Intelisys knows this has been a very difficult winter for most of the country. With ice storms and sub-zero temperatures knocking out services and communications, thousands of businesses are experiencing losses. As I am writing this, another storm is heading to the Southeast, and it’s forecasted to move up to my area. So once again, and over the next several days, thousands of businesses may lose millions of dollars in time and assets due to outages. However, the good news is that many of these losses and hours of downtime can be avoided with some IT and communications services planning. To better ensure uptime and productivity during these storms and natural disasters,here are three technologies to consider.
Desktop as a Service (DaaS) can be leveraged to overcome outages. For those of you not familiar with DaaS/VDI, the technology moves the desktop operating system into the cloud and streams the desktop out to any device running a small agent. Why is this valuable in a power outage? Accessing individual files and applications consumes a lot of bandwidth, while streaming desktop images uses a much smaller amount. With lower bandwidth requirements I can run my full desktop and access my corporate data over my cell phone. So when the power goes out, I’m able to switch from my cable modem to my cell phone and I’m back in business. During Hurricane Sandy I worked like this for over a week. Some of the companies to look to when considering this solution include Matrix, Evolve IP, RapidScale and NaviSite.
Colocation and Virtual Servers
If your customers are still housing their data onsite or in a low tier data center, now is a great time to talk to them about moving to the cloud or a colocation facility. Data center providers such as Savvis, ServerCentral, Internap or Telx can provide customers with highly redundant facilities which include power, data connectivity, and cooling. The peace of mind which comes from having higher levels of uptime due to this redundancy, especially during these winter storms, is immeasurable.
Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) is another technology which can help your customers “weather the storm.” Even if your customer can not move everything to the cloud, a good DRaaS is a sound strategy and a great first step. Companies such as Green Cloud, Windstream and RapidScale provide solutions which enable companies to back up virtual images of their servers to the cloud. Then in the case of an outage, those virtual images can be quickly and easily turned on to ensure business continuity during sustained power failures or when access to locations becomes challenging.
As we have done in the past, we will make it through this storm! But times like these do make us pause to think about and consider better ways to protect our businesses from the impact of unpredictable, yet inevitable disasters. What I have shared with you is just a few ways Intelisys can help you and your customers plan and be prepared for the next big one. Because, in the end, it is Mother Nature who has the ultimate say. We just need to prepare for her!
Be Safe and Be Warm!