IT Network Disaster Recovery

 

Information Technology (IT) has redefined the global business lifecycle. Networking and Communications have accelerated business operations and made them more flexible. The Wide Area Network (WAN) and related technologies are the keys for efficient business operations in the competitive market. Organizations are adopting technology and standards to keep their IT infrastructure sound and to ensure business continuity. The continued operations of an Enterprise is determined by its ability to deal with potential natural or man-made disasters through creating an effective IT Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) that can enable minimizing disruptions to the networks, and quickly restore normalcy of operations.

 

An IT Disaster Recovery Plan is a comprehensive documentation of well-planned actions that are to be adopted before, during, and after a catastrophic event. In order to ensure business continuity and availability of critical resources during disasters, the plan should be documented and also tested in advance. This will help expedite the process when the actual disaster or emergency strikes. The key to IT or network disaster recovery is preparedness. The DR plan is the master tool of IT-based as well as other organizations to protect their IT infrastructure, ascertain organizational stability, and systematic disaster recovery. The primary objectives of IT/network disaster recovery planning include:

 

  • Minimizing disruption of business operations
  • Minimizing risk of delays
  • Ensuring a level of security
  • Assuring reliable backup systems
  • Aiding in restoration of operations with speed

Benefits

 

Maybe you’re not sold on the need for a disaster recovery plan. Perhaps the perceived risk isn’t enough to really prompt you to take action. Despite how often data disasters happen—whether it’s user error, malware, or a natural disaster—some just don’t see the need or can’t seem to find the time. Just know that the benefits of having a disaster recovery plan are more than just readiness. Here are a few reasons you should consider making a disaster recovery plan that you may not have considered.

 

Asset and inventory management

The first part of a good backup and recovery plan is thorough documentation, which involves understanding equipment inventory. This is useful for identifying which pieces of equipment you have, which are extra but may come in handy, and which are completely superfluous. Any good IT administrator knows which equipment he or she has and where to find it. That way if there is a problem, whether small or large, spare equipment is quickly accessible. Good asset management also helps prevent employee theft, which can certainly happen at any organization.

 

Network management

How can you successfully manage a network if you don’t know everything about it? Detailed documentation as part of a good backup and recovery plan helps you clearly understand the way a network is functioning, which allows you to remedy issues quickly. So if there’s a simple problem like a busted router or something awful like a server failure, you can handle it. RMM tools are great for this because they can help you document networked equipment automatically. Still, there’s a physical aspect that you shouldn’t ignore. Taking photos of equipment set ups—particularly in server rooms or closest—can be useful as well. Oh, and don’t forget the labels!

 

Task redundancy

Part of your disaster plan involves making sure at least two people can do any one task. This keeps you covered in an emergency, but it doesn’t have to be a full on disaster for task redundancy to be useful. Have you ever had somebody leave on vacation, call in sick, or leave the company abruptly and on poor terms? This can cause huge problems if that person is the only one who can do a critical task. Not only that, but what about less critical tasks? As an example, suppose you need a person to perform a network diagnosis before you can fix something, but only that one person has the capability. If that person is too busy, it can create a bottle neck and you’re sitting around waiting. You could save time if only you could quickly do it yourself.

 

Cost savings

We mentioned that good documentation can result in better management, but it can also help you identify areas where you could be saving money, particularly if it’s time for a hardware upgrade. Why run three separate servers when you can run three virtual servers on one physical piece of equipment? Your eagle-eye view can help you see where the cost savings might be and where you might be able to go virtual or to the cloud.

 

Ability to test

How can you test a plan you don’t have? If you have a disaster recovery plan you can run through what would happen in various scenarios, which allows you to see your recovery in action. If you’re an IT provider, this also helps you establish trust with clients who can actually watch your test and see that you can deliver on any promises you’ve made.

 

Questions to ask yourself:

 

  1. What would I have if my hard drives crashed?
  2. What applications are vital to the company surviving?
  3. If the Internet goes down, how will it affect production in my company?
  4. How long would it take to get vital systems on-line if the building was demolished?
  5. Who would be knowledgeable enough to get the systems running?
  6. Are we running backups of just files or the whole system?
  7. Do I have a support team in place to help 24/7/365?
  8. What would it cost the company if all of these events happened?
  9. Do you trust that your staff to make this happen?

Start With Backing Up Your Information

 

There are many companies out there who have not yet come to terms with the importance and efficiency of computer systems. If you have, GREAT! The next step is centralizing that data on a server and maintaining a backup of that data and of the entire server. Since we are talking about Disaster Recovery, I can tell you that a backup on-site is not enough. Saving some files to a Flash drive or tape is not enough any more. Tape drives are not as reliable anymore and a flash drive simply does not cover everything needed. Having a dedicated off site backup procedure in plan with a service like ours provides peace of mind and full backup of every file needed to recover quickly and get you back to making money. We have data centers dedicated to maintaining this data in a safe and secure manner, and if you are worried about the data being transmitted over the internet, don't worry. Our data software transferrs with an encryption specified to you and is above industry standards.

 

What we can do to stop the headache:

 

Advanced Computer & Data Communications has over 20 years of experience in preparing for these scenarios. We can help take the stress off you and help you implement a sound Disaster Recovery Plan that could save you thousands and have you back up and running in as soon as hours. We offer:

 

  1. A sound and secure backup procedure and services
  2. Risk management analysis
  3. Emergency response availability
  4. Cloud based implementation procedures
  5. Fail-over Internet possibilities
  6. Proactive monitoring of equipment to prevent failures
  7. A Step-by-Step documentation procedure for your Disaster Recovery Plan

Advanced Computer & Data Communicatons Inc.

 

We are not your typical Computer repair company. Most IT companies focus on one area or product. ACD Communications is your one-stop location to meet all your IT needs. We make sure you can come to us for everything from computer repair to security  to television services. We only deal with the best . Our personal attitude toward our customers means you don't have to worry about  getting the run around or not knowing what to expect. Come see us to find out more.

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