If your business needs to operate 24/7, you need a comprehensive disaster plan. Learn how to do your disaster planning the Waffle House way.
Many small and midsize businesses use cloud-based SaaS solutions to meet their operational needs. But SaaS without backups is dangerous territory.
A business phone maintenance plan of “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” may work in the short term, but that old phone system is hurting your business. The moment something breaks, you’ve got a whole new set of issues to address. The best time to replace your old phone system is before it breaks.
For many companies, the “nerve center” of their business is the server room. Correctly planning this essential element of infrastructure is critical. Doing it right can benefit your business expenses and the performance of your staff. Doing it wrong can mean unplanned downtime or worse.
Whether it is a power outage, loss of internet or phone lines, or something more drastic, if your business shuts down unexpectedly, it is going to cost you money. The goal of DR/BC planning is to know how much it will cost to stay in business and not lose customers. Here are the resources to include when adding up your business continuity cost.
During the budgeting process, it’s not enough to focus solely on workstations, servers, infrastructure, or bandwidth. While these are important pieces of the overall puzzle, there are also other items to consider when creating your IT budget. VoIP phone systems, application delivery models such as CRMs and PSAs, and disaster recovery planning are also significant considerations.
Data protection and recovery continues to be an important factor in the viability of businesses of every size. Recently, we announced our partnership with Datto and introduced the Datto Alto, designed for small business. Some businesses, however, may have small staffs but generate an enormous amount of data. How does such a business protect its data without a dedicated in-house IT staff? Datto has a solution for these companies: Datto Siris.
As a managed service provider, Lieberman Technologies works with a wide variety of small and midsized businesses. We strive to provide a data protection strategy that fits the unique needs of each business. In order to provide better service, we sought a business continuity solution that would provide total protection of business data as well as allow for rapid recovery in event of a data disaster. That solution is Datto.
An image-based backup preserves a copy of a machine’s operating system, including system state and application configurations, as well as the data associated with that machine. The information captured in this copy is saved as a single file known as an image. Each image represents a single point in time, which allows a restore of a specific file at a specific point if necessary.
Your business continuity plan should include a data backup solution that allows you to mitigate the effects of data loss and time to recovery. Surprisingly, many businesses use a data backup solution that is inefficient and incomplete.
A full business continuity solution not only addresses the preservation of business data, it also provides a means for fast, full restoration in the event of a data disaster.
As part of a business continuity plan, a disaster recovery plan is critical to the health of your business. But it’s not enough to merely have a disaster recovery plan – you also need a disaster recovery checklist to make sure that plan is implemented.
Say the word “disaster” and powerful images come to mind – tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, and the like. But there are more common disasters. A vicious bit of malware that gains entrance into company servers. Even a cup of coffee knocked over onto a keyboard can cause significant problems. And yet, most companies are content to build their business disaster recovery plan for the “someday” of a natural disaster, which is statistically less likely to occur.
Answer a simple question for me: How long can your business be disrupted before it becomes a problem? Depending on your business, your answer will hinge on several considerations. Customer service and profitability are usually the two biggest factors. If your business can’t afford downtime in the event of a disaster – and most can’t – you’ll need to establish a contingency
Before the advent of managed services, businesses without a dedicated IT staff often only addressed IT issues whenever something was broken and needed to be fixed. But as the technological landscape has evolved and issues such as data security and disaster recovery have become more and more important, businesses are recognizing that there is more to IT than just handling issues as they arise.
How much downtime can your business afford? The answer will be different depending on the business, but most answers would be a variant of “none at all.” Downtime equates to a loss of employee productivity, service to customers, and, ultimately, profits, and the best way to minimize downtime is to have a plan in place – a business continuity plan. The