What can business owners learn from Sandy?

Posted On: / By: John Davies

Days after Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast, 8 million homes and businesses were without power.  How long could your business survive without, computers, email and phones.

Would it have made a difference if you had uninterrupted access to your e-mail, your website was still up and running and mission critical computer applications were still operational  even if your place of business was without power?

Cloud computing, and specifically private cloud solutions, can allow you to operate your e-mail systems and other computer based, business applications from a remote, secure data center.  Most data centers have a robust infrastructure that includes multiple internet providers, backup generators, and mirrored backup sites that ensure their hosted systems stay up and running, regardless of the weather or other factors. With hosted e-mail and applications, employees can access your system from anywhere, and from any device.  Even in the case of a massive power event, employees would still have access to needed resources from Smart Phones or cellular-enabled tablet devices. As importantly, ensuring that your company has a comprehensive disaster recovery and business continuity plan is critical.  This plan should encompass more than just data backup, and should be fully integrated into your company’s overall strategic plan.

If you were fortunate enough not to have your business operations disrupted by Sandy, try and learn a lesson from the experience of others who were not so fortunate. Consult with your IT advisor(s) and make sure you have a plan in place that will enable your business to survive a catastrophic event.

After obtaining his MBA, John began his career at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the international accounting and consulting firm, and subsequently joined Progressive Corporation, a large U.S. based insurance company. John was a Division President at Progressive and subsequently became the CEO of a New York based private equity investment company. In 2001, he founded MMI as a platform investment company and MMI has subsequently acquired 15 additional companies.

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