Preparing your business for hurricane season

Preparing your business for hurricane season

Hurricane season is here. Are you prepared?

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In the United States, June 1st marks the beginning of hurricane season. With everything else 2020 has given us, we hoped for a reprieve from at least one bad thing this year, however NOAA is predicting a busy season with an above-normal number of named storms. Barely a week into the season, a tropical storm (Cristobal) hit the southern US via the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and made its way as a tropical depression through the United States and into Canada. While not as overtly dangerous as full-blown hurricanes, tropical storms can bring disastrous flooding and should never be discounted.

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How can hurricanes hurt my business?

The majority of damage from hurricanes and tropical storms usually comes from water/flooding, winds, and auxiliary storms that produce hail and tornadoes. If your company has a physical store or location that customers enter to purchase goods or services, flood waters and wind damage can prevent access to those locations, which will directly impact your ability to conduct business. The same goes for manufacturing and processing centers, shipping and storage facilities, etc. Many times, widespread damage can prevent customers and employees from reaching the locations, and utilities such as electricity and internet access suffer outages, resulting in closures. If flood waters are able to enter your building(s), destruction of anything it touches is certain, and this includes information technology infrastructure. Likewise, if your IT environment is inaccessible because of utility issues, your business will be at a standstill.

What can I do to prepare for hurricane season?

COVID-19 gave many companies a non-optional remote working test, which is something that should be tested for disaster preparedness. Now, we are potentially looking at fully remote workers with the threat of inaccessible physical locations or IT systems.

BaaS IconPractice the 3-2-1 rule.

Keep 3 copies of your data (production, backup, and offsite) on 2 different types of media (production and backup), with 1 copy being sent offsite.

DRaaS IconDetermine a separate location to house applications and data

Generally, a geographically disparate location of 250 miles or more is recommended. If your secondary/DR location is across town, it may not be a viable solution in the face of hurricanes, floods, and other catastrophes.

Put together a disaster recovery plan and test it. It is important to have an incredibly detailed plan in place—and to update it frequently—that outlines and defines necessary actions to take in the event of a disaster, then test it on a regular basis.

Isn’t there an easy button?

Managed Solutions Icon 200Global Data Vault specializes in helping businesses continue to run in the event of any issues, be it file restores from an archive, recoveries from malware and ransomware, or full-blown disaster recovery enablement. One benefit we have with hurricanes over tornadoes or earthquakes is that we can see them coming and usually have a fair amount of warning before they hit. Global Data Vault can assist with moving your workloads out of harm’s way ahead of the storms, or we can help your company return to operations if unexpected outages occur. As always it is best to have a plan before a disaster occurs.

Contact Global Data Vault today to learn how we can help!

Hurricane Sandy Update

Hurricane Sandy Update

Hurricane Sandy Update

Hurricane Sandy Update. Global Data Vault continues to support our customers in the affected areas especially New York and New Jersey. We have been busier than usual, but all of our customer recoveries have gone very well.

We wish all of our friends in the area a speedy recovery.

New Orleans After Isaac – Update 7

New Orleans After Isaac – Update 7

With power mostly restored now – and apologies to those still waiting, this will be our final update in our New Orleans After Isaac  series. Hurricane Isaac was a Category 1 hurricane. By wind speed, it was barely even that strong, with top sustained winds of 80 mph. It moved slowly and brought more rainfall than is typical of a storm of this magnitude. For the most part New Orleans homes and businesses lost power for several days to one week.

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New Orleans After Isaac – Disaster Update 4

New Orleans After Isaac – Disaster Update 4

If you look carefully today, you can see some improvements since Isaac struck. The map is much more blue than red – clearly, the outages are being reduced. Entergy had said they would have power back to 90% of those “ready for power” by September 6. Hopefully this will work out, but there is still much work to do.

Keeping track of the day-to-day progress of the recovery here in a visual format may serve as a reference for future similar events.

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Legend: Blue = 1 to 50, Yellow = 51 to 250 and Red = 251 to 1,000 power outages. Red lines are failed power lines.