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It seems to me, we’ve seen far too many disasters, recently. From the reported bombings, flooding, explosions and tornadoes, it makes us all understand indirectly or directly – they all have a significant impact  on people, businesses and organizations alike.

One fact that has become evident to me: most businesses don’t have an adequate disaster recovery plan. For the sake of simplicity, I’m going to focus on one piece of that plan for this article. That piece is having a place to operate your business from, if your space is compromised.

A few weeks ago, a client of ours, headquartered in North St. Louis, experienced a major power outage after tornadoes affected their neighborhood. The thriving business operates from a an office that usually houses five or six of their staff members. Without power, staff could get nothing done in the office. Their plan was to send several members of the leadership team to work from home, with robust remote access to their core business applications and tools. The remaining members of their team, along with their in-house server, came to Brightsource IT’s office. They were up and running in no time and worked the remainder of their day from our space.

Obviously, this is not the perfect solution to every business or every situation. However, for a group of this size, it fit the bill perfectly. They experienced less than a half-day down time despite the extended time that their office was without power.

If you are not certain how your company could continue to operate without power at the office, please give us a call. We should discuss your business continuity strategy and make preemptive plans to make sure your IT support works for you as soon as you need it.

Brightsource IT is an Information Technology provider located in St. Louis, Missouri. We have been providing complete IT management and tech support for small and medium businesses since 2004. As members of the Apple Consultants Network, we also provide Mac and iOS management training to corporate IT departments.

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