Disaster Recovery: Expect the best, plan for the worst and prepare to be surprised

Few businesses plan for disaster, but perhaps we should.

When you initially set up your business all your efforts are driven towards success, and while acknowledging that a disaster event is a possibility, most don’t allow that possibility to hold them back or, indeed, plan for it…

However, as any business advisor will recommend, it is only prudent to have some sort of back-up plan in place.

Disaster recovery and business continuity planning are key elements in any organisation’s day to day business, both processes are equally important because they provide detailed strategies on how the business will continue to operate during and after severe interruptions and disasters.

While it isn’t possible to eliminate all risks, having a plan in place will help mitigate the effects. In these times of Digital Transformation and the Internet of Things (IoT) where nearly all aspects of a business’s processes are interconnected a glitch in the system can be catastrophic.

In the event of a disaster, the continued operations of your company will depend on being able to replicate your IT systems and data.  A disaster recovery plan lays out how a company will prepare for a disaster, what the company’s response will be, what steps it will take to ensure that operations can be restored and protects organisations in the event that all or part of its operations and/or computer services are disrupted.

A Disaster Recovery plan needs to consider the business’s priorities, outline and quantify the varying levels of risk, and prioritise applications and data recovery, the aim of a DR plan is to keep operations going, minimise financial loss, reduce potential legal liabilities and provide a sense of security to your employees and customers.

Disaster Recovery planning and preparation must be done by competent professionals, who will also regularly challenge the plan to test that it is still able to protect the organisation and its clients. An internal Disaster Recovery specialist can be costly, especially for SMEs, and having a designated member of staff in charge of Disaster Recovery carries risks.  As Gurdip Sohal, Sales Director at Covenco Recovery Services points out:

Too often we see organisations introduce disaster recovery solutions of their own which rely only on one or two key employees. This creates a single point of failure if one of the key employees is absent when a real disaster occurs.

A specialised service provider can assist organisations every step of the way, from planning and preparing a Disaster Recovery Plan, conducting a Business Impact Analysis (BIA), checking and exercising the plan, to activating the plan in case of a disaster.

‘Expect the best, plan for the worst and prepare to be surprised’ is the motto Covenco Recovery Services engineers live by. They work with all types of business across industry sectors, helping them test and refine their IT Disaster Recovery plans, to ensure that should the worst happen the business’s clients and processes are protected.

Get in touch with Covenco Recovery Services:

Tel. 0845 2070 999 OR email info@covenco-dr.co.uk