At the Core
30 June 15

According To Schedule: 4 Key Steps To Create Your Disaster Recovery Plan

Just about every business these days, whether it's a high-powered IT company or just a small mom-and-pop store, has a clear need to manage large volumes of data effectively. Everyone has data, whether it's data about their customers, their employees or their in-house operations, and it's crucial to the everyday health of the business.

This being the case, it's very important for companies to keep that data protected against any and all external threats. Whether you're worried about a natural disaster like a hurricane that might hit your in-house network, or a technical malfunction in your own shop that could be a problem, you need a strong IT disaster recovery plan either way. If disaster strikes and your data is in trouble, where can you turn?

"It's very important for companies to keep that data protected against any and all external threats."

These days, the answer is to invest in cloud backup solutions. If one copy of your data is lost, you're going to want to have a backup available in the cloud, retrievable at any time. This is the most reliable and cost-effective way to keep your business safe.

According to eWeek, this issue is one that's getting more attention by the year. It's been especially notable in 2015, explained Chris Preimesberger, editor of features and analysis for the publication. This is because we've witnessed a great deal of extreme weather – for example, blizzards on the East Coast this winter – that have caused business leaders to panic. Now, more than ever, everyone needs a plan.

"Too frequently, disasters equate to losses in uptime, revenue and data that businesses aren't prepared to handle," Preimesberger explained. "Winter storms can be devastating to companies, but there are ways to make the inevitable disasters easier to withstand. Businesses of different sizes are moving increasingly to cloud-based failover backup plans because of the affordability and accessibility cloud backup provides."

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With this in mind, here's a look at four important steps your business should follow to create a comprehensive disaster recovery plan:

Understand the key threats
What threats to your business' data are you worried about, specifically? It might depend on your geography. Do you live in a region that's particularly vulnerable to blizzards, earthquakes or tornadoes? You'll want the right solution for the threats you're facing.

Set realistic goals
When your data is in trouble, how will you respond? How much of your data do you need to get back, and how fast? If you have goals in mind before disaster strikes, you'll be able to plan effectively for meeting them.

Open lines of communication
Effectively handling a disaster scenario is not a one-person job – it requires strong collaboration among all members of your staff. Employees should be able to communicate well, recover files for one another and help each other stay productive.

Look for the right cloud partner
Ultimately, the most important part of your disaster recovery plan may well be the business partner you choose. If you can work with a cloud backup company that manages your data effectively and strives for zero downtime, you'll be in good position to keep your business productive and profitable through any disaster.

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