Despite Fewer Dollars, SMBs Need to Prepare for Disasters, Too

Patrick Avery

IT Business Edge contributor Arthur Cole recently spoke with Tom Joyce, general manager of Stratus Technologies' Avance Software Group, about his company's speciality in business continuity, disaster recovery and availability solutions for small and medium-sized businesses. With fewer actual dollars to begin with, SMBs are especially challenged, he says.


"Historically, the more availability you wanted, the more it cost. And virtualization technology, while potentially very beneficial, is not inexpensive or easy to implement and manage. All this leaves SMBs with the challenge of doing the best they can with what they have, and settling for 'good enough' technology."


SMBs looking for free guidance on business continuity and disaster recovery should check out the Knowledge Network. The NIST Contingency Planning Guide for IT Systems is a thorough publication that provides instructions, recommendations and considerations for government IT contingency planning.


The Disaster Recovery Training Outline also gives users a list of what to cover in a training session.


And don't forget to check out the Knowledge Network discussion board where users are currently debating the Advantages of a Pandemic Plan, as compared to a disaster recovery or business continuity plan.

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