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We’ve all heard the frightening statistics. When massive downtime falls upon a business, there’s the chance that it won’t recover at all. Some say that within 6-12 months the business will close its doors for good, and others boldly claim that only 50% of businesses will make it out of a disaster successfully.

Frightening? Yes. Manageable? Of course.

With a Disaster Recovery Plan, making it out of a man-made or natural disaster alive is a much simpler feat. Here are three of the most important reasons your business should never go without a Disaster Recovery Plan.

To reduce downtime

No business likes downtime. In no way, shape, or form does it do anything positive for your business. However, with a man-made or natural disaster, there will be downtime — you can be sure of that. And the only way to limit this downtime is with a comprehensive Disaster Recovery Plan.

The more in-depth the plan, the better your chances of avoiding massive amounts of downtime. With a recovery plan at your side, you can jump back into regular operations quickly, and in the process, lose little to no data.

To limit liability

With a disaster, there’s always the potential for losing data. And in some instances, this disaster could, in fact, be something like a massive hacking (which, in and of itself, implies a great deal of lost data). Because of this, a Disaster Recovery Plan becomes even more important.

A thorough plan can help you limit the liability of lost data or an inoperable business by ensuring you have thought through the potential consequences and prepared accordingly. It’ll move things along quicker, address immediate obligations, and help you make fewer mistakes in the process of regaining full operations. And those three things can ultimately determine the final say-so on whether or not your business is even recoverable at all.  

To know what to do

When disaster strikes — whether it’s an avalanche of water from the upstairs bathroom or an office-wide virus — it’s confusing and stressful. Not everyone knows exactly what to do, who to turn to, or how to initiate much of anything. And all of this chaos and commotion will only lead to more downtime, more expenses, and more of nothing good.

Disaster Recovery Plans dictate the who, what, where, when, and how of a potential disaster. In other words, your team will know exactly what to do, who’s responsible for what, and in what order. And at the end of the day, the ability to take the right actions is invaluable.

To reduce the overall damage

A disaster does disastrous things, right? Stuff falls apart and people get hurt. However, a Disaster Recovery Plan is more than capable of helping your business reduce the overall damage a disaster can have on your business.

Since a Disaster Recovery Plan can help your team maintain status quo (as best it can) during a data disaster, your business stands a better chance of preserving its professional reputation and maintaining client relations (which means it can continue to make money). But on top of that, a Disaster Recovery Plan can also help your company stay within industry standards in the event of data loss. Ultimately, it covers all the bases and makes sure your business has what it needs to — legally — keep its doors open.

If you’d like to learn more about Disaster Recovery Plans, give us a call or shoot us a message. We provide comprehensive data backup solutions to businesses of all shapes, sizes, and industries, and we’d love to answer your questions.  

Rebecca Moore

Sales and Marketing Specialist at Stronghold Data