Disaster Preparedness: Can Your Business Recover from a Disaster?
"Uptime" refers to a system’s availability to users and applications. When a server is down – for routine maintenance or because of a system failure – productivity is lost, and compliance or revenue may be compromised as a result. Even customer satisfaction may be affected, for instance, if an online store temporarily cannot process orders.
But there is more to uptime than meets the eye – and it’s not simply a matter of keeping a system running. Secure, remote system accessibility is just as important.
Consider the effects of a natural disaster such as a flood or tornado, a fire, or even a terrorist act. After the immediate priorities of accounting for people and assessing damage are addressed – it’s time to get back to business. Here’s the big question: will your network be able to recover?
If you’re a small or mid-sized business, chances are, no, and this downtime affects businesses more harshly post-disaster than many of us realize. In fact, after a disaster, 40 percent of data-dependent businesses without a survival solution never reopen.
Because small or mid-sized businesses typically have single office locations and rely on local employees, these businesses are affected the most by a regional disaster. While it’s an important part of a survival plan, data backup alone does not ensure business continuity. You need to know that you can run your business during – and immediately after – a disaster, even if your building is no longer standing, or if roadways are blocked and your employees cannot get to the office.
Until recently, the investment in the hardware, software, time, and expertise required to implement an effective disaster recovery strategy was something that only larger organizations could afford. But times and technology have changed – for the better.
Today, technology advancements including the cloud and virtualization make enterprise-level protection available and affordable for companies of all sizes, and ensure that your organization is prepared not only for traditional uptime issues such as system crashes, but also for other situations that can disrupt or even disable your business. You want to choose a leading-edge solution that can be customized to fit your business – one that is a complete and cost-effective data backup and disaster recovery solution, that prepares your business for disaster survival with tiered resilience.
These three steps to disaster preparedness – which are rarely combined in a single solution – can enable your organization to recover from virtually any outage or catastrophic event – from data loss and server crashes to major disasters:
- Level 1: Local Backups – onsite data backup to an appliance
- Level 2: Remote Storage and Recovery – off-premise replication
- Level 3: Business Environment Recovery – virtual replicas, accessible via the Internet or browser
In addition to these three items, the solution should include a hosted version of these IT services that places data backups and recovery capabilities in the cloud. Automatic, ongoing critical measurement and testing techniques continuously validate that your backups work and they can be verified – confirming that your business is prepared at all times for successful recovery from any type of disaster.
The speed of recovery is critical as well. Our Guardian solution enables you to restore files in seconds, servers in minutes, or your entire environment in 48 hours or less. In the event of a disaster that damages or destroys your office – such as a fire or flood – emergency standby silos can have your employees up and running in as few as 24 hours with secure, virtual access to business data and applications from any Internet connection.
Surviving in today’s unpredictable world demands preparedness. Thankfully, technology provides options that are affordable – and effective – for companies of all sizes. When evaluating your solution options, it’s important to think of disaster recovery not just in terms of getting a server back online. Your uptime solution must include the tools that can keep your business – and users – running during and after a disaster strikes.
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