When Superstorm Sandy hit New Jersey in October 2012, roughly 8.5 million customers were without power. In some areas, it was for weeks and even months. Over 19,000 businesses sustained damages of $250,000 or more with a total loss to area businesses of $8.3 billion. Tragic as it was, this was just one state facing the wrath of only one storm. As we near hurricane season and on the tail end of a tragic tornado season, businesses are facing more and more potential catastrophic damages due to power outages, telecommunications failures, and security issues. These problems create more downtime and loss of business that can take years to makeup. That is why disaster recovery should be a vital part of planning for catastrophes in every business. Knowing how to keep data safe and how to recover any loss data is simply smart business.
In preparing for natural and man-made disasters, business owners or managers should be considering several factors including what protection is needed when a disaster occurs, what is the best way to bring data back online, and what resources are available to help to do these things. There is more than just bringing a network system back up, including security such as firewalls and identity and access management; IT applications such as email and customer relationship management; voice services as used in call centers; and unstructured data such as spreadsheets and word documents.
Thankfully, there are new services coming available that can help a business keep data safe during a disaster. EarthLink recently announced their new Cloud Disaster Recovery service, a cloud-based IT disaster recovery solution that securely stores data assets for a business in EarthLink’s SSAE 16 compliant data centers to keep them protected from events that could cause a business’ servers to fail. The Cloud Disaster Recovery requires no capital expenditure, protects leading software applications such as SQL Server, Exchange, and SharePoint, and features customized email event notification.
With the forecast for more and fiercer storms in the future, IT managers have to adapt and improvise more than ever to protect important business data. As Michael D. Toplisek, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for EarthLink stated, “IT leaders must tackle complex business challenges with leaner budgets and staff. Planning ahead with a sound disaster recovery plan is at the top of their list.”
Having a plan and utilizing recovery solutions will ensure that your business doesn’t completely shut down in the event of a disaster. Are you prepared?