Disasters come in a variety of types and magnitudes, from natural disasters like hurricanes and tornadoes to power grid failures or blackouts. They all have the ability to bring business continuity to a screeching halt. While larger businesses are usually the place that disaster recovery experts focus, the most severe casualities are usually sustained by small and medium businesses. After hurricane Katrina over 80,000 businesses were affected, and more than 70,000 of these were local small businesses. Having a contingency plan that includes a cloud based service and a secondary venue from which to work are the keys to remaining operational in the event of a disaster.
In the fast paced world of e-commerce, disasters can be deadly to small businesses. Customers expect that businesses with an online presence will have services available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, regardless of the situation. In addition to not having a web presence available for your customers, a small business can lose all ability to function when employees have no access to databases and networks. This can effect everything from placing orders to collecting payments.
When all of your business applications are housed in a physical location that is effected by a disaster, you are at the mercy of the elements. Depending on the situation, this could be anywhere from hours to potentially weeks. Can you afford to not have a web presence for weeks - or longer?
There is a way to maintain business continuity after a disaster. By storing your data and pertinent applications on a cloud based network, a small business can leverage the power of multiple servers in different locations. Barring a country wide emergency (or a series of small emergencies that hit every single server location), your business web presence will remain unhindered. Not only will you still have a functioning web site, your employees will be able to log in from any computer that has internet access.
This is the type of solution offered by iCorps. Contact us today to learn more about our disaster recovery and managed services programs - Don’t get caught without a plan.