Cbeyond Unveils Top Five Disaster Prevention Tips for Small and Mid-Sized Businesses
Written by Cbeyond   
Tuesday, 27 November 2012
SOC 3-Certified Cloud and Communications Services Provider Offers Data Protection Strategies to Enhance Business Continuity

ATLANTA, Nov. 27, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In the wake of superstorm
Sandy, and with the potential for disruptive winter storms in the
coming months, Cbeyond Inc. (Nasdaq:CBEY), the technology ally to small
and mid-sized businesses, today released its top five disaster
prevention strategies IT teams can implement now to ensure business
continuity.

With the threat of natural disasters such as storms and floods as well
as man-made hazards such as fires, power outages and theft constantly
looming, businesses need to prepare for incidents that could
potentially inhibit their ability to operate. In the worst case
scenarios, these events can force businesses to close permanently. The
end of the year is the ideal time for small and mid-sized businesses to
evaluate and refine their current disaster recovery plans or, if such
plans do not already exist, build a first-time strategy.

To maintain continuous communications and secure work capacity in the
event of natural and man-made threats, Cbeyond recommends the following
five best practices:


-- Plan now: Consider what technological and logistical steps are needed to
ensure your mission-critical data and applications will be protected and
establish a plan to communicate with your team and important
stakeholders. Testing and reviewing your plans quarterly will identify
gaps to fix.
-- Back-up your data off-site: Ensure your business has a secure backup
solution in place to allow data to be stored off-site. In the event of a
disaster affecting the home office, critical business information can
still be recovered.
-- Consider deploying applications in the cloud: Many businesses still
maintain their most important infrastructure (such as servers for
business-critical applications) at their own premises. In many cases, it
is possible to run applications in the "cloud" instead. Cloud
facilities, typically located in hardened infrastructure and remote
locations, are more disaster-resistant than typical office locations.
-- Evaluate redundant network connectivity options: In the event of a
disaster, network connectivity from the office may become unavailable.
Today, it is possible to have a wireless back-up system to increase the
chances of maintaining connectivity.
-- Reroute communications as necessary: While the advancements in smart
phone and tablet technology have made workers more "disaster-ready,"
businesses should still verify that all employees have access to e-mail
via mobile and web sources, and that desk phones can be forwarded to
personal cell or home numbers to ensure contact with customers and
partners.




"Many small business owners believe they don't have the time or
resources to build a disaster plan, and unfortunately often don't see
the value of such planning until it is too late," said Brent Cobb,
chief customer officer at Cbeyond. "Taking a few fundamental, low-cost
steps to close potential operational gaps can help businesses protect
their most critical data, guarantee remote access and ensure minimal
disruption should a damaging event occur."

Cbeyond further assists its customers' disaster prevention plans
through its TotalCloud(TM) Data Center service, which enables secure,
affordable and private offsite information storage. TotalCloud Data
Center provides users with their own "slice of the cloud" that has been
Service Organization Control 3 (SOC 3)-certified to ensure maximum
protection. Cbeyond additionally helps customers securely transition
critical data and applications off-site through its TotalCloud(TM)
Migration Service, which helps businesses resume operations quickly and
without disruption after their data is migrated to the cloud.

To learn more about Cbeyond's disaster recovery and business continuity
offerings, and its entire suite of cloud and network communication
services, visit http://cbeyond.com/. To view a social media version of
this press release, please click here.

About Cbeyond

Cbeyond, Inc. (Nasdaq:CBEY) is the technology ally for small and
mid-sized business. Our private, proactively-managed IP network
connects customers to voice, data and enterprise applications hosted in
our award-winning cloud data centers. Since 1999, Cbeyond has served
the unmet needs of businesses through technology and service
innovation. We were the first company to build an all-IP network
specifically for small businesses and among the few to offer
consultative sales and service professionals onsite. Today, our
expanded portfolio helps customers reduce the burden of outlaying
capital and manpower to manage infrastructure. Creating an exceptional
customer experience is in our DNA. It's why more than a third of our
approximately 60,000 customers come from referrals. For more
information on Cbeyond, visit www.cbeyond.com and follow Cbeyond on
Twitter: www.twitter.com/Cbeyondinc.