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Let’s Define a Disaster.

By July 8, 2015 No Comments

celito is a leading provider in IT and telecommunication solutions in the Triangle. We consider it one of our priorities to make sure our clients are prepared for anything. The goal of this next series is to help inspire a desire for mindful preparation in business owners and IT decision-makers.


Most of us hear the word ‘disaster’ and think about massive things like war, earthquakes, and forest fires. Obviously all of those things qualify. However, I’d like to discuss a disaster as it relates to the infrastructure of a business. Jon William Toigo in his book “Disaster Recovery Planning: Preparing For The Unthinkable” defines the term disaster as it relates to IT with the following:

“The term disaster, as used in this book, means the unplanned interruption of normal business processes resulting from the interruption of the IT infrastructure components used to support them. This definition includes information systems and networks and their hardware and software components—as well as data itself.” (1)


The main causes of these disastrous interruptions are things like:

  1. Destruction of system, network or storage hardware/software from fire or floods.
  2. Software usage unavailable as a by-product of power, phone, or Internet outages.
  3. Hardware failure from old or defective equipment.
  4. Accidental or intentional erasure/destruction of a device where information is stored.


Data loss, caused by one of the events above, is considered the scariest and most difficult aspect of a business to recover from or fix. Recovering or replacing lost files can cost a business a staggering amount of revenue. (2)  Pricewaterhouse Coopers research indicates that 70% of businesses reporting this kind of loss go out of business within a year of the event. (3) How do we proactively prepare against the ‘unthinkable’ wiping out your business or, at the very least, costing it an uncomfortable amount of money off the bottom line?

It starts with great planning. On the next post, we will cover how to analyze your IT infrastructure in order to give you peace of mind and a solid plan for making necessary changes to mitigate the risk of a disaster.


We’re right there with you! We want to consult with you now to start making preparations before a disaster occurs. Call us at 919.852.1238 or email us at to set up a consultation with an engineer.