Automation or Manual Recovery?
It may seem shocking, but many businesses still rely on manual backup and recovery systems. Manual systems are challenging because they require real people (using their finite workday) to access remote facilities to ensure the security of the data. In the event of a severe weather or security crisis, these locations could become virtually inaccessible, and you risk losing everything. With automated backup and recovery, you’ll ensure that all of your information and data is protected and can quickly recover.
What Happens if My System Fails?
Having an automated business continuity plan will make your system and company stronger, and significantly decrease the likelihood that your system suffers expensive downtime. With an automated continuity system in place, you will not only reduce downtime but also save your IT department hours of busy work that simply isn’t necessary anymore. While these systems are continually improving and are vastly more efficient than manual systems, it is essential to understand that finding the right plan for your business depends on a process of research with some trial and error. It is crucial to implement a plan and pay attention to what worked and what didn’t for your unique data needs. Eventually, you will find the continuity plan that works best for your company. It is also imperative to test every element of your strategy. Make sure your plan can be implemented properly by taking the necessary steps beforehand.
Where Should My Remote Facility Be Located?
According to a 2012-2013 Consumer Economics report, more than 60% of American companies with a net worth of over $50 million have more than one remote data facility. Accordingly, nearly 40% of mid-sized American companies are operating with one remote data and recovery facility. The location of your data recovery center is vital, and you need to ensure that the facility is readily accessible in case of emergency. Companies with only one remote data recovery facility are encouraged to utilize cloud-based data storage solutions to limit the risk of downtime outages further.