Frustrated with Downtime? Protect Yourself from These Scenarios

Posted by Alex Willis on Aug 9, 2017 2:05:11 PM

In productivity tips

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It doesn’t take much to disrupt your company’s network and cause downtime. Anything from something major like a natural disaster, or something minor like forgetting your network log in credentials can take you down for minutes, hours, even days. Most occurrences are the results of everyday issues and not extreme occurrences. According to MegaPath, 40% of downtime is related to power station issues, while another 25% is the result of hardware failure, 19% is due to network failure and still another 15% is the result of simple human error. This is why the best offense is a good defense. Here are three common scenarios that you need to plan for.

1. POWER OUTAGES

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Some power outages are the result of storms or other natural disasters; however power can fail for other reasons. Have you ever experienced a power outage due to overloading an outlet, popping a breaker, or a surge? A power outage is an annoying occurrence that can disrupt the work day and cause downtime. A computer system that’s offline can halt the productivity of an entire company, hurting your bottom line. Sudden power outages can also erase any unsaved data, and cause damage to computer hardware.

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A Backup and Disaster Recovery (BDR) solution is perfect for minor power outages caused by small things like an overloaded outlet, or major disasters that can leave your office without power for an extended period of time. One benefit to a BDR is that it can backup all of your data regularly throughout the day. Another solution to protect your PC from damage caused by power outages, is to use an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) to ensure that your hardware will continue to run uninterrupted during a brief outage. Always take proper precautions so as not to overload the circuits. Use power strips to prevent surges and made sure your devices and generators don’t overheat.

2. DISASTERS THAT CALL FOR THE EVACUATION OF YOUR BUILDING

Blog Graphics-05.pngFor when an actual disaster strikes, it’s good to have a rehearsed evacuation plan in place. This should include designated leaders who are capable of safely evacuating others in the face of panic. BDR is the best solution in emergency scenarios because all your data can be automatically backed up to the cloud, meaning that you don’t have to worry about retrieving tapes in a chaotic office evacuation.

3. FORGOTTEN PASSWORDS

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Trying to guess a forgotten password can be a rather frustrating exercise. What if the person who enacted the password was no longer with the company and they didn’t make the password easily accessible?

To prevent this password scenario for yourself, there are several solutions available to make sure that your passwords are easily accessible. Using a secure password storage services like LastPass or KeePass can help you to quickly retrieve the password. And even better, if your business had Omega Computer Services monitoring their computer network, we can detect problems and resolve password issues remotely. Not all password management solutions are equal though, so if you are really looking to implement something for your business that’s secure, be sure to reach out to us - we can help you pick the right one.

A reliable provider can help with all of the above considerations and ultimately save businesses money. How? They prevent the loss of money and productivity from downtime; while faster speeds and more reliable connectivity results in increased productivity. Equally important is the fact that your in-house staff can focus specifically on internal concerns while your provider keeps things running smoothly.