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5 Common Disaster Recovery Myths

Disaster recovery plans (DRPs) are often pushed aside by business owners who believe – for whatever reason – they’re not worth the money or their business doesn’t need one.

Written by Adam Bovan

March 2019

Five Common Disaster Recovery Myths

We’ve spoken before on this blog about why disaster recovery plans are necessary, but here’s a brief overview. Ask yourself how long it would take your business to get back up and running if you lost all your data and applications due to:

  • A storage or technology failure.
  • A cyber attack.
  • A burglary.
  • A natural disaster.
  • A mistake made by a member of staff.

If your answer is ‘I haven’t got a Scooby Do‘, then that’s your reason to invest in a plan. Disasters, regardless of their nature, are costly to fix. So whatever you can do to prepare for them can save you time, money and your reputation. Despite this, there are some common myths surrounding DRPs that still put people off. Today, we are here to bust those myths.

“I don’t need disaster recovery!”

A popular misconception among SMBs is that only large corporations require a disaster recovery plan.

But, surely, you rely on your apps and data just as much as a bigger company does?

No matter your size, your operation will still be affected by a disaster. Small businesses are perhaps more in need of a DRP because huge, unexpected payouts to recover files can have a significant impact on tight budgets.

“It’s too expensive!”

In the past, DRPs weren’t cheap. However, advances in the cloud and virtualisation have resulted in more affordable solutions.

Of course, a quality plan will still cost you some pennies, but we can almost guarantee that a disaster will require a lot more cash if you’re not covered.

“It doesn’t make me any money!”

We understand that business owners want to focus their time and energy on things that ensure return on investment.

A disaster recovery plan isn’t an obvious money-earner. However, if you factor in the time you’d waste if your operations went down, alongside the money and business you could potentially lose, you start to see where a real ROI comes into play.

By maximising your businesses productivity and reliability, you can also increase the profitability of your company.

“It won’t happen to me!”

We’re sorry, but no one is immune to a disaster. It’s life, it happens.

Remember, disasters come in many different forms, and all of them are -ultimately – out of your control. All we can do is prepare and plan so that even the most unanticipated event is resolved as smoothly as possible.

“I already back up my files, I don’t need a plan!”

Backups are a core part of preventing and reducing the impact of data loss, but they are not the same as a fully-fledged DRP.

For a start, not many businesses correctly maintain their backups, so when it comes down to it, the files are rendered useless.

A disaster recovery plan is more than backing up and restoring files; it’s a well-structured approach for when the worst comes to worst.

Need more advice on what to do when it all goes wrong? Contact a member of our team today. 

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