Maintain Business Continuity During Disasters
Editor's Note: This post was originally published in November 2017 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
From hurricanes and tornadoes, to power failures and blackouts, business disruption is a spectacle of magnitude. Your employees' productivity declines, your supply chain lags, and your ability to meet customer needs suffers. But this doesn't have to be the case. By developing a cloud-based contingency plan your business is better positioned to recover from, and excel in spite of, any disaster.
In the world of e-commerce, disasters can level businesses. Customers expect online services and employee assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, regardless of the circumstances. In addition to a hindered web presence, companies may lose functionality if their employees are unable to access their databases and networks. The ripple effect extends from placing orders and collecting payments, to customer service remediation.
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If your business applications are housed on-premise, you are more vulnerable to fallout from a disaster. Depending on your configuration, damaged hardware could lead to permanent data loss, and enduring process disruption. Could your business afford not to have a functional web presence for that long?
There is, however, a way to maintain continuity during and after a disaster. By storing your data and pertinent applications on a cloud-based network, you can leverage multiple servers in different locations. This high availability ensures that your web presence remains uninterrupted, and your employees can continue working. Their data would be accessible on the company network, available via any device with internet access.
If you're looking to weather-proof your business, consider reaching out to iCorps to learn about our disaster recovery and managed services programs. The last thing your business needs is to be caught without a plan.