What is business continuity?
The changing world is directly affecting businesses nowadays. Disasters like storms, floods and earthquakes, to name a few, are the most impacting scenarios that could happen. The effects on an unprepared business are usually server failures, system downtimes, or worse, shutting down altogether. In other words, disruptions in business can cost you a lot of money.
Consequently, disaster related expenditures and lost income means reduced profits. What's worse is that most of the time, insurance won't cover all costs and cannot replace customers that defect to the competition. Development of a business continuity plan then becomes all the more essential.
Business continuity is about improving the ability to recover easily from disasters or challenges in your business. It is about establishing your products and services and the most compelling activities that give strength to them in a way that they will be resilient, or bounce back quickly during and after a disaster.
Once analysed, it is about making plans and strategies that will enable you to continue your business operations. It is also about enabling you to recover quickly and effectively from any kind of disruption, no matter how greatly it affected your business.
In other words, it gives you a compact structure to lean on in times of crisis and provides stability and security. In fact, implementing business continuity into your business is proven to cause benefits.
There are many examples of situations where the risk of prolonged system downtime is a serious problem to companies.
For example, education companies that rely on set schedules can't afford any long downtimes, especially when young children are concerned. Financial advisors who rely on quick decision making to turn a profit will see customers evaporate quicker than water if their systems are down. Really, the possibilities are endless.
Truly, prolonged system downtime of computer servers can cause massive interruptions to a company’s processes and unhappy customers who cannot access websites. This is not something you likely want to risk and therefore should implement a continuity plan to cover these potential gaps.
A reasonable solution
In any organisation, the ability to recover from a disruption in operations is indispensable. IT infrastructure in all types of industries remains susceptible to various threats. So when disaster strikes, a compliant business continuity strategy can help ensure that critical data and systems are fully restored in a reasonable timeframe and cost.
We, at Mirus IT, are dedicated to helping your business get back quickly and efficiently. We maintain your systems while you focus on your business functions. That means you can have complete peace of mind when it comes to information backup and recovery - whether it is one individual file or a complete server room information loss scenario. Some of the great solutions we implement include:
- Managed Disaster Recovery and Backup - Disk based, tape replacement backup and restore facility for critical systems and data. This service is absolutely managed through Mirus IT's Management Control Centre. It provides a solution for fast backup and restoration, both locally and offsite, of full systems, individual files or Microsoft Exchange Data. It is guaranteed that you don't have to undergo a time-consuming backup process.
- Remote Synchronisation - M.SYNC Cloud Storage and Backup is an advanced cloud-based data synchronisation tool for businesses. It is easy to integrate, secure and simple to manage. Above all, it is a cost-effective software platform that enables online file synchronisation, sharing, and backup for businesses. Focusing on security, reliability and integration, M.SYNC provides IT professionals with a solution to the universal access, sharing, and file recovery problems that plague businesses.
Identifying and mitigating your risk areas together with an integrated business continuity plan can help your business in effect save itself. Make sure you are equipped to ensure business continuity in all your core business operations like data backup and restoration, email archiving, systems accessibility, information protection and recovery.