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Don’t be left at cordon – Ensuring business continuity with Plan-B
Ian Forrester 270005GK99 firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  ian cordon backup resiliency continuity_risk_resilienc... business gts forrester continuity recovery christchurch security virtual server
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How many business owners can identify with the plight of Christchurch businesses that spent weeks trying to get their precious business data from within the CBD cordon? How many of them were unable to contact customers, suppliers, and staff whose details were still in the office?
The frustrating thing is how unnecessary that would have been if they had just ensured they had a backup that was stored somewhere other than their normal place of work.
In a major crisis your suppliers and customers might be patient, but if you're the only one who can't trade you will need to get back up and running quickly.
As you are far more likely to experience localised disasters caused by air-conditioning faults, electrical or IT system outages, fire or temporary loss of access to buildings, you need to be prepared.
There are offsite data storage options available to suit all businesses. If you find the right partner, most require minimal effort to ensure your future business viability.
The most common options are:
1. Offsite storage of backup tapes or hard-drives - using a service to rotate tapes from your site and store them securely offsite.
2. Online data backup - various levels of backing up data over the internet to external servers.
3. Server replication - almost continuous backups from your server to an external location.
4. Storing all data in the cloud - running your business with all data stored on servers outside of your business.
As you move through these options your data will be faster to recover, and more complete. However, if you choose a cloud option, make sure your provider has a robust backup plan and that you know whether your data is stored in New Zealand or overseas.
To decide what suits your business, you need to identify how long you can afford to be without your data, and what data is essential to recover in a crisis. The decision on the best backup method should then be easy.
Research has shown that most organisations that suffer a significant data loss are not in business two years later. Can you afford to be ‘left at the cordon’ if your workplace is affected by a crisis?
Take the first step towards a more robust disaster recover plan and complete the IBM Business Continuity Index now.