BC/DR for Small, Medium and Large Businesses — Part 1

Rentsys' business continuity services in graphic form
We're always saying every business needs business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) plans — and they do — but how do plans differ for small, medium and large companies? In this three-part series, we'll break it down for you in terms of Rentsys' business continuity services. Small businesses are up first.

Generally speaking, smaller companies have fewer employees, meaning their BC/DR manager probably has several other job functions and can't focus solely on BC/DR. Because employees at smaller companies tend to take on multiple roles, it's more difficult for a single employee to give the company's BC/DR planning the focus it needs.

Small businesses also tend to have tighter budgets, so they're typically selective about outsourcing services. When working with a third-party BC/DR vendor, it's best for small companies to budget for the most crucial services. Here are the services we recommend for small businesses, along with a few reasons why they're important.

Quickship


When a disaster strikes or a business interruption occurs, one of the most crucial aspects of recovery is technology. Without servers, PCs, phones and printers, your business can't function, which has a detrimental effect on your revenue. In fact, researchers estimate that small businesses lose $3,000 each day they're closed after a disaster strikes.

You may choose to maintain an in-house inventory of backup technology, but keeping up with maintenance, depreciation and replacement can be logistically and financially challenging. Rentsys' Quickship recovery enables you to recover your business quickly while helping you save on the overall expense of purchasing and maintaining backup equipment. With this solution, you can have backup technology preloaded with your operating systems and applications delivered to you within 24 hours of a business interruption. Depending on the scenario, you can choose to use all your contracted recovery equipment or just a few items.

Business Recovery Center


If you experience a disaster that knocks out both your technology and your physical location, you need to be able to relocate your business operations as soon as possible. You may have backup technology accounted for, but it's equally important to consider your recovery location. As a small business, a work-from-home strategy can be feasible, but bear in mind that this solution presents several logistical challenges.

To accommodate a smooth recovery, we recommend that small businesses contract a fully operational recovery facility. We have Business Recovery Centers (BRCs) located in the Northeast, South Central, Midwest and Northwest regions of the country that can meet Tier 1 to Tier 3 recovery time objectives. Each of our BRCs provide data and voice communications technology and office resources preloaded with your data so your business can continue its daily operations.

Professional Planning Services


As we mentioned earlier, it's difficult for one employee to focus all their attention on BC/DR efforts when they have several separate responsibilities. Business continuity consultants can help you analyze every aspect of your BC/DR plan to make sure there are no kinks. 

If you're in an industry with strict regulatory requirements, such as the financial or healthcare industries, a professional planner will keep up with the ever-changing federal regulations to help keep your business compliant. You can rest assured that you're doing what's best for your company because you'll have a consultant who's an expert in continuity planning.

Be sure to check back with us next month to find out what services medium-sized businesses should use.

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