Microsoft has just published a free disaster preparedness e-guide, specifically tailored to SMBs.
Natural disasters shut down no less than 40% of businesses on the sport, with an additional 25% closing in the following two years, according to data from the U.S. Department of Labor, revealed Cynthia Bates, the Vice President of Microsoft's US SMB Organization.
SMBs can do a number of things in order to ensure that they'll have a fighting chance against a disaster.
"By developing a disaster preparedness plan and implementing technologies that support business continuity, SMBs can give themselves solid footing and a strong defense in the wake of disaster," says Microsoft. Adding, the software company said "Doing so requires effort and investment, but when faced with the reality that your business might not make it through a disaster, is it really something you can afford to delay or neglect altogether."
Microsoft offers a range of technologies that can easily help SMBs recover after a disaster, including Windows Azure, Office 365, Windows Intune, virtualization products, etc.
"You probably didn't hesitate to develop a business plan when starting your company to ensure for the growth of your business. Similarly, preparing your business for possible disaster demands not just an awareness of the potential threats and measures for protection, but an actual plan that dictates how your business will respond to disaster," said Microsoft.
You can download the Disaster Preparedness eGuide here.
Here is the read-only copy of the eGuide: