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Is your IT disaster proof?

Posted by Chip Morrison

Oct 2, 2013 4:07:00 PM

516716-Is-your-IT-disaster-proofEmergency situations most often come without warning, and can easily knock out operations for days or even weeks at a time when a company is not prepared. While large enterprises will often have a little wiggle room when it comes to budgets and operational agility, entrepreneurs are more commonly confined, and as such need to go the extra mile to ensure continuity through disaster recovery plans for businesses

One of the sectors that is forced to have the most proficient disaster recovery strategies is healthcare, and entrepreneurs in virtually every industry can benefit from following some of the best practices of emergency preparedness among medical organizations. When it comes to IT operations, comprehensive planning and technology implementation will go a long way when disaster strikes.

Stronger DR right around the corner
HIT Consultant recently published an infographic from a healthcare technology firm that included some of the most important steps firms need to take to ensure continuity. Here are some of the practices and considerations the organization pointed out:

  • Infrastructure: Organizations in the medical sector need to ensure that they can power their facilities to keep those who need support alive in the event of a disaster, the source explained. Small businesses will likewise need to ensure that they have the infrastructure necessary to keep operations going following an outage. Cloud services can be used to strengthen accessibility to critical systems and data in these situations.
  • Remote working locations: According to the news provider, healthcare organizations will also need to have contingency plans that include working capabilities outside of the physical office. Entrepreneurs should consider leveraging agile technology to ensure that employees can continue working from remote locations.
  • Data security: As is the case with every plan that includes data migration and backup, security must be a priority. HIT Consultant asserted that medical organizations need to have enhanced security protocols to meet regulations. Likewise, small businesses should implement plans that keep data protected no matter what situation might arise.

Power of the cloud
Cloud computing represents one of the most exceptional capabilities for small businesses who desire affordable, agile and reliable disaster recovery plans. Cloud services, including Software-as-a-Service, Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Platform-as-a-Service, provide opportunities to decrease the overall costs of IT, especially in the long-term, while simultaneously bolstering resilience to emergency situations.

Entrepreneurs should consider incorporating these technologies into disaster recovery plans and general IT functions before a major event occurs.

Topics: Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity