How the Cloud Will Get You Through The Storm

November brings the official end of hurricane season, winter is on the way. Now is the time business leaders and IT professionals should be learning the lessons of a summer and fall full of powerful storms and hurricanes.

Advance2000’s private distributed data centers provide decision makers the most cost effective, high performance, fastest to deploy disaster recovery solution available today. We are ready to secure your business in the cloud, protecting your data and employees for the next time Mother Nature strikes.

These two customer stories illustrate why you need to act now rather than wait until disaster strikes.

A large engineering firm with offices around the world heeded the lessons learned from Super Storm Sandy in October 2014 and migrated their project data from individual regional offices to the Cloud. They quickly realized that this decision not only produced the desired goal of safeguarding their project data but also gave them almost unlimited access to the information from any device, at any time, in any kind of weather. Their next steps were easily laid out, move all other data assets to the Cloud. This included email, telephony, BIM data, etc. The migration was done over time and carefully planned and orchestrated. This year when their Miami and North Carolina offices were hit with multiple weather events and cities like Washington DC and New York were also threatened, they didn’t miss a beat.

Their customers’ expectations and deadlines were never impacted by the storms. Projects continued to move forward. Any employees directly in the storm’s path were able to get to safety but still have access to every corporate asset as though they were sitting at their desk using their company provided computer.

The Cloud got them through the storm because they were prepared.

A mid-sized design firm with offices in New York City and North Carolina has been a customer of Advance2000 for many years. They purchased a premise based telephone system twelve years ago. They too were impacted by Super Storm Sandy and they too had Advance2000 come in to address their vulnerabilities such as; access to data, email, communications with customers and employees. However, in this case, the decision makers quickly forgot about the storm. They said it was “a 100-year event” which meant it would be the next guy’s problem long after they retire. Then came Hurricane Matthew and more nasty storms this past fall. They had over 80 people directly affected by the ensuing floods. Most of them were safe in their homes but completely cut off from their offices. It simply was not safe to travel or in some cases illegal to venture out due to mandatory evacuations orders given by the government. Business was stopped for 8 full days. They discovered that their customers in other parts of the country and world ran out of sympathy very quickly.

This firm is now moving forward with plans to safeguard their business by migrating to a distributed data center solution. Their plan is to be fully in the Advance2000 Cloud by March 2017. They will be prepared for the next storm that hits.

Why Advance2000 Cloud During the Storm?

  1. Business Continuity– Whether the problem is Mother Nature or manmade, Advance2000 is prepared. Multiple redundant privately owned data centers, physically and digitally secure, layered power back up and 24/7/365 U.S. based Helpdesk.
  2. Bring your own Device (BYOD)– If people are not able to get to the office they can access their Virtual Desktop and Communications platforms (email and telephones) from any device that has Internet connectivity. This includes their personal computers, tablets, laptops or smartphones.
  3. Disaster Recovery “lite”– While working from an Advance2000 based Virtual Desktop, your work is instantly saved, secured and backed up. Your data is protected no matter what the weather.
  4. Safe Working Environment – You can provide a safe working environment for your employees. There is no need to travel during a dangerous storm to meet a deadline. The Advance2000 Virtual Desktops provide your users a state of the art, HIGH performing computing experience connecting from even the most basic device. All your most demanding software applications will run like you are sitting next to your server, while you work from the safety of a shelter, airport or from your home on the couch.

For more information about Advance2000’s Cloud and how it can protect your business, contact Adam Glass direct at 732.245.3294 or Contact Advance2000.

Photo Credit: “Hurricane Matthew” nasa.gov

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