Business Continuity (BC) is a very broad subject. There is much to consider and much you can overlook. Los Angeles Valley College may want to rethink their BC planning in light of the ransomware attack they recently had to endure and pay for; this would not have happened if they were prepared. Guaranteed.
This checklist will prepare you to design and implement a successful BC plan that meets the unique needs of your business, not to mention successful defense of ransomware attacks.
Hybrid cloud backup solution
Instant local virtualization
Proof of backup
Off –site sync method
Multiple data centers
US based technical support
Intelligent business continuity
Do you have a hybrid cloud backup solution?
A hybrid cloud backup solution is optimal to achieve intelligent business continuity, as it encapsulates the best of the private and public models to form a feature-rich, highly efficient, and affordable system.
Do you employ local virtualization?
Downtime costs you money. Being down for hours is simply unacceptable. Current BC solutions should allow you to have servers booting instantly locally, so that client services can be restored and back in the right place in a matter of minutes.
Do you employ proof of backup?
What proof (if any) do you have of successful data backup? Your backup vendor should be able to provide screenshot verification.
Do you virtualize off-site?
It’s imperative that your critical business infrastructure can be brought online quickly in the cloud. This allows continuous uptime.
Do you employ an off-site sync method that manages bandwidth?
It’s critical that a BC solution be able to prioritize if data is local or off-site, thus managing bandwidth to provide greater flexibility, increased reliability and higher transfer speeds of your off-site backups.
Do you have multiple data centers, in geographically diverse locations?
This is important for three reasons. First, it ensures that even if data is removed locally, there is a secure copy off-site that can be restored. Second, it saves money because your local device capacity does not have to cover your entire backup repository. And third, in case of a regionalized disaster, at least one data center location must not be affected.
Does your BC vendor offer you flexible contracts and upgrade policies?
Constant change is a fact of life. It’s critical to select a vendor whose goal is to help your business succeed, by offering flexible contracts and upgrade policies as your business changes.
Do you have US-based technical support?
If you are in the middle of a backup or disaster crisis, you need the best technical and customer support available, at the time it’s required.
Do you offer Intelligent Business Continuity?
Only an intelligent business continuity solution takes BC to the next level, to mitigate risk and keep your systems running in the event of a technical or natural disaster.
When an organization has access to all of its data and can quickly restore that data plus applications and operating systems, it has a business continuity plan that provides a competitive edge, and protects all customers and shareholders—no matter what.
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Most small businesses do not have the technical resources to manage their own data. If this describes you, we can help! If you would like more information please give us a call, we’re always happy to chat and the call is free.
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General Manager and Compliance Officer
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