Disaster Recovery

Face disaster - plan for the future
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With the recent UK floods, and more heavy rain predicted, the importance of disaster recovery for UK businesses has never been more critical. Latest weather events have shown that UK businesses are not immune to disaster, with many organisations insufficiently prepared and lacking a well-structured and comprehensive continuity plan.

A business continuity plan sets out controls to keep all aspects of a business functioning in the event of disaster striking. Disaster recovery forms a major part of a company's continuity plan focusing on the processes necessary to resume trading after a disruptive event. Disaster recovery tends to focus primarily on IT and the systems that support business functions.

IT systems are critical to the smooth running of a company and as we become more and more dependent on computer technology, the significance of having safeguards in place to protect our data is obvious. Recent research suggests however, that only 50% of companies actually have a disaster recovery plan in place and of those companies only half again have ever tested their plan. The impact of this can cause significant disruption to a business' day-to-day operations and many never recover.

Although most businesses take steps to ensure that their IT systems are appropriately backed up, they do not always consider the secure storage of this data. Having a secure storage management solution in place, with a reputable off-site supplier, is a fundamental part of any robust disaster recovery strategy. It will ensure that key data media is not only safe in the event of a disaster, it is easily retrievable. The quicker the recovery period the quicker a business can be back on its feet.

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