Up to 360,000 U.K. firms – including many small and medium size enterprises – have no disaster recovery plans in place according to recent research. Now IT leaders from Siemens’ SME specialist Solution 1 are urging them to look at new technical solutions and establish backups before it’s too late.

The TDM Group who commissioned the research claimed that 21 percent of firms have no plans in place, and of the 79 percent that did, the provisions varied greatly. Mick Hegarty, ICT General Manager for BT Business, recently told readers of Web site startups.co.uk not to underestimate the importance of their data and explained that 70 percent of businesses that experience a major data loss go out of business within two years.

The statistics particularly relate to the SME sector, where resources are limited and IT is often overlooked. But despite these worrying facts, help is on the way for U.K. SMEs in the shape of new backup services launched by Solution 1.

A backup appliance is installed on site and then all company information is saved to it. Solution 1 then copies all the data on the appliance to its data center where it is saved on tape. After this initial process adds and changes to the information on the appliance are backed-up via a secure high-speed connection overnight.It offers smaller companies an affective way to ensure data is backed up, duplicated and stored off site so they can recover 100 percent of their stored information, within 24 hours, whatever the crisis.

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