Keep Your Network In-Session During Summer Break

If you’re reading this, chances are your devices, routers, servers and other equipment have weathered the abrupt transition to remote working (and for many, homeschooling). More importantly, so have you. 

Now it’s time to prep for the disruptions we can see coming – summer weather.

At the risk of sounding alarmist, the upcoming months bring risks to our networks that make spilled drinks and overtaxed modems look, well, elementary. From May to November in our native North Carolina, hurricanes, floods, heat and fires can all impact our ability to work. While extreme weather may be unavoidable, its devastating impacts don’t have to be. Here are a few tips to protect your equipment this summer, whether it’s at home or in the office:

  • Don’t skimp on surge protectors: Investing in a high-end power strip will keep your equipment properly grounded. This is especially important when one of those pop-up summer storms sends a power surge barreling toward your circuits. 
  • Back it up: Don’t let one damaged hard drive sink your operations. Back up your data and, if possible, keep a second copy stored securely offsite.
  • Proper storage:  Closets are not the ideal space to store items that are plugged in as they need proper cooling and airflow to release the heat output.  So keep in mind this summer that a closet is meant for boxes; not your expensive tech equipment.
  • Elevate everything: Whether you’re accounting for spilled sodas or floodwaters, raising your equipment off the ground is the first step in keeping it safe from moisture of any kind. (This may seem obvious, but it’s amazing how many computer towers and wi-fi routers we still find on the ground). 
  • Have a plan: While not every emergency is foreseeable, events like hurricanes hardly pop up unannounced. Putting a disaster policy in place will prep your equipment and personnel for what’s coming. 

Summer weather itself isn’t alarming, especially in light of what we’ve already faced. But the season does create risk factors that need to be accounted for. As we’ve all learned by now, a little planning goes a long way. 

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