In our industry, disaster recovery has been a technology trend since the late 70’s when critical data began to be stored on computers, which for the most part became the single storage point of this information. As business has become more and more digital, the need for a sophisticated, real-time, disaster recovery plan has increased in importance and become a central part of every business’ continuity strategy. More and more, these failover systems are being put to the test by the reoccurrence of, and a seeming increase in the force of, natural disasters. Organizations are learning hard lessons from the outages and disruptions caused by the likes of Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Harvey, the devastating fires in California, and most recently the widespread destruction from Hurricane Florence.
Municipalities, state governments, and federal agencies are focusing on improving their preparation and reducing their reaction times to the host of potential issues that digital outages bring in the wake of a natural disaster. The ability of these governmental agencies to achieve digital disaster recovery is crucial because digital infrastructure is one of the most critical components to the response, the health, and the economy of populations affected by natural disasters.
Organizations need to not only revisit their exposure to the liabilities any digital outages might bring, they also need to consider how they can become a digital sanctuary for their employees, and potentially for part of their community. At HighPoint, we have invested in state-of-the-art resources needed to keep our digital heartbeat going for our business and for our managed services customers. We believe that the old adage, “it’s not if, but when”, is the best outlook to take. We are proactive in our strategy because we want our resources to be available to our employees if disaster strikes. This outlook is in line with our philosophy of serving others. We sell technology solutions, but first we are people serving people.