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Accessing Disaster Recovery Services Key to Business Continuity Planning For Small Business

Jul 14, 2008
Accessing disaster recovery services in the event that your company's computer network goes down or there is a massive failure of your IT infrastructure is not a huge concern for large business. Generally, large companies, irrespective if they are intense users of IT resources, have professional planners dedicated to business continuity and disaster recovery planning. But for smaller companies who may not have the time or resources to devote to disaster planning, being able to locate and access experienced professionals who can recover data and get a small or mid-sized company's computer network and IT infrastructure up and running quickly can be the difference between a business setback and permanently closing your company's doors.

In today's business world sudden and unexpected business interruptions can come from many varied sources. Whether from flood, fire or the avian flue, tornadoes or terrorism, an unexpected event or unexpected confluence of events can shut down a business quickly, and the amount of time it takes for that business to get up and running again will largely determine the bottom lie impact of the unexpected. And the key to getting a business up and running quickly will usually depend on how quickly the business' computer systems can be recovered.

On September 11, 2001, New York brokerage firm Cantor Fitzgerald lost its offices and 680 of its 1,000 employees when terrorists leveled the World Trade Center. Cantor Fitzgerald was able to stay in business only because of a competitor that in an act of altruism and empathy offered the managers and employees who survived the terrorist attack the use of a fully equipped back up trading floor from which the survivors of 9-11 could revive the decimated company.

Examples of recovery from the brink of disaster are not usually so dramatic - or inspiring. Unexpected business disasters can and usually do arise from the more mundane and everyday events we hear of. Anything from fire to flooding caused by a burst pipe, to a breakdown in the computer equipment that forms the information and data backbone of virtually every business today, can force a company to stop operations until its IT systems are up and running again.

Fortunately, there is a wealth of expertise available for companies to tap into when the unexpected and unanticipated arise. For small businesses that cannot or do not expend the time and resources in preparedness planning and have not developed a business continuity and disaster recovery plan, a well-resourced computer equipment rentals firm can often supply and configure the computers and servers that will enable a business owner to recover the data and get his or her business up and running quickly after a business disaster. Where data has been lost, compromised or seems unrecoverable, data recovery and data forensics specialists can often step in and recover most if not all of the stored information that a business requires. (Of course, it helps if your system is already configured to backup and store data offsite.)

While business continuity and disaster recovery planning may not be a practical reality for the small business owner, for any growth or mid-sized company it becomes an ever-growing necessity. Just like insurance, the risk that is run by not having a disaster recovery plan eventually outweighs the costs in time and planning resources that help ensure your business will be able to survive an unexpected business disruption.

Once a business recovery plan is formulated, it should be tested. Again, specialists at a well-resourced business computer rental firm with expertise in providing disaster recovery services can assist in providing, configuring and setting up a backup computer network to test how your firm will be able to respond to a business disruption. A dry run of your business continuity plan will reveal any holes or oversights in your planning, and will allow you to further refine the model of how your business would cope with a sudden emergency that might otherwise force you to suspend or terminate operations.
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