Never assume your cloud services will always be available. In 2016 even the biggest providers experienced outages. Microsoft Office 365, Azure, Google, Salesforce, even Amazon Web Services. Any outage, long or short, will disrupt your business. You need to prepare for one ahead of time. Here’s three ways to help your business stay up and running, when the cloud experiences a storm:
1. Local Versions of Essential Applications
If any of your essential business applications are in the cloud, you will not be able to use those applications if the cloud service goes down. Consider upgrading your subscription to one that includes a locally installed option. MYOB is a good example of a title that has both options available. So too Microsoft Office applications such as Word or Excel.
2. Keep Local Copies of Important Files
Some cloud service offerings support syncing between your local installation and their cloud. Make sure this is on and working. That way if your cloud service goes down, you’ll already have local copies of your files available. If that’s not an option, consider periodically downloading your files to a secure location on your network.
3. Keep Your Data In More Than One Location
Some cloud providers have an option to store your applications and data in multiple locations. Sometimes referred to as availability regions or zones. If you lose your cloud service in one zone, having data in another location helps to avoid any disruptions.
The end is nigh. Be prepared
Consider it inevitable that your connection to your cloud services will go down. This is why it’s important to have a plan. We can help you determine the best way to deal with an outage so that your business stays up and running.