The proper function of technology is important to any business. In the modern world, this technology has become the backbone of various companies, allowing them unprecedented control over information, productivity, and product delivery. However, like any physical device, hardware is prone to breaking down. Software, too, can encounter errors, and when this occurs, a business has to face dreaded downtime if unprepared. In worst case scenarios, they don’t have a recovery service, which can be catastrophic.
That’s precisely why disaster recovery plans and services exist. If you’ve never contemplated it before or don’t have a backup plan, here are five big reasons to reconsider.
1. You can’t predict everything. Generating backups of electronic records is simple enough but doesn’t account for the unpredictable. Internal or external elements are what cause serious problems. Your business, for example, might lose physical space to a storm or perhaps employee error caused damage. Viruses can corrupt data, render servers useless, compromise your communication infrastructure, and worse. The problem is you often won’t see this coming, and that’s why disaster recovery is needed.
2. You’re always up and running. Depending on the type of company, a consumer base will often want access to its information all the time. Imagine Amazon, which you can log into and check order history, view billing info, go to the FAQ and so forth. Then imagine you couldn’t, because Amazon didn’t have a recovery plan for one of their local site servicers. The consumer frustration would be enormous. In the case of a business, always having services available is a big reason for BDR to avoid those frustrations.
3. You save money. Lengthy downtime causes problems for the bottom line. If you’re not up and running, how can you make sales, process orders, or even contact vendors? A BDR prevents this and also helps avoid costly replacements for things like physical hardware (most of the time).
4. Hardware will fail. All established technology has a certain lifespan. Hard disc drives can last for years, but that doesn’t mean they’ll run forever. If your employers are running on desktops from a good while ago, you can bet they’ll eventually stop working. In worst case scenarios, even new hardware is prone to failure. Without preparation or planning, a company is looking at a total loss of service.
5. It can save your business. Profit is a 24/7 game, especially for the company reliant on modern tech. In many cases, a business that’s facing downtime (meaning a total loss of service) greater than five days is looking at bankruptcy. It takes one disaster to make an organization go belly up, so having a plan to prevent catastrophe is crucial.
There’s no need to take immense risks with the unpredictable future. With how reliant things are on technology, losing it could spell doom for your business, so preparation is key.