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DISASTER RECOVERY PLANNING

DISASTER RECOVERY PLANNING

In the past, small to medium sized organizations achieved success within their industry based on their work efforts, yet failed to realize the risks that their business was exposed to on a daily basis. Current trends indicate that this is now changing.

CONTROL RISK

In recent years disaster recovery planning has gained attention due to various factors, unfortunately, the main focus is a result of the losses of others. It is now evident that companies of all sizes are all exposed to levels of risk and need to ensure that they control these risks with proper disaster recovery planning.

THE MYTH

Traditional business men, or those who propose the construction of in-house systems would have us believe that a simple local backup at the end of the day (or week in some cases) was sufficient. And that their data was all that was important. The reality is that, although this is a good practice to follow, it is rarely perfect; nor does it completely protect them from loss.

  • How long would it take to replace or rebuild your environment?

  • What types of hardware costs would be involved?

  • What time would be required to secure the physical hardware prior to configuration?

  • Are backups ever skipped and does someone monitor failure alerts?

  • Are the backups moved to an offsite facility?

  • What would the downtime look like from a cost and client perspective?

  • Do you have the in-house skill sets and resources to maintain a fully redundant environment?

  • Does it make sense to try navigate these complex issues on your own ?

THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER

The reality is that in the past small businesses had no choice. They were burdened with the risk due to the fact that the costs involved in achieving a perfect disaster recovery plan were too expensive. This being the case, most chose to turn a blind eye to the risk and concentrated on their day to day business.

EVER-CHANGING INDUSTRY

Over the past 10 years technology has evolved and with that has become more widespread, which in turn has reduced the overall costs. Today those wanting to back up to off site locations can simply create automated processes to transfer their data to a safe location. This of course still leaves the “loss of environment risk” and there are now several ways to deal with this factor.

HOW CAN WE HELP

In recent years, our services have been requested to help large enterprise clients evaluate their current working environments and processes to allow for better disaster recovery plans.

The idea is to determine and minimize the time required for the client to recover from a catastrophic failure. This does not only include data .. but deals with a complete recovery of all business operations, the costs involved, and the impact on their business.

We are forced to not only deal with typical scenarios such as the loss of power, data, connectivity .. but also the possibility of physical office displacement and the time to resume operations from a hot site or temporary office location.

ITEMS OF RISK

  • Hardware life cycle

  • Data backup frequency

  • Backup corruption .. Are backups tested?

  • Data loss risk

  • Physical environment rebuild time

  • Infrastructure outage protection

  • Recovery timeline

NO SHORTCUTS HERE

Our joint investigations have uncovered that various competing vendors have taken shortcuts or simply not lived up to the expectations of the client. Our goal is to avoid these scenarios by ensuring that we help our clients to conduct these detailed discussions before moving forward and ensuring that they are aware of the level of security and recovery that they are receiving.

Here at Virtual Claims Adjuster, we minimize these concerns by offering a fully offsite environment. We are hosted in multiple Tier 1 Data Centers, with redundant power and internet backbones. All in-house data backups are on various off site facilities and our recovery time is extremely minimal due to completely redundant environments.

BEST PRACTICES

In addition to the elimination of the “environmental risk” we also have facilities in place to allow the client to request or even perform additional backup services of their own, outside of our practices.

CONTACT US

Please feel free to contact our Claims Management Specialist Team should you require any assistance with disaster recovery planning. Whether you are an existing client looking for further information about what can be done to better secure your position, or a client looking to make an informed decision, we are happy to help.