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
What a Business Continuity Plan Means for your Business If a disaster struck your business tomorrow, would you be ready? That’s a question that, unfortunately for some businesses, is only answered in the throes of disaster… making it a disaster recovery issue. Preparation for disaster, however, is a basic tenet of business continuity planning, and allows you to more confidently answer yes
Disaster recovery is a hot topic every spring, due to often dangerous and unpredictable weather causing electrical outages or water damage and wreaking havoc on businesses. But disasters don’t just happen in the spring, and they’re not always weather-related. Having a disaster recovery plan for your business systems – phones, data, cabling, workstations – is one of the best investments you can
What would spell disaster for your business? A powerful storm that takes out a large percentage of your equipment? A fire or flood that renders your facility unusable? Or would the larger disaster being wholly unprepared for a disaster and not having a plan for recovery in place? You may never need to use your disaster recovery plan, but that’s no excuse
When considering what type of backup to use for your business, don’t let cost dictate your decision. Other factors, such as depth and breadth of data, as well as length of downtime should a disaster occur, also need to enter into the equation.