan are:

Speed of recovery; a comprehensive plan ensures that your business is back online as soon as possible.

Identification of technical vulnerabilities that could prevent a smooth recovery. Our experts can ensure you’ve got the best and most resilient tools for the job, minimising the impact of any disaster.

Mitigation of harm that a technical disaster can cause your business. Recovering from a disaster quickly and effectively can prevent any impact to your customers, protecting your bottom line.

The elements of a successful disaster recovery plan

Disaster recovery means more than simply having the latest technology and Cloud services in place. It’s the planning that makes all the difference. When our experts start to work with you to create a disaster recovery plan, we will first identify the tools you make the most use of, and of course how you work.

The next step is to strategise. We will sit down with you to create a plan that maximises your strengths in the following areas, and where needed we will introduce new systems and services to address any shortcomings.

Strategy and Priorities

The most important part of a disaster recovery plan is, surprise surprise, the plan!

It’s crucial to prioritise; which tools, services or systems do you need the most? Which systems need to be online for you to perform your key functions? For example, depending on the way you work you may feel your phone system is more important to the functions of your business than your email systems.

When we sit down with you to create a disaster recovery plan, the first thing we discuss is how you work and which systems have the most value to your staff. This has an enormous impact to the speed of your recovery by directing your efforts to where they’re needed the most.

People

You need your rock stars on the case. When it’s crunch time, you will need to assemble a cross-department task force to organise and mobilise your disaster recovery efforts.

Your disaster recovery plan should account for all the people you need to get your systems back up and running in a crisis, and give clear guidance as to their key responsibilities. Having a plan written down helps to ensure that nothing falls through the cracks, and that your team is able to help you recover swiftly and efficiently.

Of course, we’re more than happy to assist you at any stage of the disaster recovery process. We hold a copy of your disaster recovery plan on file, and ensure our technicians are fully briefed and familiar with your processes ahead of time.

Backups

Backups, backups, backups!

Recovering from a disaster is academic if you don’t have any data to recover. More than any other technology, your backup systems are key to both prevention of and recovery from disaster.

There are a huge variety of backup systems available, and they all have their own particular set of advantages and disadvantages. As part of our disaster recovery planning service, we’ll help identify the most appropriate and cost-effective data backup and recovery solution for your business.

We’ll even help you configure your backups, ensuring your business data is always available for fast and easy recovery. The latest cloud backup systems make your data available from anywhere, syncing copies of your files as regularly as every minute.

Testing

Once we’ve helped you develop a plan that works in principle, we’ll put it to the test.

Taking a ‘dry run’ of a disaster helps to iron out any problems with your plans, ensuring that these can be safely addressed before anything untoward happens.

This helps us give our customers the confidence that no matter what happens, they’ve got working contingencies in place.

Do you want to find out more about Biscuit’s disaster recovery services? Give our experts a call on 01924 241 281 to arrange a consultation. We tailor all our services around each of our clients’ unique circumstances, giving you all the tools and services you need.

Disaster recovery is an important part of every business, so we’ll help you plan for the worst while you work on being the best.