With predicted Tropical Storm Hermine brewing in the Atlantic, company offers to hold email at no charge for businesses in the storm's path
Bad weather can create a perfect storm for business. With Invest 99--predicted to become Tropical Storm Hermine--threatening the Southeastern United States, AppRiver has once again activated its free Digital Disaster Preparedness Service (DDPS). First made available in 2005, DDPS is a service designed to prevent businesses from losing email in the event of a mail server outage. It is offered at no charge to organizations facing imminent natural disasters such as a hurricane or flooding.
"With our US headquarters in Northwest Florida, we're no strangers to nature's fury," said Michael Murdoch, CEO and president of AppRiver. "During a natural disaster, business owners should be focusing on making sure their families are safe--not fretting about lost email that can lead to lost business. Providing our Digital Disaster Preparedness Service to businesses this hurricane season will help them return to normal as soon as possible--and hopefully give them one less thing to worry about during a stressful time."
So what exactly is the DDPS? DDPS is a special offering to businesses that lie within the cone of uncertainty in advance of a hurricane or other natural disaster. The cloud-based service averts email loss and bounced messages by redirecting an organization's email to one of AppRiver's secure data centers, while also blocking any spam and virus messages. Once the danger passes and connectivity is restored, AppRiver will forward all outage-period email back to the company's servers, free of charge.
Registration is simple and typically takes less than 10 minutes to complete. Businesses need only contact AppRiver to receive step-by-step instructions for redirecting their email to AppRiver. Almost immediately, AppRiver will begin monitoring the company's server activity. When AppRiver detects a loss in connectivity with the email server, its service will begin queuing the business' incoming messages in one of its safely located, hardened data centers until the business's servers are able to receive email again.
And while hurricanes can be forecast days before landfall, fires and power outages are harder to predict. Businesses who are not located in the cone of a hurricane, but would like to protect themselves from other disasters might also consider trying AppRiver's Email Continuity Service risk-free for 30 days.
AppRiver offers cloud-based cybersecurity and productivity services to 53,000 companies worldwide, with more than 10 million mailboxes under its protection. Launched in 2002 as a spam and virus filtering company, AppRiver has since added Web malware protection, email encryption, secure archiving and email continuity to its suite of security services. The company is also among the world's top providers of Office 365 and Secure Hosted Exchange. All services are offered on a pay-as-you-use basis with a free, fully supported 30-day trial and 24/7 US-based Phenomenal Care™ customer service. Easy, effective and affordable solutions – backed by white-glove customer care – have enabled the company to maintain an annual 93-percent customer retention rate. AppRiver is headquartered in Florida and maintains offices in Georgia, Texas, New York, Switzerland and Spain.