Hurricane Preparedness and Disaster Recovery Planning

Hurricane season is right around the corner and as the old saying goes “it’s better to be safe than sorry.” For a business, disaster has many different faces.
From minor problems like temporary power loss to major natural catastrophes, any instance where the network is down or business cannot be done is a loss of revenue. However, in many cases, how a company handles a disaster isn’t as important as how quickly it can recover afterward. A few facts to consider, concerning Disaster Recovery:

  • After the catastrophe of the World Trade Center, 40% of the companies without disaster recovery capability were out of business within six weeks! (Forbes Magazine)
  • In fact, 40% of enterprises that experience any disaster go out of business within 5 years! (Gartner)
  • It costs the average company between $100,000 and $1,000,000 per year for desktop oriented disasters! (both hard and soft dollars) (7th annual ICSA Lab’s Virus Prevalence Survey)

Being prepared for a crisis and having the proper disaster recovery plan in place to quickly get back on track is vital for any business, yet only 57 percent of businesses are confident they can recover all lost data should a server crash or storm knock out power, according to a Recent IT Business Edge report. Also, according to a Computing survey, most businesses anticipate hours of downtime, with only 13 percent expecting to retrieve their data in minutes, and 1 percent within seconds of regaining systems.
Data backup is an important consideration for any business, and any sort of disaster, from a national emergency to power loss, can create problems in even the most well-designed network. However, investing in backup and recovery software or a cloud storage solution isn’t enough. A business also needs to implement a managed services team to allow them to worry about thier business, not their technology and plan for if an emergency occurs. Your company shouldn’t rely on break-fix solutions, but rather; a system like IT managed services that can prevent these issues from occuring in the first place. By investing in high-quality backup and recovery software and having services utilize their best practices, a company can maximize efficiency following a disaster and minimize the amount lost time and income.
Deploying a backup solution will help a company increase its security and tolerance for potential problems, and also boost its confidence and lower stress, as managers and other workers know that their data is safely stored and even a small amount of downtime will not cause a potential catastrophe.
Also be sure to Rgeister for our upcoming Webinar on Hurricane Preparedness and Disaster Recovery – June 7, at 10:00 AM EDT
Please join us for this educational webinar where we will review the challenges most organizations face today with recovery solutions. We will also discuss how to get you prepared for this upcoming hurricane season. We look forward to you joining!