It’s never too early to prepare for those instant storms that occur randomly at this time of year. During this time of year the threat of fire, flood, severe storms, water damage, and even theft is very real. One of the most valuable assets for any company is its data. The second is their Disaster Recovery Plan. Hardware and software can easily be replaced, but a company’s data cannot! As a community reminder, here are some simple things you should do right now to make sure your company is prepared for any disaster.
Disaster Recovery Tips:
- Back Up Your Data Off Site! Everyone knows that data should be backed up on a daily basis, but many people still use in-house tape drives that will get damaged in a natural disaster or fire, and are easily stolen. We recommend backing up all data to an off-site location, and we offer this as a service to all of our clients.
- Use a Quality Surge Protector With Uninterruptible Power Supply System. A high quality surge protector used with an uninterruptible power supply will go a long way in protecting your sensitive electronic equipment from power surges and other electronic faults that can destroy your computer’s (and hard drives!) circuitry.
- Make Sure Your Computers Are Off The Floor. If your office gets flooded, having your equipment off the floor will prevent it from being completely destroyed. Server racks can be purchased and installed very cheaply.
- Have A Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plan. Every business should have some type of plan in place for continued operation after a disaster. Would people know where to go? Who to call? How to log in and access data remotely? Hopefully you’ll never need it, but having a simple plan will make you sleep a lot easier at night knowing you have a way to continue to operate when disaster strikes.
If you need help in any of these areas, give us a call! We’re right here on the Central Coast, NSW and we can not only get you prepared, but also back up and running fast in the event of a disaster. You insure your business for thousands of dollars every year yet ignore your data? It only costs a Starbucks a day for a typical small business to protect their data. When will you start your disaster recovery plan?