March 1, 2016 by Nigel Brown

You Wasted Your Time Creating Your Disaster Recovery Plan

You Wasted Your Time Creating Your Disaster Recovery Plan

Because you probably didn’t plan for the right things in the right way

Does your business have a disaster recovery plan in place? Yes? Fantastic. No? That’s okay because even if you have a disaster recovery plan in place, it might not help you when everything goes pear shaped.

Disaster recovery is more than making sure you can get your files back. Disaster recovery is about will your company be able to stay in business. If you only thought about your files then you’re not protected, you’re not ready, and if there is a disaster; you’re toast.

Developing a DR plan in-house is great to start, but to seal the deal you need to bring in outside experts who will ask the important questions that will make the difference between up and running and up a creek.

Developing a Disaster Recovery Plan

If your in-house IT team is creating a disaster recovery plan for your business, then it’s a safe bet that it might be the first one you’ve ever put in place—and maybe the first DR plan they’ve worked on since school. Even if they do have some past experience, the learning curve makes the process a lot slower, as examples are constantly referenced, mistakes are made and then fixed, and processes are learned.

Contrast that with the team at Microserve. This is far from our first rodeo, we know exactly how to put a disaster recovery plan together in the most efficient – but also the most thorough and comprehensive – way possible. If Microserve handles your disaster recovery planning for you, your team will be completely freed up to work on other, more high-level projects instead, but assured that if the worst hits, they’re good. Our DRaaS experts look at more than file recovery, they consider applications, software licenses, encryption keys, long-term records, plus how long each system can be down before the business is affected. You might be able to have parts and shipping out for a half a day, but even an hour without orders or email could be disastrous. Real disaster recovery plans include how long it takes to recover systems and how long a system can be down.

How does that match your plan?

In Case of an Actual Disaster

But efficiency in the planning stages is only one part of the picture. The other part comes in if your business ever has the misfortune to actually be affected by a disaster and you have to put your plan into action.

When was the last time you did a dry run through? Do all key staff know their roles and responsibilities if you’re in disaster mode? Who gets called when, who makes decisions, who are the external contacts for all your services? Chances are some aspects of your plan haven’t been tested and you could run into an issue at the worst possible time—when you’re dealing with a disaster.

With DRaaS from Microserve, however, you can rest assured that your plan is regularly tested and will activate when you need it like clockwork.

Thinking about disaster recovery is the first step in the right direction, now contact Microserve today to get started with our DRaaS and make sure your business can stay up and running in a crisis.

In Case of Emergency image by James Cridland.

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