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Understanding Data Backup as It Relates to Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Planning

Most businesses who are computer-networked (virtually all of them) understand the importance of data backup – and the various forms of data backups – and employ it with as much constancy as their business situation and IT configuration calls for. But, not all companies keenly understand the importance of how data backup relates to both Disaster Recovery (DR) and Business Continuity Planning (BCP).

Some of you may realize the role data backup plays in both DR and BCP, but fail to have either a proper DR or in place. And, although many companies have adequate Disaster Recovery plans in place, without a viable Business Continuity Plan, it defeats the purpose of having data backups and disaster recovery, if and when catastrophes like a fire, flood, or long-term power outage strike.

According to an article in CIO called, Is Your Business Ready for a Catastrophe?: “Businesses that have been through a disaster report having lost between $100,000 and $500,000 a day, according to a survey conducted in 2005 by AT&T and the International Association of Emergency Managers.

And, that was 12 years ago. In 2017. small businesses are averaging around $8,000 per hour in downtime losses. Larger companies, much, much more.

It’s important to remember that while Disaster Recovery is a key part of Business Continuity Planning, they are in fact two very different aspects of IT management. Unlike Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity considers all aspects of your business’ operations, which makes having a winning Business Continuity Plan in place essential for ensuring the future of your business.

So, data backup and recovery is a crucial pillar of Disaster Recovery Planning, which in turn is a key component of a robust Business Continuity Plan. Without all three in place, your data backups are on a tenuous edge of ineffectuality.

To understand all this better, it’s a good idea to first review our Business Continuity Planning Checklist. Following these six main steps involved in the process will get you started in the right direction:

  • Identify the scope of the plan
  • Identify key business areas
  • Identify critical functions
  • Identify dependencies between various business areas and functions
  • Determine acceptable downtime for each critical function
  • Create a plan to maintain operations

We can help you with all the rest.

Just sign up to download your FREE copy of our own proprietary eBook, “How to Write and Establish a Proper Business Continuity Plan”. (Don’t forget to copy and follow our Business Continuity Planning Checklist at the same time.) Armed with all this insider knowledge, you’ll be well on your way to ensuring your business survival in the face of any disaster, whether natural or human-caused.

Data Backup is Just One of Our Specialties

And, of course we’re always available to answer any questions you may have regarding data backup, Disaster Recovery or Business Continuity Planning. Our IT consulting is highly sought-after by St. Louis businesses who desire higher levels of IT optimization. Contact us at sales@sseinc.com or by phone at (314) 439-4700 to speak to a certified SSE Network Services IT professional.

Written by SSE Networks on March 17th, 2017.

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