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Cloud failures will happen. Are you ready?

John Grady | Sept. 24, 2014
Even if you use the most reputable cloud services and products, things are bound to go awry from time to time, so it's crucial to be prepared for failures. Mitigating the risk is as simple as being adequately prepared.

* Have a backup for streaming media too. If your business uses streaming media technology and services such as YouTube, Netflix or Spotify, when those services have issues you might be out of luck. A great workaround is to save important video and audio files and other media to a hard drive and then use a server to make this content accessible on multiple devices. You can stream anything from your collection to mobile devices, other computers, smart TVs, set-top boxes and more in the event where you have issues with your streaming service partner.

* Business interruption insurance. Can your business afford to lose access to data or to go offline for even brief periods of time? If not, you might want to consider business interruption insurance, which can cover some of the costs incurred in the event of data outages/losses. This insurance may also cover the subsequent loss of profits, too.

With the right insurance, hard-drive backups, encryption and other techniques, you can drastically reduce the potential consequences of cloud storage failures and keep your data safe and your business operating. Plus you'll be able to use the cloud with an even greater degree of confidence.


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