As we have all heard by now, the dreaded strike on the LIRR has been prevented with just three days left until deadline. This news has been a sigh of relief for the many commuters that use the service, especially those without capability for any form of remote work. Monday morning, trains ran as usual getting workers where they needed to be. While the need for telecommuting has been avoided in this case, having a virtual office in the cloud remains a powerful resource.
Throughout the lead up to the July 20th deadline, New Yorkers were often reminded of the aftermath of hurricane Sandy less than two years ago. Devastation in the metro area resulted in similar disruptions to transportation services and gridlocked traffic all across Long Island. Many workers even found themselves staying the night in their own offices to avoid these effects.
Environmental factors that disrupt the workweek are another major reason to consider a cloud-based infrastructure. In the case of hurricanes and blizzards, platforms like Office 365 allow workers to continue their work as normal. Weather hazards such as these also increase the risk of infrastructure failure that can result in losses of important data and other setbacks. In housing infrastructure in the cloud, recovery from disaster is made quicker and easier, and enables access to information despite the status of an offices central server. Microsoft Azure is one such platform that facilitates speedy disaster recovery.
All in all, pursuing cloud systems is still a very prudent choice for your business to make. Though the most recent threats to the workweek being avoided, disruptions to the daily commute can present themselves in other forms, such as inclement weather all the way up to natural disasters. By storing infrastructure and data in the cloud, you are not at the mercy of your environment and can safely continue working from any location.