As of Tuesday morning at 8:00 AM EST, it is estimated that over 8 million homes and businesses are without power. Yes – 8 million. If you count yourself among the 8 million – you probably won’t be reading this until power is restored – and that’s a problem.
Nearly all businesses rely on e-mail communication or applications to keep their enterprise running. That’s why a major storm and resulting power event, such as Sandy, can be so devastating.
Would it have made a difference if you had uninterrupted access to your e-mail, business systems and applications, regardless of the status of your office power? Now is a great time to consider how a cloud computing strategy fits into your overall business strategy.
Cloud computing, and specifically private cloud solutions, allow you to operate your e-mail systems and all business applications from a secure data center. Most data centers have a robust infrastructure that includes multiple internet providers, backup generators, and mirrored backup sites that ensure their hosted systems stay up and running, regardless of the weather or other factors.
With hosted e-mail and applications, employees can access your system from anywhere, and from any device. Even in the case of a massive power event, employees would still have access to needed resources from Smart Phones or cellular-enabled tablet devices.
As importantly, ensuring that your company has a comprehensive disaster recovery and business continuity plan is critical. This plan should encompass more than just data backup, and should be fully integrated into your company’s overall strategic plan.
The following are some of the key components your plan should include:
- Risk analysis
- Regulatory requirements
- Emergency Response
- Data Backup and Recovery
- Recovery Time Objectives
- Recovery Point Objectives
- Vendor resources
- Testing and “Fire drill” procedures
For more information on our Cleveland cloud computing services, contact Brian Rosenfelt by leaving a message below, or by calling 440-449-6800.