When the subject of disaster recovery plans is brought up, the conversation often focuses on keeping data intact and accessible during crises such as flash floods or massive cybersecurity breaches. However, there is another aspect of disaster recovery that must be addressed: voice communications. [...]
Calamities such as severe hurricanes and earthquakes usually grind communities and the businesses within them to a prolonged halt. Many data-reliant companies that had the foresight to use backups would still end up folding because they kept their storage on-site or within the reach of the natural disaster. The key to surviving such catastrophic circumstances is to have backups in a safe place: the cloud. Here’s why: [...]
There are many types of server programs. The most common are file servers, database servers, web servers, email servers, print servers, app servers, and game servers. When you consider that one server device can hold many server programs, and that one server program can serve multiple clients, that device has to be considerably more powerful than your consumer-grade PC. This also means that a server device (hereafter called “server”) is more expensive, consumes more electricity, and will require more monitoring, maintenance, and repair than regular computers down the line.
Question is, when will your business need that much more power? Here are a few cases where the use of a server is warranted: [...]
The more complex a system is, the more ways it has of failing. Let’s look at an automobile: if a tire blows out while it’s going fast, then the car can spin out of control and crash. The same tragic outcome could happen if the brakes fail. And when a vehicle has a drained battery or fuel tank, it would become an oversized paperweight. [...]
Much like how plants rely on root fungi for mineral uptake and bees for pollination, businesses form mutually beneficial relationships to drive growth. One such relationship is outsourcing — and using the cloud is a prime example of this. When you utilize cloud resources, you rely on a cloud services provider (CSP) for IT resources and services instead of on your own machines and manpower.
Such a dramatic shift in operations requires business owners and managers to rethink the way they operate. [...]
You need a strong disaster recovery strategy because unplanned downtime can hurt your business in several ways. It can stagger the flow of your revenue, lower your teams’ productivity, and make you appear unreliable to your customers. Outages may also make you vulnerable to data breaches and, consequently, more likely to incur penalties, especially if you are in a regulated sector like finance and healthcare. [...]