Don’t let this happen to you.
Scene: Post-mortem meeting following a system failure.
John: OK, let’s get started – we’re here to debrief on the backup failure last week. Bill, where do you think the problem was?
Bill: I think I can pinpoint it to the backup server software.
John: Ok, what was the problem?
Bill: Well, it didn’t work. When we restored to the backup server, the operating system didn’t run.
John: And previously we didn’t have any problems with this software?
Bill: Well…ah, actually, we don’t know.
John: We don’t know? How is that possible?
Bill: Well, we…ah…we never did the testing. We never had the time to run a full load recovery test.
John: Didn’t have the time? [silence]
As you can imagine, the rest of the meeting didn’t go well for Bill.
This organization broke one of the cardinal rules of disaster planning: testing the backup plan under full operational load.
Are your operations ready to continue without a blip through the next disaster? Now is the time to ask the question and test your backup plan.
Disasters can be large or small. Large scale events like hurricanes and snowstorms often provide early warnings.
But the next disaster can be much smaller and strike without warning. Regional or local power outages, water supply and plumbing issues, steam pipe explosions and air conditioning failures are just some examples of disasters that can shut down your operation.
You need the confidence to know that your business or organization will be able to continue operations—as close to normal as possible—during and after an emergency. Backup of your data and IT systems is a critical piece of your continued operation and post-disaster “business continuity.”
Schedule your meeting today. And if you don’t have a backup plan in place, now is the time to get started.
You don’t have any time to lose.
For more information on IT disaster planning and business continuity services, contact mindSHIFT or call 877-227-5054.