According to a recent InformationWeek report, 50 percent of organizations say it would take anywhere from two to 24 hours to recover mission-critical resources after a disaster. 30 percent said it would take several days or even several weeks. Only 17 percent say they could recover within one hour. Without proper disaster recovery planning, the consequences of a disaster could be catastrophic, and the damage could be irreversible.
Why Communications Must Be a Disaster Recovery Priority
Communication must be the top priority of any disaster recovery plan so organizations can continue to function and keep people informed. Maintaining communications and having an emergency communications plan during a disaster is critical to ensuring the safety of your personnel and facilities. It allows you to notify and update customers, suppliers and others about your organization’s status and recovery operations. Perhaps most importantly, disaster recovery planning enables your organization to resume full or partial operations instead of closing while recovering from a disaster.
But what happens if a disaster not only knocks out your wired network, but also causes outages that render wireless systems useless? What’s your backup plan if the cellular infrastructure becomes overloaded because everyone is using their phones and other mobile devices at the same time?
These concerns make SageNet Satellite Services an essential component of disaster recovery planning. Completely independent from wired and wireless networks, satellite communications offer reliable redundancy and can be deployed quickly with virtually global coverage. Easily scalable satellite solutions with dynamic bandwidth management enable corporate enterprises to access backup facilities, recover data and applications, and restore business operations.
SageNet also offers a wide range of managed network services and products, including professional services, network integration and hybrid solutions. Hybrid business continuity and disaster recovery approaches can include:
- Adding bandwidth to ensure you have adequate network capacity for remote backup without performance degradation.
- Deploying data de-duplication software to reduce redundant data, adding compression reduce the size of files before they are backed up.
- Utilizing Class of Service on WAN routers, as well as MPLS services to give backup traffic the appropriate priority. You may still find that more bandwidth is necessary, but you should explore these and other techniques before making that investment.
- Deploying a secondary disaster recovery circuit (cable, fiber or satellite) for backup connectivity.
SageNet has decades of experience designing, installing and maintaining disaster recovery and business continuity plans for major retailers, financial service firms and government agencies. For more information, please contact us using the form below.
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