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How to Create an Effective Disaster Recovery Plan

June 2, 2016

Does your company have a comprehensive plan in place detailing how it will handle natural disasters, pandemics or other unforeseen catastrophes that may interfere with its ability to function properly?

If you answered no, then your business and its data are currently at a huge risk. So, where should you start to create a plan that mitigates the losses your company will face if a disaster occurs?

Here are some factors that our Philadelphia disaster recovery service recommends you consider when constructing a recovery scenario:

  • How likely is it that this scenario will happen? To determine which scenarios should be most extensively planned for, we suggest ranking them in order of likelihood of occurrence. It may also be helpful to create a risk matrix.
  • What is your company's Recovery Time Objective (RTO)? Recovery Time Objective refers to the amount of time your business can be out of commission before it starts to have serious consequences. If your company wants to limit downtime as much as possible, then Cloud storage should definitely be implemented.
  • How will this disaster affect the business as a whole? You need to think about more than just compromised business operating time. In addition, consider the potential financial losses and estimated recovery time that may come with each disaster scenario.
  • What data needs to be brought back first? Determine which data is most crucial to your company's basic functioning and create a plan that makes restoring this data the #1 priority.
  • Who will need to be involved in recovering from the disaster? Whether they’re associates from your company, an IT company or another organization, there will surely be people who need to assist with your business' disaster recovery plan. Therefore, you should make necessary preparations to ensure that the help you need will be available if an incident occurs.

After answering these questions, the next step is to test out the recovery plan for effectiveness. All of the people who need to play a role in the plan should be trained and informed about what their responsibilities will be in various scenarios, and the plan should be carried out as closely as possible to how it would be following a real disaster.

Consult Our Disaster Recovery Service in Philadelphia for Assistance

Here at Alura Business Solutions, the disaster recovery service Philadelphia businesses have trusted since 2005, we're highly skilled in planning for and dealing with business disruptions of all sorts. Whether it’s a physical disaster, a health pandemic or a local catastrophe such as fire or flooding, our IT professionals will be there to help your company continue doing business as usual.

Want to learn more about our disaster recovery service in Philadelphia? Call 844-558-7200 or visit our website today. And for more quality IT info, check out our blog post on five awesome new gadgets for businesses. Thanks for reading – we look forward to aiding your business in constructing a stellar disaster recovery plan!

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