Disaster Recovery: Is Your Business Bulletproof?

Author:
Jim Kothe

Bullet Proofing Your Business with Disaster Recovery

Don’t become another IT statistic

Why is disaster recovery important? Consider this startling statistic: of companies that experience a computer outage lasting for more than 10 days, half of them will be out of business within five years.

This statistic is even more alarming for businesses located within an area where Mother Nature routinely unleashes unexpected surprises—places like Indiana’s “Tornado Alley” or the hurricane-prone eastern seaboard. In these areas, where natural disasters are not the exception but the rule, lacking a disaster recovery plan is simply asking for trouble.

The statistics bear this out: Companies that have a disaster recovery plan—one they frequently update and test—can rebound at a surprisingly fast rate. On the other hand, according to a study conducted by the University of Texas at Arlington, 43% of companies that experience a disaster but have no recovery plan in place go out of business.

These statistics obviously raise questions about your business and the state of your disaster recovery plan. When evaluating whether your business is prepared for unexpected downtime, consider the following questions:

• Are regular data backups prepared daily?
• Are your applications and operating environments also backed up on a daily basis?
• Where are these backups kept? Are they offsite?
• How often does your data need to be replicated?
• How much of your data changes from day to day?

The above are just a few questions you need to consider when exploring your disaster recovery options. To learn more, contact Expedient today.

 

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