Important Questions to Ask about Disaster Solutions

by | May 21, 2014 | Business Continuity

Disaster Solutions Are Unique To Each Situation

If you generate data on a computer and you don’t have a safety plan, then your plan is failure. It usually takes only 60 days to suspect that failure is coming. However, you can head off this failure with disaster solutions and some advance planning.

Practice Resiliency

If an entire city like Boston, MA, can get through a year of healing and hold another marathon (2014), then a single business can design disaster solutions for harmful events that could put it into crisis mode. It would be highly unlikely to assign blame for a pipe break setting off sprinklers and causing water to rain on computers in use. A hack job overnight from half a world away is not your responsibility, either.

It is much more productive to do some advance planning for disaster solutions as your responsibility to avoid a total loss. Things you include as disaster solutions must be common knowledge to staff and maintenance to be efficient and serviceable. This plan is the key to resiliency. Any plan for health, safety and structurally sound shelter means that anyone in harm’s way will not be hurt.

Disaster Solutions

The disaster solutions available are unique to each situation, but some that might be under consideration include:

• Installing a microgrid to keep the power going. A microgrid is a modern, small scale energy plant, which is in use by some centralized electric systems that most of us are familiar with and use everyday. The same solution could serve business environments well.

• Keeping a backup unit stored in data center collocations for safety and preservation. The data you have been using might be destroyed, but a collocation could insure that your data is safe. The same collocation could be an alternate workplace where business proceeds as usual.

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• Businesses and investors are starting to comprehend the potential that harnessing new energy technology could bring to the marketplace. This is especially true of renewable energy. Losing grid power is no longer a major disaster if a backup from solar, wind or geothermal energy is available.

• Portable solar collectors serve as recreational vehicle power sources. Now they have evolved to the point where they collect energy from the sun or wind and store it in batteries. Grants and government subsidies may no longer be necessary. Prices have decreased and businesses can now utilize cost-competitive energy-generating battery packs.

These considerations should form the core of your emergency planning. So now all that is left would be to identify disasters likely to impact the work environment, such as extreme weather, flooding, earthquake, wildfires, hackers or some other natural or man-made event. Please don’t hesitate to contact us as you begin to identify disaster solutions for your business because we are here to help you be sure your list is complete in every way.

Dale Shulmistra is a Business Continuity Specialist at Invenio IT, responsible for shaping the company’s technology initiatives -- selecting, designing, implementing & supporting business continuity solutions to bolster client operational efficiencies and eliminate downtime.