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Do you have a data and disaster recovery plan?

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Your data is everything and business need to consider data loss seriously. Nowadays we rely heavily on knowing that our data is secure, private and safe.

But how can you assure this with your company’s data? Do you have an established plan for your business?

Image you lost your phone or laptop. Scary right? Now imagine that you haven’t backed up that data – catastrophic right? Now imagine your phone or laptop is your business data, and it’s gone, vanished, done. Is there a word that’s more impactful than catastrophic? Because that’s the effect  on a business without backups and a recovery plan.  There would be no business.

A business disaster recovery plan

A Business Disaster Recovery Plan is implemented  in preparation of a serious issue such as a server going down, or a disaster such as a hurricane, flood or fire.

There are various ways to store your own backups. It could be via a hosted cloud server, devices such as an external drive, a local server and more.

Or you could talk to us and set up a serious backup and recovery plan that’s 100% guaranteed.

Benefits of a disaster recovery plan

There are many benefits, both tangible and intangible, to having a disaster recovery plan. In the event of an unexpected disturbance to your business, disaster recovery services will be able to get you back on track by making sure you’re prepared rather than madly scrambling later on.

Rapid Replication and Copying of Information, Software, and Applications

Data replication involves making copies of all of your information in real time as your information is generated. This is especially useful because it allows you to very quickly reproduce your most important information, software, and applications.

Reliable Recovery of Information

Having a disaster recovery plan means that you will have a reliable method that you can count on to recover your most important information.

Business Continuity

When your systems fail, a client who is pressed for time will likely go next door to your direct competition. The longer it takes for you to resume normal operations, the greater the incentive becomes for clients to move away from your business.

Long-Term Cost Savings

If you have a comprehensive overview of your systems, you’re going to readily be able to view areas where you can add upgrades that replace any current costly inefficiencies. This could involve moving your data to a cloud-based system or other upgrades that will save your business money in the long-term.

Protected Business Reputation

What will current or prospective clients think if they experience a disruption in service? Referrals and word-of-mouth need to remain glowing, or else there will be a severe cost paid with lost business.

Non-Disruptive System Testing

A disaster recovery plan allows you to run scenarios that show you what would happen in the event of a problem without disrupting your business. Constantly being able to test your system will allow you to build greater confidence with clients, as you can demonstrate your reliability.

Minimal System Downtime during Replication

Downtime will always affect your organization by reducing employee focus, and perhaps more importantly, motivation. No matter what industry you work in, when sensitive data is inaccessible or lost, it creates havoc for everyone involved and can cause inactivity.

Compliance with Industry Regulations

If you have clients in the medical, financial, or legal verticals, then they are most likely governed by stringent industry regulations and other legal requirements. HIPAA, SOX, and GLBA are just some of the legal requirements that stipulate how businesses need to be able to provide access to sensitive digital information at all times. Being able to back up all of their data in a secure way inspires greater confidence.

24/7 Client Support

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Peace of Mind!

There’s a special frame of mind that comes with knowing your data is protected, safe, and can be recovered in the event of a disaster. Backing your data up by using disaster recovery services does more than secure your information—it gives you peace of mind on a daily basis.

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Cloud Keeps Miami Businesses Running During Disasters

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As a Miami-based small business, you may think that the best strategy when it comes to moving your technology to the cloud, is to put it off until it seems less scary. The truth is that moving to cloud takes some consideration and planning. However, one area that you may consider as a starting point is a hybrid cloud Business Continuity solution.

This brief article will take a look at some of the added benefits that a back up and disaster recovery (BDR) and business continuity solution, based on a Hybrid Cloud Backup, can deliver to your small business.

4 Reasons for a Hybrid Cloud Business Continuity

  1. Security: With a hybrid solution, your organization’s essential data is backed up locally and then an additional backup is replicated off-site, providing additional data security. Then, your in-house data is protected by redundant sets of information with the local device being the first line of defense.

In most cases, three distinct copies of each of your file exist – on the workstation or server, on a local device, and in the public cloud. In addition, encrypted files are stored off-site are available in case an unforeseen event, like a natural disaster, occurs. This should give you and your organization the peace of mind to know that your data is always accessible no matter what the circumstances

  1. Storage: Your organization also benefits from local storage flexibility, addressing a key concern that many small businesses have with a hybrid cloud solution.

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6 Disaster Recovery Tips for Miami-based Businesses

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According the FEMA, 40% of businesses are affected following a serious storm, earthquake, flood, or hurricane. As a Miami, FL-based business experiencing downtime due to a server crash, a power outage, a natural disaster such as a hurricane, and causing the inability to work, this would mean significant lost to revenue.

When evaluating the need for a disaster recovery planning, businesses especially in the Law, Finance, and Healthcare industries must address their backup and continuity needs based both on 1) compliance and regulation issues (if applicable), as well as potential 2) loss of revenue. Typically, the cost of downtime is based on:

  • Cost of continuing without the data
  • Cost of recreating the data
  • Cost of notifying users in the event of a compromise
  • Loss of reputation
  • Fees incurred due to compliance breach (for Law, Financial, Healthcare firms)

The potential for lost is a big reason why preparing for the worst and making proactive decision before disaster strikes will increase the chances that the worst disaster will have a minimal impact on your firm’s ability to continue operating.

Use the below checklist to both plan and prepare for a disaster:

  1. ASSESS THE PROBLEM AND ITS IMPACT ON YOUR FIRM

Every disaster is different. Before doing anything, understand the underlying issue and how it will impact your client.

  • Is the issue local to one machine, or does it affect your entire system?
  • Have files been deleted or are servers /workstations down?
  1. ESTABLISH RECOVERY GOALS

Recovery is what makes a Disaster Recovery solution different from a simple backup product. Be sure to plan out your firm’s road to recovery.

  • Restore the system, the data, or both? Should time be spent recovering files and folders before system recovery?
  • Identify critical systems and prioritize recovery tasks
  • What date/time should you recover from?
  1. SELECT THE APPROPRIATE RECOVERY TYPE(S)

To get to your “road to recovery”, the appropriate recovery procedure must be followed. Think about which approach best will get you to your end goal.

  • File restore
  • Local virtualization
  • Off-site virtualization
  1. VERIFY THE RECOVERY AND CONFIRM FUNCTIONALITY WITH USERS

Once a recovery is verified, confirm that it interacts positively with users.

  • Test network connectivity
  • Ensure all users can access resources and applications in the virtual environment
  1. RESTORE THE ORIGINAL SYSTEM(S), IF NEEDED

If the original system(s) needs to be restored, decide which restoration process will work best.

  • Bare metal restore
  • Virtual machine restores
  1. SELF-ASSESS AFTERWARDS

After it’s all said and done, take a step back and think about it: How well did your team do? What could you have done differently?

  • What precipitated the failure?
  • What ongoing issues need to be addressed?
  • What can be done better in future Disaster Recovery scenarios?

Please contact us for additional assistance or learn more about our disaster recovery solutions here.