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South Dakota sees a significant number of tornadoes - our state has seen as many as 30 storms over a season. The majority of these storms generally strike during June, but sometimes can appear later on, like this year’s sudden tornadoes that struck on September 8th. Storms like these can serve as a reminder of how crucial it is to be prepared for potential disasters year-round… not just when they are most likely to strike.
South Dakota is no stranger to tornadoes, as our state overlaps the area known as ‘Tornado Alley.’ Tornadoes are created when rising air is whipped around by conflicting air currents at various heights. As this spinning air moves across the ground, it rises and sinks as it heats up and cools. Fortunately, most storms don’t feature air warm enough or fast enough to form the recognizable funnel.
However, those that do can create a highly destructive storm system, capable of traveling for miles and causing considerable damage. On average, this happens primarily during the summer months, as you can see:
However, this year proved to be an outlier, as not one, not two, but three tornadoes touched down on September 8. This marked the first time in 20 years that there had been any tornado activity during September.
These storms caused some pretty significant damage to populated areas, causing power outages and damage to city structures. As a technology company, my team and I can’t help but wonder how much data was lost in this event as well.
How does your organization ensure that it can continue to stay in business in the event of a catastrophic disaster, whether it is a tornado, or a fire, or some other event? Maybe you weren’t in the tornado’s path, but you may have been affected by the power outages that it caused. Extended amounts of downtime can really put a strain on a business, and even though you can insure your property, that insurance isn’t going to guarantee that your doors stay open.
If a business exclusively keeps its data in-house, those files are made susceptible to whatever disaster strikes the business. By only keeping them on a local network (or worse, on a single device), a business is effectively gambling its crucial data against the likelihood of a disaster. This, to be frank, is no way to operate a business if you have any hope of it succeeding for any considerable length of time.
My team has a better option to offer you.
For now, we can sum up the parts of a BDR solution as follows:
We understand how significant your data is to your success, which is why we actively fight against the influence of tornadoes and other threats to ensure your data will be preserved. To learn more about what we offer, reach out to KT Connections by calling 888-891-4201, or fill out the form here!
Rodd Ahrenstorff is the Director of Business Operations for KT Connections, as well as a member of the company’s ownership team starting in 2014. Rodd has been working in the computer and telecommunication fields for over twenty years—a term during which he has held a number of leadership positions. In the past, he has served as a broadcast television engineer, an systems architect, and most recently Director of Information Technology, including a role as a HIPAA Security Officer for behavioral health and multi-specialty medical providers.