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Majority of businesses are failing disaster recovery tests

Businesses can experience disasters at any time, making it difficult to respond to disruptions ranging from weather-related incidents to power failures. Companies, however, must be ready for any type of situation if they are to maintain operational efficiency to serve their customers and clients.

A Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council report found a majority of organizations are struggling mightily with their disaster recovery strategies. Of the businesses polled, 73 percent received grades of either a D or F for their ability to respond to disruptions, MSPMentor reported.

Despite these disconcerting findings, the news source explained there is still a potentially positive outcome on the horizon. Companies' lack of preparedness stems from the tools in place, which can be addressed with the appropriate solutions available. What is also important is the fact that these options are also affordable - a good sign given firms spend roughly 2 to 7 percent of their IT budgets on disaster recovery protocols.

Selecting a system that improves disaster preparedness, however, is not always an easy endeavor, MSPMentor suggested. Some businesses are so overwhelmed by the number of options available that they experience "purchasing paralysis." The news provider encouraged companies to seek assistance from managed services providers to find the system right for their infrastructure.

Be proactive, not reactive
Organizations with on-site data backups in place may think they are all set should a disaster strike. But tapes, disks and external hard drives - if stored at the office itself - can be lost, damaged or destroyed during a fire, flood, hurricane, tornado or any other type of Mother Nature-related incident.

Businesses can store these devices at a secondary location, but they will have to transport them to and from the office following a disaster. This takes time - something critical for responding to a disruption.

Rather than wasting precious resources managing on-site data backups, companies can use more flexible solutions such as cloud computing. The cloud has changed the disaster recovery market recently, thanks to its accessibility. The technology is available through the Internet, so mission-critical resources are accessible immediately following a disruption. If an office is closed, employees can still use their PCs and mobile devices to perform some functions from their homes or remote locations.

Firms may never be able to always predict when or where a major disaster will strike, but they can at least be proactive cloud computing.

Pass the disaster recovery test with the right support
Organizations that want to improve their disaster preparedness with a trusted partner in their corner should consider contacting Beringer Associates. We are a leading managed services provider that oversees a customer's IT infrastructure to make sure it has the best solutions in place to maintain operational efficiency at all times.

If you partner with us, we will first analyze your IT department, respective industry, staff member preferences and tech capabilities. We then create a long-term IT roadmap that will position your company on a successful path toward implementing  solutions with minimal complications and a clear return on investment.

In terms of disaster recovery, we will suggest whether your firm will benefit from a cloud-based deployment or other type of preparedness protocol to safeguard data and enable your business to respond as fast as possible following a disruption.

If there are ever complications with your IT infrastructure at any point during the partnership, do not hesitate to contact us immediately. Our team of support professionals are available 24/7 to assist your company to overcome any challenges you may face regarding IT solutions.



Rob is the CTO of Beringer Technology Group, and focuses his efforts on software development, cloud engineering, team mentoring and strategic technical direction. Rob has worked with Beringer since 2005, and has influenced every department from Development, Security, Implementation, Support and Sales. Rob graduated with his MBA from Rowan University in 2012, earned his Bachelors of Computer Science in 1997, and is current with several Microsoft technical certifications. Rob is very active, and loves to mountain bike, weight train, cook and hike with his dog pack.