Hurricane Warning: Is Your Business Ready?

By Robert Lupo, GM, TierPoint Jacksonville Facility and Operations

Well, it’s that time of year again. No, not the Holiday Season.  It’s Hurricane Season.  It is of particular concern to businesses here in the Jacksonville area, but these storms can cause tragic circumstances across the Atlantic Seaboard and Gulf Coast states.   This time of year is a good reminder to make sure your business is prepared.

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) is predicting this year will be a near normal hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean.  This means the government agency is forecasting a 70% chance of 10 to 16 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher). Of these, 4 to 8 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 1 to 4 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher).

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Start of Hurricane Season is a Good Reminder to Keep DR in Focus

By Bob Hicks, TierPoint SVP and GM, Pennsylvania

Last Monday (June 1) marked the first day of this year’s hurricane season. Experts from the National Weather Service’s (NWS) Climate Prediction Center say the East Coast will have a milder season than average, experiencing up to two major hurricanes during the period. And the West Coast should expect a more severe season than normal, facing up to eight major hurricanes. Keep in mind, these are predictions. Anything can happen.

The potential for severe weather over the next few months, from flooding to fires, makes it a good time to revisit your disaster recovery (DR) plans. If you get hit with an outage, where will you recover your data to? What is an acceptable amount of time that your systems can be down before it impacts your business? Have you fully tested your environment or run a simulated outage? Networking technology has matured enough to enable you to have operations in one part of the country and backups in another. These are some of the considerations that should be top of mind right now.

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