It’s very easy to become complacent during the good times but keeping on top of your business disaster recovery plans is a must.
Grand Cayman (PRWEB) October 25, 2011
The recent heavy rain has been a stark reminder that the hurricane season is not over yet. Ignition Ltd., a leader in off-shore IT services, is reminding businesses not to underestimate the importance of having a business continuity strategy in place.
Those of us living in the hurricane belt are well-aware of the potential hazards a storm can bring. For a business, damage to property, paper records, digital data and disruption to overall business activity are very real possibilities. The most likely concerns are water damage and communications failure, both of which are fairly easy to avoid with proper storage and reliable backup procedures.
Sonya Sherman, Ignition’s Senior Records Management Consultant says “Information is the lifeblood of an organisation and it’s important to make sure that the information is backed up and secured. Most organisations will have a hurricane plan with strategies in place to protect both people and property. But it is vital that these plans incorporate your information assets. These plans should also be reviewed regularly. It’s very easy to become complacent during the good times but keeping on top of your disaster recovery plans is a must.”
Building a comprehensive strategy will ensure that information assets are protected. This not only helps minimise the risks and losses associated with a disaster, but will help return a business to normal as quickly as possible. “It is human nature to hope for the best,” Sonya continues “but it’s good sense to plan for the worst.”
Together with looking at protecting information, businesses should also consider how records and critical information systems are stored and backed-up. Backing up data is a necessary process to ensuring business continuity. The traditional approach of physically backing-up data and productions systems to a tape and then storing at a separate location is a risky approach. Data is backed up, but what about applications to run the data? What if the tape was damaged or destroyed?
This is one of the reasons more and more companies are adopting the cloud. With the cloud, companies no longer need to store systems in-house and can in fact remove their own servers altogether. A significant consequence of moving a company’s operations to the cloud is that the business will automatically have a disaster recovery and business continuity solution in place. Back-ups of data and applications are made without having to duplicate everything.
“With Ignition, data and company specific applications are also copied between multiple data hosting centres.” says Graham Pearson, CEO of the Ignition Group. “This means that should one centre go down, data and applications will still be available. In reality these data hosting centres are built far more robustly than anybody’s own office building with multiple redundancy and back-up systems in place. Whether your business is a small startup or a multi-regional organisation, the benefits of using the cloud as part of your business continuity solution is clear.”
“Overall, the important thing to remember is not to become complacent about your business continuity plans, especially at the tail end of the hurricane season. It’s never too late to look at or review your disaster recovery strategies.” Graham concludes.
Ignition offers a fully comprehensive service that helps businesses address their business continuity requirements. From developing a robust information management strategy through to cloud back-up solutions, Ignition has extensive experience building business-specific solutions. For more information email smacdonald(at)ignitionmsp(dot)com.
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Ignition is an off-shore IT services organisation with clients in Europe, throughout the Caribbean and North America. Founded in 1998 in Bermuda, Ignition has grown significantly and is one of the leading IT service providers offering managed services, cloud computing, business continuity and disaster recovery, data backup and storage, virtualisation, records management, document scanning, application development and 24x7 service desk support. Ignition has offices located in Bermuda, Halifax and Cayman Islands with representative offices in Curacao, Bahamas, Jamaica and Trinidad. Visit http://www.ignitionmsp.com for more information.