With auto insurance, the hope is that you pay for a policy that you never need. The same can be said for business continuity planning. While we never wish for a disaster recovery situation, failing to plan for it can be disastrous for your business.
Considering how heavily your business relies upon technology, it is critical to have a technology plan for continuing application and data access should your company be displaced or lose access to utilities during a disaster or outage for a day, a week, a month, or more.
With processes and data identified for business continuity, an off-site backup plan using cloud backups will ensure data is accessible when your primary business location is offline. Cloud backup data must not only be available offsite, but it must also be able to be mounted and brought online in a usable fashion by displaced employees. This is the job of the IT management service and will use virtual technologies and procedures identified during business continuity planning.
As your business is displaced and offline, if the disaster is regional, it is possible your IT provider may be displaced and offline as well. This is another advantage of a cloud-based managed IT service provider with dispersed resources and employees.
Instead of buying additional servers and looking for office space to setup shop in another city or state during a disaster, consider a "warm site". A warm site is a private cloud where copies of your servers with backups can reside ready to work in short notice. Should a business continuity plan be executed, instead of pulling servers and devising ways for scattered employees to connect remotely, you simply restore recent changes to your warm servers, spin them up, and then use virtual desktops so employees can connect and work from anywhere.
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