Storm and Hurricane Season is Approaching!



Is Your Business Ready?

As the warm weather rolls in, thunder storms and hurricanes once again threaten business IT systems and data. The risks of data loss and business downtime are very real unless you take the right precautions.

The potential impact of storm related activity to your business is about much more than inconvenience. Significant business downtime and data loss can affect your business for years to come and often spell the end of a business altogether!

Don’t leave your business to chance – there are steps you can take!

Protecting your IT systems and your business from storm related disasters requires attention to three important areas:
  • Managed Data Backup and Restoration Strategies
  • Power Redundancy and Protection
  • Asset Management

Assessing and understanding your vulnerability in each of these areas and then taking aggressive steps to eliminate risks is the only way to ensure the ongoing integrity of your mission critical IT related processes.

Managed Data Backup and Restoration Strategies:

Many businesses rely on scheduled data backups that need to be managed by their employees. Most discount backup services, even those that provide off-site or “cloud” based backup, also require that you manage the backup process. More importantly, when disaster does strike, the restoration process needs to be conducted by the user and is frequently unreliable.

Questions to ask:
  1. Is your data backed up in a secure, offsite data center?
  2. Does you strategy include a focus on the reliability of data restoration as well as data backup?
  3. Are your backup and restoration processes “managed” or do they rely on your employees scheduling and conducting backups and performing restorations?

If your answer to any of these questions is “no” your business is unnecessarily vulnerable to the potentially disastrous consequences of a storm related event.

Advantages of “Managed” Data Backup and Restoration Solutions include:
  • Data and application backup is conducted remotely and automatically on a schedule that meets your business requirements.
  • Data is backed up in a secure, offsite data center.
  • Data backup functionality, restoration functionality, disc usage, and other diagnostics are conducted daily.

To ensure the security and resilience of your business IT systems, applications, and data “managed” data backup and restoration strategies are a must!

Power Redundancy and Protection:

Power issues are the most common storm related threats to critical business systems and data loss. Blackouts, brownouts, and power surges can all play havoc with business operations and can destroy the integrity of IT related business functions.

Questions to ask:
  • Do you have a reliable, redundant “battery power” backup system?
  • Do you have a protocol for routinely testing your battery backup system and replacing compromised batteries?
  • Do you have “power surge” and “line” protection systems and are they adequate to protect your equipment and data?

Effective and reliable power backup systems as well as surge and line protection are critical elements in reducing business vulnerability to storm related events!

Asset Management

If the worst happens and your business IT equipment is physically damaged or destroyed by a storm, you need to quickly replace it to get your business up and running again. Maintaining an accurate up to date inventory of your IT equipment and applications makes insurance claiming much easier and optimizes coverage.

Questions to ask:
  • Do you have an up to date inventory of all IT equipment including model and serial numbers, year of manufacture and purchase, useful life estimates, etc.?
  • Do you have an up to date inventory of system software and applications?
  • Do you have a system for maintaining an up to date inventory?

Assess Management is another critical step in protecting your business from the threat of storm related disasters. In conjunction with the managed backup and retrieval strategies discussed above, managed provider solutions can also help maintain up to date inventories of your IT equipment and software.

If you’d like to learn more about strategies to protect your business systems, applications, and data or to arrange a no cost, no obligation risk evaluation, please call Chris Dufala at 813.235.6357 x 123.

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