Good Night Irene...

Sep 2011
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Good Night Irene...

Posted by Jacob Woods
 

In the wake of Hurricane Irene causing damage to the East coast, like Elin did to Tiger with a nine-iron, we are reminded of the importance of protecting our data when disaster strikes.

If we look at our daily lives we’re all probably prepared for a disaster in some way: a spare tire and jumper cables for unexpected breakdowns, a fire extinguisher, a first-aid kit, emergency supplies for power outages and other emergencies, and, if you’re an avid outdoorsman like me, a multi-tool is likely close at hand.

What’s interesting is that as individuals, we don’t hesitate to make investments for ourselves and the well-being of our families, yet when it comes to data protection, it’s not top of mind for business objectives and often pushed to the back burner entirely.

Hurricane Irene left offices destroyed, server rooms flooded and downed power lines –all of which have brought many businesses to a halt. There is very little that can be done to prevent damage from a natural disaster altogether, however with the right disaster recovery and business continuity plan, after the storm subsides and the skies clear it will be comforting to know that you don’t have to worry about data loss when you go back to work.

On average, company downtime is 4X greater without cloud backup – this can make or break a company when they are trying to restore operations. A proper Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) and Business Continuity Plan(BCP) will ensure that when the weather looks grim, you will be able to restore your day to day operations .

Having your data backed up only makes sense.  Aside from your employees and customers, an organization’s data is critical to business continuance.  An act of nature like Hurricane Irene  may take out your office but having your data backed up to a secure facility will allow you to recover and restore your data to Virtual Machines (VMs) in the cloud. This will ensure business continuance for your organization and prevent you from becoming a cautionary statistic in an analyst report.

To my friends and partners in the North East, be safe and keep well. And Tiger, call me if you want to meet up at Perkins and we’ll backup that smart-phone contact list. 

For more information on Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery click here or feel free to contact me anytime at jacob.woods@asigra.com and we’ll have a chat.

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