Over the weekend, there was a gas explosion in the South Florida city of Plantation. 23 people were injured and the former PizzaFire restaurant was destroyed more than 20 local businesses were damaged and closed. Dozens of people’s livelihoods were disrupted by this disaster, leaving many wondering what their next move should be. Many businesses rely on some form of IT to help run their business.
When you have in-house IT, if something happens, you could lose everything and if you don’t chances are recovery will be painstakingly difficult. You are at the mercy of the elements, a victim of circumstance. You don’t really think about it, but you’re always vulnerable, and life offers no guarantees.
Chances are, no one going to work that day planned on having their business damaged in a gas explosion. Yet it occurs without warning. If the lights go out and the infrastructure of your workplace is compromised, that could mean days and weeks spent trying to recover, which takes a huge toll on you and your business.
Crews spent that Sunday closing off the Plantation site by installing metal chain-link fencing. If you’re unable to access your workspace due to damages that could also inconvenience you and your staff. Cloud computing can be the solution to these very real issues. It provides the freedom and flexibility to manage these types of unpredictable situations and can mitigate losses tremendously.
Cloud Computing Benefits
The cloud allows you to back up your files, applications and even desktop computers so that you can operate virtually from anywhere at any time. If some unforeseen travesty occurs, your business won’t be at a stand-still. Your employees won’t be sitting around waiting for your office to relocate or reorganize. If your computers get damaged or destroyed in an event like the one in Plantation, all you’ve lost is hardware. All of your data is secured, encrypted and protected by a network of servers that are independent of physical machines.
Nerds Support, for example, has a team of dedicated specialists that can provide a business continuity plan and help reestablish your routine workflow within hours of an event. You’ll have access to all your data and can continue working unimpeded. Cloud computing makes any place your place of business. You don’t have to look for a temporary office space or wait around helplessly for the city to clean up the damage or clear any obstructions. Dealing with the event itself is strenuous enough.
Like the old saying goes, “You can plan a pretty picnic, but you can’t predict the weather.” Let Nerds Support and the cloud be your umbrella.
*image by Daniel A. Varela, Miami Herald