bcp

A Disaster Recovery Plan or ‘DRP’ is a fundamental requirement for any business, no matter what size. What happens if this product fails or data isn’t available, or a business-critical system isn’t online? Who’s responsible for getting you back working? 

This is something that often gets overlooked based on several varying subjects. Some of the answers I receive when I ask non-CCS IT clients what your DRP is range from. ‘All of our products are in the cloud’, ‘Our IT dep or outsourced IT support handle that’. Most people haven’t even seen a backup report never mind a DRP that’s been tried and tested. 

At CCS IT, we offer this service with ongoing audits and different layers of redundancy. While more services are being pushed to the ‘cloud’, people now think their data is robust and safe as it’ no longer their problem, but I think you should be naïve to think this? 

If you read Microsoft, Amazon, or Google’s policies around data protection (which not many people do), you’ll find they accept responsibility for hosting but not for your data. So the question you need to ask and should potentially raise a red flag. If these public cloud services who invest billions of money every year into their infrastructure, redundancy, and security won’t, are the smaller companies doing enough? We appreciate some companies have bespoke products that are business-critical and hosted, or have an on-premise solution, but you cannot function without it. If this is the case, a DRP is vital to your business continuity.  

Example of a fundamental backup process we have for our clients. 

At CCS IT Solutions Ltd, we recommend taking control of your environment and ensuring all your data is protected. By adding extra layers of redundancy and testing your DRP, you’ll be able to have peace of mind that your information is safe. 

If you feel you are not doing enough or want some advice on the subject, please contact me on 0161 428 2088 or d.forrester@ccsitsolutions.com for more information.