Notice of Global Technology Supply Chain Shortage

To our valued clients and business partners,

The World Health Organization has officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic, with global economic implications that we have already begun to see. The supply chain consequences stemming from the current lock-down in China are real, and we are feeling the impact now in Canada.

What does this mean for your business?

Currently, there is little-to-no stock available for the majority of notebooks, desktops, and other technologies. Lead times are approximately six to eight weeks in most cases; however, we could see these lead times increase as long as the supply chain out of China remains interrupted. These delays are being compounded as well by the on-going shortages of Intel processors required to manufacture desktops, laptops, and servers.
We will continue to work with our vendors to provide updated statements around lead times and availability, which you will find below on this page.
In the meantime, Bulletproof recommends expediting your hardware procurement activities in anticipation of the potentially extreme delays.

Official Announcements from our Technology Partners

To our valued customers and partners,
Cisco has been closely monitoring and responding to the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak in mainland China and around the world. Our top priorities are the satisfaction and support of our customers and partners, as well as the health and wellbeing of the people who work for and with Cisco. We are mobilizing our resources and technology to help the people affected by this difficult situation.

We also activated our incident management processes, including Global Business Resiliency (GBR) and Supply Chain Incident Management (SCIM), which are designed to rapidly respond to unexpected events like this outbreak. As has been widely reported, the potential impact to global supply chains may be significant. We are aggressively responding to minimize the impact to Cisco’s supply chain and our customers, while prioritizing the safety of our employees, our suppliers’ employees, and their families.

Cisco has extensive operations in the regions affected by the Coronavirus, including manufacturing, component supplier, and logistics operations. While many facilities have begun to resume operations, there are additional precautions and safeguards in place to ensure worker safety and continuity. Visibility to materials remains a challenge, as well as worker availability, and logistics and customs issues. Cisco is working aggressively to overcome these challenges by rerouting orders, expediting alternative component supply, and adding manufacturing capabilities in other regions. ...Continue Reading

4: Do our backups have backups?

Redundancy means making sure your recovery plan doesn’t rely on any single backup source. A simple electrical generator can save hours during a disaster and is just one of the many different but powerful systems your business could have in place.
Virtualization is another very powerful addition to a redundancy system. It goes beyond backing up files and data by creating a virtual copy of each workspace. This means that during recovery, all of the applications, settings, data, and customizations stored in the system are restored as well, allowing your business to pick up exactly where it left off.

5: Does my team know what roles they have in our plan?

Knowing what to do during a disaster is not solely the job of management. Each person should not only have, but know and practice their part in the plan.
There should be a clear system of whose tasks are essential, and what knowledge, help, and tools they need. In an emergency, everyone should know who is making important phone calls, who is in charge of getting essential systems operating, and who has the authority to make real-time decisions.
Personnel should be trained, have regular drills, and have their roles updated over time to account for changes in staff, system, or need.

6: Have we actually tested our disaster recovery plan?

The middle of a crisis is not the time to find out about you miscalculated or missed something. The entire process could be derailed. Test the plan beforehand and remain open so that feedback can inform better solutions. Test it regularly and under different circumstances. Does the time of year have an effect? If someone is sick or away, can the plan be adjusted?
Any plan is better than nothing. While the future is unpredictable, we can plan our response to it. 
With decades of experience, Bulletproof Infotech knows how to design a disaster recovery plan that not only fits your situation and budget but minimizes losses to your business even when the worst happens.
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