This is everything from your building getting blown-up /flooded and you lose everything, to the staff canít get in because of the snow and you need to keep working. But most of the logic and cost in ensuring your business keeps working also enables home / remote working
Most backup plans rely on you waiting a few days while your IT infrastructure is re-purchased and re built. For most of us that is just too long.
The first thing to consider is, where is all my data and how do I and my staff access it?
Then how do we communicate with each other and how do our customers reach us?
But we also have the day to day remote access and equipment failure. If your server crashed, what would it mean? How long before you were back in business?
You need somewhere to store all your files and data, traditionally this has been a server that requires licences for each user who wishes to access it. This rapidly becomes expensive, which is why Network Attached Storage (NAS) was developed. It performs exactly the same storage function, but without the licensing costs, can still be backed up to tape/disk, or to storage on the Internet.
If you are backing up to the Internet, why not just keep and access the data from there? We can show you how to enable document collaboration with many people sharing documents and having automatic storage of each iteration.
When you set-up your office, you need your computers and internet access.
But what about printers, copiers, scanners, faxes and cameras?
Where do you save files Ė what about data storage?
What are you doing to backup things?
How do all the bits connect together?
How do you make it all secure?
How do you access it remotely Ė at home or on your phone?
How do you link offices together for voice and data?
As well as the traditional people working at desk, more and more you and your staff will need to access your office information from anywhere and how you set up the office has an impact on this. Disaster Recovery planning also requires remote and/or alternate access.
There is no point in having all your data safe but you canít use it as you donít have the right hardware (computers, tape drives etc.) to read it. In the worst case scenario where you canít access your office then you will need the programs and tape drives to read the tapes etc elsewhere (someoneís home) or if they are available you have to wait a day for delivery of new items, or you could backup to the Internet. This is one of the many reasons why Cloud Computing is popular.