2017 was the most expensive hurricane season on record, costing over $300 billion. The 2018 season offered some reprieve, but still made quite an impact on numerous regions, including Florida. The Weather Channel reports that while we may witness fewer storms in 2019, they won’t be any less dangerous. We can expect a total of 13 named storms, and seven hurricanes, with two of them categorized as major hurricanes (Category 3 or stronger).
Not only can hurricanes shutter a company for good (FEMA reports that half of small businesses never reopen following a disaster), the possible downtime can lead to loss of business, loss of data, damage to reputation, and even lawsuits.
If this isn’t worrisome enough, FEMA recently released new flood maps that put parts of Florida in the danger zone that were previously considered safe. The changes affect those in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties, which includes 67 Sunshine State cities, including Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater. While the biggest concern for residents may be the insurance hikes, businesses in these areas are now worried about the safety of their on- and off-premise data.
With hurricanes on the horizon and new flood zones mapped out, organizations of every size are considering making Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) part of their data security plan. DRaaS offers the services organizations need to protect their data in the event of a natural disaster, as well as power outages, data breaches, and human error. In fact, the DRaaS market is expected to climb from $2 billion to $12.5 billion by 2022.
Want to learn more about DRaaS? Our free, 14-page eBook, DRaaS: Everything You Need to Know, is filled with valuable information, including helpful statistics and visual aids to give you the scoop on each of the following:
Planning for the Inevitable
- Learn why 50% of small businesses never reopen following a disaster, and how you can prepare for—and survive—disaster.
Biggest Causes for Concern
- Delve into the events organizations fear most: data breaches and cyberattacks, natural disasters, power outages, and human error.
How DRaaS Makes a Difference
- Discover the top 10 reasons organizations use DRaaS, from the ease of implementation, to the high levels of security.
Cost Benefits of DRaaS
- Learn why DRaaS isn’t just a money-saver, but a money-maker.
DRaaS in Action
- See how DRaaS saved the Florida Department of Agriculture and Florida Southern College from disaster in two real-world examples.
Choosing a DRaaS Provider
- Provider or partner? Some DRaaS companies will be by your side, while others remain hands-off.
- A step-by-step guide taking you through the onboarding process with a new DRaaS provider.
If you’re concerned about hurricane season 2019, other disasters, and/or the new FEMA flood zones, DSM can help with our unparalleled DRaaS solution. To ensure the safety of your workloads, our data centers are located high and dry in the center of the state, with geo-diverse locations; in the event of a disaster, we can temporarily move your data to a different facility, so it is kept safe and accessible.
Contact DSM today to learn more, or download our free eBook.