Ten key points to ensure it flexibility in the hot

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Ten key points to ensure it flexibility in the era of low cost

if enterprises can manage risks well, they can ensure it flexibility and avoid unnecessary expenditures

during the economic recession, enterprises hope to reduce operating costs, including it expenditures, while maintaining business stability and revenue growth. As a result, many enterprises have begun to review measures to maintain the availability of critical information, including business continuity and disaster recovery (bc/dr) plans, to reduce costs

although the economy is declining, enterprises still have strong requirements for information availability, and natural or man-made disasters often occur suddenly. In addition, even though it investment may decline, compliance requirements have not been eliminated

the following are some questions to ask yourself, which can help enterprises maintain the feasibility and effectiveness of bc/dr plans under the condition of limited IT resources

1. What risks should enterprises take precautions against during the economic recession? In the economic recession, enterprises need to consider multi-level operational risks. A formal risk assessment can help enterprises identify potential risks before encountering actual threats. At the same time, the risk assessment can also prove the value of a complete bc/dr plan for improving the management level and the necessity of manually repairing it. It is this problem that prompted the enterprise to choose to engage in "green building" - the development of steel structure industry needs to maintain these plans and ensure that it will not be affected by the economic recession

2. Why does the enterprise still need to conduct risk assessment when the IT budget is small? Reasonable risk assessment can help enterprises decide where to invest and how to invest in order to obtain the maximum return - that is, information availability and business continuity. Risk assessment comprehensively reviews the current information availability strategy of the enterprise, and analyzes the impact of potential disasters on the business. Conducting a risk assessment now - even if the budget is small - can save the enterprise money in the long run

3. What plans should be maintained? An overall evaluation of it plans can help enterprises to identify which plans should be maintained and the best way to maintain them. These are based on the characteristics of the enterprise's industry (such as compliance requirements), geographical location and other business factors. In general, we recommend maintaining core parts of the it plan, such as crisis management plans and data protection/recovery practices and processes. Yankee Group, an industry research organization, suggests conducting quarterly tests to ensure that the bc/dr plan can protect the business of the enterprise when it is most needed

4. Why is the bc/dr plan so important in the economic recession to reduce weight? In a recession, companies usually focus on short-term pressures and significantly reduce spending. Different from the general idea, enterprises have stronger requirements for disaster backup than usual during this period. Even with limited budgets, e-discovery and compliance require enterprises to acquire, manage, and ensure the availability of data

disaster recovery technology has undergone great changes in recent years. Using these powerful but inexpensive technologies, enterprises have never been so easy to implement an effective bc/dr plan as they are now. For example, many IT enterprises are reducing costs by consolidating equipment or virtualizing operations

5. Does the bc/dr plan of the enterprise meet the business requirements? Maintaining the bc/dr plan properly can help enterprises identify the changing business needs and changes. Enterprises should conduct business impact analysis (BIA) while conducting risk assessment to ensure that the business needs are synchronized with the current bc/dr strategy. It is not enough to have only a bc/dr plan. Even when there are few resources, the plan must be tested

6. How to ensure the availability of resources required to maintain the plan? During economic recession, enterprises often freeze or reduce the number of internal employees, but this does not mean that bc/dr plans can be abandoned. During this period, the use of external management service providers is very important. Experienced management service providers can help enterprises strengthen their teams and maintain the integrity of the plan by managing key systems and components

7. What technologies can be used to ensure information availability and business continuity? Enterprises have invested heavily in their IT infrastructure and are now under pressure to reduce costs while maximizing space and energy consumption. "Green it" is in progress. First, consolidate the IT infrastructure. For example, when developing bc/dr plans, implementing virtualization or implementing information lifecycle management practices can reduce costs. Enterprises can also use management service providers to manage key systems, so that they can focus on more strategic business

8. How does technology change affect the overall it disaster recovery plan of the enterprise? Even if it budgets are reduced, enterprises must ensure that business continuity plans keep pace with technological developments. The latest technologies (such as virtualization, 1, replication for experimental purposes, and backup) are more cost-effective and energy-efficient. If enterprises invest in this aspect, they can obtain greater benefits in the long run. Through the use of virtualized environment, disaster recovery strategy can be more flexible, but it is important for enterprises to properly manage it and ensure that appropriate security measures and testing processes are in place

9. The enterprise is in an industry with strict compliance requirements. Is there any special environment related to economic recession that needs to be considered? Regardless of economic conditions, compliance is the foundation of any bc/dr initiative. Enterprise compliance with specific regulations must be included in the risk assessment. In addition, consider the newly released bc/dr standards, such as bs25999, as the framework of the maintenance plan

10. What are other issues to be considered? Ensure that the enterprise fully understands the business requirements for bc/dr, and confirm that relevant resources are in place. Research other methods that enterprises can adopt, such as outsourcing the data center to a lower cost area, or using more effective technologies, such as virtualization. Consider hiring external experts to assist in using technology and mastering bc/dr trends. Finally, share experiences with other enterprises in the same industry or local area to learn more best practices. (end)

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