Disaster Recovery

Can your business survive a natural disaster?

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), almost 40 percent of small businesses never reopen their doors after a disaster.

The biggest problem when a natural disaster hits is the absence of a disaster recovery plan. If you are interested in what goes in to developing a disaster recovery plan, check out this FEMA site (your tax dollars at work).

If you read closely, the only suggestion for IT preparedness is that, “recovery strategies for information technology should be developed so technology can be restored in time to meet the needs of the business. Manual workarounds should be part of the IT plan so business can continue while computer systems are being restored.”

Wow! That really helps! What are you supposed to do if all of your servers and workstations are destroyed? What if all of your backups are gone too? Where do you source new servers and how do you reload all of your applications and personal data on every personal computer?

The reality is that most SMBs simply don’t have the resources to create a viable disaster recovery and business continuity plan even if they have the foresight to make the attempt. A “true” business continuity plan requires the ability to deploy replacement hardware and software in a short enough time to prevent clients and customers from canceling contracts and services. It means that all company and personal data (e.g., email and personal files) are restored quickly and efficiently. It means that all workstations have to be re-imaged so that employees don’t experience productivity disruptions.

It probably doesn’t come as a shock that the cost of this “preparedness” is just too high for most SMBs. It isn’t practical to invest the required capital in spares that may never be needed. And the cost of trying to replace an entire network “on the fly” is even more absurd. So most SMBs just “roll the dice” and hope that disaster never strikes.

But it doesn’t have to be this way! By migrating all servers and desktops to the Cloud, an organization can access their company network and data FROM ANYWHERE in the world. A direct benefit of Desktop Virtualization is that thin clients can be deployed quickly, thus allowing employees to log into their desktops within hours of an event as if nothing had occurred.

What does this mean? It means that migrating to the Cloud for ALL IT compute—including desktops—empowers SMBs to create realistic disaster recovery and business continuity plans just like Fortune 500 companies.  It means that entrepreneurs don’t have to operate in fear, worrying that the next byproduct of global warming will destroy their dreams and aspirations. It means that your business never has to be a statistic or a footnote in the wake of a devastating event beyond your control.

Contact Red One NS to find out how you can leverage the power of Cloud Computing to protect your business from the worst that Mother Nature can dish out!


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