It’s been over a month since the first of the rain hit Austin, Texas. If you’re a Texas native, you know how unusual this weather is and how unprepared we were as a state for this kind of natural disaster. Unfortunately, due to the massive flooding many folks have lost everything from their homes to their lives. And as for small businesses, some of them have been forced to shut down or cease operating until conditions clear up. If you’re not familiar with cloud backup, or if you’re new to cloud services, checkout our post 3 Cloud Services Your Business Should Be Using to learn more.
Keep Your Business Operating With Cloud Services
Businesses affected by natural disasters have the stress of dealing with lost data and some are unable to operate due to being located in a flood zone. Nonetheless, the loss can be huge and even force some businesses to permanently shut down due to poor or non-existent disaster recovery planning.
Here are some ways your business can keep operating with the help of cloud services:
Safe and secure backup to the cloud – As an IT partner to many small businesses in Austin, TX, we discuss the importance of a disaster recovery plan early on with our clients. Disaster recovery isn’t complete without a cloud service solution. When planning a backup plan, it’s important to implement local and cloud backup. Local for immediate access to your data, and cloud backup for redundancy and security from theft, accidental loss, and natural disasters. Cloud backup services like Datto backup your data safely and securely in a data center. After the quick setup and configuration, your important business data is kept safe from theft, fire, and floods.
Convenient business accessibility – Simplifying and unifying your business with Office 365 can be one of the best decisions to make considering cloud service solutions. Office 365 lives in the cloud and with o365, you can manage your users, email, calendar, contacts, data, Office applications, and so much more all in one place. Plus, the cost is value-packed and designed for convenience and accessibility – even when dealing with natural disasters.
Centralized data solutions – Hosting your data in the cloud with SharePoint makes centralized access to data so much easier with your team. Share files, folders, and work smarter with SharePoint hosting your data in the cloud. With site management, your users will be able to securely access your company data host site and access data by user level access. All configured, managed, and monitored by your IT partner or by you. Next time a flood threatens your business, your team will operate business as usual with access to your data using cloud services like SharePoint.
Collaborate easier as a team – Team collaboration and communication is crucial in any organization. Cloud services like Skype for business make chat, video conferencing, and screen sharing a breeze with any team. Setup group chats, private chats, or host a meeting all with Skype for business. Collaborate on projects, share ideas, and collectively help one another as team within your organization.
Keep in communication with your clients – Utilizing cloud services like VoIP moves your phone system into the cloud. With a VoIP provider, you can provision a VoIP phone to answer and take calls with your business number and extension anywhere on the planet so long as you have an internet connection! This means, next time a flood threatens to shut down your office, your team will be able to take calls from a VoIP enabled mobile device or VoIP desk phone without any interruption to your business.
When natural disasters happen, you can rely on the security and reliability of cloud services to keep your business operating. Talk to your IT partner and find out how implementing cloud services can help manage, protect, and secure your business.
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