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Databarracks, the technology and business resilience specialist has acquired Glasgow based PlanB Consulting to enhance its Operational Resilience and Cyber Continuity consulting practice.

Chris Butler, Resilience Director, Databarracks comments: “We are thrilled to have PlanB join us. PlanB has been a powerhouse in Business Continuity and Resilience for almost two decades. They’re widely known, highly respected and one of the true thought-leaders in our industry. Led by the highly respected Charlie and Kim Maclean-Bristol, they are a multi-award -winning Business Continuity Consulting business and stalwarts of the resilience community.”

Kim Maclean-Bristol, Co-Founder and Director of PlanB explains: “We’re pleased to find a home with an organisation that gives us a broader market reach and shares our values and vision for changing the way we make organisations resilient. Together we bring a wide range of consulting skills, real-world expertise and can now offer a complete range of Business Continuity, Crisis Management and Cyber Resilience services.”

Customers of the combined business can now benefit from a full suite of end-to-end Operational Resilience services. From Data Protection, Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity and Incident Response, through to Cyber Incident Exercising from a National Cyber Security Centre Assured Service Provider.

Mike Osborne, Chairman, Databarracks: “There is no better independent Business Continuity Consultancy than PlanB. I’ve spent 30+ years in the industry and over the last few years the market has fundamentally changed.

“The old guard of BC specialists has been absorbed by generalist IT service providers. Sungard Availability Services sadly went into administration in the UK. Throughout the pandemic, many of the smaller consulting providers took in-house roles, leaving ‘the big four’ as an expensive alternative.

“The Operational Resilience market has become fractured across Cyber, Data Protection, IT Recovery and Business Continuity Planning, now leaving few, if any, genuine specialists dedicated to end-to-end resilience.

“This acquisition creates a market-leading Data Protection, Technology Recovery, Business Continuity and Cyber Resilience business offering in one.”

Chris Butler further comments that: “The world is undoubtedly more volatile and uncertain. Supply chains have come under extreme pressure and business interruptions remain highly likely. The cyber arms race shows little sign of peaking, and by the end of the decade there will likely be few businesses that haven’t been targeted and impacted.

“The organisations that thrive will be those who are prepared for this changing environment. PlanB strengthens this integrated approach, cultivating dynamic leadership, adaptive operations, robust technology and supportive supply chains to enable businesses to survive and prosper.”

About Databarracks 

Databarracks is the technology and business resilience specialist. 

In 2003, we launched one of the world’s first managed Backup services to bring indestructible resilience to mission-critical data.  

Today, we deliver award-winning IT resilience and continuity services. We help organisations get the most out of the cloud and protect their data, wherever it lives. 

And we back this up with unbeatable support. There’s no such thing as ‘above and beyond’ for our engineers because they only work to one standard: to keep your systems running perfectly.  

Enterprise-class continuity, security, and resilience. Accessible for all. 

About PlanB Consulting

PlanB Consulting is an award winning Business Continuity, Crisis Management, Resilience, Cyber Incident Response and ISO 22301 Certification Consultancy, established in 2007.

We are renowned for our innovative approach and dynamic service delivery and are esteemed by clients and the broader industry for our forward-thinking strategies and product development and advancement.

PlanB Consulting’s experience and expertise is showcased through an array of awards and achievements. We contribute to a number of BC industry standards and are also a National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) Assured Exercise Provider, for Cyber Incident Exercises. PlanB Consulting was one of the first eight organisations in the United Kingdom to achieve this designation.

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