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Why is it important to keep your equipment and applications up-to-date?
How much does your company depend of the computer systems you have in place?
Would your employees be able to do their jobs without them?
How much time would it take to restore your systems?
How much data can you afford to lose?
How much time would it take to rekey missing and new data after a restore?
What devices would you need to purchase in order to get back up and running? Can you purchase these items easily at your local store?
These are all things to consider when developing a good disaster recovery plan. We touched on different backup offerings in the last blog and how the backup option you choose can affect your recovery time. As you can see by all these questions, there are many more things to consider. One of the best ways to get started is to document all your IT assets. You can then use the asset list to help create your disaster recovery plan. You can document the importance of each asset as well as where to get a replacement and how long it might take to get. In some cases it may make sense to have spare equipment stored off site to speed up the process. You then need to think about other variables like internet access, where can we work from temporarily if needed. When you begin to think about downtime and its cost it may also help guide your future technology strategy. You may determine that it would be too costly to have a disaster occur at your place of business which can drive you to move your technology applications out to the cloud for instance.
Kansas City Managed IT can assess your situation and help you develop your disaster recovery plan.
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Is Your Company's Backup Solution Truly Protecting Your Company?
When is the last time you evaluated your backup strategy? Like just about everything else in the technology world, backups are continually evolving. What you once thought was a great backup strategy, may no longer be acceptable. Therefore, it is a good idea to truly evaluate what your backup strategy is. When you first implemented your backup, the amount of data you had or the complexity of your computing environment may not have been as complex as it is now. Do you know what it would cost you if you lost access to your systems for a day or worse yet for a week or more? There are now affordable options available, which will allow you to get back up and running within minutes of a major failure. Some backup solutions even offer the ability to spin your entire environment back up in the cloud, until you can get things functional again at your facility. Not everyone needs this type of service, but when you weigh the cost of your systems being down, compared to what it costs to be prepared, you may find that it is worth the investment. This is just the surface of some of the newer functionality that is available. Kansas City Managed IT can help you determine the best backup option for your company. We even have tools which can help calculate the cost of downtime specific to your environment. If you are questioning how good your current backup strategy is, give us a call and we will work with you to find the best solution.