The Need for Redundant Services & Equipment

By Scott Sinclair

In the Business Continuity world, the word redundant means “superfluity” or something that is “extra” or “non-essential” but is put in place in order to preserve the status quo in the event of an outage. Redundancy puts alternate resources into place that are called into service when needed. For example, at home, families may have a backup generator. The generator is “redundant” in that it is not necessary, until power is lost.

Perhaps the most common example of redundancy in business is data back-up. Most businesses regularly do (or should!) back-up their data, but the back-up is only needed if their data is lost.

The cornerstone of business continuity is building redundancies into a plan that makes sense for the organization if it loses one or more critical functions. Organizations choose their redundancies based upon the needs of the business and the technologies that are most critical to their day-to-day operations.

When developing a business continuity strategy, it is vitally important to conduct an honest SWOT analysis. Do not let budget constraints steer you away from the development of an honest, effective plan. If budget is an obstacle, implement your plan over time, but don’t take shortcuts. And as always, consult a trusted advisor to guide you through the process. For more information feel free to contact XCLUTEL at: wecare@xclutel.com

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