Aloha, fellow islanders!

The recent string of power outages across Oahu reminds us of the fragile nature of our digital world. Have you or your ‘ohana been caught in the dark during these unexpected disruptions? Such moments bring our businesses to a standstill, risk our precious data, and halt our income flow. This isn’t just a minor inconvenience; it’s a real threat to the foundation of our businesses. The wisdom of preparing for these power outages shines through not just as a smart move but as a crucial step in ensuring our businesses thrive without interruption. Here are some IT Best Practices to help your business thrive.

Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS):

Please make sure you use an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) to protect your network and IT equipment. A UPS acts like a loyal guardian, keeping critical systems operational during short outages and providing precious time for proper shutdowns during longer ones. At a minimum, make sure your servers are smart enough to shut down on their own to prevent data loss and Data sets damage. Your UPS, whether big or small, requires regular maintenance. It’s especially crucial for the UPS units safeguarding your critical infrastructure to be monitored and tested regularly. Remember, batteries typically have a life span of about three years. If your UPS or Battery is older than that, it may be time for an update.

Key Points:

* UPS Importance: Your digital armor against data loss and equipment damage during outages.

* Automatic Server Shutdown: Safeguards your data integrity by ensuring a smooth and safe power down.

Regular Backups:

Regular backups are the foundation of any data protection strategy. With automated backup systems, rest assured that copies of your essential data are always current and stored safely off-site. This strategy is your shield against not only outages but also other threats like cyber-attacks or natural disasters.

Key Points:

* Automated Backups: Your best defense against data loss.

* Off-site Storage: A safety net ensuring data recovery should the worst happen.

Consider Snapshots:

Snapshots offer a swift and efficient method to capture your virtual machines or databases at specific moments. This approach is invaluable for bouncing back to a state before the outage, particularly for systems that are constantly updated or changed. Adding snapshots to your backup strategy can dramatically reduce your downtime and minimize data loss.

Key Points:

* Quick Recovery: Enables rapid restoration to particular moments in time.

* Ideal for Dynamic Systems: Perfect for environments that are always on the move.

Training Your Employees:

Empower your team with the knowledge and tools they need to protect your business. Teach them the proper way to shut down computers and other crucial equipment during an outage. Make sure they’re well-acquainted with your disaster recovery plan, understanding their role before, during, and after an outage.

Key Points:

* Employee Training: Crucial for minimizing damage during outages.

* Disaster Recovery Plan: Ensures everyone is prepared to act swiftly and effectively.

The power outages we’ve experienced here in Oahu are a call to action for all small business owners. The steps we’ve outlined—reviewing your Uninterruptible power supplies, staying diligent with backups, leveraging snapshots, and training your teams—are pillars in safeguarding your network and IT equipment. By preparing for these eventualities, we protect not just our technology but the very heart of our business. As we navigate these challenges together, remember, it’s not just about surviving; it’s about thriving with aloha. Should you need assistance reviewing your network setup or taking your preparedness to the next level, give us a call. We’re here to help. Busch Consulting.