In a constantly connected world, downtime can mean loss of time, work, and money. An IT disaster recovery plan created by your managed service provider is one way to minimize the disruption to your workflow when outages occur. Disaster Recovery, as part of a managed IT service, can provide your team with peace-of-mind by recovering valuable Information Technology (IT) assets after an interruption. Managed network services can also help you prepare ahead of time, so your business can survive an outage and continue with minimal down-time.
Implementing a Business Continuity Plan can enhance an organization’s overall image to potential clients, employees and shareholders by demonstrating a proactive approach. In addition to providing the benefit of organizational efficiency, you’ll be better able to identify the relationship of human and financial services to critical services and deliverables.
Potential disasters can strike at any time. Being prepared with a proper corporate data backup plan is the best way to keep your organization safe from:
- Natural disasters such as tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, fire or blizzards
- Workplace accidents
- Power and energy disruptions
- Communications, transportation, safety and service sector failure
- Environmental disasters such as pollution or hazardous spills
- Cyber attack or hacker activity
IT Disaster Recovery Plans
Disaster recovery planning began in the 1970’s and became what’s now known as Continuity Planning. Its main purpose, at the time, was to help financial organizations such as banks and insurance companies invest in alternative sites and to keep backup tapes stored at protected sites away from computers. Recovery efforts were almost always triggered by instances of fire, flooding, storms, or physical devastation.
By the 1980’s, the growth of commercial recovery sites which offered computer services on a shared basis continued to increase. This growth expanded further during the 1990’s with the increase of corporate globalization and the expansion of data access. During that period, business continuity planning became increasingly complex to account for distributed applications, distributed processing, distributed data and hybrid computing environments.
Today, organizations are increasingly aware of their vulnerability to cyber-attacks which can cause permanent damage to IT systems, and even cripple businesses who don’t have a plan in place. Digital transformation and hyper-convergence are creating unintended gateways to risks, vulnerabilities, attacks, and failures. For this reason, managed service providers are creating business continuity plans that now include a cyber resilience strategy that can withstand any disruptive cyber threats.
Managed Network Services for Continuity Planning
Creating and maintaining an IT disaster recovery plan, or continuity plan can help ensure your business has the resources and information necessary to handle an emergency. Here’s what’s included in a continuity plan:
- Plans, measures, and arrangements to ensure the continuous delivery of critical services and products. This permits the organization to recover its facility, data, and assets.
- Identification of necessary resources to support business continuity. Including personnel, information, equipment, financial allocations, legal counsel, infrastructure protection and accommodations.
- Detailed procedures specifying how to recover each component of the IT system.
According to the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), there are four stages that a managed network services should use to create a continuity plan. They include:
- Initial Response – Damage assessment and invocation of the appropriate management teams
- Service Recovery – This may be staged and offer a degraded service
- Service Delivery – Often used in abnormal circumstances. Interim measures include relocation of services to another site or the utilization of spare equipment such as training or test servers. This is used as a temporary measure in order to provide a limited service while regular service is being restored.
- Normal service resumption – A return to business as usual, failback from the abnormal service delivery.
Managed Service Provider Companies in Atlanta
Celeris Networks managed network services can help your business maintain the health of your systems and equipment while keeping your team focused on business, not their tools. When you decide to partner with Celeris Networks, you can choose the level of service that fits the needs and size of your business, whether you’re looking for individual service or a total solution. Whatever your needs, we can help you minimize cost, maximize uptime, and first and foremost, maintain security.
Have you given thought to your business’ disaster recovery plan? Choosing a managed service provider like Celeris with the right experience and tools can help you feel your business is secure and protected. Contact us today to learn more about the services we offer and how we can protect your business from expensive downtime.