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Shelter Yourself from The Storm by Celebrating World Backup Day

Hurricane season is right around the corner. And in today’s digital age it’s easy to distract ourselves from the fact that we live in the physical world where real-life disasters are a potent threat to our computing capabilities. This March, taking the time to observe one relatively obscure holiday could be the difference between getting pummeled by the elements or being truly prepared. The little-known, often ignored, World Backup Day was placed on March 31st to warn us all to back up our data or risk ending up looking like April fools. In celebration, we’re taking this idea even further and detailing some essential steps you can take to make sure you’re fully prepped no matter which way the wind blows.

Formulate A Disaster Recovery Plan

If you sit down and back up your data on World Backup Day, you’ll have taken an excellent first step towards protecting your business. However, you won’t be truly ready for real-world threats (like hurricanes or big summer storms) unless you spend the time to create a disaster recovery plan. A good DR plan creates a robust set of protocols to follow that will keep your critical operations up and running while you address the impact of the disaster at hand. It gives your employees the blueprint for what to do when faced with a seemingly impossible situation, and developing one is paramount to being fully prepared.

Evaluate Risks and Impact

The first piece to the puzzle is assessing every aspect of your business that might be at risk and how you’ll manage to adjust, if and when they are affected. Performing a risk assessment and/or business impact analysis can help you identify the technology, personnel, and physical facilities that are crucial to your business’s day-to-day operations. Make sure to take all factors into account including elements like surrounding geography, local infrastructure, available power sources, and possible effects on communication networks when measuring the potential impact of a disastrous turn of events.

Create Objectives

Now that you’ve figured out what critical business activities you need to protect or replace, you’ll want to define a Recovery Time Objective for every function. Since time is of the essence in any emergency RTO’s are helpful to identify the amount of time an application or operation can be offline without drastically impacting your business. With RTO’s in place, you can also define Recovery Point Objectives, a target time within which each function should be fully recovered. When assessing these two timeframes, it’s helpful to remember what you’ve promised your customers, users, and/or stakeholders and develop what would be acceptable response times from their perspective.

Finalize Your Plan

Using the above, you should be able to start the process of taking action and finding workable solutions that can ensure your business stays up and running when it all hits the fan. However, to make sure everyone is on the right page, you’ll want to put this plan down on paper, summarize the key steps, and distribute it to every employee in your operation. Make sure to include key personnel contact info, define the roles of each team member clearly and plainly state everyone’s responsibilities. Don’t skimp on the details because the more specific and well thought out your plan is, the more likely it is to succeed.

If all this seems daunting, it’s because it should be. Dealing with disaster recovery is never an easy process no matter how well you plan. If you need help finding realistic solutions, contact FUSE3 Communications. Our Backup and Disaster Recovery (BDR) Services can expertly assess risks, develop clear-cut strategies and help you implement full disaster recovery plans, so you can re-focus your efforts on more important things, like figuring out how they name all those hurricanes.

Is It Time For A Network Assessment?

When was the last time your business underwent a Network Assessment? As a business decision-maker, there are many moving parts to keep track of, and IT monitoring can easily fall through the cracks until something breaks. This approach can lead to unexpected expenses and business downtime. With a Network Assessment, you can anticipate and plan for potential IT snags, and resolve issues before they become major problems.

First, it is important to understand what a Network Assessment is and what it can mean for your business. This service assesses your IT infrastructure, including processes, security, and performance to identify problems and solutions. It is your first step toward improving IT efficiency and data security.

Now that you understand what a Network Assessment is and why it would benefit your company, it is time to find the right IT provider to manage the process. Partner with FUSE3 Communications and get your Network Assessment scheduled. We’ll help you to:

  • Understand network vulnerabilities
  • Identify bandwidth bottlenecks
  • Increase IT performance and efficiency
  • Shore up your cybersecurity defenses

When do you want to have a Network Assessment performed? A Network Assessment is especially critical if you are planning any major IT roll-outs, like a transition to cloud storage solutions, changing to VoIP phones, or if any of your infrastructure is nearing end-of-support or end-of-life. This service can also help shed light on any ongoing issues you have been experiencing, like slow performance speeds.

In the event that issues are identified during the Network Assessment, it is time to determine which actions you should take with the data you have obtained. This is where many business owners and decision-makers may begin to feel overwhelmed. How do you make the best decisions without comprehensive IT expertise? Many small-to-medium sized companies have limited or even no IT staff, or team members who are spread too thin. That’s why FUSE3 Communications is here for you as you navigate these concerns. You do not have to deal with these issues alone. We understand that discovering IT problems can feel overwhelming. At FUSE3 Communications, we believe your IT should be an asset to your business, not a headache. Not only will we perform a full Network Assessment, but we will also work with you to build a plan of action that has you feeling confident. Even if it sounds overwhelming, being proactive can make a big difference, and identifying IT issues is actually the first step to creating an IT infrastructure that works better for your business.

Ready to learn more about our Network Assessment services? Contact FUSE3 Communications today. With our trusted, vetted IT experts on your side, your Network Assessment will provide you with both an understanding of your current IT infrastructure issues and a solution-oriented approach to identifying your next steps.