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[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"66","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"233","style":"width: 312px; height: 233px; float: right;","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"312"}}]]The Wall Street Journal had an article about the effects of Sandy on the wireless phone infrastructure in New York.

The headline "Outages Expose Wireless Carriers' Backup Plans" said that people remained without wireless service. According to John Donovan of AT&T, the problem was that all carriers' networks were hit hard because the connection to the wired network was damaged in the storm.

That got me thinking about how interconnected we are and also about how prepared we are for Disaster in our business. A few years ago, you remember the fire that destroyed the corner right next to our building downtown. In talking to our staff about that, they said, the thing they were worried about most was the backups of data. 

But that's not all, what about staying in business?  You see, you've got to not only have a copy of your backups, but if a fire or tornado destroys your business, you need to find equipment to run it on.  And what about those mundane things, like your main server goes down and it will take 2 days to get a part and get it back up, how do you keep operating if that happens?

A fellow IT provider went through he tornado in a few years ago.  Below is a picture of his office after the tornado. I can't even tell which is up or down, can you? What do you do when disaster strikes, fire, tornados or even just theft of your equipment could cripple your business.   Where's your data?  Is your email backed up?   How would you even start to figure it out?  There are lots of templates on line you can look for that help you walk through potential scenarios.  There are three things you have to keep in mind:

  • You have to have a plan for business continuity
  • You have to make sure your backups are happening, every day.
  • You have to test it at least every quarter, better, every month.

How do you do that when you already need three hands just to stay on top of things now?  At YG Technologies we have experience in providing businesses with solutions to keep their data and email safe.  If you'd like to contact us, we'd be glad to sit down with you and discuss your situation.  No charge for the initial consultation, we'd just like to see if we can help.  We'll help you put together a complete disaster recovery plan.  We'll help you keep it upgraded, tested and best of all  make sure that if disaster strikes and you don't know which way is up, you can count on us to point the way to up and running.