Six months after it acquired disaster recovery and off-site storage provider Perpetua Systems, and six months after the September 11 attacks on the US, Alphawest 6 has heralded the official opening of its Business Continuity Centre.
The innocuous brown, double-brick building in the leafy suburb of Lane Cove on Sydney's North Shore doesn't look like much, but according to John Perkins, Alphawest 6 general manager NSW, it represents 10 years of profitable business continuity services.
Business continuity management, which incorporates disaster recovery, is effectively a company's plan of action to ensure its customer services and business processes continue to operate should a disaster occur. According to Alphawest 6, it is best handled by a trusted third party such as itself.
Business continuity has received considerable interest in the wake of September 11 and impending regulatory changes by the Australian Investment and Securities Commission (ASIC), and Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), according to Simon Franklin, senior risk partner for Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. These changes are in line with "corporate governance" developments in the US and Europe, which in essence hold senior management accountable if a serious potential risk to a company is ignored or remains unidentified.
Alphawest 6 has invested $4 million in the centre, which includes a second refurbished site in a building across the road. The BCC offers customers the full gamut of business continuity services including Web site hosting, off-site storage, dedicated or shared disaster recovery infrastructure, regular DR testing, space for up to 200 relocated workers, and security.