IBM Shares Tips for Disaster Preparation

Six tips focus on key factors including data backup, people, communications

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ARMONK, N.Y., - 26 Aug 2011: Today IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced six tips that individuals and businesses can use to help prepare their IT environments for natural disasters and a wide range of other threats.  

According to some estimates, 2011 has become the year of billion-dollar disasters. This is apparent by the series of hurricanes and tornados in the United States' Midwest and Southeast, combined with this week's earthquakes on the East Coast, Colorado and Peru and the strong start to the hurricane season. With all of this activity, it's a safe assumption that natural disasters should be a top risk concern.

In preparation, many people in high risk areas are rushing to buy emergency supplies like flashlights, water and wood to board up their houses, but its important to also consider the preparedness of businesses and government agencies. Given these impending natural disaster and other top causes of disasters like power outages and network failure that disrupt the flow of information, businesses and individuals should also be assessing their business and disaster recovery plans before it's too late. In today's on demand environment, it's important to rapidly adapt and respond to risks, as well as opportunities, to maintain continuous access to data for personal and business reasons.

Following are IBM's tips for disaster preparedness:

With more than 40 years of experience keeping businesses up and running, IBM uses its software, hardware and services expertise to help clients and individuals across the globe to protect their data. IBM helps them to manage risks, protect valuable business assets, comply with standards and regulations, and continue business operations.

"People and businesses are relying on technology now more than ever, which creates an urgent need to protect critical data and keep IT systems up and running when a natural disaster or other unexpected outage occurs," said Rick Ruiz, general manager of IBM's Business Continuity and Resiliency Services. "In these situations, it's clear that those who have moved from the old model of 'experience and react' to a new one of 'anticipate and adjust' will fare much better."

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