Business Continuity Workstations

What are Business Continuity Workstations?

Business continuity workstations should be perceived as a cost-effective form of business-interruption insurance. In an emergency, mission-critical employees arrive at the business continuity site, enter a secured building, log on to their computer, and return to work as normal.

At River Bend's business continuity centers, customers lease individual workstations and provide their own computers. All River Bend facilities are wired to multiple-redundant power supplies and access up to 10 fiber lines to ensure nonstop connectivity to your network. There is minimal IT setup and overhead, allowing companies of all sizes to benefit from leasing a business continuity workstation.

What are the Advantages of Business Continuity Workstations?

  • Peace-of-mind: River Bend’s proven record of reliability and connectivity ensure that your business will be operational regardless of what is happening outside.
  • Customer Service: If your office is damaged, business continuity workstations ensure that you can still complete an urgent project, document, or analysis for your customer.
  • Ease-of-use: Simply connect your computer to the business continuity workstation on day one, and it will be ready whenever you need it.
  • Security: River Bend’s business continuity workstations are housed in secured facilities with video surveillance.

What is the difference between a business continuity workstation and a business continuity suite?

Business continuity workstations offer backup workspace with easy, simple setup and minimal parts and labor costs. Since River Bend’s workstations allow you to connect to your existing network over the internet, it is not necessary to purchase additional server racks, switches, and gateways.

Alternatively, business continuity suites are designed to be robust, private backup rooms for mission-critical employees and equipment. Additional computing and networking equipment is purchased, configured, and installed by the customer’s IT department. The equipment, along with a desired number of backup computers and workstations are located in the secured back-up suite, for activation in an emergency. Business continuity suites allow for flexible, off-site backup, but require additional management and oversight from an IT department.

Can a small business benefit from using business continuity workstations?

Absolutely! Small businesses often need business continuity workstations the most. If a fire or flood were to happen to your office, valuable data might be destroyed and your business could be closed for weeks. Business continuity workstations ensure that you will be able to access your data as needed and remain functioning while your primary facility is under repair.

Business Continuity Workstations and Cloud Computing

Business continuity workstations can easily connect to your cloud computing needs. In fact, cloud computing has made business continuity workstations easier to manage than ever. Using your existing cloud-based applications, real-time data will be instantly available at River Bend in the event you need to activate a business continuity workstation.

Is cloud computing replacing business continuity workstations?

No—in fact cloud-based services are the perfect complement to River Bend’s business continuity workstations. Cloud computing provides access to your data from anywhere, and business continuity workstations ensure that you will have a secure, internet-connected, and operational facility to operate uninterrupted.

Since business continuity workstations are designed to weather the toughest storms and catastrophes, it is probable that other, non-secured locations will be unable to connect to the internet or cloud-computing services.

How do I Obtain More Information on Business Continuity Workstations?

To obtain more information on business continuity workstations, contact River Bend’s dedicated business continuity team at: