Weather any storm with disaster recovery (DR) services

By: Albert McKeon


Severe weather can easily disrupt operations, imperil networks and data and bring business to a halt. Organizations that fail to implement a disaster recovery (DR) plan are all but sticking their tongues out at Mother Nature. While most enterprises prepare for the worst, many small businesses do not, and as many as 60 percent of them shut their doors after a natural disaster, according to Inc.

If your business has yet to implement, or even consider implementing, a thorough disaster recovery (DR) strategy, then it’s time to use your best days to prepare for the worst.

Prioritizing disaster recovery (DR) planning

As scientists continue to tie extreme weather events to climate change, spending on recovery tools and systems keeps climbing, Computerworld reports. That increase includes companies shifting to cloud-based services, including infrastructure-as-a-service, for disaster resiliency (DR) planning.

When a crisis happens, organizations are particularly vulnerable if they have inaccurate response plans, procedures and workflows, lack automated message escalation and are prone to communications breakdowns.

There are many steps involved in staying safe from disaster, including knowing your risks and strategically mapping out how any kind of severe weather event can interrupt business. However, it’s also important to take a step back and review two critical approaches to protecting business assets: communications and business resiliency offered as a service.

Keeping an open line of communication

There’s no guarantee that phone, email and other communication platforms will work when weather takes a turn for the worst. The ability to communicate and execute critical functions is the business equivalent of staying calm before, during and after a storm.

Finding a way to communicate with employees about job duties during these times will be critical. Your employees need to know how to access systems and programs so they can forge on with their work. The business will also need to stay connected to customers, clients and contractors. Disaster recovery requires smart planning on your end and assistance from a third party that is removed from the scene and can provide the technology to keep your communication channels open.

Resiliency communications-as-a-service enables organizations to quickly respond to an incident so they can minimize disruption. These cloud-enabled services offer automated messaging to the right people at the right time and workflows with integrated weather alerts, so you can run your business during a major disruption.

Business resiliency is the bridge over troubled water

It’s not enough to simply protect data. With the pulse of many organizations connected to hybrid cloud solutions, advanced analytics and cognitive computing, establishing business resiliency of all digital assets is essential to success. Resiliency offerings can include a mix of backup, recovery, communications and data center solutions.

Disaster recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS) solutions provide continuous replication of core business applications, infrastructure, data and systems for rapid recovery after an IT outage. DRaaS offers not only peace of mind, but when all is quiet on the weather front, its automation and orchestration functionalities reduce the staff needed for recovery and eliminate redundant in-house recovery servers.

Harness the full power of your core business applications

The sky might look bright today, but it doesn’t take much for a hurricane, hail storm or any other kind of severe weather to knock operations offline. Start preparing now for your organization to get back on its feet. If you expect your business to thrive for a long time, odds are it will face a weather-related test at some point.

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About The Author

Albert McKeon

Freelance Writer

Albert McKeon covers technology, health, business, politics and entertainment. He previously worked as a newspaper reporter for 16 years on the staffs of The Telegraph (N.H.) and Boston Herald, winning the New England Press Association’s Journalist of the Year award and other honors. He now writes as a freelancer for several magazines and news outlets,... Read more