Hurricane season is here! With tropical storms, depressions and hurricanes brewing, it's important to take time to ensure you have a disaster recovery plan in place for your communications. Hurricane Ike damaged an estimated $29 billion properties according the The Storm Report. Hurricane Rita caused over 3 million residents to be evacuated according to Hurricane Science. The list of people, businesses and property affected by natural disasters is long and more storms will be added this year. Let's take a look at how you can improve redundancy in the event your business is hit.
- If power fails your phone system still needs to work. By putting a secondary failover into a data center in a different region, you can ensure you are up and running through the course of an unexpected event.
- Think about how your employees will be able to communicate with one another if they have to work from home. Give them a way to be able to chat, email and talk from their personal devices with unified communications. They will still be able to conduct business through collaboration tools on their cell phones, tablets or personal computers.
- Consider cloud as a failover. If you have an on-premise phone system, you can have cloud services enabled as a back up. If your main location goes down, within a few seconds your communication lines will switch over to the cloud. As soon as you regain connection back at headquarters, they can automatically switch back.
Having a backup plan in place for your communications can help mininize the loss of customers and allow your business to make it through a catastrophe. If you are looking for help strategizing some of the different options on the market, reach out to us and we'll do a free technology assessment.