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ContinuitySA introduces SME-targeted recovery as a service

When disaster strikes, is your business ready to cope? To date, only bigger South African companies have enjoyed access to structured disaster recovery solutions that keep the wheels of commerce turning in the event of the unexpected. But disasters don't discriminate. That's why ContinuitySA is proud to introduce recovery as a service (RaaS), which puts work area recovery facilities within the reach of small to medium enterprises (SMEs).

Cindy Bodenstein, Marketing Manager, ContinuitySA, says disasters come in many forms. "We tend to think of fires and tidal waves, but load-shedding, strikes or even an incident preventing access can be just as disruptive. And when something happens that keeps you out of the office, you need somewhere fully equipped that allows work to continue without interruption."

ContinuitySA has a long history of providing disaster recovery and business continuity services for corporate clients across South Africa and many other African countries. Putting that experience to work for the SME, its RaaS is an affordable solution for work area recovery (WAR).

Clients subscribe to RaaS with a monthly debit order (which can be annualised and paid upfront). This provides access to a ContinuitySA facility, which literally includes desks and chairs in an office - the work area - as a basic start point. Packages of between five and 50 seats are available, with equipment and services including printing, high-speed Internet access, a 24/7 service desk and meeting rooms.

The premises are in a secure environment with 24-hour security and monitoring, with diesel generators and UPS units providing backup power for all services. Even the water supply is assured, with backup supply systems catering for municipal service failures.

New clients are provided with a Business Continuity Planning Awareness seminar and a one-hour site tour and client induction engagement.

Bodenstein says while the solution is packaged with the SME in mind, it rests on the same disciplines, processes and approaches that ContinuitySA applies in every one of its corporate engagements. "A reliable plan and failover facilities are part and parcel of good governance, regardless of your line of business. RaaS delivers affordable peace of mind. It's flexible and easy to put in place - think of it as essential insurance which keeps you working, no matter what."

At launch, ContinuitySA offers RaaS from facilities situated in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape. A launch offer is available until September 2020.

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ContinuitySA, part of the Dimension Data Group is Africa's leading provider of business continuity management (BCM) and resilience services and has been helping the continent's public and private organisations become more resilient for more than 30 years. Delivered by highly skilled experts, its fully managed services include ICT and cyber resilience, enterprise risk management, work area recovery and BCM advisory - all designed to enhance business resilience in an age of escalating threat. By helping clients understand their risk profile, and then develop an appropriate risk-mitigation strategy, including the ability to recover swiftly from a disaster, ContinuitySA provides peace of mind for all stakeholders.

ContinuitySA operates the continent's biggest network of recovery centres, with more than 20 000m2 of space in Gauteng (Midrand and Randburg), the Western Cape (Tyger Valley), in Kwa-Zulu Natal (Westville) as well in Botswana, Mozambique, Kenya and Mauritius.

ContinuitySA is a Gold Partner of the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) and was inducted into the prestigious BCI Hall of Fame in 2016. It is also a Gold Partner of Veeam, a leading global provider of software enabling Disaster Recovery as a Service and Backup as a Service.

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