We are in full-on hurricane season. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria remind us that even when you know a disaster is out there, you can’t always avoid it. CenturyLink wishes everyone in the affected hurricane areas our continued thoughts and best wishes.
That’s the nature of real disasters. They have immediate impacts, but the effects don’t stop when the storm passes. Part of planning for disasters is making sure your business can continue operating during the event and the aftermath. It’s important to remember that planning for a disaster isn’t only about lost revenue. Depending on your business, your customers might depend on your ability to help them re-establish their own sense of continuity and well-being.
Working in conjunction with an external team, an effective resiliency and recovery plan incorporates three primary segments:
- Identification: Pinpointing business processes that could be impacted, then ranking each by level of importance.
- Planning: Developing detailed roadmaps and technology implementations for maintaining continuous operations through adversity – the most extreme test of IT resiliency.
- Testing: Running disaster simulations and gauging actionable responses in real-time.
Disaster recovery and business continuity services can be layered into other infrastructure arrangements, hosting or other managed services. Like an umbrella, it’s better to have it and not need it today than to be without it if, or when, disaster hits.
Please stay safe and prepare for the worst. If you’d like to talk to a CenturyLink expert to help you plan your BC/DR strategy for your organization, contact us today.