Data backup is crucial – especially since data is becoming a critical component of business success. Technology for data backup, storage, encryption and recovery is rapidly changing to keep up with the explosion of data. Globally, more organizations are turning to cloud storage services to store their data. If you or your organization is considering using cloud services for data backup and storage, here are some reasons why it would be useful to backup data in the cloud:Read More
Cloud based customer satisfaction is directly related to the efficiency and quality of the cloud services provided and the type and extent of the cloud support given. Customers demand customized services, depending on the nature of their business. Therefore, it is necessary to realize what customers actually need and what types of services are best for them. Detailed communication must be provided through strong and reliable customer support services. In fact, open communication is one of the best ways to make clients satisfied and happy.Read More
Cloud storage e-discovery becomes essential when legal jurisdiction demands to provide discoverable data. In such circumstances, enterprises cannot get cloud services that do not support these legal mandates.Read More
Businesses can survive in a competitive world by mitigating risks and accepting there will be unpredicted challenges. In order to address those challenges, enterprises develop a set of rules and procedures for how to react when an event occurs. Regardless of whether you’re dealing with different networks, systems and geographies or just your single office, it is important to have a predefined set of expectations for how your business will react to various situations. Part of these expectations includes your Service Level Agreements (SLAs). Since many organizations are utilizing an outsourced partner for cloud-based services, it is critical to understand what SLAs might apply and ensure that both parties are in agreement.Read More
Cloud service providers, including cloud backup, support a lot of clients, but typically, they do not modify contracts to accomplish individual demands. For such reason, majority of public cloud service providers give almost similar services to all of their customers regardless of their needs. Such types of services might have some kind of associated risks. In order to reduce these risks, it is necessary that service consumers and service providers get agreed on certain targets and expectations.Read More
Companies understand the importance of data backup, therefore, they use some form of data backup solution for data protection. It is critical that companies test their recovery procedure. It is the duty of the IT admin to test backup plans and their validity from time to time. Always keep in mind that disaster can occur at anytime, and you certainly don't want to do your testing during an actual disaster.
Testing is Critical
Testing for disaster recovery (DR) is not an option; in fact, it is a basic requirement of any system.Read More
One of the most challenging tasks in data backup is the capture of files that are open or in use by an application. Many users believe that if they select a file for backup, for example the Outlook PST file that contains your email, contacts and calendar, it will be included whenever a backup occurs. Unfortunately, they often find out when attempting to recover the file that it has not actually been backed up.
Normally, Operating Systems like Windows do not permit users to perform any action on an open file and since applications like Outlook are rarely shut down by most users, the open file could not be backed up. So how do you ensure that open files like your Outlook PST are backed up in order to ensure you can perform data recovery in case of a disaster?Read More
It is critical to test your disaster recovery plan to identify any flaws in the environment. Mere desktop exercises do not create foolproof disaster recovery (DR) plans. Rather, detailed testing is required to determine if the disaster recovery plan is working as it is expected to. A question arises: how do you test a DR plan to get accurate results? It isn’t reasonable to think a business can create disastrous situations to test the validity of a plan. So, what can you do? It is good to simulate a disaster scenario and follow the steps of the DR plan to identify and improve the elements. For instance, one scenario could be that the local data center is unavailable and impossible to recover due to storm, earthquake, fire or flood. What types of options are in the list to handle this situation? What is your recovery time objective (RTO)? Can you recover important data to maintain business continuity? To get answers of these questions, you need to execute one of the following tests.Read More
If an organization is not well prepared for a disaster, recovery procedures can become hard. When flexibilities are not included in your disaster recovery (DR) plan, even a simple process change could turn into a complicated issue.
Therefore, it makes sense to review your disaster recovery plan to determine its reliability. Ask different questions concerning your DR plan to understand its significance during natural or man-made disasters. Here are some questions that can help you in evaluating your DR plan:Read More
Every day, thousands of laptops are either lost or stolen. Often, the pain of the loss isn’t about the physical hardware, but the data that is stored on it. The lost laptop might have years of research information or GBs of important data that cannot be replaced. The desperation over the lost data can even drive some to posting rewards on the Internet in hopes of retrieving the invaluable information. It is a terrible situation so, if you’ve not experienced this problem, you should be grateful because it could happen when you least expect it. To help protect yourself against the pain and agony of a lost or stolen laptop, the best solution is to backup your data and sensitive information to another device like a removable media disk drive, and/or securely stored the data somewhere else to an offsite location using cloud backup and recovery services over the Internet.Read More