Weathering Hurricanes, Other Disasters: 10 Enterprise Best Practices

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2013-08-01

Tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires or other natural disasters can bring an enterprise to a screeching halt when the office is damaged or destroyed, and critical infrastructure is offline. When Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast last fall, it resulted in $62 billion in damages and economic losses from businesses that were not able to operate because of flooded buildings, power blackouts and damaged communications infrastructure, Justin Moore, CEO at Axcient, reminded eWEEK.  "However, there were several success stories, where firms had disaster plans in place and were able to leverage cloud-based disaster-recovery and business-continuity solutions to weather the storm. Dozens of IT providers in Sandy's path used the latest IT to spin up virtual offices in the cloud to keep employees productive while waiting for primary systems to come back online or be restored." These businesses had a clear emergency preparedness plan in place for their personnel and relied on technologies that can deliver real business protection exactly when it's needed. Taking into account what enterprises did to successfully weather Hurricane Sandy and other natural disasters, Moore shared with eWEEK the following 10 disaster-preparedness tips for businesses.


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