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Why Worry About Recovering Workstations?


Often, the mention of disaster recovery produces thoughts of monsoons and hurricanes, complete chaos, no power, etc. In reality, for many businesses a disaster is simply as an event that creates an inability for the business to function. Disasters come in many shapes and sizes – the natural disasters we all think about, but also chemical spills, building fires, broken water pipes, and, on a much smaller scale, a virus-infested server.

When you ask a company about their IT disaster recovery plans, you’ll inevitably hear about backups of data and servers, use of server virtualization, even hot or cold disaster sites. But rarely do you hear about workstations. And that’s odd, because while it’s great that a company can get all their IT infrastructure back up and running, if there are no client machines to connect to the infrastructure, what good is it? At best, workstations are an afterthought. But the reality is without them, a business simply cannot operate.

When considering the recovery of a workstation, let’s start by thinking of it in three parts. Each of these parts is necessary to create a secure and productive working environment for the user:

  • Operating System
  • Applications
  • Personal Settings

The operating system is the obvious winner of the “Most Critical” award. Recovery needs to consider not just the standard software, but the current version including all patches and updates.

Applications are a similar situation. As business needs change, versions of applications are updated, applications are replaced with competitors, and no two departments use all the same applications. Every workstation operating system and the corresponding specific applications need to be considered; it’s more than just installing Microsoft Office.

Personal settings are a bit of a conundrum – how much value should you place on them? Can users work efficiently and effectively without them or do they need their exact old environment to function? It helps to think of all the drive mappings, printers, application settings, saved passwords in a web browser, and more. Each of these small parts of the overall user workspace will add up to a lot of lost time and productivity if not recovered. It’s safe to say, you’ll need to recover personal settings

Thankfully, there’s cloud-based backup. With a virtually unlimited storage capacity, block-level backups for small daily transmission sizes and the potential for a hybrid implementation that includes on-premise backups for fast (and redundant) restores, cloud backup presents itself as a viable method of backing up every workstation.

By ensuring your company has a comprehensive disaster recovery solution, you are ensuring that their everything keeps running (including both user workstations and infrastructure). Hybrid cloud backup and recovery is the best option to handle this, as it reduces labor time and provides the highest level of service. If you’re interested in learning more about the capabilities of these systems and how they can benefit you, contact us today and one of our experts will be happy to discuss the available options!


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