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Cloud Keeps Miami Businesses Running During Disasters

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Naples, UNITED STATES: Palm trees at a hotel bend in the fierce winds, 24 October, 2005, as Hurricane Wilma slams into Naples, Florida. Hurricane Wilma pounded Florida with torrential rain and some of the strongest winds in its arsenal early Monday as it came ashore in the southern US state, threatening death and destruction. An Air Force reconnaissance plane measured Wilma's winds at 193 kilometers (120 miles) an hour, slightly weaker than when it made landfall, but still making a strong category three storm. "It made landfall at 6:30 (1030 GMT) at Cape Romano," Eric Blake, an official with the National Hurricane Center, told AFP.Cape Romano is about 32 kilometers (20 miles) west of Everglades City, Florida. Landfall marks the official arrival of a hurricane's when the center of its eye reaches land. Quiet usually reigns in the eye of such a storm, with no significant winds, which resume with a vengeance with the back wall of the eye hits land. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

As a Miami-based small business, you may think that the best strategy when it comes to moving your technology to the cloud, is to put it off until it seems less scary. The truth is that moving to cloud takes some consideration and planning. However, one area that you may consider as a starting point is a hybrid cloud Business Continuity solution.

This brief article will take a look at some of the added benefits that a back up and disaster recovery (BDR) and business continuity solution, based on a Hybrid Cloud Backup, can deliver to your small business.

4 Reasons for a Hybrid Cloud Business Continuity

  1. Security: With a hybrid solution, your organization’s essential data is backed up locally and then an additional backup is replicated off-site, providing additional data security. Then, your in-house data is protected by redundant sets of information with the local device being the first line of defense.

In most cases, three distinct copies of each of your file exist – on the workstation or server, on a local device, and in the public cloud. In addition, encrypted files are stored off-site are available in case an unforeseen event, like a natural disaster, occurs. This should give you and your organization the peace of mind to know that your data is always accessible no matter what the circumstances

  1. Storage: Your organization also benefits from local storage flexibility, addressing a key concern that many small businesses have with a hybrid cloud solution.

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6 Disaster Recovery Tips for Miami-based Businesses

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According the FEMA, 40% of businesses are affected following a serious storm, earthquake, flood, or hurricane. As a Miami, FL-based business experiencing downtime due to a server crash, a power outage, a natural disaster such as a hurricane, and causing the inability to work, this would mean significant lost to revenue.

When evaluating the need for a disaster recovery planning, businesses especially in the Law, Finance, and Healthcare industries must address their backup and continuity needs based both on 1) compliance and regulation issues (if applicable), as well as potential 2) loss of revenue. Typically, the cost of downtime is based on:

  • Cost of continuing without the data
  • Cost of recreating the data
  • Cost of notifying users in the event of a compromise
  • Loss of reputation
  • Fees incurred due to compliance breach (for Law, Financial, Healthcare firms)

The potential for lost is a big reason why preparing for the worst and making proactive decision before disaster strikes will increase the chances that the worst disaster will have a minimal impact on your firm’s ability to continue operating.

Use the below checklist to both plan and prepare for a disaster:

  1. ASSESS THE PROBLEM AND ITS IMPACT ON YOUR FIRM

Every disaster is different. Before doing anything, understand the underlying issue and how it will impact your client.

  • Is the issue local to one machine, or does it affect your entire system?
  • Have files been deleted or are servers /workstations down?
  1. ESTABLISH RECOVERY GOALS

Recovery is what makes a Disaster Recovery solution different from a simple backup product. Be sure to plan out your firm’s road to recovery.

  • Restore the system, the data, or both? Should time be spent recovering files and folders before system recovery?
  • Identify critical systems and prioritize recovery tasks
  • What date/time should you recover from?
  1. SELECT THE APPROPRIATE RECOVERY TYPE(S)

To get to your “road to recovery”, the appropriate recovery procedure must be followed. Think about which approach best will get you to your end goal.

  • File restore
  • Local virtualization
  • Off-site virtualization
  1. VERIFY THE RECOVERY AND CONFIRM FUNCTIONALITY WITH USERS

Once a recovery is verified, confirm that it interacts positively with users.

  • Test network connectivity
  • Ensure all users can access resources and applications in the virtual environment
  1. RESTORE THE ORIGINAL SYSTEM(S), IF NEEDED

If the original system(s) needs to be restored, decide which restoration process will work best.

  • Bare metal restore
  • Virtual machine restores
  1. SELF-ASSESS AFTERWARDS

After it’s all said and done, take a step back and think about it: How well did your team do? What could you have done differently?

  • What precipitated the failure?
  • What ongoing issues need to be addressed?
  • What can be done better in future Disaster Recovery scenarios?

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