Everyone hates it when the computers are down. Work screeches to a halt, time ticks away, and opportunities are lost. Sometimes it’s from a hardware or software failure. Natural disasters can be the cause. Unfortunately, this era of business must acknowledge the possibility of viruses, vandalism, and even terrorism.
Recent research has shed light on just how damaging downtime can be to a company. Meta Group research estimated the cost to be somewhere between $134 and $1079 per employee hour of downtime, depending on the type of business. Government records show that 93% of companies with downtime of more than 10 days are out of business within the year.
So what can a company do to prevent the catastrophic effects of downtime? Are there any new techniques or technologies that can help a company overcome this gloomy outlook?
Yes. The answer lies in business continuity solutions.
Business continuity is the proactive strategies and processes an organization uses to keep it running and functioning properly. It’s the planning and implementation of systems designed to insure the continuation of business in the even t of a business disruption.
Business continuity begins with disaster recovery, but goes much further. Beginning with in-depth risk analysis of mission critical business systems. What information does your company have to have to conduct business? A manufacturing company may be able to go several days with a data system down. A stockbrokerage may find two hours of downtime to be catastrophic.
New technologies are making business continuity much more effective, much more efficient, and frankly, much more affordable. Among those SIA consults on and implements with its clients are:
- Data Mirroring – replicating or redundancy of all data in real time at an offsite location
- Firewalls – preventing unintended intrusions from happening
- Restoration Systems – simple and proven systems to restore data with the touch of a button
- Failover Locations – separate locations that can allocate computer resources should a primary location and system be compromised
- Uninterruptible Power Supplies – allow for full-time or part-time support during periods of interrupted power
- Continuity Hardware, Software and Services – a whole new genre of goods and services are now available to solve many continuity issues.
By first analyzing threats and risk, determining system needs and capabilities, and matching these to company goals, SIA can help your company meet your firm’s continuity needs. Remember that the key to a good continuity system is advance planning, thorough systems integration, and timely monitoring and testing of continuity and recovery systems.