If you run a business, then a disaster recovery plan is an absolute must - especially in low lying or coastal areas. For publically held companies, it's actually a required by law. But even if your company is small and private, being prepared isn't any less important. Protecting vital systems and data could be the difference between shouldering the storm and closing your doors for good.
Did you know...
- Up to 40% of business affected by a natural or human-caused disaster never reopen (source: Insurance information institute)
- 70% never reopen if they cannot get back up and running within one week
Without technology, can you still operate?
Today's businesses rely heavily on computers, servers, and networks. We place so much value in technology, yet don't place equally important value on taking proper measures to protect that which keeps your business running. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, over 1,000 wireless towers and 11,000 utility poles were destroyed. Many companies never recovered.
"Disasters" aren't always due to weather
A well prepared disaster recovery plan will be able to manage both natural disasters and those caused by people or equipment failure. Earthquakes, wildfires, hurricanes, and floods are well-known examples of natural disasters and it's what we tend to think about when we hear the word Disaster. But what about the man-made ones, like hackers, computer viruses, accidental fire, user errors, or burglary? And there are software and hardware failures, server overheating, crashes, the list goes on and on.
"We will be fine as long as we backup our data."
Actually, data backup is only 20% of disaster readiness. Being prepared will assure that you have the equipment and systems to get that data back up and running quickly.
"We have insurance, so we're covered."
Having insurance is important but that only covers rebuilding. Iit won't restore essential services and protect data and vital information you need to resume working. Insurance companies are often the first to recommend disaster recovery plans.
"I can do this myself."
Be careful about trying to implement a plan manually. It is a good first step but trained professionals with a broad understanding of data, systems, and hardware are critical to a successful plan.
Maintain business continuity
Being prepared will limit the stress and hardship in the event of an emergency. It will allow you to retrieve your vital data with a system to put it back in place and get you and your employees up and running seamlessly. Additionally, it will help you get through disasters by protecting your equipment and employees.
- Based in Tampa for over 10 years, we understand the unique threats of the area and how to plan for it
- We have a cloud based data center protecting hundreds of businesses, including our own in the area
- Winners: 2011 Best Service Based business and 2012 Best Overall Business
- ACF has a uniquely diverse staff with extensive experience in planning, data management, systems and hardware to assure that all aspects of your plan are covered
- Helping you understand your needs and work with you to develop a plan that you are comfortable with
- Standing with you throughout the process to make sure it will be successful
- In the event of an emergency, you will always have someone to turn to