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The worst thing that can happen to a business is a natural or cyber disaster. Business disruption causes incredible losses and can cause many businesses to close. In recent years disaster recovery has become more and more prevalent in our culture. Large storms like super storm sandy devastated the north east and NY alone received $1b to help rebuild and recover from it. Recovering from a disaster takes time, money and lots of effort.
Disaster Recovery (DR) Strategy
When planning your IT infrastructure one must also plan a DR (Disaster Recovery) strategy and be ready to handle any issues that can come up. A strategy to handle disasters is difficult to think about and implement. There can be varied disasters. Something as simple as internet going down to flooding of the building. Because there are so many options to think about, Disaster Recovery is always a mainstay on our Top IT Services list and we anticipate it will stay there for the foreseeable future.
Multiple Internet Connections Firewall
At CSM we usually think about disaster recovery starting with the internet connection. Can your business handle any downtime? If you are using more cloud applications and cloud services like Office 365, then your business should consider multiple connections from multiple internet service providers. There are multiple firewall security applications you can use that will toggle both connections to provide backup services if one connection fails the other instantly takes over. Having a multiple connection environment has other benefits as well. You can also use both lines incase you have as surge in usage. For example if you are using VoIP telephones that require bandwidth, a video conferencing solution is bandwidth intensive, video security systems also use bandwidth and of course just increased user load. With 2 connections the firewall can actually bond both connections to instantly double the capacity and accommodate all requirements. It might not immediately appear as a disaster recovery solution, but it very quickly becomes a must have in internet planning!
Desktop Backup Plan
Another area we focus on is backups of servers and workstations. In planning of a disaster occurring at your offices, one needs to think about backup and planning. Many offices have a backup they do of key data, but often leave that backup in the office itself. Although that will help in some cases, it will be an ineffective strategy during other disasters. We recommend in this case to have a cloud backup solution. This takes the burden away from office staff and also keeps data safeguarded in case of a natural disaster.
When doing cloud backups in anticipation of a disaster and recovery, we also recommend examining server imaging. Server imaging is a method of cloud backup where the entire server is backed up in the cloud. Should a disaster occur, the recovery solution is to log into a website where the entire server is ready and on standby. Your office can use it as though nothing is wrong and when your original server comes back on line, you can do a full bare metal restore to the device and have not lost a beat in the process!
Disaster Recovery Planning Specialists
Working with an experienced IT solutions company is the key in planning a disaster recovery solution. There are many options to consider and pursue but finding the right one that is affordable and satisfies the business needs is essential. CSM has been offering disaster recovery solutions for 30 years as a trusted IT services consulting firm. Let us evaluate your current backup and disaster solution and offer a free analysis today!
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