September 18, 2008

Back-Up Plan Safeguards Our Success

A SOFTWARE firm has agreed an emergency plan to ensure its business will not be disrupted by a flood or fire.

Imass is paying ZebraHosts to maintain 26 fully-operational IT and internet-equipped work stations that would become immediately available in the event of their Gosforth offices succumbing to unforeseen problems.

It means the company's key personnel would be able to work from an office in the same building as ZebraHosts, in Westgate Road, Newcastle.

Imass, a company that now has more than 120 staff, has all its data backed up in servers at ZebraHosts and there is a dedicated fibre optic cable to ensure full high-bandwidth connectivity between the two sites.

The ZebraHosts site itself has numerous failsafe security measures in place including its own generator in case of national grid power failure and extensive firewall provision.

Imass managing director David Hudspith said: "With the wonders of the internet, a lot of our people can work from home, our technology allows that to happen.

"But with this increase in fully operational 'hot desks' we can have a larger core team reaping the benefits of working from an office as well. We have everything planned.

"It is business continuity practice, with ZebraHosts providing us with co-location of our servers and full connectivity to those servers so that, if necessary, we could run on an emergency basis at the newly expanded office from the beginning of July this year."

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