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Can you escape to the cloud when disaster strikes?
Posted by Caroline Moore on 07/10 at 02:36 PM Large enterprises, SMEs, Cloud services, Disaster recovery,
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If your organisation had to contend with extended power outages, flooding, fuel shortages or transportation limitations, would business continuity be affected? Or would these circumstances result in significant downtime and potential loss of revenue and reputation?

Disasters are no longer confined to far flung places. The UK may not suffer as many hurricanes as the US, but we have seen our fair share of flooding and storms in recent years; all wreaking havoc across the country.

A business can no longer afford to put their heads in the sand and think: “It won’t happen to us.” Every business needs a disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity plan. If a disaster was to play out for real, who would the company executives look to for an explanation? Who would they blame? One thing we know, once bitten, budget to rectify and ensure against a recurrence is never an issue.

Thoroughly tested and fully documented DR and business continuity solutions have been available for years, but they have typically been associated with high costs. Cloud solutions are now available whereby they utilise a data centre service to fall back on when disaster strikes. If a disaster affects the head office, a business can still operate as near to normal as possible.

There are no excuses for not having this resilience built into your IT infrastructure.

A cloud-based DR and business continuity solution provides:

  • Immediate access to a backed up copy of your data
  • Secure remote access to critical systems and applications for as long as you need it
  • Freedom for you to focus on and deal with pressing onsite issues

The result is that while other businesses suffer the effects of being completely offline, your staff can seamlessly access all the files and applications they need via your DR and business continuity solution from an alternative office, temporary accommodation or home.

At swcomms, we prefer to use the term “disaster prevention”, by providing resilience, a secure environment and high availability for your applications and databases. This is an achievable reality and will protect your business against the unknown.

Do not wait for a disaster to occur; put prevention in place now.

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Caroline Moore on 07/10/2014

Former newspaper journalist, Caroline joined the company in 2008 with no previous knowledge of the industry.

She set about stripping back all the jargon to produce plain English marketing collateral to support the sales teams. Now slightly more well-versed in the dark arts of voice, connectivity and data services, Caroline writes blogs, case studies, data sheets and social media updates to engage with potential and existing customers.

This industry is far cry from her previous working life when she worked as communications manager for Exeter Chiefs and Northampton Saints.