How to Keep Your Biotech Business Going After a Disaster

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 5/30/13 11:17 AM

No matter how safe, secure, and well-equipped  your office and laboratory is, unexpected events can still cause costly setbacks. Major storms, utility work, or problems at your facility can cause your  operations to come to a halt..  And as you can imagine these kinds of events can cause damaging impact to meeting milestones and deadlines. Disasters come in many forms, but some of the most common and consequential ways that they affect startup biotech companies is in the area of information technology. From short brown outs in your buildings power, a small fire that causes damage or sets off sprinkler systems, water main breaks can leak water into your office and labs or extended power events and complete building disasters can cause real problems. Even problems with your IT equipment can cause these issues even if you have proper support on them. I have seen instances when the hardware vendor cannot get you a replacement part on time causing hours or even days of downtime. When power is lost or internet connections fail, the IT systems that your experiments and business communications rely on can become completely ineffective. Every biotech startup business needs to have a plan in place for when the unexpected happens. Being prepared for any possible contingency is the most reliable way to ensure that you are meeting all of the goals that you have established in your business plan. Developing a backup and disaster recovery (BDR) along with a Recovery Time Objective (RTO) plan with your expert IT service provider can help you keep your company running at near or full capacity, no matter what is going on around you.

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Topics: Cloud IT Solutions, Backup and Disaster Recovery, Small Business IT Support, IT Support, Biotechnology Startup, Biotech, IT partners

How to Protect Your Data with Reliable BDR Storage Alternatives

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 11/14/12 8:00 AM

Do you have a back-up system that you can count on?  How recently did you verify that you can actually recover data from it?  How quickly could you get your system up and running again after a failure?  Since your business depends on having a functioning system and access to data, planning for emergencies is critical. Even more important, in some ways, is how quickly you can get your business up and running again after a disaster since down time can rack up significant costs. Many SMB owners are not aware of the latest developments in Back-up and Disaster Recovery (BDR) solutions that can literally save their business if something goes wrong.  Informing yourself about the latest BDR alternatives can help you ensure the future health of your business.

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Topics: Cloud IT Solutions, BDR

The Dangers of Cloud IT Solutions

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 9/28/12 4:38 PM

This article is meant to give the small business owner a clearer understanding of what a cloud IT solution means for their business. First, let’s remind ourselves of why the "cloud" is the number one buzzword for small business today. 

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Topics: Cloud IT Solutions, Small Business IT Support