Could Your Business Withstand A Disaster?
Global Failures happen unexpectedly and if you don’t have a solid backup and recovery plan, your business could be in real jeopardy. What would happen to your business in the event of a disaster?
Think fires, floods and tornadoes – how long would it take your business to get back online in the event of a total loss?
That’s the question that every business owner should be asking but unfortunately, few rarely do. According to a 2009 survey by Hughes Marketing Group, 90% of small businesses spend less than 8 hours per month developing a Global Failover plan.
The reason, of course, is a false sense of security. Business owners are lulled into the mistaken belief that “it won’t happen to me” or more precisely, “it isn’t likely to happen to me” and as a result, they employ only the most basic safeguarding measures, if any at all.
But the truth presents a much harsher reality.
Over 30% of PC users have lost all of their data due to events beyond their control, and we’re not just talking about natural disasters. Research shows that approximately 140,000 hard drives crash every week in the United States and according to a 2008 Symantec study, the top cause of data loss isn’t the fires, floods and tornadoes we mentioned earlier; it’s malware.
More importantly, 93% of companies that suffered a total loss of data for more than 10 days filed for bankruptcy within a year; 50% of those companies filed immediately.
Which brings us back to the question at hand: what would happen to your business in the event of a disaster?
A Global Failover Plan is integral to any Business Continuity Plan.
Operating under the premise that the worst can and will happen, a Business Continuity Plan provides safeguards and procedures to restart your business as quickly as possible, by answering three key questions:
- What do we need to restart our business in the event of a disaster? One of the biggest mistakes that business owners often make is creating a disaster recovery plan that doesn’t address all the necessities. After all, backing up your files won’t do you any good if you can’t immediately load them on an operational server. And having that server won’t help if your employees, vendors and clients can’t access your systems. Who will notify your employees and vendors? How will you keep your customers informed and connected during the transition? Think about what you’d need to run your business effectively and use your Global Failover plan to address them.
- Does our plan comply with all relevant regulations? Just because you’re no longer working from your primary location doesn’t mean you don’t still have to meet the normal requirements and regulations imposed on your particular industry. If your goal is to get your business up and running quickly, ensuring it stays in compliance is part of that process.
- Is our plan up to date? A plan you created several years ago may no longer be adequate and unless you test that plan on a regular basis, you won’t know it’s out of date until it’s too late. To avoid this problem, incorporate a regular testing schedule into the plan itself.
This simple yet effective approach allows your company to prepare for unforeseeable events and restore normal business activities as quickly as possible by reducing and managing your risk.
At HostLabs , our Global Failover program provides you with an out-of-the-box system for not only ensuring your data remains safe and secure, but also providing you with a seamless way to reroute online traffic in the unfortunate event that your primary data center goes down.
Our goal is to not only protect your data, but also give you the means to continue doing business, even if your primary physical location isn’t accessible.
Our Global Failover Features include:
In the event that your primary location is offline, our Global Failover system will enable you to serve your site and all its applications from secondary locations.
Based on rules and health checks setup for both primary and secondary locations, failover and failback processes can be completely automated.
Multi-Site SOA Configuration
Even in the event of a total data center failure, the global DNS will still function based on multi-site SOA (State of Authority) nameservers.
We utilize a multiple monitor system that continuously verifies the health of each application. This results in improved reliability, reduced downtime and a better user experience.
The effects of a Global Failure after it occurs will cost a lot more in time and money than it would to implement a solid fail safe plan today. To learn more about developing a Disaster Recovery Plan that’s right for your business, contact HostLabs today. We have trained professionals ready to evaluate your business needs, no matter how big or small and we offer competitive plans tailored to your business. Adding the right Global Failover Plan will give you peace of mind knowing no matter what happens, your valuable information is safe and secure and your business will be up and running again in a fraction of the time.