Cloud Computing Can Improve Your Disaster Recovery Plan
Some businesses are moving away from developing a detailed, in-house, disaster recovery plan since moving their operations to the cloud. The general belief behind that lack of action is that their data is safe in the cloud. So, whatever happens to their bricks-and-mortar premises doesn’t really matter all that much.
Hmm… Yes, your data is generally safe in the cloud. Of course, you do need to make sure you completely understand how your cloud provider ensures that safety. Do they use high quality encryption? Do they perform multiple back-ups? Is the data stored in multiple locations? What is their own specific disaster recovery plan? Go through the contract you signed and ask your cloud provider a lot of questions!
But, let’s say that your cloud provider has implemented the highest security practices possible. So, yes, your data is safe. Your business still needs a disaster recovery plan. In fact, your business needs a disaster recovery plan that’s even more detailed than it was before you moved to the cloud.
disaster recovery plan details
It’s all in the details. When developing your disaster recovery plan, include the answers to these questions:
– Where will employees work?
– What technology will they need to access necessary files?
– How will the physical premises be rebuilt?
– Which IT services will need to be kept operational and which can be suspended?
customize your plan
Disaster recovery strategies are as unique as your business. Your plan will depend on how much and what kind of data you have stored in the cloud; how many employees you have; and the specific nature of your business. Give us a call for help crafting a plan that’s right for you.