Storm season is here, and all Florida businesses know that means lightning surges, power failures and internet outages.
Fortunately, there are many things you can do to prepare for storm season and reduce your downtime.
Here are just a few tips that can prevent disaster:
With more and more companies relying on the internet to drive their businesses, having a secondary internet provider is a good idea. Even business class internet service has no guarantees for uptime and your business could be down for days due to storms. Because of this, it is important to have backup options in place.
With the right router, a second internet connection can be brought in from a competing carrier which will automatically fail over if the primary provider goes down. Also, a cellular data card can be added to a compatible router to provide wireless internet services in case of a widespread disaster.
Your business may have a local backup, but what if storms cause fire or flooding at your location? This is where you need a copy of your backup stored offsite. Also, you need a disaster recovery plan in place so that you can get your business critical applications working again.
Computers and networking equipment are sensitive to power brownouts and surges. It is essential to have all sensitive equipment connected to an appropriately sized battery backup to keep that equipment running. It is a very good idea to replace battery backups every three years.