How to Know You’ve, “Done Enough,” When it Comes to Disaster Recovery

How to Know You’ve, "Done Enough," When it Comes to Disaster Recovery

Though many SMB owner/managers are starting to understand how critical it is to prepare for an IT disaster, many of them think that disaster recovery ends with one simple solution.

While one company can provide you with a solution that seems simple, a lot goes into establishing a proper disaster recovery protocol for individual organizations. It’s important to understand what you need.

The desire to save money and a general lack of awareness often stops SMB owner/managers from making the right DR decisions.

Unfortunately, many businesses in the private sector make the mistake of undervaluing a complete disaster recovery planning protocol. They seek to save money and cut corners. The public sector is perhaps more aware of the risks involved in not having the right safeguards in place.

Many SMB owners and managers put on their consumer hats at work, tending to act like ostriches with their heads in the sand.

Most people love their connected lives and refuse to face the reality that there can be a dark side to their online activity. Unfortunately, at the rate many SMB business owner/managers are going, it will take a disaster to teach them that taking precautions doesn’t equal paranoia or overreaction.

However, it’s important for SMB owner/mangers to understand that there is hope. With cloud solutions, cost considerations are no longer an issue. Most cloud-based disaster recovery protocols are well within most budgetary restrictions. In addition, once you’ve established your protocol with your IT vendor, you can stick your head right back in the sand. Your managed services provider will take care of all the security maintenance and updating for you once they understand the needs of your organization.

You and your staff will have limits on what devices you can use, sites you can visit and software platforms you have access to while you’re at work. However, you can go ahead and enjoy your meme’s and cat videos at home or on Starbucks WiFi if you so desire.

2 Key Considerations

  1. Network recovery is also a part of disaster recovery. Many businesses think they can stop with a data backup solution, an, "IT guy," and some general form of software protection and call it a day. However, if you don’t have a network recovery solution as part of your protocol, you won’t be able to retrieve that data and that software will have nothing to protect, because you will have no way to revive your down network.
  2. Your organization needs a disaster recovery plan. Employee mistakes, data breaches, weather outages, poorly configured outdated hardware and many other events can occur within any business model. You don’t simply need disaster recovery to come back from huge disasters, small network issues can interrupt customer service and business operations a great deal as well. Every business has multiple processes and many key players. It’s important to make sure all those areas can bounce back if need be.

Contact us today at Onsite Techs. We can quickly discover what your business needs to come back from any emergency situation.