Disaster Recovery (DR) is a term that most modern practices are familiar with, at least to the extent that it is a part of the business operations and IT jargon in the office. But unless you have had the unfortunate experience of needing to rely upon your DR plans or you work on an IT team yourself, it is entirely possible that Disaster Recovery is simply a phrase without real meaning behind it.
Disaster Recovery is an essential part of running a successful business in the information era of laptops, servers and networks. As a business, most of the information essential to all operations is stored electronically.
Information is the cornerstone of medical practice, and in a disaster situation, critical data is wiped out. In the event of a disaster that compromised this information– anything from a flood to a virus contained in a suspicious email that the intern was silly enough to open – a practice would be unable to function.
Disaster Recovery plans need to be formulated and implemented well in advance to ensure that in the event of some kind of disaster, information can be recovered and restored to ensure that your business will continue to function. Businesses large and small have folded due to not having a DR plan in place.
The cornerstone of any good DR plan is solid information backups.
This information store will allow a business owner to recover their data following anything from a natural event to a case of ransomware. Every business that deals with email exposes themselves to this risk, and without backups you could be left with no other option but to close the doors.
So what exactly are backups? Backups are copies of all files and can include copies of server setups and other complex information. There are several options for backups which we will discuss at length in the next installment of this blog.