When thinking about different topics to write about, I saw Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) and knew that was the topic for me. You may be asking yourself: Why is a Microsoft Solution Specialist excited to write about BCDR, and how does Microsoft Licensing come into play? Let me start by bringing you back in time to my first career as a branch sales manager for a consumer lending company in the early 2000s. This is when we still had (gasp!) paper files in filing cabinets, typewriters, and kept original copies on location. One of the most perplexing company policies I had to follow was maintaining a 3-ring binder with the office’s Disaster Recovery Plan. It was confusing to me that we had to keep it in the office because it had confidential information, but would be needed if the office couldn’t operate. In the event there was a fire, flood, or other disaster that we physically couldn’t reach the binder, we would be out of luck—which I thought was absolutely bizarre. As a workaround, I saved the important phone numbers in my flip-phone and made sure my employees had both mine and our district manager’s numbers at home. My biggest concern at that time was about natural disasters.
Fast forward to 2021, and the way in which companies conduct business has changed drastically, becoming more and more complex and dependent upon technology. This also means companies not only have to plan for business continuity after natural disasters but also cybersecurity threats, such as malware and ransomware attacks. In his blog post, 15+ Scary Data Loss Statics to Keep in Mind in 2021, Branko K. says that 40–60% of small businesses won’t survive a data loss. He also notes that the financial costs of downtime is roughly $4,500 per minute. Not only do you need to be able to recover data, but you also need to recover your applications that you use to run your business.
How to Stay On the Right Side of that Statistic?
- Step 1: Have an actionable BCDR plan written out
- Step 2: Be able to execute that plan
- Step 3: Test that plan
This appears to be pretty simple and straightforward, right? Nope! That is why a Microsoft Solution Specialist who works for Connection is writing about BCDR. Microsoft has put so much effort and resources into their security offerings, as well as Azure Backup and Azure Site Recovery, to ensure businesses don’t succumb to attacks.
What is right for your business? Where do you start? What is RPO and RTO? Do you have a plan already? When was the last time it was tested? Here at Connection, we have certified security, cloud, and licensing experts to assist in your journey, no matter where you are along the path.
Let’s work together today to make sure your organization is on the right side of the 40–60% statistic and is one of the companies that stays open after a business disaster.