Our Community Coming Together

In the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 3, 2020, a powerful, deadly tornado ripped through Middle Tennessee causing a wide path of destruction. Among the hardest hit areas were Germantown and East Nashville, with numerous businesses damaged or completely destroyed. The devastation continued into west Tennessee with Mt. Juliet, Donelson, Wilson County, Putman County, and Smith County taking the brunt of the tornado.

According to the Nashville Fire Department, at least 45 structures collapsed around the city of Nashville. The tornados path, which varied in intensity, stretched roughly 50.25 miles from beginning to end, beginning in the area of the John C Tune area and ending 3.5 miles west of Gordonsville. According to the National Weather Service, the tornado has been categorized as an EF-3.

Putman County, photo credit: Larry McCormick, The Tennessean

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the 25 who lost their lives in the Nashville tornado, as well as the people who are still missing. It is amazing how so many people throughout different communities have already come together to help, show support, and assist in the clean-up efforts to get the state of Tennessee back on track. Together, the city of Nashville and surrounding areas will get through this and come out stronger than before. We will rebuild and make it through this tragedy.

Photo credit: Eric England
Photo credit: The Nashville Business Journal

While the headquarters of RJ Young were not damaged in the Nashville tornado, it is without power. However, we are here for our RJ Young family and for our customers.

“We are here for more than ourselves – we are here to take care of the community. We will look for opportunities to serve our community, including clean-up efforts, to help get Nashville back on its feet.”

AJ Baggot, COO RJ Young
Photo credit: News Channell 5 Nashville

Nashville Tornado: How to Help, Volunteer, and Where to Get Help

As many Middle Tennessee communities were affected and are dealing with the devastation, there are countless ways to help and give back to those in need.

Here are some resources if you wish to donate or volunteer your time, or are looking for help:

Information for those impacted by the storm (road closures, shelters, and more) can be found at nashville.gov.

Germantown, TN, photo credit: Bailey Magee

RJ Young Can Help Your Business by Providing Business Backup & Disaster Recovery Services:

This week’s tornado was an eye-opening experience for Middle Tennessee and the many businesses affected by the storm. Many put off implementing a backup and disaster recovery plan for their business until it’s too late. The time, resources, and funds it takes to get up and running will then add to their hardships.

RJ Young offers disaster recovery services to businesses of all sizes across the state of Tennessee and throughout our entire footprint. Should your business need assistance, we can help get your critical functions back in order so your business can resume normal operations as quickly as possible. We are here to help accommodate your needs.

While Nashville and Middle Tennessee recover, RJ Young will be here to assist in any way possible. Please email us at info@rjyoung.com or call 800-347-1955. Together we can help weather this storm. We believe in Nashville!

#NashvilleStrong

Cookville, TN, Photo credit: Shelley Mays, The Tennessean
Photo credit: Shelley Mays, The Tennessean

While high importance is placed on business threats such as phishing scams and security breaches, one of the most significant threats to companies is often overlooked. Natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornados, and flooding cause significant damage that most businesses are unable to recover from. Though natural disasters of significant size may be infrequent, when they hit, they can cause irreparable damage to unprepared businesses. FEMA recently reported that 40 percent of small businesses hit by natural disasters fail to recover from them. Some of these companies could have remained in business if their disaster recovery plans had included managed IT services. These management services for businesses include a pre-emptive set of strategies that help keep networks running and minimize recovery time.

Remote Data Centers

Natural disasters put buildings and their contents in jeopardy. Disasters such as the 2010 Nashville, Tennessee flood or the 2011 Huntsville, Alabama tornados, can devastate business facilities. Hurricanes and fires can devastate everything from equipment and documents to the very infrastructure of the building. An easy way to ensure documents in the building are safe is with remote data centers. These data centers are provided alongside managed IT services and allow documents to be remotely stored digitally. Not only do these services provide remote monitoring of data, they can digitally back up all documents from their remote data centers. If a company neglects to have digital copies of vital documents, they stand minimal chance of re-opening their business after a natural disaster. These remote data centers guarantee that documents are secure following such disasters.

Cloud Storage & Mobile Accessibility

Along with data being backed up remotely, another managed IT feature that helps protect data is cloud storage. When documents are digitized and placed in the cloud, they can be accessed anytime, anywhere, and from any mobile device. Though cloud storage may not have the capacity that the remote data centers possess, it is a great tool for storing files that are needed on a regular basis. Immediately following a disaster, managed IT’s cloud storage alleviates the stress of being unable to go into an office space to get documents and continue working. With managed IT’s mobile accessibility, employees can access their work remotely from their mobile devices, ensuring that the company does not fall behind due to uncontrollable circumstances.

Rapid Response Rate

When a company utilizes the services of a managed IT provider, they acquire an entire team of network experts. The disaster recovery services, offered by the provider, are put in place well before a disaster. When these systems are in place, the expert team is able to respond to any network threat rapidly — regardless of whether the company needs enterprise level managed IT services or small business managed network services. This minimizes network downtime and mitigates the chance of losing data. After a disaster occurs, the last thing a business needs to struggle with is fixing network problems. With managed IT services, businesses have a dedicated group of experts, whose sole task is to fix the network. This reduces network downtime and allows businesses to focus on repairing other problems such as infrastructure damage.

