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Majority of small firms lack business continuity strategies

Small companies with limited resources should not overlook disaster recovery and business continuity. These firms not only need to have the right strategies and systems in place to safeguard mission-critical data during disruptions, but they also need the capability to reestablish operational efficiency in a timely fashion. Otherwise, productivity will falter and sales will be lost until everything comes back online.

A recent Databarracks survey found 54 percent of mid-sized organizations have proper business continuity plan in place, CloudTech reported. Seventy-three percent of large firms possess such strategies, while only 30 percent of small firms have these capabilities.

If a disaster lasts longer than a few hours or a day, small businesses will be in a precarious position in terms of revenue generation. Prolonged periods of downtime can result in severe consequences for the company. Organizations without the proper recovery tools and methods may struggle to reopen following a devastating disruption.

Peter Groucutt, managing director at Databarracks, said businesses of all sizes can experience disasters.

“And it’s not just the media-worthy incidents such as cyberattacks or natural disasters that are a risk.There needs to be an attitude change. Disaster recovery is not only available and affordable to organizations of all sizes, it’s absolutely essential,” Groucutt said, as quoted by CloudTech.

Can cloud computing help small businesses?
Small organizations without deep pockets and a lack of robust IT departments may think they have nowhere to turn regarding their business continuity plans. Cloud computing is one option that can greatly help. Firms using cloud services can migrate data to an off-site location where information and applications remain accessible through the Internet. Should a company be forced to close its office, employees can still work from their homes until the workplace is restored.

The Databarracks survey discovered cloud computing is still a relatively new technology for business continuity purposes. Of the organizations polled, 25 percent have migrated operations to at least one cloud environment. Another 23 percent have two cloud systems in place, while 7 percent have three and 4 percent have at least five cloud-based apps, CloudTech reported.

“More cloud services are being used, but adoption is gradual and often discrete,” Databarracks noted.

Of the respondents using the cloud for business continuity, 21 percent rely on Backup-as-a-Service and Software-as-a-Service offerings. Another 18 percent do the same with Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Platform-as-a-Service, while 16 percent do so for Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service, according to the news provider.

Get your disaster recovery, cloud needs from one source
Small businesses that want to avoid the fallout of a major disruption by implementing cloud solutions can kill two birds with one stone. Beringer Associates is a leading managed IT services provider that helps companies with any and all of their tech-related needs. We have been assisting companies for more than 20 years and believe personalized support and product roadmaps are what define our relationships with clients.

Our team of support professionals analyze each company’s IT infrastructure to create a long-term plan for adopting cloud services or other solutions. Once a system is in place, we deliver 24/7 assistance to address any operational complications that may occur with a client’s architecture. This accessibility is especially important during the initial minutes of a disaster in which a quick and educated response is required to restore operations and enable employees to get back to work.

If your small business has struggled with continuity strategies in the past or simply want to take a proactive approach to future disasters, contact Beringer Associates today. We will help your company not only prepare for potential incidents but have the tools necessary to function shortly after the event.