“Quick, everyone grab your laptops the building is on fire” Obviously an alarming statement at 9:30am on a Tuesday morning. Luckily for me it was not a real fire just the regular testing of the Cloud Business DR plan.. With Laptops in hand we decamped to the nearest coffee shop with free WIFI and before you could say “mines a skinny latte and a large chocolate brownie” I was back online receiving emails, signed into LYNC with access to everything I needed to remain productive (albeit slightly distracted by the number of crumbs accumulating on the keyboard).
There is a serious reality to DR planning, SMB’s often neglect the “what if’s” of a disaster within their business. Not all disasters are huge world events and are more common than you would like to think (or imagine). Any loss of productivity can break a small business so the time to recover from a disaster should be a high priority for any business. There is a great article on how Office 365 can help you plan for and minimise the effects of a disaster however big or small http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/business/community/hints-and-tips/disaster-recovery-how-to-protect-your-business