Most small businesses are woefully unprepared should a disaster strike. The following statistics highlight:
- Gartner estimates that only 35 percent of SMBs have any comprehensive disaster recovery plan.
- Touche Ross estimates, the survival rate for organizations without a disaster recovery plan is < 10%
Disaster recovery is the process, policies and procedures related to preparing for recovery or continuation of technology infrastructure critical to an organization after a natural or human-induced disaster. Disaster recovery is a subset of business continuity. While business continuity involves planning for keeping all aspects of a business functioning in the midst of disruptive events, disaster recovery focuses on the IT or technology systems that support business functions. DR is complex and multifaceted but often the most simple things such as backup are ignored by small business owners.
Server & Data Backup
Backup is not optional. Backups should happen both on the server itself and the mission critical data it contains. Servers should always be backed up in two ways. Locally and then online. Local backup can be accomplished to a tape drive, or external hard drive. Online backup is data backup using the Internet or the cloud and is a critical part of your disaster recovery efforts. Images of all required system software such as Operating System, Applications should be burned to ISO image files and included in these backups in both local and online forms.
A Diffusion Group Study Found:
- 40% of Small and Medium Sized Businesses don’t back up their data at all
- 60% of all data is held on PC Desktops and laptops
- 40 – 50% of all backups are not fully recoverable and up to 60% of all backups fail in general
Online backup is another critical requirement to ensuring the possibility of recovery. Without online backup, in the instance of a regional disaster, (where your office computer and backup drive are destroyed) there would be no way to restore your systems. Offsite tape storage or online backup are required for any real disaster recovery option. Data store with almost any vendor will also allow for encryption of this data while in transit to their servers and while on them.
Herein we have only scratched the surface of the planning needed for an effective disaster recovery plan. Is your organization prepared?