What Would Happen to Your Business in a Disaster?

What Would Happen to Your Business in a Disaster?

(ARA)- Imagine losing your computer or PDA and not having any of the information backed up. How long would it take you to reconstruct that information? What would you do in the meantime? Losing your personal information is devastating enough, but now imagine that you are a businessperson whose company has been hit by a natural or man-made disaster, destroying all your records and the ability to process transactions. Your business would grind to a halt, perhaps never to recover.
Smart business executives know that protecting their company's data and the ability to process that data is vital to business success. Unfortunately, it is all too easy to adopt the mentality that "it will never happen to my company"--until it does.
"The bottom line is how long can you afford to be out of business?" asks Mark Hansen, chief technical officer of MarquisNet, a global provider of disaster recovery services. "For most companies, the answer is 'not very long.'" When a company is out of business, both customers and employees are adversely affected. Hansen cites the example of companies shut down by Hurricane Katrina. "Many of those businesses will never open their doors again," he says. "That means someone has lost a business and a lot of people will be looking for new jobs to support their families."
Having an emergency plan in place gives businesses a competitive edge by ensuring that the company's work is not disrupted during a disaster, and that it always has immediate access to important data. "We can serve as a fully customizable Disaster Recovery Hot Site (DRHS)," explains Hansen. "In the event of a disaster, we provide alternate workspace, telecommunications capabilities and IT resources needed to reconnect employees to critical business information."
Located in Las Vegas, away from natural disasters often experienced on the U.S. coast line, the facility is five minutes from the airport, providing easy access to clients, yet not in the airport's flight path. It is equipped with N+1 redundancy, meaning every system in the facility has a backup, including air conditioning and power sources.
"Although we pride ourselves on our state-of-the-art facility, it is our knowledge base that truly sets us apart from other disaster recovery firms," says company founder and CEO Derek LaFavor. "With more than 20 years of data center experience, we're able to anticipate our clients' needs."
While natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina or technical failures like the recent power outage in Los Angeles are the type of incidents that come to mind when discussing disaster recovery, Hansen knows that it doesn't take an act of nature to shut down a business.
"We recently helped a client whose office lease was terminated early. While that may not sound too bad, the company had just one week's notice from its landlord. They needed a place immediately for computers and staff," says Hansen. "We were able to set-up the business temporarily in our facility while they found a new location. Continuity is key in business, and we provide the infrastructure that makes that a reality for our clients."
For more information, visit www.marquisnet.com or call (702) 897-1076.

Courtesy of ARA Content