This was only a test …

2704017177_8490072e06In the event of an actual emergency, it would be business as usual.

One of my passions as an I.T. professional is helping businesses and organizations leverage modern technologies to prepare themselves for unthinkable disasters.

As we continually adopt more and more technologies into our daily routines and workflows, our dependence on those technologies – and their underlying data – inevitably grows stronger. The only responsible way for us to respond to this accelerating trend is by taking every reasonable measure to ensure that our technology investments are protected from disaster.

Consider this scenario: You receive a phone call telling you that your businesses’ building caught fire overnight and your entire technology infrastructure has been destroyed. No more servers, no more storage, no more network. It’s all gone. What would be your next step?

Your answer to that question is remarkably significant. Do you have a well-documented, regularly tested, verified plan for business continuity and disaster recovery? Or are you like the majority of small-to-medium sized businesses today who have no next step… no recovery plan… and are completely unprepared for disaster?

The Importance of Disaster Preparedness

  • According to research from EMC’s Mozy Online Backup, each week approximately 140,000 hard drives crash in the U.S. That’s 833 per hour. Will yours be next?
  • According to the National Archives and Records Management, 93 percent of companies that lost their data center for 10 days or more due to a disaster filed for bankruptcy within one year of the disaster. Fifty percent of businesses that found themselves without data management for this same time period filed for bankruptcy immediately.
  • Analysts from Hughes Marketing Group have found that over the course of a month, 90 percent of small companies (fewer than 100 employees) spend less than 8 hours planning or managing their business continuity plans.

The Relative Ease of Disaster Preparedness

Although the risks of being unprepared for a disaster are great, there are a myriad of great technology solutions available that make the process of protecting your IT infrastructure relatively painless. Options vary by capability and price – from the ability to replicate entire servers offsite within seconds, on a 24/7 continual basis – to simple nightly or weekly offsite backups – to automated cloud-based technologies. BC/DR (business continuity/disaster recovery) is a sector of the IT economy that has evolved significantly over the past 5 years. We have seen capabilities grow and the relative cost for those capabilities reduced. If your business is not already prepared for a disaster, today is the best time to get started!

NetGain Technologies: Your Partner in Disaster Preparedness

At NetGain Technologies, we have a team of engineers with industry experience and vendor certification in technologies that are designed to help businesses secure their future by protecting their applications and data. This plan will look different for each business, each industry, and each client. Your team at NetGain Technologies stands ready to work with you to design and implement a purpose-built solution for business continuity and disaster recovery.

Our goal is to have all of our clients say with confidence: “This was only a test… in the event of an actual emergency, it would be business as usual.”

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