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There have been quite a few events in recent history that have made us question the stability of our infrastructure and back-up plans. It's important to ensure your business is ready for any challenge be it an environmental catastrophe, (storm, regional emergency) or something as simple as a local power-outage...Maybe you watched the aftermath and asked yourself, could my business recover from that?

It was like that famous TV show, Scared Straight!, when you finally saw what the inside of prison was like. It was a real eye opener. After the last storm, you went into the office and started figuring out different ways to protect your data should the entire area flood. A few days later, when you realized that you had other things to worry about, your plans were set aside and thoughts went back to business.

Did you know that 50% of all businesses that experience major outages or data losses go out of business and that percentage jumps to 93% if the outage lasts more than ten days. These statistics would be pretty impressive if we made them up, but we didn't. They come directly from the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, DC. Would you believe that the most common cause of data loss is flawed backup and recovery techniques aka human error.

In the past twenty years, we can tell you countless stories of clients that had everything backed up to tape only to find that out that the tape was empty or damaged. Backup is only half the story. Recovery is being able to backup and recover data and Business Continuity is the plan that you put in place to help you recover from common mistakes, natural disasters, bad people and other obsessive compulsive folder cleaners.

Depending on your business, that plan might fit on an index card or it could be a book. In any case, you need to start at Square One. How long can you afford to be down or go without applications and data? Most companies don't need everything all the time and some people will only need email or accounting data. Our team of experts can work with you to help you develop a plan that makes sense for your business. We have years of experience and we use common sense to develop a plan that fits your needs and budget.

We partner with the best names in data management and recovery; Iron Mountain and CommVault to protect your business twenty four seven by three hundred and sixty five (and in some years - three hundred and sixty six...) Don't wait for the next issue before you put in some simple, common sense plans to Business Continuity. Call Square One to find out more.