The East Coast is feeling the effects of Hurricane Sandy, a category 1 hurricane barreling up the coast and hitting New Jersey, New York and Boston, as we speak. Evacuations have forced thousands out of their homes in the Big Apple and surrounding towns. Here in Boston, my friends and colleagues not far from the city are already dealing with power outages and my fingers are crossed as I write this post from my kitchen table. This map shows what’s coming as the storm’s leading edge comes around toward us.
As I was prepping the flashlight and bottled water last night, we made the decision to close Currensee offices today to keep our employees safe and sound. The remarkable thing about the closing of the office is that 5-10 years ago, there would have been no such thing as work from home. Unless you had a hard connection into your company’s VPN, you were outta luck, which meant that business stopped.
Today, I have had continuous instant messenger conversations with at least five Currensee team members, made progress on a variety of projects and talked to clients from around the world via Skype. Even though I am not in the office, it’s pretty much business as usual. The Trade Leaders, of course, are all around the world in their own offices. The other amazing thing is that our operations and systems continue to run seamlessly, although our Ops team is at home manning the systems remotely. Thanks to our stellar Engineering team, all of our staff is trained and ready to keep the business running for our clients.
We are hosting our service in a tier 3 data center facility that is equipped with redundant power, security, and environmental controls. Our data center provider has been preparing for the storm since last Thursday. Both our data center provider staff and Currensee operations team are standing by to take action should storm related damage threaten our service.
Planning for an emergency is about being prepared and in the back of your mind hoping that you never need to implement your emergency plan. I’m proud of our team for great planning, infrastructure and foresight to make Hurricane Sandy just another day “at the office.”
Stay safe, friends.
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