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It’s Time to Re-Think IT Disaster Recovery

  • September 30, 2016
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As seen in The Business Monthly

Most business owners are familiar with the concept of IT Disaster Recovery (DR). Simply put, DR is the practice of creating redundant IT systems in geographically disparate locations, so that in the event of a disaster, those systems can still perform their key roles. This concept is not new and there are many options for businesses to implement a DR system.

Unfortunately, many companies are still without a system for DR. Organizations often treat the idea of DR as something that they will worry about when and if they are faced with a disaster. According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, an estimated 25% of small businesses never re-open their doors after a disaster*. Lack of IT Disaster Recovery plays no small part in this statistic.

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IT Security Tools are only as good as the people who manage them

One of the biggest misconceptions about security and risk management when it comes to IT is the idea that an organization can spend their way to safety.  While it is critical that you utilize proper technology tools like data backups, firewalls, antivirus, etc., to act as a defense against the variety of risks posed by integrating technology into your key workflows, these products are not a cure-all.

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Mobile Devices: Innovative, Productive…and a Huge Risk Factor?

It’s hard to believe that in such a relatively short period of time, smartphones and other mobile devices, such as tablets, have become so tightly woven into both our personal and work lives. And unlike desktop or laptop computers that are usually company-owned, personally-owned mobile devices are often filled with company related apps, data, email and business functions.

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Virtual Desktop Infrastructure with VMware View 5

  • September 15, 2016
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By Rich Carey, Senior Network Engineer at DP Solutions

What is VDI and what are the benefits?:

The concept of a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is to run desktop operating systems and applications from virtual machines located in a data center. Although the end user accesses their desktop environment via a thin client or an actual desktop, all of the data resides within a network operating center (NOC). This is not a new concept. In the early days of computing, all data was accessed via a “dumb terminal” that connected to a mainframe system, which was typically located in a data center or NOC. With VDI, the end user is presented with an environment that is very similar in experience and functionality to the traditional desktop PC. So, you’re probably thinking “Why would I want to implement VDI?”

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5 Ways to Become a Cloud Ready Practice

Fast forward weeks into the future, after you’ve been able to convince the owner of your practice and the rest of the decision-makers that a cloud deployment makes sense for your practice. The next step is developing a cloud-enabled IT infrastructure. However, cloud services aren’t ready to be installed straight out of a box. 

 

There needs to be a plan in place to ensure that your hardware, systems and applications are properly aligned to your particular cloud path. If you don’t establish the initial groundwork, cloud integration will turn into a major headache.

We’ve helped several clients move to the cloud and have noticed a few recurring themes. Below are a few best practice tips on how you can get your organization ready for the cloud:

  1. Know what you’re getting. A common misstep when implementing a cloud solution is not fully understanding what the cloud is or what you are signing up for. It’s important to take the time to learn what the “cloud” truly means, how you will use the solution, and what it can and cannot do.
  2. Know your responsibilities. Don’t assume your cloud provider will handle everything for you. Carefully read your contract so you know where your vendor’s responsibilities end and yours begin. 
  3. Be aware of integration Issues. Determine which of your current IT components will work with the cloud. Some applications, such as graphic design or other industry-specific applications might not make sense in the cloud. Before making the move, test your applications to see if they will work optimally in a cloud environment.
  4. Don’t overreact to security. Yes, everyone is concerned with security. But deciding you need to “encrypt everything" can end up causing functionality issues in addition to being cost-prohibitive. Determine what your security requirements are and prioritize where you need heavy security and what is truly viable.
  5. New processes and training. Adapting to the cloud is about more than the technology. Your workforce will have to be prepared to learn new processes while balancing out old ones.  Make sure you provide adequate training to your staff, and host a forum where their questions and concerns can be routinely addressed.

Do you have the resources and planning in place to become a cloud-ready business? Find the Cloud that fits just right for your business by viewing our on-demand webinar!

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