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A business continuity plan template helps organizations create a comprehensive plan that doesn’t leave any critical element unaccounted for. If your business has migrated its data and workloads to the cloud, your template should reflect it—by including cloud backup as a key component for successful recovery.
When a disaster event such as a server outage or cyber attack threatens to disrupt operations, a business continuity plan empowers an organization to continue functioning while navigating through the recovery from the incident. But, as one might imagine, the plan itself can be quite complicated, as it involves many moving parts. Generally, the components of a business continuity plan can range from the fundamental, such as planning communications between employees during a disaster event or restoring function to utilities, to the nuanced, like creating social media posts, press relations, etc.
One of the vital parts of a business continuity plan template involves planning for the recovery and restoration of mission-critical data and applications. In years past, this would have been mostly relegated to restoring data from physical backups and on-premises servers, but things have significantly changed as organizations have migrated most or all operations to the cloud. Products, services, and indeed the running of the business, have become more reliant on data and cloud-native applications and workloads.
If the template you’re using to create a business continuity plan doesn’t outline a way to back up and restore these applications and workloads in the cloud, the template is not only unsuitable for your organization, it would make your finalized plan vulnerable to significant repercussions from a potential disaster event.
An organization cannot recover and restore its data unless it has first been backed up. If you’ve migrated to the cloud, a cloud backup solution will protect an organization’s data and facilitate the disaster recovery process when the need arises.
The process is simple in theory: Enterprise data is routinely backed up by the cloud backup solution, stored securely, and automatically updated according to the set schedule. If an incident results in lost or compromised data, the cloud backup solution can initiate data recovery from the most recent backup, allowing the business to continue operations.
While this seems simple in practice, recovering and restoring vast amounts of data all at once can require a significant amount of time. And as with any business, not all data is mission-critical for operations to continue. If your cloud backup solution only restores data instances in a broad manner, you may risk downtime occurring while waiting for the entire instance to restore.
The speed of data recovery during a disaster incident is the difference between downtime occurring and ensuring core operations continue. Using an inferior cloud backup solution that lacks rapid restore features can put your business continuity at risk—no matter how failsafe your template may seem.
Built natively in the cloud, Clumio’s industry-leading cloud backup-as-a-service platform is equipped with several rapid recovery capabilities that provide fast data restores and ensure business continuity when data has been lost or compromised during a disaster event. With Clumio, organizations can automatically back up data in an encrypted, air-gapped environment. When data has been lost or compromised, users can restore an entire instance or use granular and flexible recovery features to identify and restore mission-critical data and applications needed to maintain business continuity.
A successful business continuity plan template depends not just on proper planning—the tools matter just as much. Learn why Clumio is the industry’s leading innovator for cloud backup and rapid recovery by scheduling a demo today. We’ll show you how your business can be up and running with Clumio in just 15 minutes, without the need to install any new infrastructure, software, or conduct any pre-planning beforehand.