For the last few weeks the UK has been dealing with catastrophic storms that have caused flooding as well as many power outages. Many businesses around the country have had to close as a result, and unfortunately a number of them will go out of businesses due to the downtime and the loss of data they have suffered. We still as yet do not know the extent of the cost the flooding will cause businesses, but it is likely to be in the hundreds of millions of pounds.
Here at Online Support we specialise in IT Disaster Recovery and helping businesses to be prepared for when disaster strikes upon not having a disaster recovery plan. Rather than losing your data or having your computers down for weeks we can get you back up and running in hours making sure that all your important files are still there and you can carry on as normal. We can even recreate your server infrastructure offsite in our data centre. After a disaster we can use the backups to completely recreate your network on our virtual server platform in the cloud. It is essential for businesses of all size to have their critical systems such as email, procurement and account information operational as quickly as possible to restart trading.
Whether it be fire, flood, power outage, or a virus or malware strike, wouldn’t it be great to know that all your data was safe?
Just imagine these scenarios if you liked the idea of not having a disaster recovery plan:
The back engine for your website is down. Orders are lost; customers lose access to services on your site. How long can you afford to stay down?
Your company’s network goes down for nearly a day. You can’t service your customers, who start calling your competitors. What do you do?
It doesn’t take much to cripple a business that relies on online activities, and for every minute you are suffering downtime, you are also losing money.
You have a plan in place already?
Many businesses believe that their business continuity plans are fine, and rarely review them. You might think that backing up to an external hard drive is suitable enough for your needs, and in some cases it is; but have you considered that a fire or flood could destroy the hard drive if it is left in the same building or how you might be able to access the data if your server has stopped working?
Backing up the complete operating system, files and folders to an offsite cloud location is the safest option, and should help you sleep better at night. Our disaster recovery service is an on-site data backup and off-site disaster recovery solution rolled into one. It is affordable to the SME market and we can guarantee recovery times depending on your budget and your needs.
If all of this seems like far too much for you to think about let alone action, then please give us a call. Simon our DR and business continuity expert will be more than happy to have an informal chat with you about your current plans, and how you can improve them.
The current storms in the UK should be a wake up call to many businesses. Please don’t be unprepared for disaster because it may just strike when you least expect it to.
If you need more information and help on disaster recovery plans then drop us a call on 0208 232 1190 or alternatively drop us an e-mail and we’ll be sure to give you the best advice possible.