Friday's, April 21, 2017, PG&E outage in San Francisco could happen in any location, at any time plus their online outage map had an outage, too.  The daylong outage disrupted hospitals, public transit, businesses and people like you and me — over 90,000 PG&E customers were affected. This reminds us how important it is to have a disaster recovery plan in place before the disaster happens.  We at COLOpeople can assist you with developing and procuring your DR solution.  Disasters can occur in many forms and we need to be prepared so that our customers and employees are not left out to dry.

1. Downtime costs money resulting in loss of revenue.
20% of businesses experience a failure (fire, flood, power outage, natural disaster, etc.) in any given year, and 80% of those businesses will go under in just over a year. With IT downtime costs estimated at $26.5 Billion in lost revenue, your company cannot afford to not have a disaster recovery plan in place.

2. Compliance and regulations require it.
65% of companies need to produce DR reports for things such as compliance. Disaster Recovery helps safeguarding data required by HIPAA regulations regarding record keeping & BIA (business impact analysis).

3. You built a brand customers respect and you need to protect it.
In an always-on business world, your customers expect to have access 24/7. Downtime means a lack of availability to your customers and a loss of business in the immediate and possibly long term. 72% of web users report abandoning a company website for a competitor’s due to frustrations with the site. Only 35% of small and medium sized enterprises have a DR plan.

4. Mother Nature does not play favorites.
Natural disasters have cost the global economy $2.5 Trillion since 2000. Virtually every area of the United States is subject to some sort of disaster whether flood, fire, hurricanes or tornados.

5. Machines break and we are all human.
You can buy the best equipment but that does not safe guard you from malfunctions, lemons or breaks. 99% of IT professionals have experienced a hardware failure. Humans make mistakes. 80% of unplanned outages are due to ill-planned changes made by administrators and 60% of availability and performance errors are the result of misconfiguration.

Where to START?
Whether you need a data center or cloud DR strategy, COLOpeople works with you to develop, implement and procure a secondary site for a seamless recovery to ensuring that your data is protected. No two plans are the same; let’s start discussing yours.

SF Gate; The Bureau of Labor; CA Technology; Gartner; The United Nations; 1&1 Internet, Inc; Disaster Recovery Preparedness Benchmark Survey; Business Computing World; IT Process Institute; Enterprise Management Association