Tech Prep: Is Your Business Tech-Ready for a Natural Disaster?

Many companies overlook a critical aspect of their operations: preparing their IT infrastructure for a natural disaster. In reality, most businesses struggle to answer fundamental questions about handling server, network, and workstation disruptions caused by such events. If a natural disaster struck, do you know how your company would recover offsite data? Could confidential server information be compromised? Are there service level agreements with vendors for disaster recovery solutions? Shockingly, up to seven out of ten companies can’t provide clear answers to these basic questions.

Sadly, the importance of having a Disaster Recovery Plan often dawns on businesses only when it’s too late. Every company should proactively design a plan to tackle IT challenges after a natural disaster. Here are some considerations for developing a robust plan:

Choosing the Right Consultant: Developing a comprehensive Disaster Recovery Plan often requires external expertise. Many businesses lack in-house resources and turn to Disaster Recovery Consultants in the IT field. A good consultant collaborates with your business to create a tailored plan that aligns with your industry’s specific needs.

Key Components of a Disaster Recovery Plan: While each company’s plan will be unique, certain components should be universal. Here’s a checklist for your Disaster Recovery Plan:

  • Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Software: Enables the creation, maintenance, and execution (if necessary) of the plan.
  • Root Cause Recovery Analysis: Identifies the affected infrastructure components.
  • Comprehensive Data Lifecycle Solution: Encompasses all aspects of the business’s data.
  • Quick Access to Offsite Data: Ensures swift recovery if backups are stored at another location.
  • Tiered Data Protection: Safeguards confidential information during a disaster.
  • Regular Backup & Duplication: Prevents outdated backup files.
  • Matching Onsite and Offsite Infrastructure: Facilitates a rapid recovery.
  • Mobile or Remote Access: Ensures business continuity during infrastructure repairs.

A well-crafted Disaster Recovery Plan shields your business’s information and restores normal operations promptly. It guarantees business continuity across all tiers and sectors immediately following a disaster. Taking the time to develop a plan today could be the saving grace for your company in a disaster tomorrow. With many challenges to overcome in a disaster, having a solid Disaster Recovery Plan for your IT infrastructure can alleviate one significant source of distress.