At the Core
3 February 15

Blizzard Juno Hits: How Will Data Loss And Recovery Be Affected?

Whenever a business is reliant upon cloud backup solutions for managing its corporate data, there are going to be concerns about the potential for disaster scenarios. No matter where your data lives, it's never 100 percent safe – depending on the surrounding climate, you may need to worry about the threat of hurricane, tornado, earthquake, torrential rainstorm or who knows what else.

Of course, this time of year, the greatest threat to your data that's looming on the horizon is none of the above – it's snow. Every January and February, a sizable portion of the United States gets hammered with vicious snowstorms, and this winter has been particularly bad for some. When this happens, businesses and their IT staff leaders need to think critically about the safety of their important files.

At times like these, it becomes especially important to have an effective plan in place for disaster recovery. Without it, your business could find itself in serious trouble.

The impact of "Blizzard Juno"
Snowfall in certain pockets of the United States has been so brutal that it's disrupted business operations on a massive scale. The effects of "Blizzard Juno," as it's been called, were so far-reaching that numerous major U.S. cities were shut down for business for days at a time.

"At least 54 locations in six states, stretching from the tip of Long Island to the upper reaches of New England, reported more than 30 inches of snow."

The Weather Channel reported all the gory Juno details. The news source detailed that much of the snowfall hit the Northeastern corner of the U.S., starting on late Monday, Jan. 26 and continuing until early Wednesday, the 28th. At least 54 locations in six states, stretching from the tip of Long Island to the upper reaches of New England, reported more than 30 inches of snow.

Major cities were among the hardest hit – Boston saw 24.6 inches of snow during that interval, Providence got 19.1 inches and Portland was hit by 23.8. In the New York City area, the total snowfall ranged from 6.5 inches in Newark to 9.8 inches in Central Park to 11.4 inches at the city's La Guardia International Airport.

In all of these places, a key question persisted – how could businesses keep their data secure and their operations up and running?

Keeping your data safe and secure
In these inclement weather situations, the name of the game is business continuity. You want to keep your organization going strong, without missing a beat.

According to Bank Info Security, an important part of being vigilant is reviewing your inclement weather policies in advance, keeping your business ready for any and all eventualities. Jeffrey Roman, a tech expert from Information Security Media Group, says preparedness is key.

New England's been hit hard by snow this winter.New England's been hit hard by snow this winter.

"Organizations should be reviewing their backup processes, such as redundant power options in the case of an outage, especially if systems are hosted locally," Roman recommends. "The status of backups and plans for alternative sites, if appropriate, should also be reviewed. It's also important to determine what the potential security impact of emergency failover processes will be."

If you want your business to stay productive and profitable, that means staying afloat even when a blizzard hits. It's not easy, but with diligence and careful planning, it can be done. Relying on disaster recovery as a service is one example of a protective measure that can help safeguard your business operations.

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