In an effort to help corporations struck by disaster, business email and collaboration Software as a Service provider Intermedia (intermedia.net) has announced a free business-class email program for corporations affected by Hurricane Ike, which landed in Texas on the weekend, wreaking US damages of an estimated $27 billion.
According to an announcement this week, Intermedia's business email continuity program is designed to help office-based messaging services disrupted by the storm. The program is designed to enable businesses to re-establish communication with customers, vendors and partners in order to keep their businesses running.
"Everyone is trying to help those impacted by the hurricane in Texas any way they can," Intermedia chief executive officer Serguei Sofinski said in a statement. "Intermedia can help the affected business community with free business email services that will help keep their business in operation, even if their work location has been damaged or destroyed."
Prior to announcing the free email program, New York-based Intermedia donated to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund.
One in five organizations believe a single, major email outage could result in revenue losses of up to half a million dollars, according to a survey by Osterman Research (ostermanresearch.com). Management consults at Eagle Rock Alliance (eaglerockalliance.com) estimate as many as 40 percent of companies that go more than a day without access to their data go out of business.
To mitigate this risk, Intermedia is offering its Microsoft Exchange 2007-based hosted email solutions in both small business and enterprise versions. Participants will have full access to the email system free of charge until October 31.
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