With hurricane season now in full swing, the nation's 23 million small and mid-sized businesses are once again reminded that their ability to quickly restore data, applications and servers following a natural disaster can mean the difference between survival and closure. Indeed, the stakes are high: Aberdeen Group estimates that downtime costs a mid-sized company an average of $74,000 an hour1. Given this, one thing is certain: Your business continuity plan and disaster recovery solution had better be up to par.
While tape or disk backups have been the traditional business continuity methods for small and mid-sized businesses, the cloud has recently emerged as a less-expensive and less-complex fallback. Still, cloud backup alone often makes recovery times longer — a counterintuitive consequence of the limited Internet bandwidth available to most small and mid-sized businesses. In reality, most large restores from cloud backup involve shipping physical media, thereby defeating a key reason for moving from off-site tape to cloud in the first place.
Conversely, a hybrid cloud solution like Quorum's solves this dilemma. Quorum's one-click backup, recovery and continuity solution, for example, has ready-to-run, updated virtual clones of all protected servers. Automatic and on-demand testing provides the extra reassurance that a company's data, applications and systems are safe in the event of any disaster. And recovery time is as fast as booting a virtual clone on a Quorum appliance or through the cloud. As a result, businesses are up and running after a disaster in minutes, not days.
Wayne Bailey, network administrator at Alabama-based Reno Refractories, has found peace of mind by becoming a Quorum customer, and knowing backup and recovery is one click away. "We know that in any situation, we can recover our data, applications and servers by simply pressing a button. It certainly takes the pressure off."
"Hurricanes, tornadoes and other natural disasters will always pose a very real threat, so taking proactive steps to protect your data and systems is critical to the welfare of any company," said Larry Lang, CEO, Quorum. "With the Quorum Hybrid Cloud Disaster Recovery Solution® in place, business owners can rest assured that their revenue, customers and reputation are safeguarded. As we all know, it's not about backup, but how quickly your business is back up."
To learn more about Quorum in action, please read our recent case study,"Reno Refractories Finds Peace of Mind in Quorum's One-Click Backup, Recovery and Continuity." Visit quorumlabs.com for additional information on the Quorum Hybrid Cloud Disaster Recovery Solution.
Quorum® (quorumlabs.com) provides assured, one-click backup, recovery and continuity, helping businesses safeguard their revenue, customers and reputation. The award-winning Quorum series of appliance and hybrid cloud solutions makes continuity a reality for small to mid-sized companies, letting them recover from any type of disaster within minutes. Most importantly, Quorum is simple and cost-effective. If your company avoids just 30 minutes of downtime, the Quorum Solution pays for itself. The company is headquartered in Fremont, Calif.
1"Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service: It Delivers," by Dick Csaplar, Aberdeen Group, 1 April 2012
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