Disaster Recovery

"40% of all SMBs will go out of business if they cannot get to their data in the first 24 hours after a crisis." - Gartner

You would be surprised at how many small and medium businesses do not take Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity seriously. While taking a backup of some description is a good start, there is much more to it than that.

Disaster Recovery Statistics

  • 43% will never re-open
  • 80% fail within 13 months
  • 53% of claimants never recoup the losses incurred by a disaster

Source: Aveco

  • Less than 50% of all organisations have a business continuity plan
  • 43% of companies that do have a business continuity plan do not test it annually
  • 80% of companies have not developed any crisis management to provide IT coverage sufficient to keep the business functionally effectively
  • 40% of companies that do have crisis management plans do not have a team dedicated to disaster recovery

Source: London Chamber of Commerce

Downtime Costs

What is the cost per hour of major systems downtime at your organisation?

Cost per hour % of Companies
Up to £1000
£1,000 - £5,000 16%
£5,000 - £10,000 11%
£10,000 to £20,000 7%
£20,000 to £50,000 3%
Above £50,000 15%
Not Sure 25%

Source: Information Age

Coupling the costs incurred during the downtime of a disaster with the possibility of never being able to recover and restore all the data then this can be a costly exercise to a business - especially if a Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plan is not in place.

How Real Point Can Help

Real Point has the knowledge and experience of supporting several different organisations and developing a Disaster Recovery solution for their unique requirements. These range from standard backups to removable media to full Disaster Recovery solutions including replication technologies and online synchronisation.

What We'll Do

1. We understand what it is that keeps your business going.

The first stage of the Disaster Recovery Plan is to look at what data your company houses and prioritise it's importance to your business. Are emails the top of your list? Users and company work on a file server? Or do you have a large database of client and financial data? Real Point will assess the data requirements of your business and use this to create a Disaster Recovery Plan.

2. We'll work out what is the best Disaster Recovery solution for your business.

Not all your data will have the same backup requirements. For example a weekly backup, which is fine for server System State, certainly isn't going to be enough for a company with a large file server or business critical databases. Likewise a backup which creates a continuous mirror of data would be overkill for a weekly System State snapshot. Real Point will create an efficient bespoke solution for your business which in the event of a disaster the cost to your business and disruptions will be minimal.

3. Run and maintain the Disaster Recovery Plan

Making sure your Disaster Recovery plan works is the final part. Keeping a watchful eye on your backups is a must as sometimes servers crash or the scheduler for whatever reason doesn't start. It is foolish to set the backup schedule and sit back! Real Point will maintain and test the Disaster Recovery solution. Making sure the backups are running smoothly and the integrity of the data. We'll also evolve the Disaster Recovery plan as your business evolves.

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