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This Microsoft Guide for small and medium businesses will help you understand what moving to the Cloud is all about, and how it could benefit your company.
In order to recover your business data and systems from a disaster a plan is essential. The core elements of a disaster recovery plan, or business continuity plan, involve documenting the location of key information and equipment – such as your backup tapes, your software licences and the model and makes of your servers. We’ve seen first-hand just how much of a difference a plan like this can have in getting a business up and running as quickly as possible if the worst does happen.
With our data backup solutions you’ll have a place to easily restore any lost data from.
As a leading IT partner we can offer both installation and support of your Microsoft software.
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Frequently asked questions surrounding Business Continuity Plans
A business continuity plan is a document with all of the details required to restore your IT system in the event of data loss. Most businesses don’t document simple things, such as the contact details of the person who looks after your backup media, or the licence numbers of your software. By documenting this basic detail you could take hours, sometimes days, off the time it takes to restore your system. In some cases the plan may also include details of locksmiths, glazers and other tradesmen you use in case your building is damaged and needs repairing.
The real question is, how quickly do you need to restore your data? As part of preparing a business continuity plan you’ll be asked exactly this. If your business would lose customers or income due to a system being down then it’s critical that data is restored quickly and as a priority. Other systems may be less time dependent. As you would expect, the quicker you need your systems back up and running the more expensive the solution, so these decision are normally made by weighing up the potential costs to your business if a disaster did occur.
Without a plan you have literally no idea how long it will take to restore your system. With no priority of systems you could also end up restoring less important systems first and costing your business huge sums of money, your reputation or your customers. A business continuity plan gives your IT partner, and anyone else involved in the disaster recovery process, clear guidelines on what needs to be done and where important information can be found. This dramatically reduces the time for a restore and gets your business working again as quickly as possible.
Typical plans for a small business will cost in the region of £1000 - £2000. This would normally be reviewed once a year and prices may change due to the size or complexity of your business network.