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The importance of a disaster recovery plan

All computer systems will fail eventually. This is a reality that becomes more apparent after years of working with technology. There are many different ways a computer or network could be brought down. A few examples we have seen firsthand: hard drives can fail, electrical issues can ruin equipment, a flood could damage computers, or viruses could encrypt your data.

At Concise, we offer solutions that will work for the long term – that includes preparing each client for the eventual failure of their computer hardware. There is no “silver bullet” for solving these issues. Concise can work with you to develop a disaster recovery plan which is tailored for your specific needs.

Just yesterday morning a new client brought in a hard drive that had completely failed. The data on the hard drive contained business critical documents and a database. The drive will have to be sent to our data recovery affilitate, a potentially costly process which could be avoided if backups were taken. Restoring a backup would also result in less downtime. Concise recommends a secure cloud backup service, Evergreen Backup, which thankfully has been so reliable that we have had a 100% rate of successful restorations.

Although data is the most important part of a disaster recovery plan, recently we have been working to create other solutions for clients that need maximum uptime. Our preferred firewall, the Cyberoam, now offers the ability to back up the router’s configuration to our server here on a regularly scheduled basis. This way if the router fails, hours of downtime due to reconfiguring can be avoided by restoring the backup to a new unit.

Don’t wait until a computer failure brings down your network or causes you to lose valuable time and data, contact Concise today for a proactive service consultation!

By:  David Zuchora