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A successful disaster recovery plan allows a city to quickly continue to serve its residents when disaster strikes. Using the traditional back-up of data to tape or digital devices, several days or even weeks could pass before the city could replace and rebuild its computer network. Then the task of restoring data and software from backup devices to onsite servers must occur. A quicker and more reliable method is the back-up of data to a secure off-site data center. In the event of a disaster, employees can connect to the offsite data center from any personal computer with Internet access. This provides quick access to the city's software and data while the onsite computer environment is being rebuilt.

Town of Kiawah Island experience

The Town of Kiawah Island has made a commitment to be ready if a disaster strikes. In a coastal community, Kiawah Island officials must be ready for hurricane season, along with any other types of natural disasters or man-made disasters such as a catastrophic fire. The Town of Kiawah Island chose VC3's cloud-based disaster recovery solution to give employees remote access to their systems from any location with an Internet connection. This solution allows the town to begin serving its residents within 24 to 48 hours of a disaster.