Every business in today’s high-tech world uses technology. All technology in this world is highly susceptible to disaster. Natural disasters can bring down critical infrastructure and cripple a company’s ability to do business. Human error or malicious behavior can likewise hamper voice and data infrastructure, rendering it useless. It’s imperative that every business that relies on infrastructure have a disaster plan prepared ready to implement at a moment notice.
Having a disaster plan for voice infrastructure means having a suitable means to remain connected to your clients in the even that your primary phone system fails. Such a system may include routing calls to a secondary location and transferring staff to that facility or contracting to a call center to temporarily manage your incoming communications.
A data disaster recover involves using one or multiple off-site data backups, or an entirely cloud-based storage solution. The first system would allow you to restore mission critical data as soon as infrastructure is restored. The second would allow continuous access to your data thorough the disaster from and alternate location.
Not all infrastructures is physical equipment. Many businesses today utilize server virtualization infrastructure in the form of cloud-based technology. Your voice and data infrastructure plan needs to be properly managed to insure that your business remains functional should you experience and outage.
Your disaster options need to include high availability. Every service or alternate location involved in your disaster plan must be available at any time. Disasters are unpredictable. You won’t have time to make any arrangements if you need your backup facilities. It needs to be prepared and able to scale to the necessary capacity at a moment’s notice.
Utilizing green IT in every aspect of your company’s infrastructure is important. Reducing the amount of space and the power consumption of your systems has an immediate impact on your company’s bottom line. Likewise, your voice and data infrastructure disaster plan should also rely heavily on green technology, especially if you’re maintaining your own backup facilities. The cost savings from green technology will help minimize the backup facilities drain on company resources.
Author Bio: Deney Dentel is the CEO at Nordisk Systems, Inc., a managed and cloud computing service provider company in Portland, OR. Deney is the only localised and authorised IBM business partner in Pacific Northwest. You can also follow him on LinkedIn.