A Legit Backup Disaster Recovery Plan (BDR) is CPR for your Business

A Legit Backup Disaster Recovery Plan (BDR) is CPR for your Business

For a small business owner, a data server crash can mean disaster, according to an article on Mashable.com

  • 72% of all businesses suffering major loss of data close up shop within two-years
  • Causes of most server crashes are usually unknown
  • Irrecoverable data loss occurs almost exclusively from not backing up data
  • 60% of small and medium businesses admit to not regularly backing up their data

For an IT professional, a database server crash is a thought that precipitates chills. For that reason IT pro’s are like a bunch of Boy Scouts touting their famous motto" Be Prepared."

The first step in this preparation is to evaluate the systems you have in place and consider the following. 

  • Do you have a current inventory of hardware and software? 
  • What is your tolerance for downtime if you had no access to the data on your server? 
  • Are there any Service Level Agreements (SLA) associated with your equipment or software?
  • Does your company have in place, a policy on how to handle sensitive data, such as customer’s financial information?
  • Is it feasible to hire IT professionals who have experience in planning, training and implementation of disaster recovery plans? Is it feasible not to? 

Next you can begin to develop a plan. It is imperative that businesses have a Backup Disaster Recovery Plan (BDR) in place that meets the following criteria:

It Assumes the Worst.

Plan for failures within the plan itself and have prepared a "plan B" and "plan C". Small businesses may not have the resources to build-in multiple redundancy to their BDR. It is important that the areas that posing the greatest loss-risk are the most protected. 

It is Straightforward.

Making sure that the server is appropriately backed up and the data secured is paramount. However, if the software you use to recover the data is overly complex and difficult to use, recovery times can significantly increase. Disk imaging is currently thought to be the most simple and easiest to restore. Consider this for your most precious data. 

It Includes Periodic Reviews and Testing.

Regular and periodic testing of your BDR is important to assure that in the time of crucial need everything goes smoothly. 

It Identifies Employee Responsibilities.

No matter the size of your business, assign trusted employees positions to your disaster team.

"All disaster recovery plans should clearly define the key roles, responsibilities and parties involved during a DR event," says Will Chin, director of cloud services of CDI, Llc.

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