Research: Disaster Preparedness For SMBs

Feb 28, 2009


Disaster Preparedness For Small And Midsize Businesses

If all of your business data and IT resources were destroyed, how quickly could you get your business up and running again? How long would it take to restore mission-critical, and then full, IT functionality? If your data center were destroyed now, how current is the data in your most recent backup?

These and related questions lie at the heart of a critical, but often underfunded and under-resourced, concern for small and midsize businesses: What’s the best-case scenario for getting back to business after a worst-case disaster? This report examines the emergency preparedness of small and midsize businesses, and how soon they’d be able to recover. We’ll discuss how to improve the disaster recovery (DR) plans you already have in place. If you have no plan, we’ll help you get started.

Of course, putting a DR plan in place and testing it properly costs money, and that’s tough to come by nowadays. But given the disasters that have devastated various regions in the past few years, senior management at most organizations are now more cognizant of the need for business continuity and disaster recovery planning and preparedness. At the same time, the introduction of new technologies and the maturation of others have made effective DR products accessible to a wider swath of organizations than ever before; these include server virtualization, metropolitan Ethernet services, continuous data protection (CDP), and inexpensive disk storage. (570209)

Survey Name: InformationWeek Analytics Business Continuity Planning Survey
Survey Date: January 2008
Region: North America
Number of Respondents: 560; 380 at companies with fewer than 1,000 employees

Research Report