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Stay Connected in the Snow

When we get big snowfalls, our team can’t get anything done because we can’t get to the office to access files and applications.

When snow falls and you can’t make it out of your driveway, work doesn’t have to come to a standstill. Last year, businesses lost billions due to lost productivity from snow. Cloud-based solutions can help your office stay connected and productive during severe weather.

Email Access

Web-based email with IMAP provides email access in the office via a preferred email client, like Outlook or Mac Mail. But, if you can’t get onto your company’s network remotely, you can access webmail via any web browser. The interface may look a little different from your local email program, but still allows you to perform all the basic email functions you’re used to and to see those changes at your workstation when you get back to the office.

Hosted Exchange with Outlook offers Outlook Web Access (OWA). Using OWA, you have browser-based access with the same basic features and settings as Outlook. Data is automatically synced back to the desktop program. The full OWA experience is only available with Internet Explorer 7 and above, FireFox 3 and above, Safari 3 on a Mac, and Google Chrome 5 and above. OWA Lite is the comparable version for other browsers.

File Access

A cloud file storage system keeps your files accessible regardless of what’s on the ground in your yard. Install on your computer and simply navigate to the assigned drive on your computer, open, view, edit, and save required files. The updated documents are available to anyone who has access to the file drive.

Hosted SharePoint expands file storage capabilities. Files can be edited with version controls and deep integration with Microsoft Office applications. SharePoint features include the ability to post content directly to your website, instantly publish blog posts, and perform project management tasks.

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) encrypts all information between your network and an authenticated user. Workers can access anything residing on your network from their chosen ISP with the same level of security as working in the office. See options in dedicated hosting.

Interested in laying the groundwork of a comprehensive disaster recovery plan for more serious weather occurrences? Take a look at our Disaster Recovery services.

About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Lizetta Staplefoote.

Lizetta Staplefoote is a Rackspace Marketing Copywriter with a decade of experience writing about small business challenges for healthcare, real estate, and technology. Her passion is researching and writing about the impact of cloud computing. When she's not wordsmithing, she enjoys hanging out with her sons, exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains, and feeding her music addiction.


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