Business Disaster recovery planning – The basics

    Infinity Tunbridge Wells

    Ask yourself this question: “Can our business continue to function without the data, applications and current operations in place?” It’s likely that the answer is no.

    Planning for disaster recovery as part of your business continuity plan ahead of unforeseen technical eventualities will save your business valuable time and money.

    Here’s our top 4 disaster recovery plan considerations

    1. Switch to cloud solutions – To improve overall security and reliability consider what business applications you could move to the cloud. Infinity’s cloud solutions offer a 99.99% service level uptime so you don’t ever have to worry about downtime disruption.
    1. Implement virtualisation – we appreciate that some businesses will need to keep certain applications on-premise. However, to remove the reliance on any single piece of hardware you could consider implementing the latest cost effective virtualisation technologies such as Hyper-V.
    1. Improve your connectivity – A strong internet connection is the backbone of a modern day business, slow connection speeds or downtime risks can be costly in the long run. With an increased amount of business applications and services now provided online, you could consider implementing leased lines which are direct fibre connections to your building and offer 99.9% financially backed service level guarantees but always back these up with a range of new technologies such as Fibre broadband 4G and EFM (Ethernet First Mile), these are fast, reliable and now affordable for all sizes of business .
    1. Make the move to hosted Telecoms – Aside from the cost saving benefits you can provide better quality and resilience by switching your phone calls from ISDN to over the internet using SIP/VoIP. These technologies offer greater flexibility and are easy to manage from a web portal should a disaster strike.

    Where do you start?

    Once you have considered the above you can start by evaluating the core elements of your system setup and determine the importance of each one. You can then easily establish the likely implications should an element fail.

    Instead of writing a large and complicated document, write your disaster recovery plan in the form of an easy to understand flow chart for each element. This will save valuable time and reduce stress at a time of crisis.

    How can Infinity help your business?

    On top of hosted telecoms, managed IT services and cloud solutions, Infinity offer disaster planning consultancy services for business’ large and small. Call our email us today for a free consultation to discuss the best options for your business setup.

    Call 01892 575675 or email info@infinity.uk.com

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