Building a Disaster Recovery Plan
Polar vortexes and natural disasters: we hear about them all the time. As Canadians, we read about the plight of our southern neighbour during hurricane season – 2017 being a particularly bad year with Harvey and Irma inflicting severe damage throughout the southern US and Caribbean. Discussions around disaster recovery planning are becoming commonplace.
It’s only human to think “it won’t happen to me” but it’s just not the case. Mother Nature hasn’t exactly been smooth on us Canadians in 2017, either. In fact, we’ve experienced our share right here in Ottawa – headquarter city for HostedBizz! Major flooding in the spring due to a rapid thaw and record-breaking rainfalls over the last six months have led to some local disasters for individuals and businesses. While these disasters pale in comparison to the tragedies experienced in the US and Caribbean, they have resulted in significant damage to homes and businesses including offices closing dues to excessive flooding and damage to buildings.
The fact is, it can happen to any business anytime. From an IT perspective, disaster readiness isn’t just about preparing for major events like a fire destroying a building. It is equally important to consider minor events such a record rainfall that leads to flooding and rendering a place of work such as an office building unusable for several weeks. By the way, that photo you see is the office location for a HostedBizz client. Their office will be closed for a minimum of six weeks resulting in massive disruption to their business. Thankfully this did not happen as they had already implemented a full Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity plan a couple of years ago that included off-site backup, cloud servers, and remote desktop capabilities. In this case, what could have been a catastrophic event for their business was a mere inconvenience to all staff accessing their IT systems remotely within 90 minutes – back to business as usual.
Business dependency around IT systems and data loss as well as having recovery strategies is nothing new, however, continually assessing the vulnerabilities and risks to the business and testing these assessments is essential. Do your Disaster Recovery Plans support the changing needs of your business? Don’t save it for a rainy day to find out.