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'Tis the Season to Be Prepared

helpWhile we can all give thanks that the hurricane season is officially over, Hurricane Sandy was a fierce reminder of the importance of disaster preparedness. The advent of the winter storm season is an additional reminder that we should be ready for whatever might happen.

Disaster preparedness for IT professionals often revolves around the issue of technology. If you have the right business continuity solution in place, you can be a hero who saves the day for your customers, much like those who were able to successfully spin up a virtual office for customers on the Atlantic coast during Hurricane Sandy (see last month’s The VAR Guy post, "How IT Providers Used the Cloud to Weather Hurricane Sandy").

In addition to having the proper technology to avoid downtime or data loss, real disaster preparedness must include a plan to take care of personnel during an emergency. And don’t underestimate the importance of documenting and testing your plan. Such an effort need not be cumbersome if you take advantage of free preparedness tools offered by vendors.

Get Tips from the Red Cross – Dec. 11 Webinar

To help you get your plan in place before the new year, Axcient and the American Red Cross have joined efforts to offer a free webinar and toolkit for disaster preparedness. Registration for the webinar, which is happening at 11 a.m. Pacific time on Dec. 11, is open to all readers of The VAR Guy. As an added incentive to get prepared, Axcient will donate $50 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund in the name of each registered attendee.

Leading the discussion on managing the human side of disaster preparedness for the Axcient - Red Cross Disaster Preparedness Webinar is Mary Evslin, a longtime Red Cross board member and Emergency Response Team member. For more than 15 years, Mary served in the State Emergency Operations Center of Vermont and New Jersey during large-scale disasters. Also a successful business owner and serial technology entrepreneur, she has a personal understanding of the risks and challenges businesses face.

In addition to the specific advice offered by the Red Cross, Axcient will send each webinar attendee a preparedness toolkit, including a checklist of 10 key areas to disaster-proof your business customers. If you miss the webinar, don’t leave your business customers at risk by thinking disasters only happen to others. Instead, check out these other industry papers to learn how you can ensure your customers never suffer downtime or data loss.

Monthly guest blogs such as this one are part of The VAR Guy’s annual platinum sponsorship. Read all of Axient’s guest blogs here.

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