Following a record-setting year of hurricanes in 2017, smart business leaders now factor in extreme weather when creating or updating business continuity plans. Who knows when the next Hurricane Irma will strike? When it comes to IT infrastructure, weather-related incidents can cause costly disruptions to business operations – with long-term consequences for organizations that fail to keep up with the competition. Now is the time to prepare for and ensure that you are ready to weather the next set of storms.
Business Continuity Planning Includes Disaster Recovery
The US government now includes IT Disaster Recovery as a core element of business continuity efforts. The most expensive hurricane season in history won’t be the last. What can you do now to make sure the next storm doesn’t wreak havoc on your organization?
Keeping your business up and running at these times takes careful planning, based on a keen evaluation of your business needs and requirements. Once you know what you need, it’s best to consult with experts to understand the options available and make decisions that make the most sense.
“We understand how important it is to keep your business up and running when disaster strikes,” notes Glenn Johnson, vice president of Sales at AGILE. “Our custom designed disaster recovery solutions allow for the highest levels of business continuity.”
The Essentials of Disaster Recovery: Key Considerations
Important questions to address when examining disaster recovery options for your organization include:
- Does your organization have a business continuity plan? If so, does it include plans for IT disaster recovery?
- Can your organization afford down time for critical data? If so, how much is too much?
- What systems are required to keep your organization up and running?
- Where do you want to backup your data?
- Is the cloud an option for your organization, or do you need a specific physical location?
- If you have a plan, have you acted on it? What can you do now to ensure availability of data and systems when a natural disaster strikes?
- In the event of a severe weather event, would you need to relocate critical staff to work and access systems at a different location?
Getting Started: Consult the Experts
Along with a wealth of expertise from its experienced team, AGILE offers three locations in the Mid-Atlantic US region – with newly-added capabilities on the West Coast – with individual services ranging from basic data backup/storage up to full-service disaster recovery which includes AGILE infrastructure, scheduled replication, all on a schedule that can be developed to meet your business requirements.
“We offer self-serve, full-serve – and everything in between – when it comes to disaster recovery,” notes Jeff Plank, President and CEO of AGILE. “We know that this is an anxiety-inducing area for business leaders, and our expertise helps minimize the stress and focus on building a plan that is right for you. Once the plan is in place, our customers have peace of mind, knowing that critical data and systems will be available even in a worst-case scenario.”