Beringer Associates Technology Blog
Though it may seem very remote to professionals who have weathered one of the coldest and messiest winters in recent memory, spring is on the way. This obviously a relief, but from an IT perspective, it may be creating a false perception. Namely, leaders may believe they are “out of the woods” concerning major storms and weather-based disruptions to networks and systems, at least until the late-summer throes of hurricane system. However, these types of excuses may get businesses in serious trouble if professionals put off purchasing backup and data recovery tools. Failures in IT systems can strike at any time, and there is no wrong time to invest.
Moving information off-site
Even once the specter of ice storms and heavy snow recedes for the year, there is no guarantee that server rooms will stay safe. All it takes is one ruptured water main or insulation fire to undo all the good work that has been put into the IT setup, with data and applications potentially lost en masse. Weather, too, can present danger in any season. Any business with a coastal office should be aware of the threat of flooding, and high winds can wreak havoc just about anywhere. Hurricane season comes on quickly, as well, and it’s clearly better to have a strategy in place before those months start, rather than scrambling.
Constantly remembering that there is no surefire way to stay safe could seem to be worrying for its own sake if there was nothing leaders could do about it, but that’s not the case – cloud backup and disaster recovery solutions hosted off-site can relieve the stress. Taking action and purchasing a plan may not prove particularly hard to clear with all personnel involved. After all, the danger of losing data is relevant to everyone, and there is no up-front spending on hardware to think about when going off-site.
The case for the cloud
CSO Online recently laid out a case for cloud backup tools, indicating that the actual storage technology involved in cloud models can be far away from the servers it is backing up. In the case of weather-based disasters, this is an important consideration. It would be financially disastrous for a company to lose its primary and secondary copies of data to the same event. The news source also explained that businesses are becoming less interested in making large capital expenditures for vital systems, preferring instead to take out contracts that count as operational expenditures, paying over time and not making massive one-time dents in the budget.
Peace of mind
Committing to off-site data backup solutions can provide immediate relief for the internal IT department. Whereas once, these workers had to worry about whether information would be safe and available if something went wrong, they can now place those responsibilities in the hands of a trusted third-party partner and turn their own attention to dealing with adding new functionality and moving the business forward. This redistribution of responsibility is a great way to proceed with ambitious internal plans while ensuring information remains safe and out of harm’s way.