Business Continuity Plan 101

Business Continuity Plan 101

Much like life, uncontrollable events are just a part of business. You may not be able to control the unexpected, however, you can control the prep and the recovery for the unexpected. Your business' survival depends on it.

So, how do you develop the right business continuity plan (BCP) for your business?

Backup your data, applications, and servers

Today, companies are more dependent than ever on IT and data. Therefore, a crash of data can leave businesses in the dust. Regularly backing up data, applications and servers ensures an instant restoration in the event of a disaster, security breach, or damage to IT equipment.

Prior to the cloud, most businesses would create backups on-site and with tape backups. Today, however, it is all about the cloud.

Here's why:

  • Cloud backups are affordable and cost much less than on-site backups
  • Backups can be automated, therefore saving you time
  • Cloud providers usually back up your data to multiple locations (even if one of their facilities goes down, your backups are still safe at another site).
  • Backups can be accessed from anywhere, whether it’s at an employee’s home or at an alternate office.
  • If you need to access them, backups can be restored quickly

Why virtualize your data?

When you virtualize your servers or desktop (aka utilizing the cloud) they can be used at any location. Be it at your workplace, home, or a coffee shop in the Bahamas. In terms of business continuity, this is useful in case your main office suddenly becomes unusable due to weather conditions.

Have a backup power supply

No electricity means your employees can't work and that means a waste of money. Having a backup power supply will guarantee that even in the event of power outage, your employees can continue working.

An uninterrupted power supply (UPS), can be a powerful source of recovery.  In the event of power loss, employees are given an ample amount of time to finish their work as if nothing ever happened. Also, if you have a server room, a UPS will ensure your vital servers stay cool.

Utilize social media

If there is any kind of outage or disaster, social media is usually one of the first places customers, colleagues, staff, and vendors will check the status of your business. When it comes to business continuity, keep at least one social media account active. This will  keep your customers and followers informed.

Implement unified communications

Unified communication (UC) creates a virtualized communication infrastructure. That means instead of your communication tools (like phones, instant messaging, and video calls) all being stored locally at your workplace, you can access them anywhere.

So, if your office is inaccessible, employees can still use your phones and other communication tools from their homes. What’s more, UC tools can route business calls to your employees’ smartphones. That means they’ll never miss an important call, even if they’re not in the office.

These are only first things to consider when developing your business continuity plan. You’ll also need to consider things like training employees and having a communications plan for informing stakeholders.

Need top-class business continuity tools? Need advice on your BCP?  Contact Cavu Networks today.