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What are the Benefits of Using a Business Continuity Center for Disaster Recovery?

Thinking about disaster recovery in relation to your business may not be enjoyable, but it simply has to be done – just as individuals must plan for family members having accidents or passing away. Natural disasters can be devastating, especially to a business, if there’s no preparation beforehand. The good news is, with a plan in place, recovery can be accomplished relatively quickly and easily. One of the most essential aspects to disaster recovery is having a dedicated business continuity center. Here at Global IP Networks, we provide such a place where you can go and get your business back…

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Things to Consider When Seeking a Server Hosting Company

You know that server hosting makes your business more secure by providing off-site hosting that keeps your business running in the event of a natural disaster or terrorist attack. You also know that having off-site server hosting lets you free up IT personnel for other projects and lowers your business’ overhead. Since you know the advantages, you have already decided to contract with an off-site server hosting facility. The only question remaining is how to pick a company to host your server? When searching for a host for your server, consider the following: Location, location, location The old business axiom is right:…

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The Benefits of Network Attached Storage

Smooth and secure shared access to files is an important part of many businesses. Growing businesses often start sharing files without any plan; they just pass around USB sticks or email files. This gets inconvenient after a while, and it poses security risks. A better way is to have a shared storage device that serves everyone’s needs. This is called Network Attached Storage or NAS. A NAS volume on a network looks like just another drive. It can be available to everyone within the business, or an administrator can set up permissions so that only certain people have access to parts…

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Scoping Out Disaster Scenarios for a More Strategic Business Continuity Plan

The two words of business continuity might sound like a simple concept if you think you’re thoroughly prepared for disasters. If you haven’t had a professional audit of your company, however, you probably only know a quarter of the potential things that could happen to bring excessive downtime. As it’s always said, you probably don’t know what you don’t know. Ultimately, when it comes to guessing what could potentially happen, you might as well throw everything in. If this seems overwhelming, you can still scope out some of the most likely scenarios that could happen in your company. With disasters…

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SANS Policy Templates: Pandemic and Business Continuity Policy

The SANS Institute has published several information security policy templates describing best data security practices in template format. This largely means that you can ‘fill in the blanks’ when developing a security policy (although some modification will be in order for your specific circumstances). In this post we’ll look at the SANS template for a pandemic response and business continuity policy. As a pandemic is different from a disaster, so is the planning which goes into mitigating the effects of a pandemic different from normal disaster recovery planning. The primary difference is in terms of scope, but that does not mean that a…

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Recover From Disaster Before it Strikes

Having a major incident is something no one looks forward to. But, not looking forward to, and intentionally avoiding discussing it are two entirely different things, and the key to recovering from a disaster is to have the discussions and implement the plans that arise from them today. Everyone hopes that it won’t happen to them, but with climate change, international terrorism, hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, computer error, acts of God, and other disasters happening at an ever-increasing pace in the modern world, it is foolish to think that it won’t happen to you. And the best way to ensure that you can…

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Putting the Risks of Data Loss and Business Downtime in Dollar Figures

While more and more companies are investing in disaster recovery and preparedness, there are still many remaining that have yet to follow suit. All organizations, no matter how big or small, should have a data backup and recovery plan. The problem is that some businesses don’t think it’s worth it to invest money into disaster recovery. Their mentality is the same as someone who passes on travel insurance; it’s just a superfluous expense that won’t pay itself off in the future. Except the monetary risks of forgoing disaster recovery planning are much more extreme. And maybe that’s the problem that…

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Is Your Data Safe from Earthquakes?

“Location, location, location!” If you’ve ever leased or purchased a home or office space, you know that location is a serious consideration affecting said purchase in numerous ways. But the importance of place doesn’t begin and end with physical real estate. What about your virtual real estate? Your important business files and documents? It’s important to find a storage solution you trust, but have you ever thought about where all that important data you’re storing is physically located? Just this afternoon, the Dallas area was hit with another earthquake – the numbers and strength of which have risen substantially in…

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IBM Servers

As small, medium and large enterprises have increasingly complex storage, data and network needs, they continue to invest in more sophisticated servers.  An IBM server provides a cutting edge solution with extremely powerful, reliable service. A typical IBM server has either 8, 10 or 12 cores with 2 all the way up to 16 terabytes of memory.  It also has 8 SFF bays and 2 to 16 sockets. Users have advanced customization and integration options as well.  It is one of the leading server providers on the market. With all of this power and functionality, a good data center is crucial. For…

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Has your Disaster Recovery Plan been Put to the Test?

Have you tested your disaster recovery plan lately? If not, then how can you be sure that it will work when you need it to? According to a recent article from The Business Journals, you should be testing your planned response to a server failure twice a year, and a catastrophic failure once a year. However, due to worries about the expense and downtime required for testing, many businesses don’t adhere to these recommendations. You can test your plan inexpensively and without major hassles, the article states. With the help of internal or external IT personnel, you can set a…

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