Hurricane Season Starts in June - Is Your Network Ready?
If you've run a business or organization for some time here in Houston and/or Southern Texas, you already know what season is coming. And no, we are not talking about summer; we're talking Hurricane Season. If you are by chance new to this region, now is the time to secure your IT network and infrastructure for potential damage from a strong and long hurricane season.
Assess & Prioritize
Before you plan to back up every byte of data in your business, do an assessment and determine exactly what data is mission critical and which applications absolutely must function at all times.
Protect your Data
Your company or organization should already have a backup strategy in place. If not, eNet Systems can help you. If your backups are local only, we strongly suggest that you use an offsite location and/or the cloud for a secondary backup.
Check your Power & Cooling
All your critical machines should be hooked up to a UPS unit which will keep your systems running until the main power is restored, a secondary power source is deployed or at least until you can safely power them down manually. Your cooling systems should also be hooked up to backup generators to avoid temperature spikes which can cause critical IT issues.
Appoint a Disaster Team
If you don't have an inside staff of IT professionals to form your Disaster Team, then team up with a trusted IT firm like eNet Systems.
Document Procedures & Test Again
Draft a disaster recovery plan and be sure it is well documented step-by-step. Make the time now to test your procedures in simulated emergency situations.
Find Telecommunication Alternatives
During previous hurricanes, many organizations lost access to reliable telecommunications for days. Consider establishing call forwarding or other options to avoid business downtime.
Form Close Relationships With Vendors
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By forming and maintaining close relationships with IT vendors you can expedite disaster recovery.
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