This Weeks Cloud Forecast

Mark Twain was once quoted as saying “don’t like the weather now, just wait five minutes”.   This sentiment certainly rings true this time of year in most parts of the country.  Spring is the time of year for experiencing quick changes in weather patterns.  As I look out my window in marvel at nature’s clouds and at the same time utilizing the Cloud that modern technology provides, I can’t help but realize the correlation of the climate and how it relates to technology and business.  Looking at the definitions of the warm, cold, stationary or occluded weather fronts it is easy to explore how this conveys the business operational climate.

Warm Front:

A warm front in weather terms is the transition zone between a mass of warm air and the colder air it is replacing.  The air behind the front is warmer and moister than the cold air that is in front of it.

Much like the warmer weather in the spring signifies a change for the better in the seasons, you can enjoy a new season with your business and a “warmer” approach in the way that day-to-day operations are handled. Technology can bring a whole new take on your backup strategy.  Consider for a moment how many people feel during the colder months of winter; slow, sluggish, and even lethargic, now imagine the sluggish and tedious nature of having to move tape backups to and from their designated “storage” areas.

When you take the approach of leveraging the Cloud to automatically backup your environment, it allows you and your team to become more active, strategic and at ease knowing that your data is backed up and protected.  Getting ahead of the warm front allows you to be more agile, active and aware. That is enough to give most business owners a warm and comfortable feeling.

Stationary Front:

When a warm or cold front stops moving, it becomes a stationary front.

It is hard to imagine a worse place for a business to be in than that of a stationary one.  Your business may find itself in this position right now.  You are trying to move forward into warmer conditions but you are stalled, not knowing the best direction to head. The transition from a cold front to a warm front can be challenging for a business.  Often times leveraging “different” technology meant to move one’s business forward with their data backups does just the opposite.

While cost consideration plays into most business decisions, sometimes clouded judgement obscures the path to the best solution.  In time of need, an extra few cents spent on ensuring the recovery of sensitive data will be an investment well made in averting a true disaster for your business.  When identifying the appropriate Cloud backup solutions look for a company to not merely meet, but exceed your standards. Do your homework and leverage a personalized Cloud expert to make sure your team is set up for success and your data is securely protected.  A noticeable temperature change or shift that happens in wind direction is commonly observed when crossing from one side of a stationary front to the other. Aren’t you ready for a shift to warmer weather on the other side of the cold front?

Cold Front:

A cold weather front is where a cold air mass is replacing a warmer air mass. The air behind a cold front is colder and drier than the air in front of it.  When a cold front passes through, temperatures can dramatically drop, sometimes more than 15 degrees in an hours time.

Interestingly enough a cold front moves from northwest to southeast, and that is precisely where you can find your data heading; “south”!  If you have not employed a data backup strategy, that temperature drop is actually your blood running cold when you realize that you have lost years of your work, because you were still hung up wondering which way to go with a technology strategy. On the topic of saving a penny, it is a reminder to NOT take a step back in the cold with your backup process. If you and your team evaluate your current spending and determine that the backup solution is no longer needed because you and your team have not experienced a disaster in years, you are priming your data backup for failure. You may find yourself in the dark and cold and it will take time, effort and much more money to get your business back up, warm and heading in the right direction.

Occluded Front:

When a cold front catches up with the warm front the line where the two fronts meet is called an occluded front. The weather can become quite stormy at the point of an occluded front.

There are many businesses that find themselves at that occluded spot.  The cold air of stagnancy is behind them, the warm, comfortable weather is ahead of them and here they are stuck in the middle in the storm. If you have not prepared with appropriate back-up that is precisely the place you will be, in the eye of the storm. As you take the time to evaluate your current practices and the technology you are using, take stock of how important that data is to you. How much does it mean to your company and how it functions? Factor in the appropriate business resources and budget to implement the appropriate strategy needed to protect your investment. Even though the transition from a cold to warm may be tumultuous the overall weather on the other side of that is going to be good. When you take some lessons from the weather and think about your business in a new way, you will find that there is more precision and a predictive factor in the “weather” than you think when you look towards the Cloud.