Data loss is a bad thing for any business – something that can not only cause massive inconvenience, but also wholly cripple the business, often forcing it to close completely. The businesses that survive are generally those that have prepared for a disaster – those that have invested in safeguarding their future. This article will look through the different steps needed in order to create an effective IT disaster recovery plan, so you and your business will suffer as little as possible in the event of catastrophic data loss. While creating a disaster recovery plan is absolutely essential, it should not be the only thing done by a business. Equally as important is developing a relationship with a disaster recovery expert, who is ready to step in when needed. Please don’t wait for disaster to strike before calling them, though: instead, get in touch as soon as possible, so that they can understand your business before they’re called into action.