Earlier this summer the National Weather Service predicted that the mid-Atlantic region hurricane season would be busier than usual and that the DC metro area is at a 24% risk of a strong, tropical storm this year.
Would it also surprise you to learn that, even after the terrible impact of Hurricane’s Harvey and Irma, there are companies in the DC region that are not taking their business continuity and disaster preparedness seriously?
According to a recent study completed by the Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council, 73 percent of organizations are not doing enough to insulate themselves from disaster and ensure business continuity at all times. Because of this general lack of proactive monitoring and remote site management, companies have lost approximately $5 million from various outages.
Of the 1,000 organizations polled by the DRPC, 78 percent of them said that they have seen mission-critical applications go down at some point, and 28 percent of that group has lost data center functionality for more than a week.
While business continuity is the ability to keep business and data systems operational, backup alone simply is not enough. With the average North American company suffering at least 10 hours of downtime per year, it’s imperative that all businesses have a proper solution in place to avoid it. But remember, just backing up your data isn’t enough. Companies need a proper, tested business continuity/disaster recovery plan if they want to keep their businesses fully protected. Remember, if you aren’t properly prepared, you may be setting yourself up for disaster.
Considering the cost of downtime average is $163,674 per hour, according to research from the Aberdeen group, it simply isn’t responsible or feasible to go without a proper business continuity plan. Ask yourself; what would it mean to your organization to loss valuable time, data and credibility after a data emergency? What is the real cost of downtime to your business?
For everything business leaders need to know about building a flexible disaster recovery plan, attend our complimentary webinar on October 3rd. We’ll cover what types of disasters you need to prepare for and how to get your business back up and operational, fast!