Hurricane Florence and Other Natural Disasters can Destroy your Business. Microsoft Azure has Disaster Recovery Strategies to Protect Your Business.

 

Have you taken the time to evaluate whether or not your organization is prepared for a catastrophic event? Microsoft and other IT services providers in the storm path, particularly North Carolina, are activating business disaster recovery plans for Hurricane Florence. Having proactive and protective measures in place can protect your organization from hundreds if not millions of dollars in lost revenue.

 

When your business is hit with a catastrophe, the fragile nature of your IT systems comes to the forefront. Whether you’re navigating an act of nature such as a fire, earthquake, hurricane, or flood—or coping with the fallout from a terrorist attack or malicious virus, there’s no doubt that you’ll wish you’d safeguarded your IT systems.

 

Even a minor outage can put you at a competitive disadvantage. So, be ready with a business continuity plan that includes disaster recovery for all your major IT systems—without the expense of secondary infrastructure.

 

Proactive disaster recovery protocols include backing up data to the cloud, regularly testing data restore services, reviewing staff and customer contact lists and testing virtual systems in the cloud in case on-premises systems lose power or are destroyed.

 

Do you run a small business? Are you the head of a large company? Is your organization headquartered in a metropolitan center, or in a rural area? No matter what your circumstances may be, all businesses in the U.S. share one thing in common: the importance of Information Technology (IT) in their day-to-day operations.

 

It’s not all doom and gloom, though. All of this can be avoided. As the Cloud Solutions Architect at JourneyTEAM, Eric Raff, points out, modern businesses don’t need to suffer a “set back or have to shut their doors” due to a major disaster, thanks to “today’s modern technology.” The sad truth, though, is that most businesses don’t take the necessary steps in advance to prepare for these kinds of catastrophes. As a result, they suffer the consequences.

 

There are some questions for those who do not have a disaster recovery plan to consider. Are you prepared to deal with the crash of your entire inventory system? What happens if all of your records disappear? How will you continue to comply with governmental regulations in the event of an IT system failure? Will you have to shut down if your systems go offline?

 

Ask yourself this: when was the last time you backed up your business’s data? And, are those backups physically located on the same property as your extant IT system? If so, your so-called “backed up” data is just as vulnerable as the original data. What would happen if you needed to spend significant time restoring that data? Can you absorb the cost? And, what if the data disappears forever? Can you cope?

 

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t worry: Microsoft Gold Partner—JourneyTEAM is here to help. Our experts will evaluate your organization’s infrastructure and provide you with a custom Managed Disaster Recovery Plan to account for any and all potential disasters.

 

Consider this: IBM recently determined that less than half of Internet-based organizations had any sort of disaster recovery strategy. And, of the mere 40% of businesses with such a plan, most of them weren’t actually taking the necessary measures to keep their plan relevant. As a result, only 8% of organizations are properly prepared for an IT catastrophe.

 

To make matters worse, Aveco has determined that 1 in 5 companies will eventually suffer from an IT disaster. What happens if one of these companies isn’t prepared? The data is clear:

 

  • 93% of businesses that lose a significant amount of data will shut down in less than 5 years
  • 80% will close their doors within a year
  • 43% will shut down immediately and never reopen

 

Don’t allow your business to fall prey to these statistics.

 

Create a custom Microsoft Azure Disaster Recovery Strategy for your organization. We’ll work with your business to conduct a strategy impact assessment, determine any potential impacts from the aforementioned disasters, and create a plan of response. We’ll also account for all of your existing systems, including Dynamics 365, Office 365, SharePoint, and more.

 

Our focus is on characterizing the potential impact of a disaster in terms you can understand, such as dollars lost per hour. We’ll create and document a custom disaster recovery plan that accounts for all aspects of your business.

 

Don’t wait: disaster could hit your business at any time. Contact JourneyTEAM or call us today at 800.439.6456 and let us create or modify your organization's Disaster Recovery Strategy.

 


 

Article by: Dave Bollard - National Director of Marketing

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