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New cloud-based service offers an easy, reliable way to create offsite backups

Have you seen the latest numbers about small businesses and their disaster recovery plans? They’re pretty scary. In its 2011 SMB Disaster Preparedness Global Survey, Symantec found that half of small and mid-sized companies are not prepared for disaster. Of those 50 percent with no disaster-recovery plan, only 36 percent intend to implement a plan.

The risks are tremendous—a single disaster could put a small business out of business. In fact, an outage can cost as much as $12,500 a day, according to Symantec’s research. Even if the company gets back online, customers won’t necessarily return if they perceive the company to be unreliable.

Smaller companies are at as much risk as large companies—tornadoes and hurricanes do not discriminate, and viruses are just as likely to infect a small network. Disaster recovery is not just for large-scale networks. A disaster recovery solution can be fairly easy for a small business to implement, especially when it’s integrated with a storage and back-up system like the Cisco NSS300 Series Smart Storage.

The latest version of Cisco Smart Storage has an integrated cloud-based backup service, powered by Mozy, that makes the NSS300 both a backup and a disaster-recovery solution. With this network-attached storage (NAS) device, you can easily create a centralized local storage system as well as an offsite backup for disaster recovery. (Every small company should have a backup plan. If you don’t, you can learn more about how to craft a comprehensive backup plan in this post.)

Mozy is an optional online service that Cisco is offering in partnership with EMC for Cisco NSS300 Series Smart Storage. With Mozy, you can set up automatic online backups of your critical business data. You can use this backup to restore any data that becomes compromised through an attack or damaged in a natural disaster. Your data is kept secure with Mozy’s military-grade encryption technologies, ready to be restored where and when you need it. All data is stored in one of EMC’s global data centers and is protected by state-of-the-art security technologies. Adding Mozy online backup to the Cisco NSS300 means you now have two layers of data protection for your most critical information.

An offsite backup system is just one part of disaster recovery. You also need a plan for using that backup to get your company back online, and every employee needs to know his or her part in that plan. Find out more about how to draft and communicate a small business disaster recovery plan.

Does your small business have a disaster recovery solution in place?

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  1. This is a really good point. Recently we had major floods here in Australia and the company I worked for assured us repeatedly about our (non-Cisco) emergency backup system.

    The EBS failed.

    Make sure you have backup, and test the backup to make sure it works!

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  2. Alex raises a very good point. It’s not enough to just implement a backup/recovery system. It needs to be constantly monitored and tested. One of my now clients based in Sydney had been backing up every night or so he thought. His computer crashed and he discovered the backup software hadn’t been working for 6 months. Luckily he was able to recover the data off the crashed hard drive or he would have lost thousands of dollars in payments. Now that his is a customer we monitor his backup every day and backup offsite.

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