No one likes to plan for the worst—it's not enjoyable to think about a disaster occurring. But as the world becomes more global and connected, we're more susceptible to disaster than ever. The kinds of disaster that can happen vary widely, but almost all of them have a similar effect: around 70% of all businesses that experience catastrophic data loss due to disaster close within the following year and a half (UK DTI).
It's interesting to note that it isn't the loss of physical office space that brings a business down, or loss of technology, or loss of storefront. Losing data is always catastrophic for a company. We do business in the information age, and without our company data—client information, company knowledge, product data—we're unable to work. That's why it's imperative to have a disaster recovery plan in place.
In the 21st century, a disaster recovery plan is much more than just a safety procedure for floods, fires, or other natural disasters. Your disaster recovery plan should have extensive safeguards and backups for your digital information.
The most important aspect of disaster recovery planning should include how you'll maintain extensive and regular backups—and a detailed plan for how you'll access these backups from offsite. This is where managed IT services come in.
Managed IT can make sure you have access to your information regardless of the state of your office or computers. Even when your office is out of commission, you'll have every file you need to continue doing business as you rebuild. For more information about managed IT, contact us or visit our website.