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Have A Disaster Recovery Plan For Your Business

By WillD|April 3rd,2018|Disaster Recovery|No comments

In 2010, our home city of Nashville experienced what was called a 1000-year flood, causing massive damage throughout the middle Tennessee area. Lives were lost, homes and business were destroyed. The physical damage is estimated to be as much as $2 billion.

hurricaneNobody expected this flood. We just thought we were going to get some rain. That’s how it works with disasters. Most of the time they’re unexpected and when they are expected, like in the case of hurricanes, there is still plenty of uncertainty as far as exact locations and severity of damages.

Most businesses have insurance to protect them in the event of a disaster. But it is equally as important to have an up-to-date disaster recovery plan (DRP) in place that has been thoroughly tested on a regular basis. Increasingly, technology DRPs have to prepare for cyber disasters as well as physical disasters such as flood, fire or earthquake.

A good Network DRP is a document that is created by your company’s IT department with plans for procedures for recovering and reinstating your networks, servers, and network applications. The plan should also address data recovery, and prioritize which data is the most critical to be recovered first.

Many companies have turned to the cloud for much of their networking needs, which usually has redundant backups in place. But not all IT systems can count on the cloud, such as some legacy and custom applications.

It is essential that your DRP be updated on a regular basis. Quarterly is a good idea, but do it at least once a year.

If DRP creation, testing, updating and implementing in the case of an actual disaster is more than your IT department can handle, consider an IT consulting firm that offers Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). With that in place, you can handle all the other things that are happening during such a stressful time for your business.

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Is It Time To Move Your Business To The Cloud?

By WillD|March 29th,2018|Cloud Services,Disaster Recovery|No comments

If your business handles a lot of data and you’ve been around for a while, it’s likely you have hardware like servers and routers to handle all that data. And you might be wondering, as those servers reach capacity again, if it is time to move to the cloud. Here are a few things to consider about making such a move.

Budget

clouds as sunsetIt is likely that moving to the cloud will save you money in the long run. Keeping and maintaining a data center is expensive. And you have to pay for everything you buy, whether you use it or not. With cloud services like Amazon Web Services (AWS), you can find plans that let you pay for only the storage you use. And you don’t need to have expensive IT professionals on staff full time. You can leave that up to your Network Services company.

Scalability

A lot of businesses have fluctuating needs when it comes to data management, like retailers who have a spike in sales during the holiday season or an education data company that has spikes during testing periods or the beginning of the school year. Using the cloud lets you easily scale up and back depending on your needs so you only pay for what you use.

Security

You may have heard something like, “there is no cloud, it is just someone else’s computers.” Well that’s true if that someone else has those computers in a secure locked-down site with closed circuit cameras, 24 hour security, and limited access by only a few people. Legitimate cloud services providers make sure they have the latest in security in place to protect your data and keep it away from unauthorized eyes.

Disaster Recovery

Natural and man-made disasters rarely give you advanced warning to properly backup your data. By having your business based in the cloud instead of hard drives and servers in your office means that in the event of is disaster like a fire or flood, your business can carry on without much of a hitch.

Increased Collaboration and Productivity

In today’s world, emailing documents with different chronological versions or sharing them on a flash drive has gone the way of pagers and DOS. Using collaboration tools like Google Apps for Office lets your team collaborate in real time, including version tracking and commenting. Live chat apps like Slack and Google Hangouts make it easy for team members to work remotely.

There may be some growing pains at first when you decide to go with cloud migration, especially for people who are resistant to any kind of change. But if you’re seriously considering it, then it is probably time to make the move.

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Disaster Happens – Is Your Business Ready? (Disaster Recovery)

By WillD|April 20th,2013|Disaster Recovery,IT,Security|No comments

Preparing for an emergency is a key factor to business continuity after a disaster. Wherever the threat comes from – whether it’s physical, virtual, network failure or cybercrime-related – it’s important your business is equipped to deal with the problem.

In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor estimates over 40 percent of businesses never reopen following a disaster. And when we consider these potential consequences, it’s important you have a disaster preparedness plan ready. In creating such a plan we recommend you consider the following:

Communication strategy – Make a plan about how you will communicate any disaster and its affects to your internal and external audiences – 40 % of businesses will never reopen following a disaster.

Financial management – Ensure you can still access your company accounts, pay bills on time and make the payroll.

Data backup – Keep your company information safe by backing up assets and storing a copy offsite on a regular basis, this will facilitate seamless disaster recovery.

Cloud-based software – Move software to cloud-based versions of the programs you use today. This acts as a great alternative to data backup and lets employees have access to email, important documents, contacts and calendars – anytime from virtually anywhere.

Technology updates – Maintain vigilance when it comes to keeping your technology updated with security patches to safeguard your network against the latest threats.

Give us a call/email today for a free disaster preparedness assessment.

615.353.1921  |  info@atiba.com

Thanks and be prepared!

Your Atiba Network Services Team

 

 

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