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You may know that you should backup your data, but did you know that doing this in the correct manner contributes to your business continuity?  Implementing and deploying backups involves organization and expertise—It’s a complicated process.

What is business continuity?

Business continuity encompasses planning and preparation to ensure that an organization can continue to operate in case of serious incidents or disasters, and can recover to an operational state within a reasonably short period. (Wikipedia)

Here’s an example —When a disaster strikes (like a simple power outage), with a business continuity plan, your business can continue operating.  This requires:

  • A written plan,
  • with action items that are assigned to designated individuals, and
  • that’s has been tested for effectiveness.

Why is business continuity so important?

Large enterprises have a talented IT staff, and direct access to relevant vendors like Cisco and Microsoft.  This enables them to establish a smooth-running IT infrastructure so they can handle any disaster that comes along.

But if you own a small or medium-sized business (SMB), you don’t have this luxury.  That’s why so many SMBs don’t have the proper business continuity plans in place.

22% of SMBs will experience a data loss that significantly affects their business. And, 70% of SMBs that reported a data loss ended up going out of business.

Today, information is vital to running a business, and it’s growing.  For the average business, it’s doubling every two years, not only on servers but individual computers as well.  Plus, data is now an asset for your business—And with greater importance on data comes increased the risk to your business if you lose it. 

What’s required for business continuity?

  • Resilience: You must continue to invest in your IT infrastructure to protect your data. This requires redundancy with detailed documentation of your network, routers, computers, servers and backups.
  • Recovery: You must ensure your backups are recoverable and restorable. Backups that are never tested are useless. The only way to truly test a backup is to perform restores on a regular basis.
    • There are multiple types of backups—File-Based Backups that cover each file individually, and Image-Based Backups that make an image of the entire server.  Which one you choose depends on your particular needs.
    • Either way you go, you want redundant copies—One onsite and one offsite in a secure cloud, (in the U.S., and encrypted for complete protection) so you can quickly restore via the Internet.
  • Contingency: If your building was destroyed by fire, a tornado, flood, etc., where would you work from?  You should choose a location in advance and ensure you have access to your backups.  You can do this with remote access to your data via the secure cloud, so you and your employees can continue working from where you are.

What to do now? 

Talk to your IT Managed Service Provider—To not only fix things over time but to maintain your IT. They can help you get started with a business continuity plan.  (Don’t put this off.  Start working on this now to get something in place, and test it before disaster strikes.) 

Don’t wait until the next power outage, or for World Backup Day 2018 to protect your data. RCOR Technologies has you covered when it comes to Business Continuity.  For more information, contact us at: (919) 313-9355 or tim@rcor.com