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Ready for an extra hour of daylight and warmer weather? Who isn’t especially after this winter?! Philadelphia and the surrounding areas have seen four snowstorms exceeding 6+ inches this season, breaking a 130-year-old record, making it one of the most brutal winters of all time. That’s not including the many 2-3 inch dustings or the treacherous ice storm last month that resulted in more power outages than Superstorm Sandy – leaving many local residents and businesses without power for over a week.
While many families take action to ensure they have generators at their homes and other survival essentials, the same preventative action should be applied to your business, too. If not properly planned for, a winter like this can cause a business significant disruption. Be it a power outage or hazardous road conditions too dangerous for your staff to make the commute, such loss of productivity tacks on additional expenses which can be costly to your operations. Luckily, cloud technologies and disaster recovery / business continuity services allow companies to establish a secure, remote working environment thus keeping employees productive despite an inability to physically work at the office.
Take a look at where your servers are stored today. Is the room they're in even locked? Do you know who has access to it? How about the power going into the room - is it backed up with a generator? In a disaster, you could always have your employees work from home, but if the servers aren't up and running they won't get very far.
Disaster Recovery (DR) refers to backing up (or replicating) your data at a secondary offsite location with the purpose of recovering and accessing it in a timely fashion. But you can’t just back up your data anywhere. Your data should be backed up to a highly secure datacenter specifically designed to withstand natural disasters and tested to guarantee uptime levels that your office can not.
At IT Solutions, we recommend backing up your data with the ITS DataVault or a comparable device. Is your office in a location that is prone to power outages? Do your customers rely on technology stored in your office? Consider taking it one step further and move your critical business servers and related equipment out of your office and into a data center that already has built-in disaster recovery services in place, like IT Solutions’ NearCloud plan. By doing so you eliminate threats in your building and safely shift 100 percent of backup processes to an off-site environment where security is second to none.
Added benefits of hosting your data offsite include eliminating the re-purchase of expensive hardware every few years, lower power and cooling costs, and the overall shift of IT infrastructure costs from capital to operating expense. Implementing such data recovery practices will enable your workforce to access email to communicate with your customers, share critical files and applications from home and conduct business as usual despite loss of power in your office space.
With spring right around the corner we hope not to see another snowfall. Take the time to do some spring cleaning, evaluate your disaster recovery processes and explore offsite server hosting. Even the best technology can’t compete with the force of Mother Nature and before we know it we’ll find ourselves in the midst of hurricane season. We sure hope you are prepared.
Want to learn more about disaster recovery or business continuity options? Contact your VCIO or call us at 1.866.Pick.ITS.