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Advantages of Cloud Backup and Storage

Posted by Stephanie Aldrich on March 1, 2016

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:

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Topics: data backup, cloud storage, Data Recovery, Data Storage

Understanding and Meeting Customers’ Cloud Service Wish List

Posted by Stephanie Aldrich on February 18, 2016

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. 

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Topics: Data Recovery, cloud backup, cloud backup service, cloud backup providers, cloud service, SLAs

Electronic Discovery and Legal Mandates on Stored Data

Posted by Stephanie Aldrich on February 4, 2016

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. 

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Topics: disaster recovery, Data Recovery, offsite storage, Data Storage, cloud backup, e-discovery, cloud service, stored data

Understanding Cloud Service Level Agreements

Posted by Stephanie Aldrich on February 2, 2016

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.

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Topics: Data Recovery, cloud computing, Data Storage, cloud service

Does Public Cloud Storage Meet Your Needs for Data Recovery?

Posted by Stephanie Aldrich on January 28, 2016

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. 

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Topics: cloud storage, Data Recovery, Data Storage, public cloud, private cloud, cloud backup, cloud service

Disaster Recovery Testing is Essential for Business Continuity

Posted by Stephanie Aldrich on January 12, 2016

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.

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Topics: data backup, disaster recovery, business continuity, Data Recovery

Open File Backup - Part I

Posted by Stephanie Aldrich on December 17, 2015

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?

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Topics: Data Recovery, cloud backup, cloud backup service, cloud backup providers

Effective Disaster Recovery Planning and Strategic Testing

Posted by Stephanie Aldrich on December 8, 2015

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.

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Topics: disaster recovery, Data Recovery, disaster recovery plan, recovery time, recovery time objective, cloud backup data, cloud backup, remote server

Restoring Data in Same, Similar or New Hardware Environments

Posted by Stephanie Aldrich on November 10, 2015

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:

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Topics: disaster recovery, cloud backup solutions, Data Recovery, backup plan, bare metal restore, disaster recovery plan, cloud backup

The Consequences of Not Backing Up Laptops

Posted by Stephanie Aldrich on November 5, 2015

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.

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Topics: data backup, data loss, backing up laptops, cloud backup solutions, Data Recovery, laptop data, cloud backup

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