You’re listening to the 5 o’clock news when you hear those dreaded words—Hurricane forming in the Gulf of Mexico projected to make landfall at category 4 strength. This was the reality for those living in the Houston area in August 2017. Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coast and locked itself into place over Houston, causing catastrophic flooding and billions of dollars in damages. At the end of 2019, another crisis emerged with the spread of COVID-19 across all four corners of the earth. Just a few months ago, Texans were hit with a historic winter ice storm known as Winter Storm Uri. The February freeze caused statewide power outages and rolling blackouts for days. All too often, individuals await disastrous impacts unprepared and without proper protocols in place. Although we can’t control acts of nature, there are certain steps you can take today to prevent data loss or a damaged IT system when the outward environment turns disastrous.
What is Disaster Recovery and Why is it Important?
Disaster recovery is a strategy that helps businesses plan for catastrophic situations so they can protect their IT infrastructure (servers, hardware, network devices, routers, switches etc.) during a natural or manmade disruption. It’s an essential component of both business continuity (BCP) and disaster recovery plans (DRP). Read more about the difference between these two types of plans here.
Disaster Recovery and Distributed Workforces
No plan would be complete without accounting for the distributed workforce environment. As this work model continues to gain popularity, thoughtful planning must take place to accommodate the safety and needs of both employers and employees working beyond company walls. While distributed workforces give employers an opportunity to hire talent from different regions and encourage a better work/life balance, it also comes with huge security concerns. With team members working at home, on the road or in shared workspaces, cybersecurity is a top priority that needs to be addressed in order to prevent hackers from infiltrating security gaps across different networks and devices. Keeping these factors in mind will help you address top challenges and how to alleviate future issues.
Devices and Tools Ready to Save the Day:
Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)
While challenges will arise in any work environment, there are two tech tools ready to save the day no matter if the sun is shining or rain clouds come rolling in. First up is the uninterruptible power supply, or “UPS” for short. UPS devices first emerged as early as 1934 and are used across many industries, anywhere with computers and servers. This nifty power unit serves as a battery backup and provides emergency backup power to your systems when the electricity goes out, keeping you up and running anywhere from several minutes to several hours depending on the wattage and connected load. During an outage, a UPS will keep internet access, give you enough time to save your work and act as a surge protector, although not its primary function.
Protect your Business with Multiple Backup Plans
We’ve all heard the phrase “back up your data”, yet it somehow gets moved to the bottom of the to-do list. These days companies and consumers are able to store their data on premises, in off-site locations and in the cloud. Utilizing cloud storage is a reliable way to back up data. With dependable services such as Microsoft SharePoint, OneDrive, Google Drive and Drobox you can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that your data is encrypted and secure. If your company headquarters ever experienced a natural disaster or cyber-attack, having multiple backup solutions will help preserve your important data. It’s not a matter of IF a disaster will develop but a matter of WHEN. Unforeseen circumstances pop up when we least expect them.
Don’t Go it Alone—Call The Experts
Having a DRP and BCP on hand along with a trusty UPS device and cloud backup solution will help keep your data safe and ease anxiety during trying times. IronEdge Group specializes in keeping business IT systems secure so you and your staff can rest easy knowing that your technology infrastructure is being monitored and supported 24-hours a day.