As has become an all too common occurrence in central California during the hottest parts of the summer season, wildfires are once again burning and causing massive amounts of damage.1 Despite the best efforts of public safety officials to keep people and structures safe, there will once again be an unfortunate amount of damage done to the area. In some cases, the fires will displace people from their homes, and businesses will be forced to different locations. In some cases, homes and offices will be lost entirely.
In the event of a disaster such as a wildfire, one of the first questions asked by those affected is, “How do we rebuild from here?” In many cases, construction companies are integral to helping the community get back on track. But what happens if those companies are affected by the catastrophe as well? Missed opportunities, not just for more business, but also to help in a time of need. As such, it is imperative that your construction company be in a position to get operational as soon as possible.
A disaster recovery solution is the backstop for your business when the worst-case scenario comes along. It isn’t just about fires or natural disasters, either. Sometimes disasters are about a failed hard drive or an accidental file deletion. Getting everything back in order and working like normal takes having a solution in place that can be deployed in a timely manner.
For a construction company, disaster recovery looks a bit different than many other industries. First and foremost, build files are often not just larger than files found in other sectors, but applications used to work with those files almost always have custom configurations required for use. Simply installing a new version of the old software isn’t likely to solve the problem. And simply downloading large files from a backed-up version could take hours or even days. A successful disaster recovery deployment for construction companies often means a hybrid cloud solution that provides speed of recovery without compromising data integrity.
The Right Solution is Bigger than You Think
Implementing this kind of solution for your construction company means taking account of all the tools and systems you are currently using. For example, if you have custom configurations in Timberline or other software, then it is essential that you put that software in the cloud–otherwise, you’ll be left spending a substantial amount of time setting your software up after restoration. If a local machine is damaged or rendered unusable, you’ll be glad that your most critical business applications are running in the cloud and still available for use as soon as you get back connected.
As for data, a hybrid solution for data storage is in order. The best solution would be for these files to reside in the cloud with your applications. That would mean that all of your tools are integrated and working somewhere safe, far from the disaster event. But since so many build files are large in size, we suggest having a physical storage component of your disaster recovery solution. A detached storage drive can be delivered to your location as quickly as possible when necessary, whereas terabytes of data can take much much longer to download back to your location. As hard as it is to believe, transferring large data sets on physical media can sometimes be quicker than transferring across the network!
Bringing Everyone Back Together
Between project managers, engineers, build staff, and office administrators, your team might be widely distributed in different locations. Making sure your team can communicate and get back to work is key to success after an incident. With cloud-based collaboration tools like hosted Exchange and shared drives, your team has the ability to be back up and running as soon as they can find a way back online. If your mail server is stuffed in a closet at headquarters, then your entire organization is vulnerable to being out of touch in the event of a disaster. Moving collaboration and communication tools to the cloud further preserves your best interests, keeping your team in communication during even the worst events.
Getting a disaster recovery solution lined out for your construction business doesn’t have to feel impossible–though its complexity can make it difficult to do on your own. With a cloud services provider like DiamondT at your side, you can be certain that a custom disaster recovery solution for your company can be designed, deployed, and managed in a way that ensures your organization is never far from getting back to work. We all hope that disasters won’t happen, but reality says they often do. Protect your business from the worst with a disaster recovery solution from DiamondIT.
- http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents_current ↩