With recent heavy rains, storms, and other weather events occurring throughout the country, it’s important to take account of your IT operations disaster recovery plans.  In the even of a natural disaster, will your data be safe and secure?  It’s also good to ensure your backup and recovery solutions that are in place are working, and have the latest data so in the case of disaster your teams will be ready to continue working seamlessly.

This winter has seen a particularly large amount of rain fall on the west coast, followed by severe cold snaps throughout the central and east coast.  Technology companies know that inclimate whether and technology don’t mix well, and so it’s an ever-present need to take stock of your backups, spare equipment, and recovery readiness for when the inevitable occurs.

How can Whether Related Events Affect Your IT Operations?

Weather events such as heavy rain and wind can have a significant impact on IT operations for businesses in several ways:

  1. Power outages: Heavy rain and wind can cause power outages by damaging power lines or causing trees and debris to fall on electrical infrastructure. This can disrupt IT operations, particularly for businesses that rely on on-premises servers and other equipment.
  2. Internet and network disruptions: Severe weather can damage telecommunications infrastructure and cause disruptions to internet and network services. This can impact businesses that rely on cloud-based services or need to access remote data centers.
  3. Data loss: Severe weather can cause data loss by damaging storage devices or interrupting backup and recovery processes. This can have serious consequences for businesses that rely on critical data for their operations.

To mitigate the impact of severe weather on IT operations, businesses can take several steps, including:

  • Investing in backup power systems, such as uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) or generators, to ensure that critical equipment remains operational during power outages.
  • Implementing redundant internet connections to reduce reliance on a single piece of equipment for internet and minimize the impact of network disruptions.
  • Securing IT equipment in weather-resistant enclosures or locations to protect against physical damage.
  • Implementing disaster recovery and backup processes to ensure that critical data can be recovered in the event of data loss or damage.

Having the Right Plan in Place

Ultimately your business should have multiple disaster recovery plans for varying situations.  The building burning down for example will call for a different strategy for recovery than a short power outage.  Each plan will be unique and based on the immediate needs for your business.

The main disaster recovery plans to have in place may include events such as: theft/robbery, fire, flood, short and long-term power outages, or other office closure events.  Having in-place backups, workstation solutions, and knowing how soon your data will be available are all imperative to keep in mind in disaster recovery scenarios.

Overall, businesses should have a comprehensive disaster recovery plan in place to address potential weather-related disruptions to their IT operations.  As whether plays an ever significant factor to IT operations on a daily basis, be it cold or warm, it’s always important to have a working disaster recovery plan in place.

Working with a technology partner such as Natural Networks can help ensure that your business has the necessary items in place for when disaster strikes.  If you’re interested in learning more about how Natural Networks can keep your business protected in case of disaster, and in any other IT scenario, give us a call today!