Now What? Dealing with a Dead Server or Workstation

Posted by on August 28, 2008 in Business Technology [ 0 Comments ]

Now what?

The dreaded question asked daily by some poor small business owner who finds himself with a dead server or workstation and all of the company’s data gone forever. Like most people, we never think it will happen to us so we either choose to ignore the risk or the “I’ll get to that tomorrow” strategy. The sad thing is that having a solid back-up and recovery plan is fairly quick and easy to do and quite inexpensive when you think of the possible financial impact of lost data.

As a SMB you need to:

* Think and plan for disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity (BC) contingencies. Most people use these terms interchangeably when they are really quite different in levels of coverage and timing. A good DR plan should have you back up and running in 24-26 hours. A BC plan that is actually implemented and tested should have your business back online in less than four hours.

* Additionally, it is critical to weigh the risks against the benefits and costs to determine which strategy is best for your business but you need to do something before you find yourself asking “Now what?”

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