Graeme O'driscoll
Graeme O'driscoll Head: Software Engineering

When you think of a disaster, what comes to mind? In business, a disaster is any event that prevents an organisation from accessing the data and systems needed to operate effectively.  And any disruptions to IT operations can grind a business to a halt.

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To put this in context, according to a study from the University of Texas, only 6% of companies that suffer from a catastrophic data loss survive. Some 43% never reopen and about 51% close within two years. What these figures tell us is that an outage can mean the end of your business. As such, having an IT disaster recovery plan is a critical business need.

Here are a few reasons that your IT disaster recovery plan should be a top priority:

An always-on world requires always-on capabilities: Close to three-quarters of Internet users will abandon a company’s website for a competitor if they experience any issues or frustration. If you aren’t protecting your network, you’re leaving the door wide open for customers to move to a competitor.

Customers expect perfection: Markets have become exceptionally competitive and, as mentioned above, if customers don’t get what they need from you, they’ll go elsewhere.  Modern customers demand perfection because they know that if you can’t meet their requirements, there’s always someone else who can win their business.

Compliance and regulations requirements: While disaster recovery is a best practice, it is also a requirement from a regulation and compliance perspective. About 65% of companies must produce disaster recovery reports as part of their compliance requirements. Modern businesses need to understand what procedures should be in place when it comes to record-keeping and securing corporate and customer data.

Save money, keep your customers happy: With virtual machines, your data is backed up more economically and securely. When one considers how much disaster recovery would cost if you had to store all your backups in data centres,  cloud solutions simply make good business sense.

Nobody’s perfect: Ever accidentally closed a file without saving? Or lost work because your computer crashed and you hadn’t backed up what you were doing? The reality is that accidents happen and people make mistakes. No matter how well-trained your staff are or how careful they may be, sometimes things do go wrong. Having a proper disaster recovery plan makes it easier to efficiently restore operations in the event of a disaster.

No business is immune to IT disasters. But a speedy recovery is the difference between those who survive  a disaster and those that falter as a result of it. Our cloud services offer businesses the agility they need to stay ahead of the pack, successfully meet customer needs and respond if  anything should go wrong. To find out more about our offerings, please  get in touch with us.

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