The purpose of a business continuity plan or a disaster recovery plan is to prepare your business in the event of extended service outages caused by factors beyond your control (e.g., natural disasters, man-made events), and to restore services to the widest extent possible in a minimum timeframe. All of your company's sites are expected to implement preventive measures whenever possible to minimize operational disruptions and to recover as quickly as possible when an incident occurs.
This process is difficult enough for large businesses, but what about smaller organizations, that often have less staff and resources? Small business disaster recovery planning can be extremely challenging, especially from the perspectives of time, money and resources.
According to Deni O'Connor, principal analyst, Storage Strategies NOW, in the report Data Protection and Recovery in the Small and Midsized Business, "There are approximately 5.75 million SMB organizations in the United States alone, each with a unique set of challenges and requirements that must be met to protect the viability of companies. SMBs consistently struggle to protect growing volumes of information and with so many options, data protection and disaster recovery can be a daunting challenge to overcome."
To make the disaster recovery planning process easier, we've collected our top five resources on business continuity planning for SMBs, starting with a free, downloadable business continuity plan template. Explore our resources on small business disaster recovery planning below.
SMALL BUSINESS DISASTER RECOVERY PLANNING GUIDE
This business continuity planning guide starts off with a standard sample business continuity plan template that has been adapted for SMBs. Read this guide, and then download the free sample business continuity plan template for smaller businesses and you'll be well on your way to developing a successful business continuity plan. Click here to download SearchSMBStorage.com's free sample business continuity template and guide.
In this disaster recovery planning guide for beginners, we've compiled our best resources to ensure that your disaster recovery plan is comprehensive, up to date and ready to go in the event of an emergency. In this section of our disaster recovery guide, learn about the basics of putting together your disaster recovery plan, how to keep your plan current and what the top disaster recovery planning trends of the year are. Click here to read our disaster recovery planning guide.
A business impact analysis (BIA) is a vital part of an organization's business continuance plan; it includes an exploratory component to reveal any vulnerabilities, and a planning component to develop strategies for minimizing risk. It demonstrates what needs to be done before a disaster to meet the needs of the business and what can be deferred until a disaster occurs. It may sound simple in theory, but many mistakes often happen. But many of these common mistakes can be avoided. Read this business impact analysis checklist to make sure you don't make these mistakes.
Some SMBs may find they need a little extra help with disaster recovery and/or business continuity planning. Whether or not seek additional help and hire consultant is big decision to make, and is an investment you shouldn't take lightly. How do you find the best consultant, and how do you make sure you're getting your money's worth? Check out this article on SearchDisasterRecovery.com about choosing the best disaster recovery consultant.
Many SMBs often turn to disaster recovery outsourcing to help manage their disaster recovery processes. Within the business continuity and disaster recovery professions, many managed services providers' offerings focus primarily on protecting data centers, systems, applications and data. They may offer business continuity/disaster recovery services outside the technical side, but that's generally not their real focus. One of the main aspects of a managed business continuity service provider is to offer a selection of disaster recovery services, generally for monthly fees. This article looks at another aspect of BC/DR managed services: the provision of DR/BC planning services, and offers tips to help you select the best provider, obtain the best deal, and get the best results. Click here to learn more about selecting a managed business continuity service provider.
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This was first published in October 2010