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Whether you are the victim of a hurricane or a busted water pipe in the office suite above your server room, having a plan for protecting your business assets, and for recovery from the disaster, is critical to your business.

This month, we will highlight products and services that don't just put you back in business after a disaster, but keep you IN business! From Cloud based network infrastructure and Cloud based software, to full service recovery solutions that include power, office space, computer and communication systems, you will learn what to consider as you put together your firm's disaster recovery plan.

Cloud Based Infrastructure

Often referred to as IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) this is the centralization of your servers. Your servers live in a data center. Your software programs are installed on those servers, and your users have a cloud based "desktop" where they can access the software applications that have been published for their use. The user experience is the same as if they were working locally. It's the access to servers and published applications that is Cloud based.

This type of infrastructure saves law firms from large capital investments in servers, simplifies the physical maintenance of the hardware, and provides firms with a reliable, redundant back up system. Often, the financial and administrative conveniences of IaaS are the focus, but the role this type of infrastructure can play in disaster preparedness and recovery is significant.

With IaaS, your staff needs only an intranet connection to continue accessing all of the software you use to run your business. So, when a tree takes out the power at the office, or a fire starts in your building, you can keep your staff safe – at home, or any location with an internet connection, and they can access their Cloud desktop, and conduct business as usual from just about anywhere.

Affinity is proud to partner with ProCirrus Technologies to offer clients a reliable, affordable, and trusted solution to their IaaS needs. To learn more about IaaS, and ProCirrus, join us for a FREE WEBINAR on Wednesday, July 16 at 12:00 noon Eastern.

Cloud Based Software

Cloud based software is often referred to as Software as a Service (Saas). The software and your data are hosted by the vendor, and users log in to a website with a unique user id and password to access their data. In the Legal space, we see Cloud Based Practice Management, Time, Billing & Accounting, and even Document Management programs coming to the market with significantly powerful features. The beauty of SaaS is that you can access your data from anywhere – all you need is an internet connection. In the case of a disaster, your users don't need to be at the office to get their work done. Knowing that your data is safe and backed up, and that the disaster will not impact your ability to provide service to your clients, is invaluable.

ActionStep is a cloud based Practice Management program that includes fully integrated Time, Billing & Accounting – if you can't get to the office to do bills, it doesn't matter. ActionStep's cloud based structure enables you to run your bills and post payments from your kitchen table, the coffee shop, anywhere you have an intranet connection. Join our valued partner on Wednesday, July 23 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern for a complete demonstration of ActionStep.

Full Service Recovery Services

Being able to get your staff back to work, serving clients, is critical. While IaaS can do that, the physical damage to your space and the interruption of your power an communication services must be dealt with promptly. You have options. A full service recovery partner can provide you with office space, desks, chairs, power generators, phone and internet connectivity, and even computers, printers, servers and fax machines. When disaster strikes a town, these necessities become very hard to locate and configure, as market cannot support the demand. By working with a Recovery company, you are not waiting in line for generators and office space; you're plan is already established and the delivery of your services is started immediately upon your Recovery partner receiving notice of the disaster. Law Firms not only have a duty to preserve their client's data, they have a duty to serve their clients, and cannot be out of business for weeks and months at a time after a disaster.

Affinity is proud to partner with Agility Recovery to provide our clients with the peace of mind that they will be prepared for, and recover quickly from, a disaster. Join us on Wednesday, July 30 at 12:00 noon Eastern for a FREE WEBINAR and learn what your recovery plan should include, and how Agility can help you stay in business.

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