In a recent new client meeting, the conversation naturally turned to questions about backups and a disaster recovery plan. When I asked the client if they had a disaster recovery plan in place, they replied proudly with how extensive their backup plan is. “Oh we have several copies that go back years with a cloud backup also,” they said. I paused and once again asked them if they had a disaster recovery plan. They looked at me with a furled brow and restated, “I just told you about how many backups we have, didn’t you hear me?”
You may ask the same thing, if you didn’t know what an actual disaster recovery plan entails. Having a backup is good. Having multiple backups is great, and having multiple backups in several locations is awesome. One question: where do you restore that backup if your local resources are gone or compromised?
Let’s take a worst-case scenario of your building burning down. You, of course, would go to your cloud backup for restoration. Have you thought of where you would restore that data, now that your physical business is gone? How long will that restore/download take via your backup Internet connection (assuming you have a backup Internet connection)? How will employees access that data once restored? These are questions that should make any business owner cringe.
Recovering from a disaster can take days, even weeks if a plan has not been put in place and tested on a regular basis. Can you afford to be without your data for that long? A business continuity plan is a term most business owners are aware of but seldom put in place. If you aren’t asking your current IT people questions after reading this, I wish you luck. If you do ask them, how sure can you be that they won’t just cover their tails with a “sure we have it covered.” Trust, but verify is what I would recommend. Trust your team but verify the answer.