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8 Surprising Disaster Recovery Stats

Surveys showing the importance of new technology to SMB disaster recovery planning, the poor state of U.S. companies' disaster recovery and business continuity planning, and remote office disaster recovery needs mean nothing but opportunities for solution providers.

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Small Firms Still Lag Larger Businesses In Business Continuity Readiness

Regus, a London-based provider of flexible workspace for businesses worldwide, found in a late 2011 survey of 12,000 businesses that the larger the company, the more ready it is to handle a disaster.

Only 51 percent of small businesses have an IT business continuity plan in place, ensuring IT systems are up and running within 24 hours, compared to 74 percent of large businesses, Regus found. About 60 percent of large businesses have a workspace business continuity plan in place, compared to only 43 percent of small companies.

CRN Channel Takeaway: Business continuity, which takes care of the other details after a disaster once the IT infrastructure comes back up, represents a nearly untapped potential business for solution providers.

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