Businesses prepare for disaster


Businesses prepare for disaster

James Rogers

The threat of war in the Gulf is causing UK companies to review their disaster recovery procedures.

Keith Tilley, managing director of Sungard Availability Services UK, said, "Most UK companies already understand the need for business continuity - what this has done has made people revisit their plans to find out whether they are adequate to cope with the type of situation that could arise."

But Tilley also underlined the day-to-day importance of disaster recovery, highlighting the fact that terrorism and war account for only 2% of the business interruptions that Sungard deals with.

"Hopefully the war will not happen, but if you rely on IT to keep your business running, you should constantly review your plans for any form of interruption," he said.

Sungard is investing £15m to upgrade its London Technology Centre in Hounslow to create what it described as the largest business continuity datacentre in Europe. Tilley said, "In our business, the more facilities you have, the better your ability to cope with events like September 11."

"The London Technology Centre is there primarily for technology recovery - it is a dedicated area where companies can mirror their data and equipment."

Last month a report from analyst firm Datamonitor revealed that terrorism was one of the key factors behind financial services firms' growing investment in disaster recovery.

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