Yorkshire risks pouring £4.4 million profit down the drain

Another widespread Ransomware crisis such as WannaCry would cost the region millions, as staggering survey results show that Yorkshire is unprepared for a widespread ransomware attack.

The recent attack on the NHS was devastating to all involved, but it is only one of thousands of viruses that can hold and destroy business information at will.

virtualDCS - disaster recoveryThe outbreak brought a significant amount of attention to the threat of cyber-criminals but businesses still need to be aware of other risks to their data, such as natural events and IT incidents as recently witnessed at British Airways.

In both of these cases, a comprehensive Business Continuity plan could have had the organisations productive again within minutes.

Coincidentally these events happened around the time that virtualDCS decided to repeat its investigation into Yorkshire Disaster Recovery preparedness. Participants were asked to complete a survey and number of questions based around their existing strategies.

Currently, in Yorkshire, there are 200 medium sized businesses actively working and contributing to an impressive regional turnover of £27bn. From emails to invoices and images, these businesses need their data to function successfully, however, virtualDCS discovered that around 144 of these businesses are currently at risk due to a lack of Disaster Recovery preparedness.

Out of all the participants surveyed, only 41% of businesses were confident that they had a Disaster Recovery plan in place. What’s even more concerning is that nearly half of those surveyed had already lost or potentially lost important information over the last two years and have chosen to leave themselves unprotected.

virtualDCS - disaster recoveryCurrently, almost three-quarters of businesses within the region are happy to lose over 24 hours’ worth of business data at any time which, given a widespread disaster, would cost the region at least £4.4 million profit.

If participants were struck by flooding, a virus or hardware failure they may be unable to operate – putting both the business and employees at risk.

This frightening statistic doesn’t only apply to SMEs within the region, as 28% of those surveyed had a business turnover of over £10 million, with 44% having 51+ employees.

Despite these concerning statistics, there has been a positive change within the region overall, with the number of businesses that continually protect their data has increasing by 8%.

Businesses were also generally more confident in their overall continuity plans than the previous year, with a 2% increase in businesses with an active recovery plan in place.

The results also uncovered that:

  • If an IT incident was to occur, 28% of companies don’t know if they’d be able to restore their information.
  • Only 29% of businesses continuously protected their data.
  • 13% of businesses knew they wouldn’t be able to recover all of their data after an incident. Last year this figure was 15%.

We’ve created an infographic to break down the results and compared them to last year’s findings.

VIEW FULL INFOGRAPHIC HERE

For more information contact virtualDCS on 03453 888 327 or email enquiries@virtualDCS.co.uk

It’s a walk in the park with virtualDCS

On the 16th and 17th May, the virtualDCS team is returning to the Royal Armouries in Leeds. Delegates can take a walk in the park and have a picnic with the team on stands 131 and 120.

virtualDCS will be offering free business continuity advice to delegates, showing visitors that Disaster Recovery doesn’t have to be complicated with help from the virtualDCS and technology such as Veeam, VMware and Nimbox.

Disaster RecoveryWith special guests Nimbox, the team will once again be conducting an anonymous survey on the ‘state of Disaster Recovery in the Yorkshire region’ as a follow up from last year’s activities.

“We had a brilliant response to the research we conducted last year and we actually uncovered some very surprising and worrying statistics. From these results, we decided that it would be useful to conduct the same research again, so we could compare and contrast how Disaster Recovery trends have changed over the last year.” said Nicola Smith, Marketing Manager at virtualDCS.

Some of the statistics included:

  • 13% of respondents had never backed up any business data.
  • 35% of companies didn’t have a Disaster Recovery plan in place.
  • 43% of businesses risk losing over 24 hours’ worth of data at any time.

The full results from last year’s survey can be viewed here.

What is Buy Yorkshire?

Buy Yorkshire is the Biggest Business Conference and Exhibition in the UK, outside of London; bringing together thousands of executives and stakeholders from the business community to meet, network, share experience, learn, build relationships and ultimately trade. With a full programme of seminars, panels and workshops, Buy Yorkshire welcomes all sectors and is entirely free for delegates to attend.

 About virtualDCS

virtualDCS has pioneered the development of the cloud computing industry since its conception. Specialising in highly secure Disaster Recovery, Software as a Service and Infrastructure as a Service solutions, virtualDCS’ approach is to work in partnership with clients, ensuring that their infrastructure is ready to exceed the service levels demanded by their business.

For further information call +44 (0) 3453 888 327 or email enquiries@virtualdcs.co.uk

Great Yorkshire networking events

Yorkshire networkingThis week has been excellent for Yorkshire networking, the first event was the Yorkshire Mafia Conference at the Royal Armouries.

The attendance at this event was awesome well in excess of 1400 people attended, we meet lots of interesting people on our stand and found it a great opportunity to talk to people about the benefits of the Cloud Computing services we offer. The organisation and the event were outstanding. Well done Geoff, Danny and all the Yorkshire Mafia team.

The second event was a Techmesh event held on Thursday night at DLA Piper in Leeds, again this event exceeded expectations with around 80 people in attendance, this number only restricted by the capacity of the venue. It was great to be invited to present practical Cloud Computing, which we did through a live demonstration, showing our cloud platform in action, and applications being served from it. Teaming up with Taran Shahal from Cloud2 and Mark Lainchbury from Blue Kit software, we were able to give a real insight into how the cloud actually works. Well done to Helen and Marion and the Techmesh team.

I think these groups are definitely worth a look.

Grow your Business through Practical Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing is revolutionising the business world. But what do you really need to know and how does it actually work?

techmesh LogovirtualDCS will be presenting at techmesh, demonstrating how to grow your business through practical cloud computing. However, it won’t be the usual ‘What is Cloud Computing?’ in this presentation we will demonstrate how cloud based infrastructure services actually work. We will show a live demonstration of our cloud platform, and explain how our clients are getting ahead of the competition using cloud based services. This will include:

  • Why the virtualDCS cloud platform is SAFE.
  • Running your Small Business Server from the cloud?
  • Helping software vendors launch their “Software as a Service” offerings.
  • On-premise to cloud infrastructure – making the journey a smooth one.
  • The reality of operating and managing cloud based virtual servers.

Some of our customers will also present at the event, sharing their experiences and the business drivers behind their decision to embrace the cloud.

This event will be held on 17th March 2011 from 17:30 to 20:00 at DLA Piper in Leeds.

Non-Stop Storage using HP Lefthand

virtualDCS will be presenting at the Virtual Machine User Group – VMUG. This group represents an association of persons who share a vested interest in the successful deployment of virtual infrastructures and their associated technologies.

virtual machine user groupAt this event we discuss why we selected HP Lefthand storage to provide a scalable storage platform and how the technology helps them to provide disaster recovery solutions powered by the cloud.

This event will be held from 12 noon until 5pm on Tuesday 16th November at the Park Plaza Hotel, City Square, Leeds, LS1 5NS