Here are some scenarios that will make you want to run and check your Disaster Recovery strategy.
Ignorance is bliss and at some point in life you’ll have said to yourself ‘that won’t happen to me’. Usually the consequences of these things actually happening are minimal, but for businesses, losing all your data can be catastrophic.
For those who do decide to leave it to chance, just remember that according to Axa, “80 of businesses affected by a major incident either never re-open or close within 18 months.”
If that hasn’t worried you enough, here are some every day Disaster Recovery scenarios and GIFs that will make you want to review your business continuity plans, right now.
1. The frozen laptop
We’ve all experienced this. Your final presentation is due in 10 minutes, you’re about to hit the save button when your laptop freezes and isn’t responding! You click on the screen, grumble and pray it starts working again.
5 minutes later, IT support is just as confused as you are and you’re faced with taking the battery out. You do it while praying that it’s not a hardware issue, meaning you’ve lost everything… argh.
How could you avoid this? Well, you could continuously back up your data and store it on the cloud. You wouldn’t have to worry yourself over a frozen laptop when you can access the presentation on your phone, iPad or PC.
2. Human error
“OK Bob, we’re half way through the office move now. We’ll just leave this server here and go grab some lunch.”
“Are you sure that’s OK Barry? There’s all the business reports for the last financial year on there.”
“Of course, what’s the worst thing that could happen?”
Unfortunately you have to think about that one accident prone member of staff. Yes, you know the one that acts as an EMP, manages to trip over nothing and drop a hot cup of coffee all over a server.
For a start, check there permissions. Can they delete ALL your shared company files and stop everyone working? (Yes, that’s a true story we’ve come across).
A strong Disaster Recovery plan would account for a range of incidents, so even if they do drop their laptop out of the window you can rest assured they can access their data anywhere.
3. Natural disasters
It’s not just IT glitches and failures that you have to worry about… it may seem a little far-fetched for Mother Nature to cause you to invoke a Disaster Recovery plan, but it happens more than you think.
From fires, heavy snow and floods, for a DR plan to be effective you need to make sure your data is stored in more than one location. That way if a flood does destroy your main office location, you’ve still got all your information secured in a data centre 500 miles away and your employees can still be operational.
4. Dependency on one person
What happens when one of your staff members is unavailable? Sometimes Dave, your favourite IT guy can’t come to your rescue, no matter how hard he tries. You need to make sure your business always has a contingency plan in place, particularly if Dave goes on holiday.
It’s vital that you have more than one person that understands how your IT systems are structured and how your disaster recovery plan works. It may seem like an obvious point, but especially for SME’s this is often overlooked.
Stressed or concerned?
Don’t worry, you don’t have to be.
We can create a custom disaster recovery solution that fits around your business, just give us a call today or visit www.RaaSexperts.co.uk for more information.