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Elias AbuGhazaleh | 29 Mar 2013 | 0 comments

This Sunday is World Backup Day. However every day should be a World Backup Day. Today’s businesses rely on their data to differentiate themselves from their competition and drive their success, from proprietary business plans to confidential customer data to classified employee information. Simply put, organizations of all sizes must protect their information from anything life might throw at them, including theft, Internet attacks, hard drive crashes, natural disasters, to even employees losing laptops – there are literally thousands of examples of potential information mishaps. And if you can’t replace the missing information, you put your business at risk, including the possibility of having to shutter your doors.

What to Look for in a Backup Solution

Backup can be simple, but to ensure it’s effective in today’s increasingly complex IT environment, businesses should consider the following:

  • Take advantage...
Monica Girolami | 13 May 2012 | 0 comments

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...

Monica Girolami | 15 Dec 2011 | 0 comments

While 2010 was largely called the year of the disaster, 2011 actually saw an increase in the number of disasters. The Huffington Post reports that in 2011, thus far, the U.S. has had a record 10 weather catastrophes costing more than a billion dollars. SMBs that have not had to implement their disaster recovery, much less those that don’t have one in place at all, may see their businesses  tested by Mother Nature in 2012 like never before.

Yet 2011 research showed that organizations do not understand the importance of disaster preparedness. Half of SMBs do not have a disaster recovery plan in place, and 41 percent said that it never occurred to them to put together a plan while 40 percent stated that disaster preparedness is not a priority for them.

While larger enterprises have plans in place, disaster recovery is often an area that is shortcut...

Monica Girolami | 23 May 2011 | 0 comments

Have you given much thought to how your small business would handle a disaster? Not just the natural ones (flood, earthquake, hurricane), but human error too. Something as simple as an employee in accounts receivable accidentally deleting a file that contains the personal information of your customers can spell disaster for a small business.

The fact is many small businesses don’t have IT staff or resources dedicated to disaster preparedness, which leads to inconsistent and incomplete backup of vital business data. Symantec’s 2011 SMB Disaster Preparedness Survey found that SMBs are not making disaster preparedness a priority until they experience a disaster or data loss. The cost of not being prepared is too high to ignore. The median cost of downtime for an SMB at $12,500 per day, not to mention it causes your customers to leave.

With National Small Business Week drawing to a close, let’s revisit...