Massive snow storms can spell doom for unprepared businesses.

Inclement weather can demand offsite backup

Stephen Perkins

This winter has seen record-breaking snowfall across the United States. But in addition to higher heating bills and digging cars out of snowbanks, the harsh weather has also proven to cumbersome for many aspects of daily life, including the workplace. Severe storms can prevent employees from getting to the office and even rob systems of power for long enough to render them useless. 

This is why offsite backup is so essential for companies evaluating their disaster recovery plans. By ensuring that a constantly-updated copy of essential systems and files are kept in a remote location, organizations can be prepared for anything that might happen to their places of business.

Natural disasters should be on the company radar
The U.S. has been getting pummeled by snow for the past few months, and businesses are still experiencing problems. According to the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers, 500,000 homes and businesses were without power for several days as of Thursday. This means that not only are these organizations unable to function, but those without remote backup could be losing countless amounts of data if backup server generators fail and no one is able to get into the office. This could severely financially impact some of the unluckiest to the brink of bankruptcy.

According to Daniel Burnick of the law firm Sirote and Permutt, disaster recovery plans need to account for the possible destruction of equipment and data. A bad enough storm or a fire can level a whole building, taking servers down in the process. Due to this, effective DR deployments must include offsite backup for crucial elements to a business's success. Given that the SBDC is advising companies to prepare for the next round of harsh weather, time is of the essence. 

Categories: Disaster Recovery, Server Backup