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How to prepare for Verizon's 2-day cloud shutdown

Sharon Gaudin | Jan. 9, 2015
With some of Verizon's enterprise customers about to lose their cloud service for up to two days, now is the time for them to prepare for the extended downtime.

Olds noted that since Verizon Cloud came out of beta in the third quarter of 2014, a lot of users will still be in the "tire kicking" stage and won't be as significantly affected as users who have a lot of mission critical apps and data in the cloud service.

To limit potential headaches, companies should be sure employees and work groups clearly understand what's coming this weekend, said Charles King, an analyst with Pund-IT.

If users know what's coming, they can access necessary files and documents before the Saturday morning shutdown and plan for any potential communication issues.

"That doesn't mean an emergency won't arise," King said. "In fact, in the 24/365 global business model so many companies follow these days, something's bound to happen over the weekend. It would be wise for organizations to create contingency plans to deal with problems, including distributing alternative contact information, including personal phone numbers and email addresses."


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