We have been lucky with the weather so far however will your business be up and running during the Toronto winter storm? Find out how to maximize your business uptime.
Winter months can be difficult for businesses. Everything from bad road conditions that make it hard to get to work to snow and ice that can damage power and communication lines. Cold snaps can bring down technology with the result of burst pipes and flooding.
Here are a few options to maintain business uptime and employee productivity during a winter storm.
- Cloud Infrastructure – By tapping into Microsoft Azure or Amazon AWS, you are no longer relying on your location for uptime. Your infrastructure is hosted by top data centres that are owned and operated by Microsoft and Amazon. They also have a financial guarantee behind it. If your physical business location loses power or internet connectivity, you can still access your entire infrastructure and data from anywhere you can get power and internet access.
- Cloud Email – Are you still hosting your email in-house or with a small hosted email provider? Companies can tap into very cost effective enterprise cloud email system such as Office 365 or Gmail for Work. You also get access to their data centres, financial uptime guarantee, large mailboxes and other enterprise tools not available with other services. If your physical business location loses power or internet connectivity, you can still access your business email from any smart device, laptop or computer with power and internet access.
- Cloud VoIP- Hosted VoIP or Hosted PBX means the phone hardware is hosted off-site. There are many benefits to such as cost savings and having the latest phone system. If your physical business location loses power or internet connectivity, you can move your phone to another location or use a software phone on your computer, laptop or smart device.
Here we have shown three core IT infrastructure components that can be more efficient using cloud services. There are still other areas that can benefit from cloud services including accounting systems, CRM and ERP systems.
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