Where your network is concerned, disaster recovery planning probably isn’t front of mind for you. Likely as not, you’re more concerned with how to prevent unauthorized access – with how to protect your internal systems and servers from intrusion. To some extent, that’s understandable.
After all, we’re living in a world where ransomware like WannaCry and NotPetya are increasingly-regular occurrences.
At the same time, your network should be ascribed just as much importance as your servers. It’s how your staff communicate with one another, and with the larger world. It’s how cloud-based services and products are delivered to your business.
Especially if you use tools like VOIP or SaaS applications, a resilient, redundant network isn’t just important. It’s critical to your success. As such, the next time you revisit your disaster recovery plan, you need to ensure there’s a segment that covers your network.
Here are some questions you need to ask yourself in that regard.
What does the network outside my business look like?
How many Internet Service Providers do you currently use? How many do you have access to from your current location? How many entry points are there for your network within your building?
You also need to consider how network services are delivered to your office. Does your carrier use overhead wires or underground facilities? How are conduits hardened?
Are my network devices configured for redundancy?
Do you have multiple switches in the event that one should fail? How many routers are you using? In the event that your in-office network somehow fails, do you have a cloud network you can spin up instead? You should treat the installation of network hardware with the same care as the installation of a server rack – which is to say, you need to make sure you install everything in a redundant configuration.
As long as we’re talking about redundancy, it’s also important to mention load balancing – use a load balancing service or install a load balancing appliance so that if a device fails or lags, it won’t end up taking down your entire network.
How am I monitoring my network activity?
If an intrusion attempt happens, will you know about it? If a router or switch fails, will you be able to pinpoint the failure and address it? If you answered no to either of these questions, that’s a huge problem – you need to ensure you’ve got a constant, complete picture of your business’s network infrastructure.
What’s on my network? What do I actually use it for?
Some businesses use network services for VOIP or instant messaging. Others require it to access cloud services and applications. Figure out what you need your network for – and what you most need operational at any given time. That’s what your focus will be on for your disaster recovery plans.
Network resilience can be a lot of work – but it’s no less important than overall disaster preparedness. If it’s something you’d rather not deal with on your own, you can always choose Liberty Center One. We offer a wealth of server and network monitoring tools, and colocating with us means you’ve always got access to the very best in redundant infrastructure.
Give us a shout today – we’d love to hear from you.