At Lifeline IT we treat disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity planning (BCP) as indispensable.
It’s something we tackle as part of the service provided to all clients. We encourage all our supported clients to give it the consideration it deserves. Benjamin Franklin’s observation: “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” has never been more appropriate.
Outline Disaster Recovery Plans
An outline disaster recovery plan is produced for all new clients as part of our induction process. This plan will:
• Identify critical systems
• Build awareness of key risks
• Contain ways to mitigate those risks
• Indicate how to recover from any incidents.
The DR plan, which includes making sure robust backup systems are in place, is intended to put the business in the best possible position to avoid disasters and ensure it has the resources to cope should the worst happen.
Full Business Continuity Plans
Most businesses rely heavily on technology and automated systems. If disrupted, even for a few days, this can cause significant financial loss and even threaten the organisation’s survival. Management must be aware of potential disasters, plan to minimise disruption of critical functions and ensure they have the capability to recover operations quickly and successfully.
For larger businesses or those operating in a higher risk environment, we often work on a consultancy basis to advise on continuity planning. This involves working with key stakeholders to develop comprehensive business continuity plans.
This in-depth process covers all business procedures and areas of operation. It goes beyond IT issues to prepare businesses for all likely eventualities, for example power outages, floods and even acts of terrorism. Business relocation, deployment of new servers, telephony and PCs are all included. Proper account is also taken of your company’s commercial realities and available budgets.
Lifeline IT is able to make your organisation more prepared and able to deal with the out of the ordinary – things that probably won’t happen to you, but just might.