How well prepared are you for a business interruption?
We have almost 20 years’ experience of delivering managed IT solutions and services, including business continuity and disaster recovery strategies, and we often find there is one factor that clients overlook, and that is if your people can’t work, neither can your organisation.
If your business suffered a disruption – be it a flood, a fire, a malicious attack or an accident – have you thought about where your staff would physically work from, and how would they access systems and data?
Workspace recovery services come in all shapes, sizes – and prices – so we have put together some tips on choosing the right service for your needs.
Consider the physical environment and its security. Our workspace centre is located at a £4m enterprise-class data centre, with Tier 3 ISO27001- certified status, audited by the FCA, NHS, Ministry of Justice and other bodies. Secure 24/7 access, and remote working access give our clients reassurance that their business is safe in our environment. Extra features such as kitchen and meeting areas, local amenities and free on-site parking benefit a workforce that may already be feeling uncertain about the future.
High speed, high bandwidth connections are vital if you are to keep your business up and running in an emergency situation. Our facilities are the largest and best equipped in the North East, with features that include a backbone of 10gbps peer to peer connectivity. A constant test and review cycle operated by our onsite network team is your guarantee of a secure, managed environment.
Look at the wider picture. As well as workstations with VoIP telephony, printers, copiers and even faxes, we built in extra space and facilities that could be used as and when clients needed them, and not just in emergencies. So our space includes 20,000sq ft of project, build and repair areas all equipped with high speed secure connectivity and support facilities.
How fast can your supplier get you up and running? Make sure your SLA includes a commitment, you should be able to expect to have business critical data and systems operational in around two hours.
The last thing you need following a business interruption is extra, unexpected costs so look for deals that give you the flexibility you need, but at a predictable cost. If a deal seems too cheap to be true, then it probably is.
You don’t need to wait for a disaster to get maximum value from workspace recovery contracts. Some of our clients use our facilities as an extension of their existing office space, running off-site training courses, workshops and events, or housing temporary project teams who need to communicate with colleagues as if they were on the same site.
In essence, you are looking for the reassurance of an always ready’ base from which to house your workforce should your premises be unusable, and one which gives your people access to all the systems, data and communication tools they can expect from their usual desk.
The right workspace recovery centre should give you everything you need to make sure staff can work effectively. And that gives you the confidence that you can get on with running your business, under any circumstances.