Tip of the Week: Simple Steps to Optimize Your Chances of Disaster Recovery
While nobody likes to consider that a disaster of any scale could impact their business’ operations, it is important to have made these considerations and have planned accordingly. Let’s go over some elements of this, and address a few tips that you can adopt to boost your preparedness.
Audit Everything in Your Business, Particularly Your IT
If your disaster recovery is to have any chance of being successful, you need to have some idea of what you need to protect. Therefore, a complete audit of your business and its technology will be in order. Taking a complete inventory of your technology will allow you to not only better prepare to protect it, it also gives you the opportunity to streamline your data and processes.
Establish Your Goals
It’s important that you consider what you want from your recovery—or in other words, what you most need to have access to in order to get some acceptable level of operations back. Part of this is to identify a few key metrics: your recovery time objective (RTO), and your recovery point objective (RPO).
Your RTO is how long your company can survive a complete loss of your IT resources. In other words, how long you have to solve the problem at hand. The RPO, on the other hand, signifies how much data you could lose before your operations are crippled. Knowing these points will put you in a better position to plan for a successful recovery process.
Involve Your Team
Your team has the potential to be a huge asset in your business continuity processes, so make sure they are put in the position to be so. Assigning roles and responsibilities for them to accomplish helps involve them in the process. Having said that, it is critical that you check and confirm that everyone knows their role, what they need to do, and the processes that allow them to do so.
Of course, this is just a small, small sample of what needs to be done and addressed in terms of your business’ disaster recovery. BNMC can assist you with a lot of it. Find out more about our services by calling (978) 482-2020.