Business Continuity

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Businesses are struggling to keep their digital assets safe because they are saddled with legacy backup solutions that cannot meet today’s data needs. The volume of data that companies must protect is growing at an exponential rate, while the risk from quickly evolving online threats like ransomware continues to explode.

IT professionals looking for an alternative that can keep their data safe and evolve with their changing needs might consider the solution that’s earning awards and glowing reviews from industry observers, the media, and their peers.

Business Continuity Plan

As many as 25% of businesses who lose access to their data never reopen their doors.  This startling fact means that service providers practically have a moral obligation, if not a revenue incentive, to make sure that their customers have a business continuity plan.  Even in times when total outages are not occurring, employee productivity, customer satisfaction and company reputation can be affected.

Business continuity is the process of making sure the business information services are resilient to accidental, intentional or natural disruptions to their data.  Sometimes, the business continuity issue is simply human error. Perhaps someone deletes a key file from a system which causes it to break.  Other times, device failures or even natural disasters will require the implementation of the protocols in the business continuity plan. What do you need to consider when developing a business continuity plan? Read on to find out!

Is there an ROI in IT Disaster Recovery?

In light of recent U.S. and global catastrophes, disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity are top of mind for more and more IT professionals like you. Even CIOs are asking more questions about business continuity plans and how the IT department will respond in the event of a disaster.

According to an ITIC survey, one hour of downtime can cost over $100,000. If your company is smaller, you can be at an even greater risk. An estimated 25% of small businesses do not reopen following a major disaster. If you do not have a business continuity plan, your company can quickly become a statistic.

When Customers Speak… Uncensored

So, nScaled has been acquired by Acronis, the backup company. I am sure you know that already (and if you don’t just check our page!) Great synergy together – after all, backup is key part of DR.
We’ve been busy, meeting and understanding the new organization, building the roadmap and integrating the technology, studying each other’s sales and marketing, and doing everything else companies do when they merge (kind of like people, minus sales and marketing). And sometimes, with all this routine work, the most amazing things can be lost or go un-noticed… But not today.

A meteor crashed down last Saturday in Nicaragua, exploding and creating a huge crater.
In the spirit of our industry – IT disaster recovery and business continuity – you might expect me to inform you that the meteor had hit an electrical substation near a major city, causing a fire and knocking out power for days, which in turn caused IT services disruption and revenue losses for a number of banks, retailers, manufacturing and other businesses.

In this particular case, however, none of that happened. The meteor fell in an empty area, even though still 1,000 feet away from a hotel near the country’s only international airport (Managua Sandino). So, it could have been much worse, but this time the nature has given us a pass.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/08/tech/innovation/nicaragua-meteorite/

Thoughts after a 6.1 Shaker + The 7 Rules of BCDR

The dust has almost settled after the recent “shaker” – or an earthquake in our Californian slang – gladly, this time without casualties, serious injuries, with only minor property damage. Considering the area – Napa Valley, the Wine Country, delicate wine bottles don’t tolerate earthquakes well, but the damage was mostly “sentimental”. Still, it is always a wake-up call (literally at 3:30 am), both unexpected in a sense that you never know when and where it will strike next, and totally expected here in California. Apparently there is a forecasting service already in beta, predicting it up to 10 seconds in advance.

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Backups and Business Continuity: Cavemen Were on to Something

The idea of a “backup” has been in place since man first started cherishing things that they valued. A smart caveman that loved a certain spear probably made an attempt to reproduce that in case it was to break. Since then we have changed a little, and there have been carbon copies, punch card backups, tape backups, etc. And for as long as electronic backups have been around, there have been relatively few major revolutions. Okay, sure, you can argue tapes, replication, virtualization, cloud and Big Data have all made people think about how they will back up the hybrid technologies. And every time a Sandy-like storm or major incident occurs, there’s always a sense of heightened awareness around backups and business continuity. But awareness doesn’t restore the data. I always love to hear about the people (and subsequent companies) that know that if they suffer a major data loss, they would be dead in the water, but still don’t change their habits after close calls.