Monthly Archives: July 2013

Creating a Workgroup Recovery Plan

So you’ve been designated as the professional worrier. You’re the manager on staff who’s been asked to prepare your company’s disaster recovery plan. It’s a great idea, and all companies should have one. The good news is that there’s lots of information out there. You can do a web search for disaster recovery plans, pick from the best of them, and make sure that you’ve got great cloud storage set up so that you won’t lose any data in the event of a power outage or devastation from a storm.

The not-so-great news is that your company does everything in teams. Brainstorming is at the heart of your game, and this means that your staff can’t just sit at home, log into the cloud version of your network, and do their jobs. In an age where it increasingly seems that everyone is doing their work in separate, electronically-connected silos, you need space for that old fashioned workgroup to collaborate.

Fortunately, there are some disaster recovery companies which can accommodate a workgroup recovery plan. They can move your team into one of their fully equipped, built out hotsites, strategically located either in your metro area or in a nearby, safer zone. Some companies also have access to locations across the US, should your team decide to evacuate ahead of the storm in order to keep working and meet a critical deadline.

These workspaces include everything that your team will need to stay connected with the cloud and with your colleagues and customers: fully equipped computer workstations, high speed, fiber optic internet access, phone and voicemail capabilities, printers and fax machines. You can also plan to ship any particular items that you may need to keep your team focused on the project, not on their location.

So when it comes to creating your disaster recovery plan, don’t sweat the need for team space. We’ve got you covered, so contact us today to learn more.

What Data Recovery Means To Your Business

No matter the field a business is in, data is a huge part of its operations. There is no getting around the fact that data has to be used in modern business in order to make operations work as well as they are supposed to. Loss of that very same data can be terrible for the business and its customers alike, and no company is immune. 

Take this piece of a story from NBC News about data loss at Bank of America as an example: 

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orp. has lost computer data tapes containing personal information on up to 1.2 million federal employees, including some members of the U.S. Senate.

The lost data includes Social Security numbers and account information that could make customers of a federal government charge card program vulnerable to identity theft.

Companies of all sizes are at risk which is why it is important to look at data recovery options. There are services out there that can fully manage your data recovery any time it goes missing. Data can be recovered in as little as 60 seconds, which helps prevent you from falling deeper into the problem of lost data.

Keep in mind the public image that goes out when a company loses their customer’s data. Clearly, when a company does this, the customers are not going to be as trusting of that company in the future. Losing customer trust is something that brings a lot of businesses down. It is something that you want to avoid.

Thinking that data loss cannot happen to you or that it would be a minor problem are two big mistakes. You have to prepare for this kind of thing ahead of time. Contact us with any questions you might have in regards to this.

What is a Business Continuity Plan and Why Do You Need It?

What Is It?

We’ve all experienced that moment of regret or panic, just after an unexpected tragedy has struck when we think, “I should have prepared for this!” It is bad enough to have this experience when caught outside in the rain without an umbrella or while searching for a recipe ingredient in the fridge as your family waits for dinner. But it is truly frightening when the future of your business, your employees and your financial plans all hanging in the balance.

business continuity plan is what you need to be prepared so that even when the worst happens you are prepared to move forward as quickly, easily and safely as possible. This plan should be considered alongside your traditional business insurance, which will ensure that all aspects of recovery are covered.

One way to look at a continuity plan is to say that “a business continuity plan is a roadmap for continuing operations under adverse conditions such as a storm or a crime.” That means it is the answer to questions as small as, “What happens if we lose power for a day?” and as big as, “How do we proceed in the event of a major disaster?”

Why Do You Need It?

There are as many reasons to have a business continuity plan as there are businesses out there, but here are the top three reasons why any business, in any industry, needs to plan ahead.

In many cases, business interruption is caused by natural disasters, the second-largest business risk (44 percent of responses). Although 2012 was a relatively moderate year for natural catastrophes – with the exception of Hurricane Sandy – this is no reason to sound the all-clear: “Insurance claims caused by natural disasters have risen 15-fold over the past 30 years. And they will continue to grow because of the increase in insured assets in Asia, in particular, and the ongoing shift towards development in high-risk coastal regions,” explains Markus Stowasser, meteorologist at Allianz Re. Europe, too, can expect more frequent local weather extremes such as heavy rainfall.

  • Employees need to know what to expect. There are laws requiring the posting of emergency procedures in public, including instructions on where to go and which doors to exit. This has been shown to greatly reduce panic, and the same principal applies when employees are facing extraordinary circumstances on any scale.
  • Data is everything. Even before the idea of the “cloud” became popular, we at Continuity Centers knew the value of backing up data. Your business runs on information and we want to provide you the access to your information when it is needed most. We have been doing this work for over a decade and have made the process of recovery process simple and efficient for our clients.

Do you have questions? Would you like to discuss business continuity with an expert? We want to hear from you. Please, contact us!