Many SMBs in Boulder, Colo., were well prepared for last month's floods.

SMBs benefit from disaster recovery solutions

Stephen Perkins

Last month's historic flooding of Boulder, Colo., served as a reminder of the destruction and disruption natural disasters can deliver to businesses. For a city that was recently ranked first in the country for its high-tech startup density by the Kauffman Foundation, many of Boulder's tech SMBs know a thing or two about disaster recovery with regard to data.

Unlike the problems that plagued East Coast businesses after Superstorm Sandy last year, many of Boulder's SMBs rely on cloud and online backup providers that operate data centers far from disaster areas.

With many of Boulder's businesses consisting of Internet-based startups, they are unusually prepared to handle these types of scenarios and understand the importance of backing up information at offsite locations. Still, many SMBs in potential hazard areas remain unprepared for looming natural disasters.

Nearly a year after Superstorm Sandy, PC​Magazine cited a recent survey conducted by Wakefield Research that found two-thirds of small businesses have not established a disaster plan; another two-thirds have not backed up all of their data. Although 75 percent of respondents did backup some data electronically, 63 percent used local backup methods such as external hard drives that are not immune to disasters.

While natural disasters will always pose as a lingering threat, SMBs can sufficiently prepare and protect their data using online backup solutions to weather out natural disasters. 

Categories: Disaster Recovery