Business continuity is the main talk of the town in an age where data is essential for continuity. If you are a business operating in 2014 and believe that technology is the strongest differentiator for competitiveness, then you are right. But that is the least of it, what happens when all your time and effort is put in, and a disaster occurs?

A lot of business continuity in IT is relevant to backups and identifying the best type of disaster recovery plan for you. Whether it be a system crash, or a natural disaster, or a theft or possibly a fire? Yes, you might be insured, but what do you do when hundreds of clients’ files are lost and you need to start from scratch?

You plan ahead.

Business continuity plans are different for each business, however they all have the goal of minimising down-time or risk to the business in the event of a hardware meltdown or other catastrophe.

Minimum to any continuity plan is:
– on-site and off-site back-ups,
– process on how restore data or network in event of failure

Depending on your business, you may need RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks), SAN (Storage Area Network), NAS (Network Attached Storage), incremental back-ups to cloud, redundant components, clustering and/or fault tolerant servers.

Step by Step

Empower IT will take you on a step by step process of how to carefully ensure business continuity, by keeping all your necessary data backed up and supported, so that it can be easily recovered.

A lot of business owners have the misconception that their systems will never fail them. But even the best of systems can go down within a matter of seconds. Below are the 7 necessary steps to guarantee your business continuity.

  1. Analyse Your IT Environment
    The most basic thing you can do is find out exactly what you work with, from equipment, to connections to services, etc. How can a business ensure protection without knowing what to protect?
  2. Document EVERYTHING
    Once you have identified all your current equipment, connections, and services, you then need to be sure you could flesh out the entire inventory and gather as much information as possible!
  3. Identify Your Priorities
    In the case of a disaster, you may not be able to save everything. Or the case may arise when you will need to identify the components that are most essential to get you back up and running again. This is all to ensure that your business is continuing in their drive.
  4. Align Your Business Goals With Your Continuity Plan
    You cannot act, unless everything that you do to ensure business continuity, is re-aligned with your business goals and objectives. If you plan on saving the relevant information, then you need to make sure that the priorities align with the goals of your business.
  5. Turn It All Into a Plan
    Now is the time to turn it all into a plan which will function after minor hiccups or dire failures. This process involves turning the information you have gathered into a successful business continuity plan.
  6. Look Beyond Your IT
    If the disaster is large enough, the planning for hardware and software failure might not be enough. Consider the following 5 matters; your site, your power, public utilities, internet access and people.
  7. TEST!
    Test your equipment, connections and services. Test, and test again!

 

Empower IT Solutions specialise in providing IT solutions in industries including, but not limited to; Health, Education, Professional Services, and Retail. Our products and services comprise of managed services, IT services, cloud solutions and software development. If you are interested in the above information, don’t hesitate to contact us today!

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