Mid East companies need to minimise server downtime

Middle East companies need to pay more attention to the development of workable disaster recovery plans to minimise server downtime, which, according to marketing analysts, can cost companies 1% of annual revenues.

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By  Colin Edwards Published  August 9, 2006

Middle East companies need to pay more attention to the development of workable disaster recovery plans to minimise server downtime, which, according to marketing analysts, can cost companies 1% of annual revenues. According to Dr. Saeed Al Barwani, CEO of eHosting DataFort, the Dubai-based provider of managed hosting, technology and IT security services, businesses need to take increased measures to implement well-designed recovery programmes. “As the regional business markets develop, server downtime is going to become increasingly detrimental to companies of all sizes. Organisations need to find the optimum balance between overall data recovery costs and acceptable risks to develop a workable strategy that provides the basis of a business continuity and disaster recovery plan,” he added. Dean Polley, Commercial Director of eHosting DataFort said: “The Middle East is becoming an increasingly competitive market and businesses need to take every available measure to reduce costs and increase profits. The right combination of technology infrastructure, people and processes is the key to achieving business success today.” Polley will be a keynote speaker at the IDC IT Infrastructure roadshow, which gets underway this month. He will present on Data Centres – Trends & Technologies: Achieving Excellence in Service Management. Running from mid-August to mid-September, the roadshow, partly sponsored by eHosting, will be held in Jordan, Egypt, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. The event has been designed to inform and update senior IT professionals on the latest trends and deployment of infrastructure technologies. The conference will provide a 360-degree view of IT infrastructure, instead of simply focusing on isolated server or storage and hardware products.

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