A disaster recovery consultant will save your business in 2017

by | Jan 17, 2017

A Disaster Recovery Consultant Can Save Your Business

There isn’t any question we’re living in a more volatile world, and running a business within that world is more daring than ever. If you’ve taken on a business challenge, or in charge of keeping it operational, you should start thinking now about how you’re going to protect your assets. Maybe you have business insurance in place. While that is a step in the right direction, this doesn’t bring back any data you happen to lose. And, it doesn’t take into account the lost revenue and damaged reputation for the disruption.

That said, you need to start looking at things from a technological standpoint and find tools protecting the things you can’t protect physically. Today, business is reliant on data. What’s more, businesses are reliant on the internet, now more than ever—likely half of your business occurs online, and maybe more.

Either way, data can easily become compromised in various ways through nature or man-made situations. A lot of solutions are out there, but it’s a challenge to take it all on yourself without the help of an expert.

That’s why a disaster recovery consultant is the best partnership you can make this year. A disaster recovery consultant will advise you through each step of disaster recovery before any disaster occurs—protecting your business from costly downtime.

Doing Assessments of Your Vulnerabilities

When you have no time to do a tech audit yourself, how are you going to know where your business’s vulnerabilities are? It doesn’t pay to do the audit on your own without having enough expertise to know what to scope out.

This is where a disaster recovery consultant is valuable, because you’re outsourcing to an expert. A consultant already has plentiful experience working for many other companies of all sizes and categories. They’re going to understand the proper audit procedures for your business so nothing is overlooked. They know what the biggest tech risks are for your company. And, they weed out areas of your business that could easily become targets for disasters without careful examination.

The next step, though, is finding a strategy and road map to help protect your business assets.

Outlining a Disaster Recovery Map

Consultants help you outline a disaster recovery plan that’s definitive so you aren’t left making decisions at the last second. Working close with your consultant, they’ll get everything in writing so you can turn to your plan instantly when the worst case scenario occurs.

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After doing an audit, they’ll know what the best steps are based on your business structure. Part of this involves what infrastructure you’re going to use to help restore parts of your business so you aren’t faced with excessive downtime.

Finding the Right Technologies for Business Continuity

No doubt you’re already aware of storage technologies like the cloud that helps you restore your files immediately when disasters strike. What’s problematic is the cloud isn’t a cut and dry technology every business can use. It has numerous options (public, private, or hybrid being just a few), including different features for specific data.

Your consultant already knows what you need based on the earlier audit. They’ll lead you to the right cloud provider, as well as any other technologies that best benefit you. It’s all about finding what works for you and how fast the technology can get you back on your feet again.

Disaster Recovery Testing

Your last step with a consultant is going through the testing phase to assure your plan is going to work when you need it to. Using a consultant for this is essential because they’ll be able to find failures in the plan and fix issues now rather than you discovering them later.

Placing your faith in a disaster recovery consultant is going to give you peace of mind about not losing your business assets when things happen beyond your control.

Contact us to develop a disaster recovery plan and work with the best DR consultants in the industry.

Dale Shulmistra is a Business Continuity Specialist at Invenio IT, responsible for shaping the company’s technology initiatives -- selecting, designing, implementing & supporting business continuity solutions to bolster client operational efficiencies and eliminate downtime.