How long could your business survive if your critical business processes were down? What constitutes a disaster? More importantly, how well can you survive one if it strikes your business?
No one would argue that hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, floods and terrorist attacks are all disastrous events. Such events are highly publicized because of their great impact on human life and potential to destroy industry and commerce.
Businesses that encounter disastrous events are put to the test to see if they can survive. According to FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) 40% of all businesses that encounter disastrous events fail to reopen and another 25% that reopen close within a year. Those businesses that recover frequently face significant expenses and cannot recoup business opportunities lost during the recovery period. Additionally, their customers may defect to competitors and a corporation could suffer diminished brand equity and overall reputation.
While these highly publicized events make headlines, they actually are in the minority of outages that plague modern business. Most outage threats come on a smaller scale. System downtime is more likely caused by hardware failure, application failure and human error. These types of failures may cause your information to become unavailable and leave your customers out of touch.
How a company survives these events may very well depend on how well it has prepared itself. Much of the potential failure stemming from an outage, whether disastrous or not, can be averted with proper planning, implementation and testing. Thoughtful business continuity planning includes people, facilities, data, systems, processes and organization to mitigate the possible risks of a service interruption. Regardless of the size of the business, by taking the necessary steps to ensure business continuance today, you can position your company for unexpected disruptive events (both large and small) now and in the future. Disaster Planning is quite often put on the back burner until a disaster, virus attack, power outage or system failure opens everyone's eyes to the potential issues associated with all this.
Puget Sound Data Systems has performed Disaster Recovery Analysis for many of our customers. The resultant report from our analysis will help formulate a critical to-do list, an important step in what should be a much more comprehensive examination of your disaster preparedness.
Disaster Recovery Planning
PSDS also can help you prepare for disasters by helping you plan redundant services and remote site data centers with our expertise in computer systems, data storage and backup technologies. Contact a PSDS Engineer today if you have questions regarding Disaster Recovery Analysis and Planning.