How did Snowpocalypse 2014 affect your business? Many businesses rely heavily (and some dependent) on the continuous availability of their IT systems. If you’re one of these businesses, don’t sweat the empty bread and milk shelves, you need a business continuity plan.

Business continuity is the process, policies and procedures that are related to preparing for recovery or continuation of technology infrastructure which are vital to an organization after a natural or human-induced disaster. It focuses on the information technology systems that support business functions.

Many organizations have set an objective of 99.999% availability of critical systems. With employees needing their paycheck despite any disaster, payroll processing systems and service providers are one of them.

Like any other business continuity or disaster recovery plan, a payroll service provider’s plan should include a data protection strategy. Some common strategies include:

  •        Backups to tape or disks sent offsite
  •        Replication of data to an off-site location (later to be restored or synchronized)
  •        Use of high availability systems which keep both the data and system replicated off-site (cloud storage)
  •        Use of an outsourced disaster recovery provider for a stand-by site (cloud computing)

Systems like payroll, time and labor, and other human capital management solutions are critical to the smooth operation of a company; therefore, ensuring the continued operation of those systems and their rapid recovery is very important. These service providers should educate clients (and employers should ask) on their backup and disaster recovery plans that ensure business continuity.

Members of the MPAY Network can take advantage of MPAY Cloud for powering their payroll software, Millennium.  The MPAY Cloud for Millennium is MPAY’s secure multi-tenant cloud solution that is standardized, secure, extensible, and scalable using our back-end resource pool for computing resources and storage. Our solution is built upon the leading cloud architecture from VMware, Cisco, and EMC.

Members of the MPAY Network and their clients can feel confident as their entire virtual data center is backed up nightly to MPAY’s cloud storage for complete disaster recovery availability (which can also be replicated to one of our other three data centers).

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Amy Robertson

From her office in Roanoke, VA, Amy manages “all things marketing” for MPAY. Her most recent bragging rights include becoming a Net Promoter Certified Associate.