How long could your business survive without your IT system?

A month? A week? Days? Hours? Minutes?

The truth is, nowadays, most businesses are extremely reliant on their IT infrastructures. So much so, that without fully functioning computers and access to emails/data, a company will struggle to operate effectively.  The simple fact is that for any organisation, the impact of data loss or corruption from hardware failure, human error, hacking or malware could be detrimental.

Even if you have the most robust IT infrastructures in the world, if someone wants to hack into your system, they’ll do it and it is unlikely you’ll be able to stop them – whether that is done by demanding money through deploying ransomware or corrupting your system through cryptolocker.

The only way you can truly protect your business is by ensuring you have an effective back up in place.

Most businesses will (or should) have some form of back up procedure in place; whether that is done by using a tape, by using a hard drive, or through the cloud. While it is crucial to be regularly backing up your data, you also need to consider:

  • Are you testing your back up?
  • Can you guarantee your data is being backed up?
  • Do you know how quickly you can get your business back up and running?
  • Do you have a plan in place for this?

Speaking to William Smith, Business Continuity Consultant at Biscon Planning, he explains why all businesses require an IT disaster recovery plan:

“An IT disaster recovery plan is a set of recovery procedures that outlines the necessary provisions and expected timescales for data retrieval and its restoration. In its basic form, it is a set of arrangements that are necessary for getting a business back up and running, as quickly and securely as possible, in the event there are any disruptions to IT infrastructures.”

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Most businesses need to ensure that business operations can be recovered with minimal disruption in case systems go down. It is said that the cost of one-hour of downtime is £6000 for small companies and over £500,000 for large enterprises. Ask yourself, in this competitive market, can your business really afford downtime?

Working in partnership with our trusted supplier, Infrascale, we are able to offer one of the most unique Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) solutions to our customers, ensuring that their business can continue to operate as normal, even in the event of hardware failure, data loss or cyber breach.

Our failover solution is where cloud and intelligence join forces, meaning that in the event of your servers going down (by natural disaster, hardware failure or cyber-attack), we can recover your network and bring your business back to life in minutes locally and through the cloud in hours, making sure that in that time, the key people within your business can keep everything running smoothly.

Our DRaaS solution is delivered as a physical and virtual appliance and includes DR software and flexible cloud storage targeting. This means we give you the option to recover data and systems locally though Infrascale’s hardware, with the additional security of the cloud as back up that is highly protected by triple level encryption.

Every business out there is at risk of being hit by an IT disaster, but the only way to ensure your business recovers fast is to have a well-crafted back up and disaster recovery solution in place. Our solutions mean we minimise the risk of human error when it comes to backing up those all important files, providing you with the ultimate ‘what if’ policy.

Don’t leave IT to chance. Give us a call on 0800 9520652 to discuss how SCS Technology Solutions and our ‘Disaster Recovery as a Service’ solution can protect your business.