Colorado Fires Threaten IT Businesses, Remind Them About Disaster Recovery

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The HP spokesperson issued a statement about the fires that read, "The fires in Colorado have resulted in the temporary closure of our facility in Colorado Springs. We can confirm that all HP employees were safely evacuated and no injuries were reported. HP is monitoring the situation closely, and has plans in place to assist our employees and minimize any disruption to our customers."

Storage vendor XIO, formerly known as Xiotech, last year moved its headquarters to Colorado Springs. A company spokesperson said the company is a safe distance from the fires, although several employees have been forced to evacuate their homes and stay with friends and relatives.

Arrow Electronics, the Englewood, Colo.-based distributor with facilities throughout Colorado, has so far been spared from the fires.

A company spokesperson, in an emailed response to a CRN query, wrote, "Through Arrow's business continuity team network, the company is monitoring the emergency situation across Colorado due to recent fire outbreaks, as the safety of our employees is always our top priority. Arrow’s facilities across Colorado have not been impacted by the fires, and Arrow is supporting employees and others in the community who have been evacuated from their homes by sponsoring a program to match employee contributions dollar for dollar."

Brocade's Colorado facility has been minimally impacted by the fires, a company spokesperson said.

In an emailed response, the spokesperson wrote, "The only issue we have been dealing with is associated smoke. To mitigate poor air quality, we have minimized the fresh air intake into the buildings to prevent unnecessary mixing and exposure with contaminated air. We will continue to monitor the situation in case it changes and will take any appropriate actions."


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