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Step 2 to mastering business IT disruptions — continued: The 3-part path to implementing cost-effective disruption recovery solutions

Before you can implement the best disruption recovery solutions, you have to know what they are. This entails a three-part process that requires business continuity/disaster recovery expertise:

  1. Figure out the minimum applications and data necessary to sustain your business and the timeframe(s) within which your necessary apps and data must be restored. How long, for example, can you function without email? How long can you make it without voice communications?
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Step 2 to mastering business IT disruptions: Include employees in your planning

By definition, no event that interrupts your organization’s operations is trivial, so your plan should address all emergencies that could disrupt your business.

This requires some serious thinking about how your business works, which you can’t accomplish without your employees. Their cooperation can be inspired with the reminder that if a disruption puts the business at risk, their jobs are at risk, too. Your disruption-avoidance planning should:
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Step 1 to mastering business IT disruptions: Back up your data — NOW!

If you haven’t already done it, don’t delay. Back up your organization’s critical information and files to a secure remote location from which they can be recovered online 24/7. Here’s what’s involved:

  • Know about your data (as well as those applications that may be difficult to reconstruct should you lose them) — what you have, where it is, who “owns” it, how important it is. And don’t forget email.
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Introducing the 4 steps that can mitigate IT disruptions and save your business

Your organization’s ability to thrive depends on resilient information technology and data that’s available 24/7. You certainly can’t afford unanticipated downtime, a sustained system disruption, or losing your data forever.

Even comparatively brief disruptions wreck employee productivity and the ability to communicate with customers. And 60% of companies that suffer permanent data loss end up shutting down within six months.

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Beware: Downtime can cost your business thousands of dollars per day

For any business leader, the “D” word — downtime — tends to cause lack of sleep. For many businesses, downtime can be a show-stopper. And the 2011 Disaster Preparedness Survey* conducted by Applied Research for Symantec reveals just how quickly downtime can wreck a bottom line.

According to the survey of more than 1,800 businesses and their customers, the typical small business surveyed experienced six outages during the last year. Downtime cost them a median of $3,000 per day. That rose to a median of $23,000 per day for mid-sized businesses.

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4 ways cloud computing boosts your bottom line

Cloud computing is a tried-and-true approach that exploits the universality of a new(ish) delivery mechanism: The Internet.

When you implement cloud computing solutions, you will be able to…

  • Reduce capital expenditures. You pay a monthly fee that comes out of your operating budget, not CapEx.
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