Do you have a business continuity plan in place for your organisation?
We arrived at the office this morning to hear the terrible news that one of our Hosted Desktop clients had been burgled and that all of their computers had been stolen. Really terrible news, but imagine how much worse it would have been had they still been using conventional computing with all their valuable data stored on their local computers and an onsite server!
Whilst this was a truly fiendish act by the, as yet, unapprehended blaggards, at least the customer could still work on the same apps and the same data by utilising laptops and moving to other offices where temporary computers could be sourced. Proof yet again that cloud computing and business continuity go hand-in-hand, and if you don’t yet have a disaster recovery plan in place, maybe this is a good time to start looking into it?
We are often asked about security when promoting cloud hosted apps and desktops and one of our responses is (without being flippant): no matter how much you spend on physical security, you are unlikely to make your office as secure as the data centre environment where we will host your services.
Today’s unfortunate incident demonstrates one of the many benefits of a cloud hosted solution. It’s easy to think “it’ll never happen to me”, but sadly it can happen. Now, did you switch on the alarm when you left the office last night?