Disaster Recovery: Safeguarding Your Data

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Disaster Recovery: Safeguarding Your Data

12 December 2011 Nessun commento

Here?s a little advice from your colocation experts: Don?t be caught without a safety net. The effects of data loss can range from being mildly annoying to financially devastating. Although it can arise from outside sources such as natural disasters, the large majority of data loss results from human error. To avoid losing valuable company data, we recommend that companies implement several important practices.

Protect the physical safety and performance of your computers by housing them in areas that are clean, dry and away from locations where accidents could easily occur. Electrical surges can also damage computers. Having an un-interrupted power supply may prevent this type of damage, but you?ll also want to account for the possibility of static electricity with surge protectors.

You have probably heard that you should back up your data. This is more difficult to manage when multiple people have access to company files. Administering effective company-wide procedures and conducting regular trainings on computer virus protection can help mitigate unintentional and costly errors.

All of these measures can help prevent data loss, but nothing replaces backing up your company files with the assistance of Engine Networks? data center services, such as co-location, managed hosting, and disaster recovery through different datacentres. Engine Networks? Data Centers are state of the art.

Our security, reliability and expertise are world-class. Plus, our Technical Support ensures that you are covered at every level and every step of the way. Since Engine Networks fully builds, deploys and manages IT operations, we have all of the tools, materials and devices you might need in our data center.

Learn more about Engine Networks? solutions or contact a sales rep.

The state of the data center: Part 1

14 January 2010 Nessun commento

Symantec released its 2010 State of the Data Center study this week. The study conducted by Applied Research found that midsize enterprises of 2,000 to 9,999 employees are more likely to adopt technologies such as cloud computing, deduplication, replication, storage virtualization and continuous data protection than either small or large enterprise size businesses.

The study with 1,780 respondents showed that midsize enterprises also place a higher importance on staffing and training and are more likely to make changes to their data centers and add new applications.

Respondents listed their data center initiatives in order: security (83%), backup and recovery (79%), continuous data protection (76%), server virtualization and storage resource management. These initiatives were followed by data archiving, energy savings, server consolidation, replication of backup data and storage virtualization.

As for disaster recovery, 80% had confidence in their plan. One-third said they have a plan that is undocumented or needs work. Forty-one percent said that cloud computing was not covered in their existing disaster recovery plan, over one-fourth of the respondents said that remote office operations were not included and 23% said that they had ignored virtual servers in their disaster recovery plan. One-third of the respondents have not re-evaluated their disaster recovery plan in the last 12 months. Not a good record as far as disaster recovery goes.

The median for the respondents was six data centers. Over half of the respondents said that reducing costs was their primary objective for 2010, followed by improving responsiveness and improving service levels.

There’s a lot of important information in the rest of the report. Stay tuned for the next article to find out.

What is Your Disaster Recovery Strategy?

29 November 2009 Nessun commento

Have you ever been working on an important document for hours on end, and when you are close to completion, lose everything because you forgot to save it periodically, or worse, the computer you were using crashed? This scenario has happened to all of us at one point or another. The same scenario can be scaled up to servers and entire businesses. It is a fact of our industry that a catastrophic failure of a component, security update, or other possible issue could arise, taking down the system(s) you depend upon. Many start-ups and small to medium sized businesses underestimate the value of being prepared for disaster by having backups, load balancing, or redundancy within their sites and systems. Some feel that this scenario could not happen to them, or that the costs involved in being prepared outweigh the risk.

There are some simple precautions as a responsible business or technical person you can do to help prevent or mitigate the severity of such scenarios, such as building a Disaster Recovery Strategy. Your particular strategy may vary from others, but the overall preparedness for building a DR plan is usually the same. For the purposes of this article, we will focus on a single server plan, but this can be easily scaled up to multi-server configurations and complex designs:

Have you identified all software your business requires to function should a failure occur? What software is installed on your machine? Do you have copies of this software to reinstall, along with any license keys if it was not supplied by your provider?

Open Files and Databases
Are you running any databases, or have applications that keep open files on the system that are needed in the event of failure? Are you dumping the database(s) into an importable format and backing it up regularly?

User Data
Are you making copies of the data uploaded by your users or developers? Do you have backups of your website content? What about the user accounts and passwords used by your users?

Security Updates
Is your system up to date with the latest security updates for your Operating System? Is your OS outdated and has no updates available? More system failures occur from hacker intrusion versus hardware failure.

Do you subscribe to or use a back-up service? Even if you are, are you prepared for the length of time involved on bringing your system back online after failure?

Your system is only as strong as its weakest component. RAID, while it is good for protecting data in the event of a drive failure does not protect you against hackers or accidental file deletion. Even if you have a completely redundant load balanced cluster, you could be susceptible to hacker intrusion and loss of data should you not keep up to date on security updates.

Do you use a firewall on your system? If so, what ports are open to the outside world? Are the services on those ports kept up to date? Do you analyze the log files for those services and look for attempts at break-ins? Firewalls are good for protecting systems against hackers, but the firewall is only part of your security. Remember that the services you allow people to connect to could be vulnerable to break in, and therefore should be watched closely.
This article is not meant to scare you, but is intended for you to understand that there are several risks to businesses that can and should be prepared for. The better you are prepared and understand the risks on the Internet, the more profitable and successful you will be with your business.

If you are concerned about your ability to recover from a disaster, please feel free to contact your sales person and discuss how they can help you with your system. Or, if you have questions about your existing systems or protection against disaster, please contact our technical support personnel, and they will be happy to assist you.

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