The effects of load shedding on cloud backups

“Load shedding starts in 55 minutes”–South African proverb. All too often, we’ve seen how business owners (small and large) have been negatively affected by the ongoing surge of power cuts.

The cost of backup power mostly far outweighs the income available to pay for it. In other cases, the loss of income due to load shedding has caused many to hang up their aprons and close shop. Those businesses that have survived the load shedding apocalypse need to tighten their belts and invest in load shedding solutions that speak to their cyber security plans. Data backup is becoming a big concern with these frequent outages.

The country’s aging and poorly maintained power infrastructure has resulted in data continuity issues due to power cuts that can cause unsaved data. Mitigating the risk of data loss during load shedding is an important factor that all organisations within different sectors need to pay attention to. From manufacturing, farming, digital, financial, and pharmaceutical, to security and hospitality. All these industries and more, need to consider the ways in which they can ensure that their data is backed up and secure to avoid loss of information and downtime – at the cost of the already struggling economy.

Senior IT consultant Randall Thyssen, says that it is important to consider the type of cloud service you use. Services that offer various disaster recovery options that are specifically designed for power outages will save your company time and money – and that’s where we come in. We understand what downtime does to your company, so we invest in the best-of-breed software to make sure your data is always cloned and backed up. We support and facilitate any backup requirement: whether for a virtual or physical server environment, desktop and/or mobile, and on-premises or offsite. Our Disaster and recovery backup’s services are exactly what Thyssen recommends businesses invest in. Having a well-defined disaster recovery plan in place ensures the productivity and effectiveness of your company’s production during crises such as these.

Industry specialist Xavier Nel suggests that having cloud migration services is “operationally critical during power outages”. The importance of keeping employees online during power outages is important. You’ll be pleased to hear that our migration services can facilitate the migration of a full environment or only specific services and applications, from an on-premises location to a cloud-based location.

Having backup batteries and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) can also provide temporary power to servers and other equipment during power cuts, providing enough time to complete any urgent work that could have been otherwise lost by the abrupt power cuts. Incorporating alternative energy like solar power can mitigate the negative impact of the electricity grid on your business. Having backup generators that are installed by professionals can help some businesses manage the inconveniences suffered by the 2–10-hour periods of no electricity.

If you’re looking for cloud backup services that have a meticulous approach to disaster recovery, then get in touch with us today!


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