Data Storage, Back-up Essential Preparation for Hurricane Season

It was almost a year ago now that Hurricane Matthew tore through the Lowcountry. Life was put on hold as the region braced for impact and then banded together to recover and rebuild. It was an impressive and heart-warming effort that we’d rather not have to see again.

The fact is, Hurricane Season is upon us again, and while there’s no way to know when another storm will hit, we know that being prepared makes a big difference. Everyone understands the toll a storm like Hurricane Matthew can take—it caused more than $10 billion in damages last October. What people often forget is that those damages can include your data. From personal computers to full servers, when your data exists in a physical location, a hurricane can wipe it out.

HOME
Data storage and back-up are the digital equivalents to boarding your windows and stocking up on water. It’s the insurance you need to know that your personal and professional data files are protected. More and more, our important personal documents are being saved digitally rather than with physical paper files.

Everything from family photos to tax, insurance and legal documents are being kept as digital files these days. The only problem is that they are often out of sight, out of mind when it comes to being protected. Backing up your important files on secure cloud-based server ensures those items won’t get washed away.

Not only can damage from a hurricane wipe out your hard drives, it often opens the door to identity thieves. Opportunistic scammers swoop in and steal information that was left otherwise unprotected. With personal data backup, sync and back up all your files, photos, contacts and important information against damage or device failure. Using cloud-based protection keeps your personal information secure and accessible wherever you are in the world. You can learn more about home protection here.

BUSINESS
In today’s information-driven economy, data storage and backup failures can wreak havoc on your business. Downtime during recovery is often the biggest cost, so it’s critical to be back up and running as quickly as possible.

Often, data back-up is left to an internal team member with other items on their plate. This leaves room for disaster to strike when you’re least prepared. Setting up offsite data storage removes the responsibility of having to do it yourself. There’s a range of storage and backup services available that fit each business’ unique data needs. Plus, encryption services can add another layer of protection.

While the physical destruction from a hurricane is obvious, the invisible loss of data can hit the hardest. For details on how Hargray can support data storage, back-up and recovery, click here.