Disaster Planning & IT Infrastructure Accessibility

Written by Daniel Fay on March 18, 2020

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Mother Nature is the hardest variable to predict when it comes to maintenance and high availability for your IT infrastructure. Natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, typhoons, and earthquakes are hard to predict and even harder to prepare for. Adequate planning, testing, and time need to be invested to ensure your data, servers, and IT resources are safe during a natural event. JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service® can help provide peace of mind by moving identity management and security to the cloud.

According to NOAA, a trending increase in hurricane and tropical storm activity has been on the rise since the 1950s. This increase in a storm’s PDI (Power Dissipation Index) has been statistically increasing due to an increase in global temperatures. These potential increases in strength and activity of tropical storms can have a detrimental effect on people, businesses, and countries along the coasts. If global trends toward stronger and larger storms continue, it will be increasingly difficult for local businesses to carry out day-to-day operations without having adequate disaster recovery, assurance, and evacuation plans. 

IT Resiliency in the Aftermath of a Disaster 

FEMA reports that approximately 40-60% of small-to-medium businesses don’t reopen after a natural disaster. This could be due to a number of factors, but many closures may be avoidable if proper steps and remediation plans are put into effect. A great first step is to develop a good redundancy plan or off-site location for data. Many small and medium-sized businesses are still running on-prem business critical services on hardware servers at the office. These on-prem resources could result in a single point of failure, risking a much larger impact to operations if a disaster event were to happen. 

Atmospheric events aren’t the only possible issues on the horizon. As the globe has become aware of the COVID-19 virus spreading across multiple continents, many conferences and events have canceled operations or moved to a full-cloud model. In the event of an epidemic, the CDC, state, and federal governments have issued a work-from-home policy for businesses that have the ability to do so. As the need for remote flexibility grows, an evolving pattern toward cloud-based, highly-available platforms are becoming necessary. 

Addressing Risk With On-Prem IT Infrastructure 

Identity management in the traditional sense consists of an on-prem server most commonly running Open Directory®, LDAP, or Active Directory®. Running your business-critical applications or directories on-prem requires a VPN connection into the office in order to properly control your identities and systems. This methodology creates another resource to maintain and a potential point of failure. If a disaster occurs, how quickly can you restore your network connections? If there is a critical hardware failure or lack of redundancy in the model, it could take weeks to get your systems recovered and operational, with some permanent losses possible.  

Without a solid Disaster Recovery (DR) Plan or cloud-forward model, the potential risk for data loss, downtime, and overall costs to the company rises. By eliminating the need for on-prem hardware and equipment, companies can be assured their access, data, and identities are safe during the event of a possible natural disaster or critical event. 

Moving IAM to the Cloud for Increased Resiliency 

JumpCloud was designed to be an alternative to Active Directory and LDAP. It can act as the single, central directory for virtually all resources and protocols, including Office 365™ and G Suite™, Mac®, Windows®, and Linux® systems, and the hundreds of SAML applications your organization might use. It’s built on a secure, robust platform in the cloud and there are multiple high-availability zones which are continuously maintained and monitored by our team.

In this way, system and user management is entirely done in the cloud — meaning no servers, no VPN (except for added security as desired), no RDP, and only one platform to govern your resources. All management and administration is done within a single pane of glass. JumpCloud’s Admin Console gives you and your IT team the flexibility of centralized administration from within a browser window. 

Leveraging JumpCloud, you can rest easy knowing your company’s identities, security, and access to cloud-applications will always be available. Allowing employees to work-from-home has become a whole lot easier without the worry of losing security or operational access to your business’s many different resources.

JumpCloud is transparent on its pricing model and is tailored for cloud-forward, mixed-platform environments. Your first 10 users are free for life, and you pay only for what you need based on two pricing models: Pro or Build-Your-Own-Directory™ (BYOD). The Pro plan includes all protocols, system management, and the base directory, while the BYOD pricing model allows you to choose the different protocols, resources, and items you need for your business. Try JumpCloud for free today.

Daniel Fay

Daniel Fay is a Product Marketing Manager at JumpCloud.

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