3 Ways to Ensure Your LA Business Survives the Big One

Jul 8, 2019 | Backup & Disaster Recovery

Have the recent earthquakes in Southern California shaken you, and as a business owner, have you been wondering whether your Los Angeles-based business can survive the next big earthquake?

If your business generates lots of data and relies on that data to continue operations, preparing for such an earthquake is crucial to ensure business continuity. If you are not taking these basic precautions, your business will struggle and may not survive a big disaster.

When a company experiences at least seven days of data downtime, 90% of them go out of business within a year. In the event of a big earthquake in Los Angeles, you will not be able to access your office for at least two weeks, if not longer. If you pass over or go under a bridge on your way to work, your path to the office will be blocked, and driving will not be possible in the weeks following a big earthquake. If you rent your office space, your building management will probably restrict access to the building until they inspect it for damage, and if they tag it as unsafe, you will not be able to enter again.

Here are three crucial tips to make sure your business can survive “the big one.”

First, automate your backups. Business data is the most valuable asset most business owners have. If your organization generates lots of data and relies on that data to operate, make sure you have a backup system in place that does not depend on human beings. We regularly see backup systems that rely on someone doing something. Unfortunately, the #1 cause of data loss is human error. Your employees may not swap out tapes properly, someone may not set up your backups to run correctly, or a strict schedule may not be followed.  Always automate your backups so they run like clockwork.

Next, always have an offsite backup of your data. In the event of a big earthquake, you will want to access your most updated business data, even if you can’t drive to the office or enter the building. If the only copy of your backups are inside your office, your business will not be able to continue operations. Always, always, always maintain an offsite copy of your data, on a different server, or on a storage device.

Finally, we recommend that you image your server and workstations. Having an offsite copy of your data is good, but keep in mind that all that information has to be restored to be of any use. Even if your data is readily available, if you don’t have all the software disks and licenses, it could take days to reinstate your applications (like Microsoft Office, your database, accounting software, etc.). Imaging your server is similar to creating an exact replica; that replica can then be directly copied to another server or computer, saving an enormous amount of time and money in getting your network back. Best of all, you don’t have to worry about losing your preferences, configurations, or favorites. 

We know the big one is expected and earthquakes are inevitable here in Southern California. With some planning and preparation, your business can survive a large natural disaster. In fact, 96% of businesses with a disaster recovery solution in place fully recover operations after a disaster. Don’t wait, prepare now. Make sure you have automated backups that are off-site and that your servers and computers are being imaged.




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