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Why Your Business Needs an IT Disaster Recovery Plan

When you first start a business, your focus is primarily on building your customer base and product development.

Little is thought initially on an IT disaster recovery plan in the wake of a flood, fire or cyber attack. In this article, we unpack ‘what is disaster recovery?’, ‘what is DRaaS?’ and why it’s essential to implement an IT disaster recovery plan as early as possible.

What is Disaster Recovery?

Disaster recovery plans contain detailed instructions on coping with unplanned events such as natural disasters, power outages, cyberattacks, etc. As part of the plan, an organisation develops strategies for minimising a disaster’s effects so critical operations can resume quickly. When disturbances occur, revenue can be lost, brand reputations damaged, and customers can be dissatisfied. Additionally, the longer it takes to recover, the more adverse the impact on the business will be. A good disaster recovery plan is designed to allow rapid recovery after interruptions, regardless of their origin.

What is Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)?

Gaining popularity over the years, disaster recovery as a service is a cloud-based DR (disaster recovery). It is a lower cost (usually paid via a subscription), DRaaS is easier to deploy, and allows regular testing. In a cloud disaster recovery solution, data and IT infrastructure is backed up in a third-party cloud computing environment, and disaster recovery enables businesses to regain access and functionality.

DRaaS lets experts in disaster recovery – like InReach – handle the work of planning for a disaster on behalf of an organisation. Our experience running many IT and communications systems provides us with the expertise to prepare for such an event. We audit your technical infrastructure, architecture, connectivity, software, and data storage and risk assess each element. Following this, we will put together a detailed outline of the risks you face regarding your IT and devise a plan of action to mitigate them. We aim to help you get back to work as quickly and smoothly as possible.

In the event of a disaster, what can InReach do?

When a catastrophe strikes, it’s stressful enough to try to make sense of what’s happening, never mind how to continue. Planning, reviewing regularly, and staying alert are the hallmarks of a successful business recovery plan.

At InReach, our Disaster Recovery Services (DRaaS) include:

  • Operational and technical reviews, with on and offsite recovery steps
  • In-depth documentation of disaster mitigation actions
  • Ensuring businesses have adequate insurance cover
  • Overseeing hardware replacement
  • Restoring business data, operating systems and applications to a pre-disaster state
  • Minimal disruption and impact due to quick response times.

If you are ready to implement an IT disaster recovery plan to safeguard your business, get in touch with the team at InReach.

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