The Coronavirus pandemic seems to have shut down the world, and many small businesses were caught unprepared. But as companies have been forced to pivot and are now trying to re-emerge, they’ve learned some valuable lessons. Especially this one:
We can be successful by conducting business online, and we should prepare now to keep businesses operating through pandemics, natural disasters, or everyday risks.
With so much changing and so much at stake, we asked Jon Hoscheit, Chief Technology Officer at Data Suites Murfreesboro, how to determine if a business is truly prepared.
“Crisis has a way of exposing the weaknesses in your business systems – and at the worst possible time. Not only does a business need secure data, but they also need to have confidence that they can access that data no matter what, and this was a problem for businesses and municipalities of all sizes during the past month”
Hoscheit explains that many businesses are under-prepared, but determining your level of preparedness before the next crisis isn’t too difficult. Business owners and IT managers should ask themselves some pretty simple questions:
Does your business have the ability to remotely access its data and applications from somewhere other than on-premises? With solid reliability and speed?
Do you have the infrastructure to support a “work from the home workforce?”
Does a power outage or internet outage hurt your ability to do business?
How frequently is your data backed up in an off-site location? And could a restoration be done quickly and painlessly?
If your servers needed maintenance or had issues, could you get maintenance during a tornado, power outage, pandemic, or even while on vacation?
Are you confident your data is not susceptible to a security breach?
Do you have an IT helpdesk support that understands your network and that makes you a priority in a crisis?
The solution to these challenges doesn’t come from an anonymous company with a farm of servers in rural New Mexico or India. Middle Tennessee businesses can get the right solutions for business continuity from a local IT business.
Data Suites Murfreesboro is a state-of-the-art data center located in Rutherford County. The concept of Data Suites is to help our local companies design bulletproof IT infrastructures during calm times so that they don’t miss a beat during the inevitable crisis.