12 Sep Keeping the lights on, when all else fails.
Being able to recover from a tragedy is one thing…
An IT disaster, whether that’s the cost of a few files or the outage of your entire system following a cyber-attack, can be disastrous to the operation of your business. If you have a professional backup service in place, there’s a strong chance you’ll be able to recover and get back on your feet. But, have you ever considered the time that a full-sized recovery might take?
If you need to transfer backup files from the cloud, it can take hours, or even days, to get access back to your data. That’s before you start the recovery process of restoring the data & services to their correct place, and ensuring your users effectively regain access.
As the adage says, time is money. An IT outage, however large or small, can cost you a fortune.
How can you sustain the continuity of your business operations during that downtime?
Business Continuity is the often overlooked third sister to Backup & Disaster Recovery.
BC doesn’t have to be an exclusive enterprise-grade solution, it should be standard operating practice, (which will likely include an IT platform of some kind), that is both commercially & technically suitable to the way you work. Your industry, size, the types of software & data you process, and even your geography, all play a part in the style of Business Continuity process your business should accept.
Where IT is concerned, there are numerous BC puzzle pieces that can come together to complete an entire continuity solution, which is designed to meet several likely disaster outcomes.
At an inferior level; a local server failover can provide you with continuity in the event of losing the operation of your main server. At a higher level; your local server failover can be paired with a cloud-based service that offers failover to a cloud hosted platform in the event of a total loss of access to your office grounds.
If your business already functions mostly, or entirely, from cloud-based services you may be not likely to have a need for a recovery failover. Your BC plan might simply be centred around users having access to IT devices and internet connectivity from an off-site location.
Build a strategy.
All businesses regardless of their size or industry should have a Business Continuity plan that issues in any number of possible disaster outcomes, and how you will respond to ensure the continuity of operations are upheld.
Your IT partner should be best placed to understand the intricacies of your business operation, and of your IT services, to support you in mapping out a suitable BC plan.
Your IT may require investment as a part of this review to ensure you are truly protected, or, you may simply require documentation, training & support for your team to be able to access and function proficiently with the existing tools you have.
We’re Urban Network, we can help backup your Business.
We specialise in managed IT & technology services to help businesses across London & the wider-South East, from our base in Wapping, East London.
Urban Network has a proven track record, with extensive experience and a full portfolio of industry accreditations & certifications.
Among our range of skills, we have a specialism in cyber security. Ensuring we aid our clients with employing the best & most appropriate security practices, procedures and tools to protect their sensitive data.
If you have any concerns or challenges with your cyber security, or with your technology generally, we would like to hear from you. Please contact the team today.