How to Approach Business Continuity Planning

Thanks to technological advancements, we are able to rely on automated systems, including those for data storage, as most tasks are computerized.  This means that should data become unavailable due to system failures, operations would come to a standstill.  Therefore, putting in place business continuity planning systems is a most essential precaution.

Business continuity planning should be assigned to a competent IT services provider.  A professional firm will employ several systems as part of business continuity planning, such as those concerned with disaster recovery, data protection, and data backup services.

One approach expert IT firms take as part of business continuity planning is multi-tier storage management.  This addresses the need of organization for data storage; it deals with increased data scrutiny; manages the cost of data management; and meets the need for safeguarding against business risks, such as the leaking of confidential information to the public or competitors.

A multi-tier or multi-pronged approach to business continuity planning offers businesses three kinds of data protection and services.  One is "enterprise managed disaster recovery service," which provides comprehensive disaster recovery.  It is a high-availability solution which connects application recovery to the enterprises's particular needs.

The other service a business should incorporate as part of its business continuity planning is "enterprise managed data backup."  This is an online data  backup service that removes reliance on tape-administered  systems.  Clients  benefit too because they can access data on reliable remote data backups.  Clients can also restore data online via the web portal of the IT service provider.

The two services should be combined with "enterprise managed archiving" for foolproof business continuity planning.  This third service facilitates online delivery of highly secured storage management and archival management that is highly scalable.  It guarantees data  protection, retention, and that critical Exchange, File, and Sharepoint data can be recovered.

Technology is ever evolving and the IT services provider you have entrusted your business continuity planning to should be using the very best, and provide the most advanced and reliable systems.  For instance, many organizations have taken up cloud computing since it was introduced.

This shift necessitates a change in the data maintenance, protection, and recovery systems in the new data environment.  Your IT services provider must be able to protect data that is now stored in this format from human error such as unintended data deletion, data corruption from viruses and cyber attacks, hardware malfunctions, and disasters.  One option for protection of such data is through a replication service which ensures high availability of data and recovery, which are provided as a fully managed service.

In case data is lost, the systems fail, or the entire site is out, data can immediately be recovered to a standby database.  This can be at the recovery data center of the IT services provider or at the local site of the client.  Additionally, organizations that use cloud computing systems need to have data guarding systems that prevent data corruption, loss, and human error, by making it possible for the database to be restored to the previous recovery points going back to the last 24 hours.

Cost is an important factor for any kind and size of organization.  Business continuity planning choices should therefore be as competitively priced as they are effective. You also want a system that has wide application.  This is because different departments of an organization can be using different applications such as Unix, Windows and Linux. Without reliable business planning services, essential services and production in most organizations would stop causing costly delays.  Having the best  possible data management systems is more than important: it is crucial.

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