Having the right technology and effectively planning means something as daunting as moving your entire business doesn’t have to be shrouded in stress and worry! At Solar, we recently exercised a full business continuity and disaster recovery plan test, assimilating the failure of ALL our Service and Support premises concurrently.
Our Director of operations, Paul Ceaser, gives some advice following our recent successful deployment;
- Plan: For every eventuality, as Murphy’s Law states, ‘what can go wrong, will go wrong’ and if you have no plan, what do you do when it all goes wrong (it will)?
- Prepare: You must have a cloud architecture solution, or at least a blended Cloud/On-Premise solution that allows you the flexibility to divert/re-route and work away from your core premises
- Document: You must document your Business Continuity Disaster Recovery (BCDR) plan, have it on paper and backed up in the cloud, where you can grab it and go in an emergency! It is of no use stored on your Server. The whole point of having an emergency plan is that if your systems are down, unreachable or have failed you know what you are doing – if it is stored electronically on site, the chances are, you won’t be able to access it meaning you have failed already!
- Rehearse: Much like we just did following our full blown enactment of the BCDR plan in one offering, you have to test and plan - If you don’t test it, you will never know if it works or will work when needed in anger!
- Lessons Identified: Like any rehearsal conduct a lessons identified session, involve key stakeholders from across different departments, correct the plan and reissue it. No plan is watertight from the word go.
If you would like to better understand our cloud solutions or how we can help you build a BCDR plan, just drop us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of the team will be in touch.