The two key elements of a business saving disaster recovery plan

A business that suffers a total loss of its IT systems has a 50% chance of closing within 2 years.

Imagine you’re responsible for recovery after a company-wide blackout due to a fire in your head office:

What parts of your infrastructure are a priority for getting back online? How do you keep your business afloat if you don’t have access to any of your infrastructure?

If you are thinking this after the event it is probably too late for your business.

Building a thorough plan that includes both disaster recovery and business continuity elements will help ensure the survival of your business after serious IT failure.

Even if no specific doomsday disaster scenario occurs, the average mid-sized business still experiences system downtime at least once a year. The cost impact of this is substantial, with the average recovery time being 30 hours at a cost of up to £45,000 per hour.

That’s £1,350,000 a year spent on IT failure.

Yet 45% of companies are protecting themselves against IT downtime solely with backups. But these are unreliable and lengthy to recovery from – taking normally 3-10 days to recover.

Could your business survive a ten-day blackout?

Don’t make the expensive mistake of thinking of a DR plan as a luxury. Speak to an expert in the field and ensure the continuity of your business in the face of unanticipated disasters.

Getting started

Firstly, understand the difference between business continuity and disaster recovery.

Business continuity planning ensures your organisation will be able to function in the event of an unexpected event, while disaster recovery planning ensures your company can regain its full operational ability after such an event. Both are needed for a business to minimise disruption in the event of a disaster.

For business continuity ask yourself:

What is the minimum infrastructure required to keep the cogs turning?

How much infrastructure is it economically sensible to have instantly available in such an event?

For the disaster recovery element ask yourself:

How long can you operate without your full system capacity?

What are the implications in terms of lost data, revenues and brand perception for operating in this way?

Developing a comprehensive disaster recovery plan which includes business continuity and disaster recovery planning is more than an insurance policy – it’s a fundamental part of an organisation’s IT strategy, which will allow the business to function in spite of a major IT systems outage.

Take the recent fire in Holborn, London, which made a few people sit up and take notice. Power lines were damaged beyond repair, meaning that a number of organisations, no matter how resilient their networks, could not operate from their offices. Companies without a DR solution had to stay “closed for business”. Those with a well thought out DR plan, with infrastructure off-site, were still able to operate.

Claranet can provide consultancy and services allowing you to plan for such emergencies.

Talk to one of our experts today to learn how we can help ensure your business’ stability in the event of a disaster.

References

All statistics taken from www.planb.co.uk

Written by Stephen Jelly - Senior Account Manager

With over 20 years in the communications & IT Industries, Steve has a wealth of experience helping organisations realise their operational goals and financial efficiencies from an IT perspective. His background takes in Wide Area Networks, RF services, Managed Hosting and Managed Business Applications.

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