The December holidays have the ability to bring the world to a standstill. With New Years following so closely behind Christmas, many businesses close up in time for the 24th and don’t open again until the new year has begun. This practice is great for your employees, who get to enjoy some well-earned time off with their loved ones. But that time off becomes considerably less enjoyable when returning to work means returning to a disaster.
Before you lock the doors for the last time in 2016, there are a few things you need to do to make sure your IT is ready for its winter vacation. Your first step should be to get in touch with your IT provider, and let them know how long your office will be closed, and who they can contact in the event of an emergency. If ongoing monitoring of your systems and network is part of your service agreement, your provider will continue to take care of your infrastructure regardless of what time of year it is.
Make sure your data backups have been completed. If part of your onsite backup system involves external drives, take the drives home with you, or have a trusted employee hang on to them. That way, if a storm or some other disaster should strike your office, your data backups will be safe and sound. Determine which of your systems need to be left running for the duration, and make sure that any PCs or servers that will be left on are plugged into battery backups in case of a power failure.
If you or your staff intend to spend some time on the clock during this stretch, either at the office or from home, your IT provider will still be available to help with any IT emergency that arises. Not everyone has the luxury of disconnecting completely over the holidays. If you need help accessing your hosted server from your in-laws house, or run into computer trouble and are the only person in the office, technical support is still just a call or email away.
Being away from the office should never be a source of stress. If you are unsure of how you should go about preparing your IT for intentional downtime – or what to do to avoid unintentional downtime afterwards – contact your IT provider.
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