Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Is Not Just For Insurance
Business continuity plans are often seen as insurance policies – something that organisations don’t really want to pay for, but feel they have to. In the worst cases, some don’t bother at all, thinking “it won’t happen to me.” However, as more and more companies rely on IT to support the everyday running of the business, the need for disaster recovery and business continuity plans continues to grow.
Organisations should not just see business continuity as an insurance policy though. Instead of being a necessary cost that delivers little value, the opportunity is there to re-assess the company’s wider IT infrastructure and think about future plans for IT.
Linking continuity planning into virtualisation provides a means to achieve cost savings through server consolidation: a reduced number of physical servers and the power to run them means less cost to the business, but continuity and DR plans can be added into this solution at the same time. Companies can use their savings here to buy in extra storage and replicate data across to a second back-up server, or use a service provider to host their secondary systems.
Similarly, companies can look at remote working and giving staff access to services over the internet – backing up data and applications across to a second site provides redundancy for disaster events, but this investment can also make staff more flexible in how they work, providing a day-to-day business benefit too.
Not having access to IT systems can cause disruption to the business, which can lead to loss of revenue and have a lasting impact on the company’s reputation. For many companies that hold customer data – banks and other financial institutions, for example – data loss is not an option due to legislation from the Financial Services Authority.
When thinking about business continuity, organisations should consider what amount downtime they can afford without causing too much disruption to the business, as well as the amount of data they are prepared to lose. This is important as it will affect the type of BC solution that is suitable for the business.
His previous role was UK Sales and Marketing Director at Double-Take Software, who were acquired by Vision Solutions, and prior he worked as UK & Ireland Country Manager with Sunbelt Software, a supplier of Windows management tools and security software. Ian studied at Bangor University, North Wales, and gained a BSC (Hons) in Marine Zoology.