It’s hurricane season (make sure your server backup is ready)
Make sure you have the right server backup plan in place to keep your company’s data accessible.
Days are getting longer, temperatures are rising and the barbecue’s are plentiful. After the long, cold winter we’ve had in the northeast, summer is certainly a welcomed season. Everything just seems better with warmer weather. However, summer is not without its drawbacks. June is the “official” start to hurricane season (so get your server backup ready). I say official since as a resident of Hoboken, NJ, I know Mother Nature can find you just about anywhere at any time. And, with weather patterns changing, unfortunately I would expect the unexpected more frequently.
After Superstorm Sandy, my office lost power, servers were down and we were under water–literally. However, most of our clients were unaffected by the storm. Sure, they were watching the news and were understanding to a point, but business in the big apple must always go on.
To be honest, I was quite impressed with the business continuity plan my company had in place: from the dissemination of information to the server backup strategy. Within hours, employees were either working remotely or directed to a temporary work space and able to access critical client information. There is no doubt the advanced planning done by our IT department saved the company from aggravated clients and lost revenue.
The truth is every company needs a server backup plan–and not just one for the physical space, but one that includes server backup to ensure important data is not lost or unavailable for any period of time. While not ideal, businesses can often replace the physical stuff such as offices and equipment, but company information and applications are another story altogether and no insurance or Hail Mary will bring it back once it is lost.
It’s June, the official start of hurricane season: are you confident in your company’s plan for server backup?
I would love to hear from you. Have you encountered a natural disaster? How did your company cope? What could they have done better?