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Benefits Of Having a Disaster Recovery Plan

This blog is all about the benefits of having a plan ready for when disaster strikes, as we all know is inevitable at some point! You might be thinking ‘really, what are the chances of this happening to me.’ But what if it did? Would you really be prepared?

As a digital marketing company we rely primarily on using the internet. So, what do we do if we lose internet connection? Not naming any internet providers here, but we all know that they have their moments where they decide to mess around with the router and wipe all the codes (this was our conundrum). So what do we do? Sit around twiddling our thumbs until it fixes itself? No! We open up our disaster recovery plan and hey presto back to work.

Here are the steps we took:

Step 1 – open disaster recovery plan

Step 2 – call internet provider

Step 3 – call Bob (not his real name) our IT guy.

Within the hour we established the problem, followed the plan and fixed the problem.

The disaster recovery plan is the map a company follows in case of a disaster. If a disaster recovery plan is not in place and the technology infrastructure of a business is affected it would not come as a surprise if the business ceased trading.

There are many steps to take when planning for business continuity:

  1. Research
  2. Plan
  3. Execution
  4. Trial
  5. Confidence
  6. Continuity

What to put in your disaster recovery plan

Try and think of any potential scenario that could happen, whether it is internet failure, fire, water leak, or illness, start writing it down and then come up with a step by step plan of what to do if this were to happen. You can keep adding to the plan as we do because there will always be something new to think of or things will just change. Then you need to share this somewhere that can accessed at work but also out of work in case you’re unable to get into the building. Then no matter the situation you are prepared.

It is important to protect the data that cannot be replicated. Some things that you can do to ensure the safety of your data are:

  • Using a system that can store the information and be accessed offsite at all times for example ‘Google drive’
  • Access to the server offsite or you can set up an automatic back up to an external hardrive

However, an organisation can still use outsourced disaster recovery experts instead of their own systems, this helps ensure that your data is professionally managed and can be accessed where needed. These specialists can in some cases provide working space, equipment and the company data to keep your business going off site. Your business might never need to use data recovery plans, but in the unfortunate case it happens, you will be happy that you had planned ahead.

 

Becky Harding
Becky is now PA to our Managing Director, Nigel Wilkinson, and will liaise with various clients so if you are looking to call WNW or Nigel, Becky will often be the one you will be speaking to. She will also be greeting and looking after clients for meetings, so you will no doubt meet her if you come into the office.

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