Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
The word “disaster” carries an unsavory tone for most, but disasters DO happen and every business must have a plan in place to guarantee business continuity and overall company survival. Whether the disaster is man-made or natural, your Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) should cover any data, hardware, and software that is critical to keep your business functioning properly. We are experts in Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) and can help you develop a DRP that’s right for your business, your risks, and your budget.
We analyze business continuity and redundancy as the focal points for your DRP. In doing so, we look to determine the following:
- How long can your business be out of service should a disaster occur?
- What are the mission critical functions that you need to continue to function?
- Is your budget robust enough to handle the needs that you have identified as mission critical above?
- Do you have alternate routes for your network data should the main access point fail or be inaccessible in a disaster?
- Are your redundant connections susceptible to the same outages as your primary network?
Disaster Recovery Planning
Many businesses assume that having their data backup in place, and tested, means they have a business continuity plan in place. This is simply not the case, as data backup is just one aspect of an overall Disaster Recovery Plan. CTG works with you to ensure that connectivity is maintained for all employees at all times, that data is backed up and recoverable, and your business operates no matter where your employees are located or what may be threatening an interruption in services. Disaster Recovery planning from CTG will help you analyze two specific areas within your disaster recovery plan.
- Business Continuity – Is your business prepared to handle a disaster? We look at the mission critical functions that you must have to function and determine if your budget is robust enough to handle those needs.
- Redundancy – What routing alternatives are available for your network data should the main access point fail or is inaccessible? We will help you assess your current situation and determine if your redundant connections are susceptible to the same risks as your primary network.
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
Do you have a wide variety of users on your network, such as task workers, power users, guest workers, contractors, and mobile employees? Do they run on different levels of access and security based upon their role or status in your organization?
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, or VDI, refers to running a user desktop inside a virtual machine that lives on a server on site or in a data center. It allows for fully personalized desktops for each user depending on their role in your company, but with a simplified and secure centralized management.
VDI enables you to centrally manage the desktops you support, ensuring that all security software and patches are up to date. And since all the data is stored on a server in a secure data center, a stolen or misplaced laptop doesn’t pose any risk to your data.
VDI gives your end-users mobility and the freedom to access virtual desktops anytime, from anywhere, on any device. Rather than fighting with employees who want to use their own laptops or tablets, the BYOD dilemma is solved with the Anywhere/Anytime access that VDI allows.
Many businesses deal with remote, or temporary worksites, where it is either not possible or cost and contract-length prohibitive to build out your network. Yet these employees still need access to your resources and network applications. This is when we look to wireless.
CTG works with different partners to deliver wireless options for remote sites. With one partner, a line of site is required from the building (the antenna) with their wireless tower, achieving a synchronous wireless speed around 5Mbps/5Mbps. Their solution utilizes vertical infrastructure along with the latest in fiber-optic and wireless technologies to provide such high quality connections. Some locations are so remote, we look utilizing the Broadsky 3G/4G network for wireless connectivity.
A recent trend in Business Continuity Plans is using these wireless options as backup. With rate plans that are flexible and can be based in part on usage, as opposed to paying for redundant fiber or DSL backup that goes unused most, if not all, of the time, this option is gaining in popularity, and CTG can help determine if it is right for your business.