The duration that a business’ operations are interrupted at any given time by various complications and unforeseen circumstances will be determined by how prepared the business is in dealing with them. Some unforeseen causes of downtime in small and medium-sized businesses include but are not limited to fire, floods, illegal computer hacking, earthquakes, terrorism, and broken equipment. Whatever the case, the IT industry sets standards for how to prepare for business downtime in the wake of the disturbances. Any business serious about preparing for downtime and disasters should have what’s called a DRPDisaster Recovery Plan. The following is a basic guide for the fundamentals thereof.

1) Data Preservation: A business’ financial records, customer data, and general business data (including configuration settings) that allows the business to bring in monetary profit should be backed up frequently — the frequency of the data backup will determine how up-to-date lost data is when attempting to restore it from the backed up archives.

2) Business Continuity: Although business continuity includes the concept of data preservation, it is a term that should be well-understood. Temporary loss of computer data does not necessarily mean that employees are not capable of contributing in some way — whether it is toward disaster resolution or, to a limited degree, continuing with business productivity itself — these points, if well-planned, will mitigate the impact of downtime in any business.

A sound disaster recovery plan should be a cornerstone in any serious business. For those business owners and managers who are serious about it, a few simple steps taken in preparation could mean the difference between monetary stability and loss. Books can be purchased on the subject from various stores including on the internet. There are also a variety of tutorials that can be found on the subject written by computer enthusiasts and hobbyists. Learn the skill or outsource it — don’t put it off!

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