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What If All Of Your Business Applications Were Down For 2 Weeks?

Recently I had a very sobering realization.

Sobering because what I’ve been seeing in the marketplace has led me to believe that many small and mid sized businesses in America are in serious danger.

I’m not kidding or exaggerating one bit. Let me explain.

Here at my company we provide IT infrastructure services and managed services such as cloud, server colocation, connectivity and managed services such as disaster recovery, backup and firewalls.

In other words, we provide services that help keep a businesses critical data and applications protected and up and running 100% of the time.

What I’ve realized is that many small and mid sized businesses in America are totally exposed if they were to have a disaster that wiped out their servers.

Examples of this type of disaster could be a fire, flood or natural disaster or if a server just simply crashes.

Many organizations think they’re covered because they back up their data to tape or disk which is not unusual.

What many organizations may not realize is that if there servers are destroyed or fail it could easily take two weeks or more to get the business back up and running.

Why?

Because even if you have the tape or disc stored offsite (many companies don’t) you still have to restore that data to something that resembles your original environment.

By original environment I mean your original computing and networking equipment like servers & switches. Again, you have to have something to restore that data to.

So in other words you have to order new servers and switches unless you have spare ones on hand. Most organizations don’t.

Then you have to set up and network those servers and switches and then you have to restore all the original data back to the new environment.

In some cases this can take more than 2 weeks. There are A LOT of moving parts here.

If your office had a fire, flood or natural disaster where are you going to set that new environment up? Are you going to quickly lease a new office? How long will that take?

What is your desired equipment is on back order from the manufacturer?

See what I mean. It’s a bit scary.

What if you are a healthcare provider like a nursing home or a large physician practice?

What would happen if you couldn’t get to your EMR systems to access critical patient data for two or more weeks?

For a nursing home how do you know what medications Mrs. Smith gets and when?

You don’t have to be in the healthcare field to experience major business issues.

Think of it this way. What if you couldn’t get to the programs you use everyday in your office like CRM, accounting, operations, inventory, ect. for two weeks or more.

I’m not exaggerating when I say many companies and professional practices would literally go out of business.

So what is the disaster recovery plan for your business?

If you don’t have one your at risk.

If you want help contact me by phone or email for an absolutely no pressure evaluation of your situation. 443-570-0414 ed@edworthington.com.

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