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What if you went to the office and it just wasn't there?

Developing a reliable Business Continuity Plan (BCP) can spell the difference between continued operation or permanent shut down of your organization should a disaster occur. Your company's BCP should answer the question "What if...?" and serve as a proactive guide to preventing, mitigating, and responding to a business disruption.

Disaster Recovery, Cloud Backup and Restore, and Cloud-Hosted Environments are all elements contributing to your ENS Business Continuity services. Tested and proven solutions assure continued communication with your customers, vendors, and internal staff. Your data AND your applications are accessible so you can continue to do what you do best: your business.

 

"Nearly 50% of businesses that suffer from a major disaster without an Information Technology Disaster Recovery Plan (IT DRP) in place never re-open for business."

Patel, Nikunj 2004, "Survey of Business Continuity Practices," Masters Thesis, Stevens Institute of Technology

 



10 BC/DR Questions You Need to Ask Yourself

Can you answer yes to the following questions? ENS BC asks the hard questions and provides solutions.

  1. Do you have agreed-upon SLAs for all systems that drive revenue, operations, and communications for your company?
  2. Have you tested your plans in the last 6 months to make sure they work?
  3. Do your business leaders know what is in the SLAs and what to expect in the event of a failure?
  4. Do you have spares for key hardware components?
  5. Do you have Recovery Time Objective (RTO) for your storage system?
  6. Do you have a Recovery Point Objective (RPO) for you storage system?
  7. Do you have a Recovery Granularity Objective (RGO) for your business?
  8. If you were gone, could the team function without you to recover from a BC event?
  9. Do you have backup off- site in case of a disaster?
  10. Have you tried a recovery to make sure it works?

 

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Business Continuity vs. Disaster Recovery

What is the difference between Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery? Do you really need a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) if you have a Disaster Recovery solution in place?

Disaster Recovery

is when the infrastructure is significantly impacted and no longer available, most often due to a major natural disaster or other “act of God”. The primary requirement is that the data is protected offsite. Your DRP involves the recovery of your irreplaceable data.

Business Continuity

is the ability to keep vital business operations running in the event of failure in the existing infrastructure. These failures can include power failures, application errors, network failures, human error, or any other issue where the majority of the infrastructure may or may not still be in place but operations are halted and need to resume. A BCP involves both proactive and reactive strategies. Business Continuity is the enhancement of your Disaster Recovery.

Most incidents, or series of events, are not full-blown natural disasters. According to Strategic Research Corp., the primary causes of BC incidents are:

  • 44% - Hardware Failure
  • 32% - Human Error
  • 14% - Software and Firmware Errors
  • 7% - Virus/Security Breach
  • 3% - Natural Disaster

A survey of small businesses (no more than 1,000 employees) in North America by VMware¹ showed that 33% had experienced a “significant outage” in a two-year period because of “a disaster or emergency such as a power outage, server crash, storage failure, cooling failure, fire, flood, earthquake, hurricane, or tornado.”

Another study by Forrester and the Disaster Recovery Journal² cites that within the five years prior to 2010, more than 52% of survey respondents who had crisis communication plans had been forced to invoke their business continuity plans. Severe weather, power failures, and IT failures topped the list of causes.

¹ “The Benefits of Virtualization for Small and Medium Businesses”, VMware, 2009
² Disaster Recovery Journal, January 2010

 

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Do you have a plan to keep your business running in the event of a business disruption or disaster?

 

Developing a reliable Business Continuity Plan (BCP) can spell the difference between continued operation or permanent shut down of your organization should a disaster occur. Your company's BCP should answer the question "What if...?" and serve as a proactive guide to preventing, mitigating, and responding to a business disruption.

Your ENS BCP begins with a Business Impact Analysis to identify time-sensitive or critical business functions and processes and theresources that support them. Based on your unique business needs, we work with you to develop your customized BCP recovery priorities and strategies.

Disaster Recovery, Cloud Backup and Restore, and Cloud-Hosted Environments are all elements contributing to your ENS Business Continuity services. Tested and proven solutions assure continued communication with your customers, vendors, and internal staff. Your data AND your applications are accessible so you can continue to do what you do best: your business.

 

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ENS BC Goes Beyond Disaster Recovery

Your customized BCP goes beyond the recovery of your data and working access to it. Considering your unique business needs, the bigger question is: How do you seamlessly continue your business after a disruption?

Business Continuity embraces and enhances your Disaster Recovery Plan. Business Continuity digs deeper and addresses broader issues of your technology survival including:

  • A working location or office base
  • Communication with employees, vendors, and customers
  • Print and FAX solutions
  • Technology security
  • Legal constraints, compliance, electronic signatures
  • Thick client applications
  • Virtual desktops and end-user computing

ENS BC asks the hard questions and provides solutions.

 

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