Disaster recovery – it’s something that every business should plan for, but unfortunately very few actually do so… For businesses across Cumbria, the risk of disaster is all too real!
Last December, many homes, and businesses in Carlisle were destroyed because of flooding and while the flooding eventually subsides, the long-term damage doesn’t wash away so easily.
UK rainfall records were broken as bridges collapsed, traffic stood still, homes were evacuated and businesses closed. Unfortunately, two people also tragically lost their lives.
From a business point of view, it’s not necessarily the actual flood itself that can cause firms to close their doors and never see them reopen – it’s the first year after the incident, where the long-term damage and lost assets (both physical and electronic) mean that the business can never truly get back on its feet.
Too severe a risk to ignore
60% of companies that lose their data will shut down within six months of a disaster. That’s too worrying a statistic to ignore when you live in a flood-prone area.
Tourism in the region has also been dramatically affected by flooding, and the industry has seen a ‘collapse’ in bookings according to Cumbria Tourism. Flooding is a risk that affects everyone in the area, so what precautions can be taken to protect your business from future flooding?
How can I protect my business from flooding?
Our team of experts specialise in disaster recovery thanks to the cloud computing and data storage solutions that we can provide. This means that if your business is physically damaged by flood, fire, or even just general day-to-day threats like virus attacks, misplacing data or staff mistakes, you’ll have the peace of mind that your data is backed up safely and securely at our data centre.
And we don’t just use any data centre… David Allen IT Solutions’ data centre boasts 24-hour monitoring and superfast internet connections through multiple fast-fibre circuits. Our power supplies are backed up by batteries (which are also backed up by generators), and our data centre also has blast-proof walls, with the highest grade servers and storage facilities.
We were Cumbria’s first business to be listed as a Microsoft Gold Partner and we’re very proud of what we have to offer for local businesses.
If you’re concerned about how a flood or disaster could affect your business, get in touch to learn more about backing up and protecting your data.