So What is BDR/BCP?
I always say BDR/BCP is a little bit like Ambien. It helps you sleep better at night!
There are three key pieces to a proper BDR/BCP (Backup Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity Planning). Most companies have the first piece of the puzzle while missing out on the two most critical aspects of BDR/BCP. Your Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Planning.
Server backups work well when they actually work. We monitor server backups on a daily basis and know that if you’re not checking your backups daily eventually there will be a problem with your backup application and or backup media that needs attention. If this goes unchecked you potentially stand to lose a lot of information if your server crashes and the server has not been properly backing up. This would be a NIGHTMARE for all of the companies I work for. Again that is the reason that we’re diligent to monitor and review these backups every day.
OK so you’ve got a solid backup solution…
But what happens if you have a fire or theft in your office? Do you off-site your data for disaster recovery purposes? Statistics show that 95% of all small businesses that have a disaster never really recover and end up closing the doors with a few years due to having poor disaster recovery solutions in place.
The last piece of the puzzle is what we call Business Continuity. If your server crashed tomorrow at 11:00am how long would it take your IT company to get your server back on-line and you operational? In most instances it would take 1-2 days to recover a crashed server. Using a hypothetical on-prem physical server. The usual routine is similar to this. Server crashes, IT needs to work with server vendor to replaced failed hardware (hopefully you have a valid warranty on the server), hardware vendor will be on-site with 6 hours to replaced failed hardware, after hardware has been replaced we can now work on reconstructing and restoring your server from the previous nights backup.
Can you afford the downtime?
Most business owners understand the importance of their business data. Information Technology is the Life Blood of any organization. If I could see a show of hands how many businesses would find it difficult to operate if I came in your office this evening and removed your servers? Depending on what those servers housed some users might be without email, faxes, documents, line of business applications, accounting programs, video surveillance, and much more.
This is where a proper BDR/BCP solution comes in handy.
As a business owner myself I know the value of a properly configured BDR/BCP solution. TNT Computers can work with you to design a BDR/BCP solution that meets your needs and requirements.
Typical solutions include replicating your server data to a local device. The device then replicates this data to an offsite data center.
If you don’t feel confident that your data is adequately protected or you do not have a plan in place in case disaster strikes, contact me so we can put a plan together and you can sleep better at night.