Business disruption service launched by SunGard Availability Services

SunGard Availability Services has launched a service that it says can increase the number of staff that can continue working in the wake of business disruption.

Named Recover Anywhere, it said that it can help extend full desktop recovery to as high a percentage of the workforce as an organisation might require in the event of a business disruption.

According to the company, in contrast to traditional Virtual Private Network (VPN) access, which often only enables those employees with work laptops to access their corporate network, Recover Anywhere empowers any authorised employee to participate fully in everyday work following a disruption as long as they have access to a PC with an internet connection, and a telephone.

An employee is provided with a URL and password to gain access to the recovered company network, hosted securely from within SunGard's recovery estate.

Keith Tilley, managing director UK and executive vice president Europe for SunGard Availability Services, said: “In tough times, the need for organisations to remain productive and contactable, no matter what, is more crucial than ever. In our own experience, we have found that organisations have traditionally looked to recover between 20 and 40 per cent of their employees in the event of a major business disruption.

“With Recover Anywhere, the number of staff recovered can be quickly and cost-effectively extended to other roles with the potential to help an organisation double the productive workforce. This will have a significant impact in terms of maintaining normal levels of productivity following an interruption.”

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