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As many of you will be aware, Hurricane Florence is forecast to bring heavy rains and high winds to central North Carolina, including the area where Keystone's offices are located.  We are monitoring the storm closely, and are making plans to minimize the impact the storm may have on us all.NOAA-Florence-image
  1. We have a generator for critical functions of the office.  In the event that our electric power goes out, our systems, servers, network, email, and phone system should remain unaffected.
  2. If the roads are unsafe for staff to travel to the office, our phones are VOIP and our customer support staff all have work-issued laptops.  This would allow customer support staff to work from home over a VPN and keep supporting you all.
    Depending on the severity of the storm, we may have difficulty responding to support calls as quickly as we'd like, but we'll be doing the best we possibly can.
  3. Customers that have their database hosted with us-- for years, we have been storing backup copies of everyone's databases off-site (in encrypted form) in case of emergency.  In case the hurricane is really terrible in this area, we have an emergency operations site prepared to be able to bring up all the hosted customers on cloud-based servers within a number of hours.  Should this be necessary, connecting to those cloud servers will require local admin rights to load a new set of KLAS support files.  We will be sending out information about the backup connections and plans to affected customers as needed.

Another area that we have been seeking to improve: providing a consistent place for customers to be able to check on the status of their database and connections so that it is quicker to identify where an issue might be occurring. As part of the 7.7 release that we are in the final stages of testing, we have been planning to roll out new status pages to report on the status of each library's database. 

For this weather event, Keystone is going to use an early version of this system to provide information to all customers on how we are weathering the storm.  The Keystone Status notification site is now accessible from the "Keystone Status" menu item on klausers.com and at this URL:  https://uptime.statuscake.com/?TestID=emlREBtN3e

This site will show the status of our Support and Hosting networks, and also provide us with a location to post any announcements. The Keystone Support network indicates, among other things, whether our email server is still receiving emails, and if we can expect our phone system to work. The Keystone Hosted Customers ISP indicates whether our hosting network is still communicating with the Internet, and therefore should the customer expect to be able to connect to the database with the staff functions.