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4 Reasons to Outsource Backup Recovery

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Backup and Disaster Recovery, Blog

Whether it’s a small business or a large corporation, having a backup recovery system in place is crucial for securing your data and ensuring that if disaster ever strikes – you’re prepared. As essential as this protocol is to the operational continuity of a business, disaster recovery preparation often gets ignored or denied the attention and thought it deserves, until it is too late. Every business, no matter the size, should have a disaster recovery plan in place, and backup recovery plays a large role. Here are four reasons why backup recovery must be a priority, and why businesses are well advised to outsource it:   Protect your Data and your Business   In the modern age, technology is irreversibly intertwined with every required to keep a business operating smoothly, from data storage to customer communication to accounting. Every element of your organization relies upon this data at some point in the chain to ensure smooth operation. It should go without saying that protecting this data must be a top priority. On-site data backups have their place, but in the event of an on-site incident such as hardware failure, power failure, power surge, theft, or disaster such as fire or flood, this data will be lost. Outsourced backups ensure...

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Downtime Costs More Than You Realize

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in Backup and Disaster Recovery, Blog, Business Image

Many SMB owners think IT downtime only costs them a few productive hours, but there’s a lot more at stake when your systems go down. Customer satisfaction and loss of brand integrity are just two of the key losses apart from the more evident costs such as lost productivity and a temporary dip in sales. Here’s a few other ways downtime can hurt your business: 1. Customer Loss – Today’s buyer lacks patience. They are used to getting everything at the click of a mouse, at the tap of a finger. Suppose they are looking for the kind of products or services that your business offers and your site doesn’t load or is unavailable — even if temporarily – you are likely to lose them to a competitor permanently. 2. Damage to Brand Reputation – Customers are now using Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and blogs to vent their bad brand experiences. Imagine an irate customer who doesn’t know if their card was charged on your site, or not, due to a server error. If it’s your bad day, they could use one of these mediums to share their bad experience, which could be viewed by hundreds of people (not to mention, be available if a new...

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5 Ways to Preserve Your SMB’s Network and Systems

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Backup and Disaster Recovery, Blog

In today’s business world, there is nothing as essential—or as vulnerable—as your business network. It provides access to your critical applications and houses your sensitive business and customer data. A single network security breach can shut down your business operations for days or even allow hackers to steal your data. And yet, far too many businesses either have no virus protection, expired virus software licenses or disabled virus programs that aren’t running at all. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of 5 things your business can do right now to ensure the security and preservation of your network and systems. Backup Files Every Day – As catastrophic as data loss is, the number of businesses that still are not backing up their network is unbelievable. According to the Symantec Small to Medium Size Businesses (SMB) data, only 23% of SMBs are backing up their data on a daily basis and fewer than 50% are backing up data weekly. Any number of events can result in data loss, so the importance of frequently backing up your network cannot be overstated. Ensure Backup Procedures Are Checked Regularly – Many times business owners think that they have a backup system in place only to find out after it’s too late that it...

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Six Steps to Better Data Backup and Quicker Recovery

Posted by on Nov 19, 2013 in Backup and Disaster Recovery, Blog

Many small-medium business owners are diligent about making regular and thorough backups of key business data to protect themselves from disasters. Yet, there are still some who wait until disaster strikes to remember to safeguard their assets. Depending where your business falls on the spectrum, to make sure your business data is safe and easily accessible in the unfortunate event of a disaster, here are six steps to follow: Think Quicker Recovery Time, Not Quicker Backup – While incremental backups are much faster than executing a full-backup, they also prolong recovery time. In the event of data loss, a full restore will require loading the most recent full backup and then each incremental backup tape. Having too many incremental backup tapes not only adds time to this restoration process, but it also increases the probability of not recovering all of your data. A tape could be lost, unintentionally skipped over, or contain corrupted data. Be sure to focus on optimizing the restore time to ensure faster data recovery. A quicker recovery time should be the main objective, not the need for a quicker backup process. Maintain Sufficient Backup History – Within the blink of an eye, current data files can become corrupted and inaccessible. This will necessitate the loading...

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Can You Really Afford Not to Have a Backup Plan?

Posted by on Nov 11, 2013 in Backup and Disaster Recovery, Blog

According to Symantec SMB, 50% of SMBs admit to having no backup and disaster recovery plan in place. 41% of those surveyed confessed that they had never even given much thought to implementing a disaster recovery or business continuity plan. If you are one of them, then you really need to think about whether you can afford the status quo. Answering these questions will help you decide. 1. How often is employee productivity and customer accessibility or service stalled each day from a downed network or system? 2. How much downtime can your business truly afford and what kind of backup or recovery solutions are in effect when systems are unavailable? 3. What level of IT support can be accessed? Can it be accessed quickly enough to minimize damage? Are you confident that your business can either be back online or be able to access lost data with minimal disruption, no matter what? 4. Is your most critical data frequently backed up? Is the data on the personal laptops, iPads or Blackberrys of employees backed up? Are all backups stored in a location off-site and quickly accessible in the event of theft, fire or flooding? Are you using any custom installed software and is the supplier still in business...

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Understand How Data Loss Can Happen…

Posted by on Nov 4, 2013 in Backup and Disaster Recovery, Blog

Small business owners are often worried about data loss. Rightly so, because data loss has the potential to wipe out a business. We have identified the most common forms of data loss so you can see how they fit into your business and assess the risks related to each of these pitfalls. 1. Human Error – Human error – by way of unintentional data deletion, modification, and overwrites – has become much more prevalent in recent years. Much of this is the result of carelessly managed virtualization technology. While virtualization and cloud computing have enabled improved business continuity planning for many businesses and organizations, humans must still instruct this technology how to perform. The complexity of these systems often presents a learning curve that can involve quite a bit of trial and error. For instance, a support engineer may accidentally overwrite the backup when they forget to power off the replication software prior to formatting volumes on the primary site. They will be sure to never do that ever again, but preventing it from happening in the first place would be more ideal. 2. File Corruption – Unintended changes to data can occur during writing, reading, storage, transmission and processing – making the data within the file inaccessible. Software...

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