Community Members Offer To Lend A Helping Hand to SMBS In Need

TORONTO – May 14th, 2012 — / —, the community for backup professionals, announced that community members are ready to provide backup and recovery services for any small/medium business (SMBs) who may have been affected by natural disasters. In the past few months, there have been tornadoes in Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa and flooding in the UK. All of these events have impacted residences and businesses and have raised the importance of disaster recovery.

“Many businesses will never recover from disasters, natural or otherwise, and the main reason for this is because business owners just didn’t have a plan to recover their business,” said Samantha Morris, Community Manager, “The professionals of the community know this all too well and are usually called in after a disaster strikes – but unfortunately, they can’t always ‘save the day’. As a representative for the community, I definitely encourage business owners that don’t have disaster preparedness plans in place to tap into the expertise of our backup professionals.”

According to the Institute of Business and Home Safety, one in four of SMBs that are forced to close due to a disaster never re-opens [1]. A DTI/PWC study revealed that 7 out of 10 small firms with a major data loss close their doors within a year [2].

“Situations such as these recent natural disasters highlight the need for businesses to have disaster recovery plans in place for business continuity,” said Steve Ferman, President, eTegritySystems International Inc. “A solid backup and recovery plan is crucial for getting your company back up and running after a disaster. Too many businesses realize only when it’s too late that their current backup and recovery processes are not adequate to restore operations.  It’s not about the backup but the recovery.”

1. IBHS, Disasters Highlight Need For Business Continuity Planning, 2010
2. DTI/PriceWaterhouse Coopers, 2004

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Samantha Morris
Community Manager
(416) 736-8111 ext. 1452

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Ventana PR
(818) 332-6166

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