Posted by: on July 20, 2018 at 8:00 am

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Have your business disaster recovery plan in place before disaster strikes.

Most of us were pretty pleased to finally get some rain last week. When your grass in mid-June looks as bad as it normally does at the end of August, you know it’s been a dry summer.

That said, summer thunderstorm season isn’t done yet here in Michigan. We still have a solid 6 weeks left for our Michigan climate to bring us thunder, lightning, heavy rain, high winds, and tornadoes. Along with these storms can also come flooding, power outages, and even fires.

Since no one is immune from these consequences, what is your disaster recovery plan? Can you answer these 5 important questions:

  • What data is critical to keep you open for business?
  • Where is that data located? Do you have everything on a central server, or is it scattered across laptops, desktops, smartphones and USB drives?
  • Which processes are critical and cannot be down for more than 1-2 hours at a time? Payroll? Shipping?
  • How long could you be without access to your server, files, email, internet and other processes before your business starts losing real money?
  • What’s your plan for a true disaster? If you and your team couldn’t access your office because of a fire or flood, what would you do?

Use these questions to map out a disaster recovery plan for your business. Make sure you aren’t faced with any unpleasant surprises should a disaster happen.

Do you need help developing a disaster recovery plan?

As part of our computer network IT support services, we review every client’s backup and disaster recovery system. We want to make sure they are able to get back up and running quickly in the face of a disaster.

At a minimum, every business needs some kind of regular data backup system. On-site is good; cloud-based is better.

If you really want to sleep well at night, a “standby server” helps ensure the survival of your business, even in the face of a temporarily-down server, completely failed server or other network-related disaster. There is no better business continuity solution for computer networks.

Standby server technology provides a comprehensive backup and disaster recovery solution:

  • Uses high availability, redundant off-site co-location facilities.
  • Includes offsite backup and data storage.
  • Brings failed servers up in minutes, not days or hours, giving you fast access to the essential data that keeps your business running.
  • Provides a comprehensive data protection component to your business continuity plan.

Not sure where your data lives or how it’s protected? Contact TAZ Networks today, and we can help you map out a backup and disaster recovery plan that fits your business budget and priorities.

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