When’s the Best Time to Prepare for A Disaster?

Before it happens, said SCORE CEO Ken Yancey on the occasion of an 18 October 2007 workshop, “Plan, Prepare, Recover – Keeping Your Business Safe.” organized with SCORE and HP.
What’s sad about disasters is that businesses are not affect so much by the disaster itself but that they did not plan ahead of time, what to do in the event of a disaster.
According to government statistics, 93 percent of companies that had trouble restoring their data after a disaster were out of business within 18 months.
Preparing for a disaster means more than just backing up your data – but data back up and recovery solutions are indeed part of the solution.
It’s ironic that HP and SCORE had this meeting in NYC – just months after so many businesses were affected by the steam pipe explosion.
What kind of backup strategies do you need to implement?
Ensure your server is backed up and imaged. In the event of a disaster you want to ensure that you can not only get your DATA back but that you can quickly replicate the server applications and complete environment, to be up and running as soon as possible.
For your desktop computers, make sure that as much user data as possible is put on the central server. If something happens to your desktop computers you can rest assured that the data is safe on the server. Since your server often has more redundancy (such as automatically backed up hard disks) than your local desktops, data is probably safer on a server.
For your MOBILE users, it’s important that you provide them with online backup solutions to automatically backup their data via the Internet. Each of their notebooks should had the hard disk imaged so that in an emergency you can a) replace the hard disk back to how it originally was setup and b) restore user created data
Another part of disaster planning is to look at your core and then all business processes and determine how each is affected in the event of a disaster. If you can’t get into your office – can you still process orders. If two of your key employees die – what happens.
Keeping your data secure is good and you can do this with a local technology consultant. For overall disaster planning – work with a disaster planning expert.