Surmising which disaster recovery plan is best for your Chicago business can be a challenge if you’re not sure how your size affects the plan that would be best for you. People tend to assume the cheapest options are terrible and the most expensive are flawless and can be implemented and ignored, but the truth is, as always, more intricate than that. First, let’s set one thing straight, there is NO part of your IT network that you can afford to “set and forget.” The world is constantly changing, and you need to ensure your business has a plan flexible enough to keep up. The following examples are just a few of the choices you should consider, based on your business’ size
- Backup-only planning
The bare-bones minimum of disaster recovery backup. Great for businesses with teams of 10 or fewer, but dangerous as your team gets larger. Issues start to arise for larger businesses due to the fact that this type of backup plan only secures your files, but not your IT infrastructure. In other words, it’s nice to know your data is safe, but that’s not going to be enough to get your business back to work if your desktops are destroyed, your office burns down, or your apps cease functioning. Simply put, this is great for data storage, but not so great for effectively and efficiently redirecting the way your team works after a disaster.
- Cold site disaster recovery
“Cold site” refers to having an external location which your business rents or owns for the sole purpose of storing hardware like external hard drives and servers. This can be seen as similar to having a cheap laptop at home which you use when your main computer breaks down and you have no other alternatives. This option works great for businesses that don’t need to worry about strict deadlines, as it isn’t very flexible, but it does at least allow you to continue essential business while waiting for your main network to be restored. Keep in mind that this is called “cold” specifically because it’s left inactive for long periods of time, so if you’re not updating and maintaining it as you grow, you’ll be left with the bare essentials.
- Hot site disaster recovery
This form of disaster recovery plan is perfect for businesses that absolutely can not afford a single moment of down time. As you might correctly assume, it’s the complete opposite of a cold site recovery plan: it’s a one-to-one exact copy of your hardware that you use every day. In case of an emergency where your network is destroyed, you’d have access to identical equipment with all the software and data you rely on – ready to go.
- Virtualized Disaster Recovery
Of the three previously mentioned options, this tends to be the most popular. Thanks to fast, modern internet and cloud computing, you can duplicate your entire network onto a virtual server without having to spend thousands of dollars on hardware. In other words, the hardware that your business relies upon can be virtualized, meaning you could use your old backup laptop at home while getting the full benefits of the power and resources of your desktop PC. It’s an extremely affordable option, and it puts you in the position of being able to access your servers and desktops within a minute’s notice.
The best part about having a virtualized disaster recovery plan is that if you work with an MSP like SRV Network, you can simply tell us what applications are essential to your business’ operations, and we’ll handle the rest from there. You won’t need to worry about off-site building costs, hardware purchases, or any of the other headaches that might come with the previously mentioned solutions. To learn more about what solutions might be right for you, get in touch with one of our experts today
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