Top 5 Resilience Strategies For Your IT Department To Implement – Susan Ranford

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“Hey, do you have a minute?”

This probably sounds familiar. If it doesn’t you work in the best possible office for productivity around the globe. However, chances are you hear it on a daily basis. Disruptions in the workplace happen on a daily basis from an employee perspective.

As business owners, when we take a look at the bigger picture. The cost of disruption in a business is a lot more deadly than one would think.

Imagine a business disconnected from it’s data source. Which means no information for clients. No access to business critical data, the inability to actively manage and distribute stock, nothing.

Your business would come to a standstill.

That is where data resiliency enters the picture. Curious about data disruption, and how to ensure your business is protected from the costly repercussions? Take a step back. Grab your cup of coffee. This article will cover everything you need to know to ensure you avoid this from happening to you.

What Exactly Is Data Resiliency?

Think of data resiliency as an elastic band. When you pull on an elastic band, it will always snap right back into place.

The entire point of data resiliency is to ensure that any situations which would impact the flow of data negatively in a business causes little consequence. Ensuring that business operations continue, and brand trust flourishes.

When we talk specifically about data resilience, we are talking about more than just a disaster recovery plan. Instead of relying on reactive strategies. Data resilience focuses on preventative and reactive strategies to ensure that no matter what situation, your business is able to continue thriving and satisfying customers.

IT Resilience In Your Data Center

You could be a start-up working from the garage of your friends home. Or a giant multi-million dollar corporation. You could be using a hard drive to store all of your information, or a giant server room packed with terabytes of consumer aggregated data – it really makes no difference.

  • What happens if the power goes out?
  • Do you have generators?
  • What about a fire?
  • If your server room is burnt to a crisp, where can you recover that lost data?

That’s what data resiliency is all about. Making backup plans for almost any situation that could possibly impact the flow of your data.

For smaller businesses, it means investing in a generator to keep operations going. Having multiple backup locations, such as the cloud, or even a small data recovery and storage unit in your home.

Larger organisations that may have a bigger geographical range should always be looking to have multiple data centres that backup to a central server. That way if information is lost in a certain location, it can be recovered from other data access points.

Having these types of policies in place help protect you from both natural disasters. As well as man made nightmares, such as cyber hackers looking to make a quick buck off of your hard work.

High Speed Internet Is Almost A Must Have For Data Resiliency

No one enjoys working on slow internet. It’s frustrating, it’s heartbreaking. And more often than not it leads to playing that new offline dinosaur game that Google has when the WiFI drops on you out of the blue. (I am pretty sure I have the high score on that one.)

However, high speed connectivity is pretty crucial when it comes to your data resiliency plan. Not only does it help you backup larger quantities of data at a much more rapid pace.

But if worst case situations where to happen, it also helps you ensure that you can access that very information during time-sensitive situations.

I mean imagine trying to access 2 terabytes on a 128 KBPs dial up line? You may as well try reopen your business again next year.

Your Data Backup Policies Should Include The Cloud

Data reduction, and corruption happens at the strangest of times. For example, did you know that in 2017 alone, almost a third of all IT managers in America lost data while migrating workers to new devices, or upgrading the operating system?

Without a proper backup strategy in place, this data is almost impossible to recover.

Which is why you want to have an external location to store your information where no physical harm can come to it.

It’s also the very same reason why more and more companies are turning to the cloud in there data backup and recovery strategies. It is a secure location to store information from physical threats such as ransomware, and fires. As well as from user-error; deleting the wrong files (oops), and so forth.

That’s really all there is it to it. Of course, on top of knowing these facts, you really want to make sure you have a great DRP in place for emergencies. Being over careful is never a bad thing when it comes to company sensitive information.