Learn More About Protecting Your Business

Discover how RJ Young’s Managed IT Services help prevent data loss and give you peace of mind during natural disasters. To discuss how RJ Young can create a disaster recovery strategy tailored to your business, fill out a contact form or give them a call at 800-347-1955.

We are halfway through 2018 and RJ Young is ready to help you meet all of your business resolutions that you may have forgotten about this year. Over the last few months, we have helped businesses identify ten ways to simplify their business, from outsourced IT services to having a one-stop shop for your office technology needs. Make 2018 the year you simplify your printing,  technology needs, and improve your back up and disaster recovery methods.

Is your business ready for a disaster?

Resolution: Backup and Disaster Recovery

RJ Young felt the unexpected impact of a massive fire in March of 1998. Consequently, we understand what it’s like to lose everything and have to start over from scratch. FEMA says that more than 40% of businesses that encounter a disaster never reopen, and of those that do, only 29% were open two years later.

We survived our fire, and because of that experience, we are the best partner your business could have in preparing for disasters. Click here to read more in-depth about our fire disaster and how we used back up and disaster recovery to save important documents.

What Recovery Services Does RJ Young Offer to Help My Business Prepare for a Disaster?

RJ Young is prepared to help you prepare for a backup and disaster recovery scenario.  You can trust us to help develop proactive backup solutions to increase your data protection and keep your business safe from the unfathomable.  Additionally, here are some of the ways RJ Young can help you secure your critical business documents:

  1. Scanning Services

Replacing paper files with PDFs and digital documents can lead to more than just clearing up the clutter in the office.  Furthermore, our customer support team will design a scanner plan and ensure that your equipment continues to run optimally.  Another way to utilize our scanners is to scan all of your documents into your Document Management System. 

  1. Don’t Have a DMS?

RJ Young can help you set up a customized Document Management System for your business, increasing your business continuity and ensuring that your critical documents are accessible anytime, anywhere. Learn more here.

  1. Supporting Copy
  2. Store Your Backups Offsite

In a business world that is rapidly changing, it is important to make yourself readily available.  With RJ Young’s Managed IT Services, you can have an automatic offsite backup and disaster recovery solution for all of your critical files and systems.   These offsite solutions include cloud backup solutions, public clouds, data recovery services, and solutions, and data protection.

What Kinds of Documents Should I Backup Offsite?

You know what you need to run your business and protecting those critical documents should be a top priority. You should have offsite data backups for documents including:

  • Tax records
  • Contracts
  • Tax Identification Documents
  • Employee Records
  • Patents
  • Historical Financial Information
  • Legal Agreements
  • Customer Records
  • And more

Transform Your Documents  

You can trust RJ Young to manage the most critical components of your business – your files. Records, contracts, financial documents and more are safe from fires, floods and other disasters when they are digitally backed up offsite. Learn more about how RJ Young can help you transform your paper documents into digital files.

Disaster recovery did not take hold until the mid-to-late 1970s as it became obvious companies were more dependent on their IT infrastructure. The backbone was now the way they captured, stored and managed data and information from customers, clients, vendors, and strategic partners. For the most part, this data was stored on a locally residing storage device within the company’s data center. As a result, a disaster recovery plan was not as essential as it is today.

Disaster Recovery Plans Became Essential

As both natural and man-made disasters became newsworthy, companies were quick to realize the risks that were present if these occurrences were to affect their businesses. News of many of the natural disasters was almost appearing daily in newspapers as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes were highlighted. At the same time, there was an escalation of the man-made disasters, which included data breaches and cyber crimes being perpetrated by outside influences and—in some cases—even internal employees.

Disaster Recovery Costs Are Staggering

Statistics tell us of the businesses that suffer a major loss of business data, 43% will never recover and 29% will close within two years of the disaster. The statistics are staggering and suggested that an unplanned downtime can cost up to $17,244 per minute, with a low-end estimate of $926 per minute. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that only 28% of the businesses make it past the initial disaster and are still in business after two years.

Minimizing Disaster Impact

What can be done by companies when dealing with disaster recovery? Here are three approaches:

  1. Preventive

Controls aimed at preventing an event from occurring, which follows the thinking an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This measure consists of offsite storage, back up and cloud applications that are remote—and therefore, do not reside within the business.

  1. Detective

Measures that provide controls aimed at detecting or discovering unwanted events before they can happen.  This measure assures sound continuous monitoring of network and firewalls resistant to breaches.

  1. Corrective

Corrective measures include controls aimed at correcting or restoring the system after a disaster or an event.

With a well-written disaster recovery plan in place, the odds of a company making a complete recovery are greatly enhanced and provide peace of mind. A disaster recovery plan should include a set of policies and procedures to enable the recovery or the continuation of vital technology infrastructure and systems. It is best to partner with an IT provider to develop a sound plan that fits the type of business in which the company engages. Each plan should be customized to take into consideration the various types of disasters whether natural—or man-made.

To learn more about disaster recovery and Managed IT Services, please contact RJ Young today.