Another hurricane season is nearing it’s end in Florida, and once again, the Sunshine State’s most famed natural disaster has left many homes and businesses struggling to pick up the pieces. And while that’s hard enough to deal with, if you’re a Florida business owner, seeing how hurricane season 2018 impacted you is a great way to determine what you need to do to better prepare for next year. (No, the answer is not “move.”)
And when we say “prepared,” we don’t just mean putting up shutters. Your technology has to be prepped, too! Work with your Managed Service Provider (MSP) to make sure all your data, computer systems and disaster recovery plan are all up to date, so that—should a storm like Michael come back to haunt us—your business will be able to bounce back like he never hit at all.
Wondering if you did everything you could this year? Ask yourself the questions below. Together, they’ll make sure you’re prepared for hurricane seasons to come.
Did you experience an excessive amount of downtime?
If you own a business in Florida, or you’re there as a resident, we don’t need to tell you natural disasters can be potentially devastating. When it comes to your company’s technology, one way to be prepared is to develop a disaster recovery plan to make sure that, despite power outages and damage to your equipment, your business can recover from a hurricane with little downtime. Technology disruptions can cost your business thousands of dollars (or in some cases, everything you’ve worked for), and it’s critical to have a Managed Service Provider (MSP) on hand to make sure your business is prepared from all angles.
Were all of your data backups complete and updated?
Second thing to consider: data. For businesses, company data is everything. It can include finances, confidential client information, critical passwords, current projects and more, all information your business will need to recreate if you lose your data during a natural disaster. If you lost data during hurricane season 2018, make sure all your data backups are regularly screened and updated this year—either on a physical server, in the Cloud or both—so it doesn’t happen in 2019.
Were you able to restore all of your apps and systems?
Remember: Data restoration is just as important as preventing data loss. The difference? You want the first one… and you don’t want the second. A good Managed Service Provider (MSP) can help your business adequately prepare for data restoration by regularly testing your data backup restoration process and double-checking that it completely restores every time. Should you notice any issues, your IT provider can investigate the problem, fix them in advance and ensure that, in the event of a hurricane, you still have access to all of your business applications and computer systems.
Were you able to meet RPOs and RTOs—or did it take weeks to recover?
The Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO) are critical parameters of a disaster recovery plan. The RPO refers to the maximum amount of time allowed for disruption before a select threshold is reached. The RTO, on the other hand, refers to the amount of time that passes before a disruption in your technical systems results in serious consequences for your business. Meeting these goals is crucial, and despite the time crunch, they don’t have to add pressure to your already-alarming, post-hurricane to-do list. Hire a good Managed Service Provider (MSP) and they’ll make sure your deadlines are met.
Are you a Florida business owner who’s worried about next year’s hurricane season? Contact the team at CompassMSP, a Florida-based Managed Service Provider (MSP) with the disaster recovery services you need to prepare for any natural disaster, and schedule a free consultation.