The Back-up Plan (Not the movie)

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March 10, 2011
We all have emergency back-up plans for our home to ensure against floods, fires or even thefts. But what about your business? Does it have a back-up plan?

With natural disasters affecting many businesses in Australia and New Zealand the need to review disaster recovery plans is urgent.

IDM magazine headlined their recent release with “Councils Dealing with disaster. Business Continuity in the face of floods, wind & fire”. They referenced Sydney Liverpool City Council as a case example. In August 2010 a fire incinerated the council’s offices leaving massive devastation. Archivist Keith Smithers said, “This incident has reinforced the value of electronic records and reinforced the importance of backing them up.” 

Symantec Corp, renowned security firm, recently released their findings of their 2011 SMB Disaster Preparedness Survey, which measured "the attitudes and practices of small- and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) and their customers toward disaster preparedness."

The survey findings showed that while SMB's were at risk of data disaster, a disaster recovery plan was still not high on the agenda. The survey also analysed the costs of not being prepared. "Disasters can have a significant financial impact on SMBs.  Downtime costs SMBs a median of $12,500 per day.  It costs small businesses a median of $3,000 per day and medium businesses a median of $23,000 per day."

The conclusion? “Don’t wait until it’s too late!” 
Start getting your disaster plan together, and if you already have a plan in place – Test it!

If you would like a quote for colocation or redundancy in our disaster recovery centre for your business back-up plan, please give us a call on (03) 9770 333 or email enquiries@omniconnect.com.au 
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