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Weathering The Road Ahead

As our hometown of Louisville approaches the dreaded beginning of tornado season and the coastal areas of the Eastern seaboard brace for the return of hurricane force storms, many people will start to reevaluate their disaster plans. Most are aware of the personal recommendations for how to act in the case of natural disasters (seek shelter, find a safe supply of food/water, wait for governmental recommendations) but turning an eye to the business world – would your company be ready?

As it seems, many would not be. In 2012 an estimated $400 million dollars was lost due to poor information management practices when faced with large scale disasters, and that wasn’t the most troubling finding of the report. In fact, what seems to be one of the largest flaws ironically is also one of the biggest selling points for data centers and backup sites: location. According to a report by the independent Forrester Research, companies are “not only consolidating their backup sites, they’re also decreasing the distance between them” thus leaving their backup sites vulnerable to disasters in the same geographic area. To put it in perspective – if you owned a business near the coast and your files were saved at a site 30 miles inland, then a category 4 hurricane came ashore… you’d probably lose both copies of the files.

As part of World Backup Day we absolutely encourage business owners to review their information management practices and evaluate readiness in case of a true disaster. If you have any questions or concerns about your current plans (or think you need to begin planning itself) please do not hesitate to give us a call here at The Data Vault. With 30 years of experience and expertise, we would be more than happy to sit down with you to examine your current plans and find a way to improve them. Give us a call at (502) 244 – 1151 or head over to our contact form and let us know!

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