Whitepaper: Building a Disaster-Ready Infrastructure

Prevent downtime, protect data and ensure continuous business operations

When Hurricane Ike slammed into the Gulf Coast in September 2008, it put business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) programs to the ultimate test. Beyond the devastating impact of the storm itself, power outages extended across three states and lasted for several days, forcing many businesses to rely on backup systems for business-critical data and network connectivity—and shutting others down entirely.

But it’s not just hurricanes, fire or other disasters that can bring a business to its knees. Everyday problems such as bad software, misconfigured networks, hardware failures or power outages are much more common. In fact, power failures accounted for nearly half of the declared disasters reported in a recent survey conducted by Forrester Research and Disaster Recovery Journal.1 The key is to ensure that this type of unforeseeable minor event does not escalate into a disaster that results in business disruption and lost revenue.

Only companies with a disaster-ready infrastructure and solid business continuity plan can come through such events with minimal downtime and cost.

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