What do Tax Day and Disaster Recovery Planning Have in Common?

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While many of us may not look forward to April 15—or this year May 17, there are some lessons from tax season that could apply to your backup and recovery strategy. Here are a few best practices:

  • Don’t wait until it’s too late. It’s a bad idea to put off doing your taxes until the last minute. The same applies to making plans to protect and recover your data. With today’s digital world, you need to think ahead about how you can avoid business disruption from security breaches, equipment failure or human error.
  • Keep your records secure. Your personal tax documents are full of sensitive information. The same goes for your business data. A cloud-based, monitored disaster recovery solution can help you ensure that even if the worst happens, you won’t lose control of the data you need.
  • Periodically check the details. Every now and then we all should check our paystubs and bank statements to make sure our paycheck deductions are correct. Regular testing of your backup/disaster recovery system lets you know with certainty that you can restore your data and how long it will take you to get everything back up and running.
  • Align your spending to your objectives. You should budget and plan wisely throughout the year—both with your personal finances and your business. Having proper backup and fail over systems is expensive, and so is the work it takes for your IT team to repair and restore your operating system after an incident. Managed Disaster Recovery as a Service is a way to get dependable data protection at a fixed monthly cost.
  • Know when to consult an expert. Just like a certified tax accountant can save you money and time, a disaster recovery expert can help you come up with a plan that meets your organization’s unique needs. Your business and IT team will benefit from a strategic partner capable of managing your recovery solution with the cost, technology and methodology that aligns to your business objectives.
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