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The Confident SMB

Survey Reveals Tips for Boosting Disaster Preparedness

Created: 13 May 2012
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Can Virtualization, Cloud and Mobility Adoption Boost Disaster Preparedness for SMBs?

Our latest Symantec 2012 SMB Disaster Preparedness Survey found that more and more small and medium size businesses (SMBs) are planning and implementing virtualization, cloud computing and mobility, a strategic IT trend typically seen with larger enterprise businesses. We see companies that can find a way to effectively incorporate these technologies enjoy a competitive advantage in a fast-paced, global marketplace. But we’re also seeing that these new strategic technology investments (virtualization, cloud and mobility) can also align to a disaster preparedness strategy, especially when considered and analyzed in the planning process.

So my question to you is – do you feel confident with your organization’s disaster preparedness plan?  If not, regardless of whether you have a plan this year to implement a virtualization, cloud or mobility initiatives there are a few best practice for disaster preparedness that can help you keep your information safe:

Start planning now. The best thing to do is to get started immediately on your disaster preparedness plan, if you haven’t already. Only 45 percent  of SMBs in our survey have a plan or are creating a plan, which means many of you are not prepared to recover business critical data in the event of a disaster.  In addition, the adoption of virtualization, cloud and mobility can complement your disaster recovery planning process. More than one-third of SMBs are employing server virtualization and the use of mobile devices to access business information and at least 40 percent are implementing cloud computing.

Implement strategic technologies. Cloud computing and virtualization, for example, work hand-in-hand with a comprehensive backup and recovery plan to improve disaster preparedness, with the ability to have off-site storage and physical machines quickly available in a virtual environment if a disaster were to occur. Our survey shows that the businesses that are implementing these popular technologies have seen a positive effect to their disaster preparedness – 71 percent of those that have adopted server virtualization report improved disaster preparedness, as well as 41 percent using public cloud and 43 percent using private cloud.

Protect your information completely. It’s more important than ever to back up your business information. Combine backup solutions with a robust security offering to protect your business from all forms of data loss.  In the survey, 34 percent of businesses reported that disaster preparedness played a part in their decision to virtualize servers, and 36 and 37 percent said the same for mobility and private clouds, respectively.

Review and test your disaster preparedness. At least once per quarter you should reevaluate your disaster preparedness strategy and test its effectiveness. Can you recover what you need in the timeframe you require?  There’s no telling what the future holds, and it’s important to be ready for any event that can result in information loss.

Hopefully IT disaster preparedness is on your radar today, because one serious incident can destroy everything you’ve worked so hard to build. Be smart about protecting your information, and take advantage of technologies such as virtualization, cloud computing and mobility to not only boost productivity, but to also improve your ability to keep your data safe and available.