Disaster Recovery Planning and Implementation

You may be asking, “Why do I need a Disaster Recovery Plan?”

Loss of data can be devastating to a business as next to your employees the data your company produces is incredibly important and if you haven’t taken steps to safeguard this data then any event which could damage this data could potentially put the life of your business at risk.

So why do I need to plan for this, we have backups in place?

Traditional backup methods are rife with potential problems; they’re susceptible to the environment around them such as fire, floods, or even damage from dirty mains. Hard drives are also susceptible to internal failure, they have a limited lifespan, they’ve limited storage capacity, and backups are only half of the solution. What happens if you have data after an event? How do you get it back? What about the machines it came off? Do you still have the software you used to back up the data? These are just a few questions relating to getting your business working after a disastrous event.

Every business should have a disaster recovery procedure in place to get the business back up and working in the event of Fire, Theft, Floods, or another event beyond your control.

How would you cope with the following scenario?

Theft – As a business owner we all dread the phone call in the middle of the night to say our premises have been broken into. Well, how would your business cope if all your office PCs were stolen? How would you recover from such an event?

Fire – Many businesses that have been affected by fire find it hard to recover from such a loss. Let’s for a minute suppose your business has been affected by fire, how do you tell the insurance assessor what you had in stock at the time of the fire?  How would you recover from such an event?

Flood – Computer equipment and water don’t work well together and with so many areas affected by flooding recently, areas which previously haven’t seen flooding.  How would you recover from such an event?

Data Corruption – All the above scenarios are from outside influences and this might not always be the case. Hard drives only have a finite amount of life, event mains electrical problems such as spikes may cause them to stop working. Recovery from hard drives, while not impossible is still expensive and more importantly, time-consuming. Typically hard drives which need recovering will have to be sent to a specialist cleanroom facility to be dismantled before data can be recovered and typically this can cost thousands.  How would you recover from such an event?

Malicious intent – Whether this is from a disgruntled employee or from Malware  (this is software which once on your machine will either lock the machine or encrypt the files contained on it). Typically this encryption will lock all your files and until a ransom is paid will deem all files useless. See Ransomware on Wikipedia also search for a crypto locker!  How would you recover from such an event?

Here at Milkshake Computers, we know how important your company’s data is, it’s the lifeblood of your business and because of this, we offer a range of backup and disaster recovery plans to help your business recover in case the very worst happens. These range from Data Recovery plans, loan computers, Data backup, and recovery, or just helping you set up email procedures so you can stay in touch with your customers outside your office.

Features available
– Secure offsite replication
– Loan equipment after fire, flood, or theft
– ISO accredited Data Centres
– Cost-effective
– Fully scalable with demand
– Pay as you grow
– Simplified and rapid restoration process

For further details on our disaster recovery plans please contact us on 01625 266883.

What our customers have to say about our Disaster recovery plans

Hard Drive Crash
“We previously had a hard drive crash which contained all our company accounts for over 5 years, it cost us nearly £1200 to recover all the information and this doesn’t include the time it took 2 of my staff to re-input several months of accounts. Thank you for setting up our disaster recovery plan, we can sleep a little better at night knowing our data is securely backed up and we have multiple copies of it.”
Gwen, Macclesfield

Building fire
“It was only after a fire that we realised just how much we valued the information held on our server. It had taken us 10 years of business to collect all this data and it was all gone. Firstly thank you for helping us piece some of the data back together and secondly, we are incredibly happy that we now have a robust backup procedure and we know we can rely on Milkshake with loan equipment if we ever need it in the future.”
Joanne, Matlock

Hard Drive Crash
“I’d just like to say a big thank you for your help over the last week. Losing the main machine in our preparation room proved to us just how important this aging machine was. Thank you for sourcing a 20-year-old hard drive and getting the machine back up and working. Attached is our purchase order for the new equipment you recommended.”
Henry, Leek