by Stephanie Watson
Published on 23 May 2012
Ever since the April 27, 2011 when tornadoes occurred in my area of Alabama causing a week long power outage, and destroying hundreds of homes and businesses, disaster recovery has been on my mind. Before the tornadoes, I wasn't using the cloud in a way that best protected my data. I still used all the systems based on my PC, such as Outlook to check email, and My Documents to store documents.
I did use some cloud based systems with my clients for project management, but I needed to go farther. I had not considered what would happen if disaster struck. What if I could not access my computer, or even my external hard drive? What if I couldn't get to my email, or my client's work? What would I do? I hadn't given it much thought until disaster really did strike.
While my family and I were able to escape from the damaged area to the beach and I had my laptop, I still had to email clients to explain why I didn't have access to their data.
For a small business owner this is a nightmare. It could mean an extreme loss of income or even the end of a business.
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How has your business coped with disaster? Do you have a plan in place? How safe is your data?