A Cloud-based Business and Disasters
Posted by Adam Clayton at September 13th, 2013
No one knows when a natural disaster is going to strike. It’s usually fast and without much warning. Boulder recently experienced a 100 year flood where lots of areas with schools, homes, and businesses were under water. It’s never a fun thing to watch and/or experience. If you are a business, this would mean permanent damage to important business technology infrastructure too.
It’s situations like these that really motivates us to get the message out about cloud technology and why we feel it’s very important to be a cloud-based business. Operating your business on the cloud means your important data is not tied to a specific device. If your valuable technology equipment does get hit by a disaster, at least the crucial information about clients, vendors, or any other business info is safe. It allows the business to remain operational when your office is not inhabitable. If disaster strikes locally, business doesn’t stop in the rest of the world. If you aren’t on the cloud and hit by a disaster your business stops too.
On the cloud, employees can work from home, a coffee shop, or anywhere else in the country with an internet connection. They can still process orders or handle many day-to-day operations to keep the business from coming to a screeching halt. This does not only apply to flooding. Large snowstorms, rain storms, earthquakes, tornadoes, tsunamis, or volcanic activity, as well as, local pipe leaks and fires can reek havoc on business technology. However using the cloud, the data is stored off-site at a data center, which reduces the loss to a business dramatically. Most computers and software can easily be replaced. The valuable business information within the pieces of software is what is difficult to replace.
We strongly encourage everyone to take a serious look at how the are being protected. Back-up is OK and will work, but you will still be faced with down-time recovering your data. However, if you are operating on the cloud, it would take a serious global event to stop your business from continuing to move forward. If that day were to come, we ALL are going to have more serious problems than trying to get our business data.