We certainly have gotten off to a warm start in the Penticton, Kelowna and Vernon areas so far this year. It is only April 12th and already rivers and streams are in full run-off! Ellis creek for example, which runs behind my home in Penticton, looks like it typically does in May!
During this time of year the threat of fire, flood, severe storms, water damage from office sprinklers, and even theft is very real. One of the most valuable assets for any Okanagan company is its data. Hardware and software can easily be replaced, but a company’s data cannot! As a reminder to all of our clients and friends, here are some simple things you should do to make sure your company is ready for any natural disaster.
1) Back Up Your Data Remotely! Everyone knows that data should be backed up on a daily basis, but many people still use in-house backup systems that will get damaged in a natural disaster or fire, and can easily be stolen. We recommend backing up all data to an off-site location, and we offer this as a service to our clients.
2) Use a Quality Surge Protector With Uninterruptible Power Supply Battery. A high quality surge protector combined with an uninterruptible power supply battery backup will go a long way in protecting sensitive electronic equipment from surges and other electronic irregularities that can destroy your computer’s circuitry.
3) Make Sure Your Servers Are Off The Floor Or In The Cloud. If your office gets flooded, having your equipment off the floor will prevent it from being completely destroyed. Server racks can be purchased and installed very inexpensively. Or consider moving your critical server equipment to the cloud and be protected no matter the weather!
4) Have A Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plan. Every business should have some type of plan in place for continued operation after a disaster. Would people know where to go? Who to call? How to log in and access data remotely? Hopefully you’ll never need it, but having a simple plan will make you sleep a lot easier at night knowing you have a way to continue to operate when disaster strikes.
As we rely on our data more and more in business the onus really is on the business owners to ensure they have a clear understanding of WHAT is their important business data, WHERE is this data and HOW can they get their data back if a disaster recovery is needed!