Is Your Business Disaster Proof?

Think about this: With real problems such as: financial catastrophes, natural disasters and computer problems, can your business survive and remain disaster proof?

I believe in the Boy Scout motto, “be prepared.” All businesses should follow this simple rule although it is very time consuming (I try to but it isn’t easy). Sometimes we just want to relax when we have some down time, not worry about ‘what if’ scenarios. What follows below are some tips and advice on how to get back up after being knocked down.

1.       Perform multiple backups, regularly.

Since this site is a backup site, it stands to reason I would mention this first. But it (should) go without saying that you can’t restore data that wasn’t backed up. So please do the following (or have it done for you):

Set Automatic Backups – schedule them so you don’t have to manually do them.

Automatic backups are performed at various times during the day, and require no user intervention. Be sure to schedule your backups as often as possible, the more the better. It is extremely important to verify that your backups actually worked, so, please do test restores to a test location, as this is the only way to check this.

You can also invest in backup software that can provide an offsite/cloud based backup of data in case of theft or building damage. These backups are stored at another geographic location, and are really only used in cases of emergency, or to restore few files. A major restore can take a while depending on the amount of data.

2.       Plan to replace or rent equipment.

Look for various vendors in your area that allow you to rent PC’s and laptops. While you are waiting for the insurance to arrive, you can access your cloud stored data and keep on rolling. Create ‘hard’ copies of your most important legal documents and store in a safe deposit box, or fireproof facility.  Scan them into digital format and keep them in your offsite storage as well.

3.       Formulate business continuity plans.

Work to create a Business Continuity plan for your company or business. It should include vendors to contact, a ‘calling tree’ so the all employees can be notified, insurance and legal contacts, your back up vendor (they do provide on-site support don’t they?), local news agencies so that you let the world know you are still up and running – same goes for your website; post that you are are still going strong. Also include your phone company, so that you may forward calls if needed. All of this should be in your plan, which is kept in an offsite location.

Thanks for reading!

Dave

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2 Comments

  1. Posted April 24, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    SMEs should have best data backup solution for there business.

  2. Posted April 24, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Agreed. You should check out Bitbackcloud.com. :>)