Towards the end of October 2015, Hurricane Patricia was deemed the most powerful tropical cyclone ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere. Only 30 hours after its peak of intensity, the storm weakened to nothing but a hurricane with less than a fraction of the initially reported power, explained The Weather Channel.
However, the hurricane hype did have many Mexican residents very worried. The storm’s path was set to roll through major parts of the country, including tourist hot spots along the coast such as Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta. The rainfall was considerable despite the failure of the storm to live up to the media frenzy.
The extreme rain caused flooding and a few mudslides. One, in the state of Michoacan, injured two citizens whose cars got caught in the slide, reported the source.
What could have been
The potential for damage, had the hurricane reached its full capacity, was monstrous. At its peak, meteorologists recorded winds of up to 200 mph, which, according to The Weather Channel, broke records for recorded sustained winds. Experts predicted winds could hit up to 165 mph upon landfall. Patricia even broke the record for the lowest central pressure. This hurricane was no joke.
Any natural disaster, whether it comes to fruition or not, has the tendency to remind people what there is to lose. U.S. citizens who heard the news of the storm were quick to conjure memories of the devastation Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy wreaked upon the American people.
Professor Bernard Weinstein of the University of North Texas estimated that the total economic loss of Hurricane Katrina totaled around $250 billion, according to a press release by the university. This number is so high because it accounts for not only damage caused by the storm but also the general disruption of business production throughout the duration of the tragedy.
Data protection, back-up and prioritization
For any company, the most harmful aftermath of these tropical storms can be the loss of critical business data.
While buildings can be rebuilt and business will eventually go back to normal, companies without online backup solutions in place can lose data permanently in these events. A recent study by a cloud services provider found that of the IT professionals they surveyed, 64 percent believed that their company would go out of business if key data disappeared and there was no recovery or back-up system in place.
Businesses can close due to lost data; it is not always just a matter of taking a hit in revenue.
With this in mind, companies should really reflect on the mechanisms they have in place to deal with disaster scenarios and the ensuing data loss. One helpful tool offered by leading backup service providers is called data prioritization. While all data should be backed up online, locally and remotely, there is undoubtedly some information in every company that is more valuable than others.
“Help your company cut your losses to a minimum by investing in the relevant data backup.”
Data prioritization allows companies to essentially categorize their data and then decide on the most fitting backup method for each. With this system, companies do not need to spend massive amounts of money to secure all of their data at the highest level. Companies can choose as few or as many files as they see fit and then protect them at varying levels of security.
For example, say you are a company that has created a unique coding system to optimize ecommerce landing pages. The files containing these codes would most likely qualify as highly important data to your company. These documents and online files can be protected by a three-tier back-system: online backup, which allows for access in the cloud; remote backup, which is secured in a safe offsite location; and local backup, which is stored close by for easy access at any time.
It goes without saying that natural disasters are a tragedy. Help your company cut your losses to a minimum by investing in the relevant data backup and data prioritization systems.