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Fareham, Hampshire, United Kingdom, 2007/09/05 - The issue of Business Continuity is now becoming mainstream in the UK for businesses of all sizes with terrorism and natural disaster taking second place to IT reliance/downtime and compliance as the main areas of concern.
Business continuity is increasingly acknowledged as a vital part of business planning, investment and often recruitment. The British Standards Institute now has BS25999 in place to establish a code of practice for the business community and those specialist companies and individuals involved in Business Continuity; many suggest this is long overdue but in recent surveys covered in the National press it has been welcomed as a template for planning and implementation.
“Business Continuity isn’t a ‘nice to have’ or ‘only big companies need it’ item on the UK business agenda. Simply put; a business’ survival can hinge on how quickly it can get up and running again should it be the victim of natural or terrorist disaster,” said Peter Coates-Buglear, CEO of NewNet plc, a leading provider of Internet connectivity, data storage and disaster recovery in the UK. “Fast recovery or maintaining connectivity is crucial to any business with high performance Internet dependency. More businesses recognize that safeguarding customer relationships and competitive advantage are key influencers in making Business Continuity decisions.”
Business continuity is now a priority for business leaders with the recent devastating floods and terrorism no longer being isolated occurrences that ‘always happen to someone else’ and the ever present threat of increased regulation, legislation, fire, data corruption and viruses. Complacency could result in your business being stopped in its tracks unless you provision for the unexpected and protect, amongst others; your business’ reputation, marketing communications, administration, sales and customer satisfaction.
Peter Coates-Buglear continued, “Tape back-up or another server in your building just isn’t enough; business continuity requires data replication and a seamless fail over or switch that is undetected by users.
The Internet is the corporate umbilical to the outside world – no organisation, public or private, in today’s world should be unprepared. Unfortunately, disasters are unpredictable but being prepared for the unexpected can be the difference between being in business or a potential business failure.”
NewNet plc (newnet.co.uk) are hosting a ‘boutique’ conference at Honda F1’s headquarters in Brackley on October 2nd 2007 with keynote speakers including Ray Stanton, Global head of business continuity for BT. This will be an influential event for those business leaders wishing to be aware of best practice in Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity.