Advanced Legal to offer legal firms super-fast disaster recovery service

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10 September 2014

Hargrove: A reliable disaster recovery time is vital

Advanced Legal (Advanced), a leading supplier of IT solutions to the Legal market, today announces an official partnership agreement with specialist IT disaster recovery provider, Plan B. The partnership will enable Advanced to offer legal firms disaster recovery of their IT servers in less than one hour, the fastest recovery time available from any cloud service provider world-wide.

Advanced’s partnership with Plan B is designed to help solicitors to effectively manage risk in accordance with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulations, which require firms to operate in accordance with proper governance and sound financial and risk management principles. Plan B enables firms to identify and manage risks to business continuity caused by any IT failures or damage to offices ensuring the firm can continue to run efficiently in the event of a disaster.

The disaster recovery provider specialises in protecting IT servers and enables businesses to fully recover all servers in approximately 15 to 45 minutes, meaning employees can be up and running quickly, in the event of an emergency. It is the only disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) provider that can offer a pre-recovery service, where IT systems are fully recovered and tested in advance which is the only way to guarantee 100% success of a full recovery.

The pre-recovery process is also automated, reducing the risk of error and making the service much more cost effective and easy to use.

Advanced will offer the solution both to its on-premise and cloud based customers. The partnership will be a benefit for customers that need strong business continuity plans but may not be able to afford more expensive disaster recovery options.

Doug Hargrove, managing director, Advanced Legal says: “The partnership with Plan B will enhance Advanced’s portfolio and support our ‘single supplier’ ethos allowing us to deliver a fast, automated and affordable disaster recovery service to our customers.

“With more and more documents and data being stored digitally it is vital that firms ensure their data is secure and retrievable. A completely reliable disaster recovery time is vital, not just to ensure firms can minimise the number of hours lost in the face of a disaster, but so that their clients can have complete confidence their data and documents are safe and secure.”

Tim Dunger, CEO, Plan B, says: “The cost of IT downtime can make or break a business with downtime for the average business costing as much as £1.5 million per annum. This is one of the reasons we are seeing such a demand for our unique pre-recovery service.

“Working with Advanced will give us a great opportunity to align with a trusted brand and raise awareness of the importance of the pre-recovery option, which ultimately gives legal firms peace of mind.”

The average midsized company has 16-20 hours of network, system or application downtime per year*. Customers looking to justify the cost of business continuity will have access to the Plan B calculator to calculate how much downtime will cost them per outage or per annum.


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