September 20, 2016 by Caroline Blaylock

When Zombies Attack: Business Continuance Planning for the Post-apocalyptic Future

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You’ve barricaded yourself into your office. You think it’s safe, but the shuffling, lurching figures outside your window are still too close for comfort. You hear their moans and calls for brains, and jump when you hear them begin to throw themselves against your door. The noise increases, as more and more of them gather to try and break through. You huddle under your desk, turning the tuner on your radio to listen to the latest news of the zombie outbreak. As you come to the realization that no one is broadcasting anymore, you can think of only one thing…

…thank goodness you put a business continuance plan in place when you had the chance!

Alright, alright, so maybe you’d be a little concerned about a few other things, as well, like the fall of civilization, or your own survival. But your business continuance plan would still be pretty high on that list!

After all, once the mayhem settles back down again, and the remaining humans have formed a new society, you’ll want to be able to open your doors for business without any delay. And for that matter, you may even decide to try and get a jump on the competition and reopen while the zombie apocalypse is still in full swing!

But in order to do that, you’ll need to have a solid disaster recovery plan in place. Here’s what you need to consider in order to zombie-proof your business.

1. Move to the cloud now.

Look, zombies are not known for their finesse and ballerina-like grace. They’re going to stumble through your business wreaking havoc in their quest for brains – and your employees are going to be reciprocating with ax blows and gunshots. Your IT hardware will be damaged – and all your apps and data will be lost right along with it.

Unless you move your business to the cloud in advance. If your systems are backed up in the cloud with Microserve, it won’t matter if you have to blow up your whole building to stop the walkers – you’ll still have access to everything you need to keep your business running, from any computer or mobile device. And going mobile will be a smart move, anyway, since your employees will certainly be on the move a lot, as they search for a safe location among the ruins of civilization.

2. Use Managed Services to provide continuity.

You’ve heard the saying, don’t put all your eggs in one basket? Well, in a zombie apocalypse, that goes double. Relying solely on an in-house IT team to get your systems up and running again – and keep them that way – is just not prudent. I hate to say it, but some of your IT guys will turn – it’s just inevitable.

You need a group of people at a different location who are already familiar with your operations, and who can maintain your systems for you even if everyone at your location is out looking for brains. And if you’re lucky enough to still have an IT team of humans, using Microserve’s Managed Services can free up their valuable time to fight off any zombies - coworkers or otherwise – who might be attacking.

3. Consult with an expert.

In a zombie apocalypse, everyone needs a mentor, whether they’re teaching you how to fight with a broadsword or how to scavenge for food. Microserve is just such a mentor – and our area of expertise just happens to be business continuance. We have fully zombie-proofed our facilities, and every one of our employees is thoroughly trained in post-apocalyptic survival skills, in order to ensure that we can be there for you when you need us most.

Consulting with us before the zombies attack is the best way to ensure that you have the right plan in place, and that you’ll be able to recover from this disaster in no time, and get back to business as usual.

So don’t wait to give Microserve a call. Once the zombies are on the move, it’ll be too late to create a business continuance plan – contact us today.

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