What can you do to prepare for hurricane season (and other possible natural disasters)?
1) Start with remote, redundant, encrypted data backups.
The vast majority of business backups are done on-site — often on drives located directly next to the computers they’re backing up. If fire, flood, or theft affects your business, those backups will often be destroyed too. Remote, secure backup can protect your data in dedicated locations that are frequently audited to assure top-level security and compliance with national standards.
2) Prepare risk assessments that lay out a plan to survive in the aftereffects of any data loss or business interruption.
Instead of getting bogged down in the details of a particular disruption, comprehensive disaster recovery planning should address the steps necessary to get your business up and running, no matter the event. Properly measured “recovery points” (how frequently your data is backed up) and “recovery times” (how quickly information needs to be back up and running after a data loss) is a crucial step toward post-disaster success.
3) Draw up a business continuity plan.
Many business owners think that, even if a disaster strikes, they’ll only be affected for a few days. This is one of the most indirectly harmful assumptions one can make — take Hurricane Katrina or Hurricane Sandy for instance, which both put more than 50% of the small companies in their paths out of business for good. Those that were able to maintain operations via mobile phone, laptop, or good old-fashioned handshakes were the ones that saw their reputations strengthened in the wake of those devastating storms.
4) Implement (and test!) a virtualization strategy before disaster strikes.
This touches on the “recovery time” point made above: depending on how quickly you need your data to be recovered, you should have a virtualization plan in place that can rebuild files on existing or secondary equipment in case of disaster. But if you haven’t tested your solution to see how quickly it can retrieve information, you could suffer. Top-tier offerings like CMIT Guardian can perform a full restore in less than 48 hours — and those hours can mean the difference between weathering a storm and succumbing to it.
That’s where CMIT Solutions Boca Raton is here to do: protect your data and keep your business running, no matter what happens. We specialize in backup and disaster recovery solutions that can help businesses of all sizes prepare for and survive even the most unlikely disasters.
In the last few years, CMIT Guardian has protected scores of businesses from hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and ice storms, along with the day-to-day perils of human error and hardware failure. As fellow business owners ourselves, there’s no greater satisfaction than helping our overcome such obstacles. Contact us today to learn more.