ATLANTA, Nov. 27, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In the wake of superstorm Sandy, and with the potential for disruptive winter storms in the coming months, Cbeyond Inc. (Nasdaq:CBEY), the technology ally to small and mid-sized businesses, today released its top five disaster prevention strategies IT teams can implement now to ensure business continuity.
With the threat of natural disasters such as storms and floods as well as man-made hazards such as fires, power outages and theft constantly looming, businesses need to prepare for incidents that could potentially inhibit their ability to operate. In the worst case scenarios, these events can force businesses to close permanently. The end of the year is the ideal time for small and mid-sized businesses to evaluate and refine their current disaster recovery plans or, if such plans do not already exist, build a first-time strategy.
To maintain continuous communications and secure work capacity in the event of natural and man-made threats, Cbeyond recommends the following five best practices:
- Plan now: Consider what technological and logistical steps are needed to ensure your mission-critical data and applications will be protected and establish a plan to communicate with your team and important stakeholders. Testing and reviewing your plans quarterly will identify gaps to fix.
- Back-up your data off-site: Ensure your business has a secure backup solution in place to allow data to be stored off-site. In the event of a disaster affecting the home office, critical business information can still be recovered.
- Consider deploying applications in the cloud: Many businesses still maintain their most important infrastructure (such as servers for business-critical applications) at their own premises. In many cases, it is possible to run applications in the "cloud" instead. Cloud facilities, typically located in hardened infrastructure and remote locations, are more disaster-resistant than typical office locations.
- Evaluate redundant network connectivity options: In the event of a disaster, network connectivity from the office may become unavailable. Today, it is possible to have a wireless back-up system to increase the chances of maintaining connectivity.
- Reroute communications as necessary: While the advancements in smart phone and tablet technology have made workers more "disaster-ready," businesses should still verify that all employees have access to e-mail via mobile and web sources, and that desk phones can be forwarded to personal cell or home numbers to ensure contact with customers and partners.
"Many small business owners believe they don't have the time or resources to build a disaster plan, and unfortunately often don't see the value of such planning until it is too late," said Brent Cobb, chief customer officer at Cbeyond. "Taking a few fundamental, low-cost steps to close potential operational gaps can help businesses protect their most critical data, guarantee remote access and ensure minimal disruption should a damaging event occur."
Cbeyond further assists its customers' disaster prevention plans through its TotalCloud™ Data Center service, which enables secure, affordable and private offsite information storage. TotalCloud Data Center provides users with their own "slice of the cloud" that has been Service Organization Control 3 (SOC 3)-certified to ensure maximum protection. Cbeyond additionally helps customers securely transition critical data and applications off-site through its TotalCloud™ Migration Service, which helps businesses resume operations quickly and without disruption after their data is migrated to the cloud.
To learn more about Cbeyond's disaster recovery and business continuity offerings, and its entire suite of cloud and network communication services, visit http://cbeyond.com/. To view a social media version of this press release, please click here.
Cbeyond, Inc. (Nasdaq:CBEY) is the technology ally for small and mid-sized business. Our private, proactively-managed IP network connects customers to voice, data and enterprise applications hosted in our award-winning cloud data centers. Since 1999, Cbeyond has served the unmet needs of businesses through technology and service innovation. We were the first company to build an all-IP network specifically for small businesses and among the few to offer consultative sales and service professionals onsite. Today, our expanded portfolio helps customers reduce the burden of outlaying capital and manpower to manage infrastructure. Creating an exceptional customer experience is in our DNA. It's why more than a third of our approximately 60,000 customers come from referrals. For more information on Cbeyond, visit www.cbeyond.com and follow Cbeyond on Twitter: www.twitter.com/Cbeyondinc.