Disaster preparedness and recovery performances tend to be less-than-desirable in the small and medium-sized business sector. Studies from a host of researchers have revealed that a majority of SMBs do not yet have an adequate disaster recovery plan in place, with one from Symantec indicating that 57 percent of the smallest companies are lacking in this area.

As the size of the business increases, though, the preparations become more vast and comprehensive, while backup solutions and virtualization are also more common among larger enterprises. This is likely the result of higher budgets and broader, more experienced IT departments that are present among corporations but not in the average SMB.

In need of change
A harrowing report released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency several years ago might have started to raise awareness regarding the severity of poor planning and preparation.

Here are some of the highlights from the FEMA study:

  • 70 percent of small firms that experience a major data loss event will close their doors within one year
  • Three-quarters of SMBs that do not have continuity plans in place fail to survive more than three years after the event
  • A combined 94 percent of smaller firms either never reopened or closed within 2 years of the data loss.

For obvious reasons, new solutions and strategies are needed to strengthen the resilience of the small business sector.

ZDNet reported that a growing rate of SMBs are using private and public cloud computing solutions for a variety of purposes, but the top catalysts remain as data protection and disaster recovery.

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Just because the small business owner does not have the same level of budget or resources that an enterprise decision-maker would enjoy does not mean that SMBs are doomed to experience disruptions when a disaster strikes. In fact, cloud computing technology and virtualization solutions have surfaced as exceptional options for these purposes in small business because of the low price tag and ease-of-use.

By using a local managed service provider that specializes in cloud and virtualization technology, small business owners can quickly improve their resilience to system disruptions and data loss without having to break the bank or strain in-house staff members. Furthermore, MSPs will reduce the rate of error within the highly complex configuration and maintenance processes.

Peter Farley, Vice-President
Tech II Business Services, Inc.