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When it comes to business disasters this one was pretty catastrophic. United Biscuits' factory in Carlisle was heavily damaged during Storm Desmond in December, plunging the country into a biscuit shortage and national panic.  

However, after a heroic effort, the plant is back in action and UB recently announced that they intend to re-start full production by the end of this month. Britain can breathe a sigh of relief and get back to work safe in the knowledge that Bourbons and Ginger Nuts will soon be back in our canteens, boardrooms and lunch boxes.

How you manage your way through a disaster event can send a powerful message to your staff, your customers and your suppliers. United Biscuits has managed to bring its plant back online ahead of schedule and kept its community and customers on-side by keeping them informed.

Not all scenarios are quite as spectacular as the one that befell UB and most don't hit the news headlines. But while business disasters come in many guises it usually comes down to 'little' things like your server being damaged beyond repair or one of the three reasons we come across most regularly - someone deleting something they shouldn't, someone overwriting data they shouldn't or someone getting caught by a piece of malware that could cripple their business. If you don't have a decent backup and recovery solution in place any one of these things could put part (or all) of your business out of action for hours, days or even weeks. 

Preparing for a disaster recovery situation is as valuable and insightful as living through one. It's easy to declare that no disasters could befall your business, but once you sit down and calculate the potential cost of recovery, be assured you'll feel differently. Developing a disaster recovery strategy makes you take a good look at how you manage your data in the first place. And it's worth remembering that this isn't just about downtime. It's about the value of the data you could lose, how long it might be before you can catch up with your backlog of customer requirements and how quickly you can repair your reputation.

A DR strategy is only as robust as the technology that can support it. Business continuity solutions that use on and off site virtualisation technology to give you uninterrupted access to your servers and email continuity products that keep you and your clients in touch while your systems are down are key.

So make yourself a brew and while you're trying to hunt down a decent dunker, take a moment to reflect on what could interrupt your business continuity.

 

 

Posted by Kirsty McIntosh on Sunday, March 20, 2016

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