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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.