Hurricane Sandy Disaster Recovery

This past week, the east coast  was hit by Hurricane Sandy and the  storm that has shut down all public transportation including Amtrak, NYC Subway and D.C. Metro systems. The federal government has shut down and more than 2 million people are home due to school closings and office closures according to CNN.

In cases like Hurricane Sandy, officials warn that travel is life-threatening. Government agencies and businesses alike are focused on protecting employees and ensuring shelter.  Yet it is during these times that organizations must put into place a disaster recovery plan for continued operations. This is a plan that should have been developed far in advance and should use the latest technology solutions. However, in many cases, organizations are still scrambling to implement a plan.

Here are some tips when considering components to a disaster recovery plan:

  • Determine your organizations vulnerabilities and capabilities
  • Ensure that data is stored in a centralized location
  • Address security requirements and compliance policies
  • Consider moving to a virtualized environment for seamless operations
  • Enable technology solutions to enable employees to work from home for example video conferencing.
  • Test your plan often — practice makes perfect

During unexpected events, virtualized environments can ensure availability of systems for mission critical projects. They also lower maintenance costs, administrative hours and increase efficiencies.

Other emerging technologies enable remote operations. During Snowmegeddon in 2010, Federal government and D.C. businesses were completely shut down, yet D.C.’s chief technology officer stayed as busy as ever by working from home, as did most of the city’s 600 IT employees. By leveraging video conferencing and other virtual technologies, employees were able to work as usual from remote locations.

We hope that all organizations along the East Coast and Mid-Atlantic are prepared and stay safe during this storm.  Contact Face to Face Live for more information about emergency Video Conferencing.  We want to help and can have your organization communicating via video in a couple of minutes.

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