The Evolution of Business Continuity

The pressure is on for business continuity and disaster recovery departments to provide more value-added service for their respective employers. In the day and age of decreased economic means, doing more with what you have is more important than ever, and new advances in the IT field have made this a little easier, according to www.mbtmag.com.

Onsite Hosting

The normal way of hosting backup data has been through offsite hosting companies, as the cost of owning your own servers was very cost intensive, in both monetary terms and required maintenance. That was then. In the new age of business continuity, the alternative of onsite hosting of secure networks is now more feasible thanks to reduced server costs and increased server utilization, as well as advances in Voice-over-Internet-Protocol, or VoIP, allowing for increased communication capabilities.

Avoiding Congestion

Also, with the utilization of an enterprise messaging system, network congestion can be avoided through the usage of an enterprise-class gateway dedicated to your company’s e-mail communications, allowing you to bypass any congestion caused by outside sources, such as consumers.

Social Media

Social Media has also come to be a major player in communicating during a crisis. No longer just a marketing tool, social media is an integral part of a company’s planned media response. And even though it is not a good one-to-one communication method, it has been shown to be invaluable in the area of public safety, especially in the events following the earthquake/tsunami in Japan and after the Haiti earthquake.

Mobile Devices

Smartphones and tablets are also being utilized on an increasing basis for communication between a business and its employees. Such devices allow for quicker, real-time communications and are invaluable in a crisis. Improved controllability allows access to the network to be monitored and refused, especially if a device is lost or stolen.

Moving Forward

When deciding whether to use an onsite or offsite hosting solution, always look at the long-term effects and the overall costs before making a final decision. Look for a solution that can serve your company both in an emergency situation and during everyday operations, as this will ultimately be the best option.

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