The cloud allows you to weather any storm (by Mitel)

December is winter. Wind, snow, slush and winter storms can chill even the strongest network ridges.

Natural disasters can test even the most effective business continuity plans. A power outage can paralyze an entire data center, floods can damage copper lines, and strong winds can ground wireless telephone relays. Yes, nature has the gift of generating a storm violent enough to disrupt corporate communications. Some of the consequences are serious.

Imagine not being able to send or receive calls from customers for an entire week. Could your business survive a prolonged outage like this?

Companies are well aware of the need for a disaster recovery plan. But it is poorly applied.

More than half of enterprises place their backup/disaster recovery systems in the same physical location as their primary system.

This configuration offers them protection in the event of hardware failure, of course, but not against natural disasters such as floods, fires or storm-related breakdowns.

Ironically, it turns out that the safest place in a storm is the cloud. Moving IT and communications systems into a geographically redundant cloud provides protection against natural disasters. As long as your employees have an Internet connection, they can continue to access their unified communications (UC), phone, e-mail, instant messaging, video conferencing, collaborative applications, from their homes, even if your office is literally underwater.

Moving features to the cloud is generally seen as a cost-saving measure to reduce capital and operating costs, but is increasingly being used for its integrated disaster recovery capabilities. Implementing a unified communications solution on site can be costly; developing two in different locations is even more so. A unified communications service on the cloud eliminates disruptions to business continuity in the event of an emergency. Everything works the same way in the office, at home or on the road, because the environment remains the same.

The problem with natural disasters is that they are rarely predictable. But you can prepare ahead of time, and cloud communications are a smart way to keep your strategic business communications disaster-proof. After all, no one wants to leave their customers or employees out in the cold for days.

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