Several major natural disasters have wreaked havoc on the small business sector in the United States throughout the past several years. In New York, Hurricane Sandy and Winter Storm Nemo acted as a one-two punch that seriously disrupted operations due to power outages, lost data and inaccessible systems, especially among those companies that are still using relatively antiquated technology.


Studies indicate that the average small business is only one major data loss event from closing its doors forever and a majority of unprepared entrepreneurs cite financial and expertise shortfalls as the main reasons behind their lack of recovery strategies. However, online IT services are affordable and easy to use, leading to more resilience to disaster-related disruptions and fewer financial risks of outages.

The single worst mistake
As many companies have learned the hard way in the past few years, a reactionary approach to disaster recovery and data backup will simply never work, as the whole point of these deployments is to become better prepared ahead of a major threat. As such, the most important matter to remember is the proactive implementation of these policies and the relevant technologies.

Online IT services can improve the speed with which disaster recovery and backup strategies are working like well-oiled machines, as a vendor will handle the configuration and back end system requirements necessary to keep the process moving in the right direction. Furthermore, companies will not have to wait as long to build up budget for expensive equipments purchases that were once required for these purposes.

Rather, online backup and recovery solutions will work on a more flexible payment scheme, as the scalability of these technologies is far greater than those of traditional IT frameworks. In short, modernization is the name of the game in disaster recovery, and online services provide the vehicle to overhaul the antiquated frameworks in place.

The online advantage
When a disaster strikes a physical workplace and knocks out power, data storage environments, servers, networks and other systems will be at risk. On the other hand, online services will inherently protect against these types of disruptions because they are hosted by and delivered from an external environment, protecting it against the threats that face a main operating facility.

At the end of the day, using a local online IT service vendor from the Capitol Region can be even more advantageous for disaster recovery and backup needs.

Peter Farley, Vice President

Tech II Business Services, Inc.