What Do You Do When Your Network Goes Down?

by Robert Best on February 20, 2017
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what_happens_when_your_network_goes_down_400.jpgIs your business prepared to deal with network downtime? By this, we mean any situation when your businesses network infrastructure isn’t operating as intended. Maybe you’ve lost power in your office, or you’ve experienced a data loss incident that keeps you from accessing crucial information. To prepare your SMB for times like this, you need to ask if your business can handle such a wasteful occurrence.

It comes down to preparing your business to handle anything, but even this isn’t enough. You still need to understand that it’s inevitable that your company will suffer from a network incident at some point or another, most likely due to the following occurrences:

  • Natural disasters: Issues like floods, power outages/surges, infrastructure fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, and so much more all hold the power to bring down your network and lead to data loss.
  • User error: All it takes is an employee moving an important file to the wrong location to cause downtime. Furthermore, an employee unaware of phishing scams could accidentally expose information to those who wish to harm your business.
  • Hacking attacks: Even if you don’t expect to be hit by a hacking attack in the future, anything can happen. Most hackers don’t intend to hit specific victims, so even something like an unexpected malware infection could make problems for your organisation.

Don’t Be Limited By Downtime
Disaster recovery is a much more welcome alternative to the downtime that constantly plagues businesses. You want to be sure that your business has a reliable way to get back in action following a downtime disaster. The first step toward building a quality business continuity plan is to make sure you have reliable data backup and disaster recovery. Considering how a big enough disaster could force you to rely on your backups, you need to be sure that they are adequate.

Take, for instance, the average tape backup solution, which can take hours or even up to a full day to restore your data. Unlike tape backup, BDR allows for almost instantaneous recovery to get your company moving at top speed again immediately following a disaster. Since you’re restoring your data from the cloud instead of a physical tape, you’ll be able to avoid downtime and keep your bottom line from suffering. Another great aspect of BDR is that it’s relatively hands-off, meaning that you don’t have to set and restore the backup manually, like you would with a tape.

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