Failing to prepare is preparing to fail, as the old saying goes. With so much of our business now reliant on a steady broadband connection, any unforeseen event that impacts your network connectivity could have serious implications for your operations. But, by following some basic business continuity principles and moving to Cloud-based computing you can minimise the risks of a system failure and keep your business running smoothly at all times.
Business Continuity Management (BCM)
Business Continuity Management (BCM) involves identifying parts of your organisation that you simply couldn’t afford to lose– like stock, premises, staff and information – and planning how to maintain these in the event of a disaster. Any catastrophic incident, whether it be natural, accidental or deliberate, can cause widespread disruption to your organisation.
But, with a bit of proactive planning and the latest technology, you can avoid extended downtime and costly delays. First, let’s take a look at some useful hints and tips from the UK Government’s excellent Business Continuity Management Toolkit. As it points out, it’s worth assessing the following parts of your business carefully to avert a crisis effectively.
- What is the optimum number of staff you require to carry out your critical activities?
- What is the minimum staffing level with which you could provide some sort of service?
- What skills or level of expertise are required to undertake these activities?
- What locations do your organisation’s critical activities operate from?
- What alternative premises do you have?
- What plant, machinery and other facilities are essential to carry out your critical activities?
- What IT is essential to carry out your critical activities?
- What systems and means of voice and data communication are required?
- What information is essential to carry out your critical activities?
- How is this information stored?
Suppliers and Partners
- Who are your priority suppliers or partners whom you depend on to undertake your critical activities?
- Do you tender key services out to another organisation, to whom and for what?
- Do you have any reciprocal arrangements with other organisations?
Cloud computing from Lake Technologies
Here at Lake Technologies, we’re primarily concerned with the technology and information aspects of your business continuity plan. Cloud-based servers can be hugely beneficial for both areas. Unlike traditional servers, which can be vulnerable to everything from floods, fires and even dust (seriously!), a virtual server removes the need for temperamental hardware and therefore any risk of it failing.
A cloud-based server managed by Lake Technologies gives you total peace of mind that your day-to-day communications will continue to run efficiently and that your stored data will remain secure at all times. No more costly callouts from IT engineers or delays while you wait for your in-house team to fix a system failure. Our advanced monitoring systems enable us to identify issues often before you notice a problem.
Furthermore, by running regular automated backups and using secure data centres to store your precious data, should the worst happen your business data can be restored quickly, securely and with the minimum amount of hassle to you and your workforce. Our team of support technicians aim to resolve any technical issues as quickly as possible, either remotely or on-site, to minimise any costly downtime and inconvenience.
When you entrust your telecommunications requirements with Lake Technologies, you can be sure you’re in safe hands. Our vast pool of talent, expertise and experience means that we can identify and rectify any issues swiftly. For more information about Cloud-based servers or any other service that we offer, please contact Lake Technologies on 0333 200 4031 or firstname.lastname@example.org.