Author: Carl Miller

IBM iSeries Disaster Recovery: Lessons learned from a hardware failure

Carl Miller on Aug 20, 2020 1:58:00 PM IBM Power, Disaster Recovery

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More than 150,000 organizations worldwide rely on the IBM Power Systems platform and the IBM iSeries operating system to keep their core business up and running. This includes business applications like enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, banking applications, customer relationship management (CRM) software and health information systems. Because of  the business-critical nature of these applications, companies rely on the iSeries as it is known for its reliability, scalability and stability. But what happens when the unthinkable happens and one of these systems fail?

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How Colocation Services Reduce Business Risk

colo2Have you ever wondered if colocation services make sense for your company? Consider this, Vertiv and the Ponemon Institute conducted a survey of 63 data centers, that had experienced outages, and found that 46% were caused by data center equipment issues such as uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs) and generators, 22% human errors, 22% cybercrime, and 10% were related to weather. By adopting a colocation strategy, you can dramatically reduce your business risk associated with each of these factors.

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Disaster Recovery: Designing a plan to enable remote workers

Carl Miller on Mar 18, 2020 4:33:00 PM Disaster Recovery, Managed IT Services

workfromhomeAccording to OWL Labs’s “State of Remote Work 2019” survey 30% of all full time employee are working from home up from 18% in 2018. What is unknown is how many companies have the capacity for larger amounts of people working remotely in the event of a disaster.

Disasters come in many shapes and size and as IT leaders, we have been tasked with developing disaster recovery (DR) plans that will minimize the risk for our companies. Through the years, this has meant getting good backups, making systems more resilient and reducing recovery time objectives. The focus on hardware and data has created systems that are very reliable but what many of these DR plans fail to consider is “how will my employees work if they are no longer able to go to the office?”.

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Prepping for Cyber Disasters: 3 Steps and Custom IT Solutions

blog_img2_0719_2Is your business prepared in the event of a cyber threat? Worse yet, would you know how to react if something catastrophic were to happen to your company’s data. It’s a scary thought, however it’s important to have a plan in place to protect your business’s information. Thankfully, there are specific steps and custom IT solutions that you can implement to ensure your company’s data is as safe as possible. To get started, explore the 3 helpful tips below to better guard your data this year.

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ABCs of Disaster Recovery

Carl Miller on Sep 3, 2019 8:59:00 AM Disaster Recovery, Backup, Cloud

racksquared_blog_img2_0819_2Picture this: you walk into the office on Monday morning after enjoying a great weekend, and login to your company’s computer system. Instantly, you can tell something is wrong. Several of the files you frequently use for your job are gone!

Although it’s normal to feel a sense of panic when this happens, try to remain calm. Data disaster recovery, while overwhelming, doesn’t have to mean the end of the world for your business. In the event of a cyber threat, an internal mishap with your business’s data, or a natural disaster, there are several steps you can take to get your company back on track and operating smoothly again.

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Bringing your data to cloud backup: What does it take and why?

Carl Miller on Aug 31, 2019 9:38:00 AM Disaster Recovery, Veeam, Backup

racksquared_blog_img1_0819_2If your business is ready to take data security more seriously this year, implementing cloud backup is a great place to start. There are several important benefits of cloud services. When you back up your information in the cloud, you’re ensuring that your company’s documents, contracts, spreadsheets and more are protected if the original copy gets misplaced at the office. You’re also protecting yourself if documents are destroyed in the event of a natural disaster such as flooding or a fire.

Moving your data to the cloud doesn’t have to be an overwhelming process. Discover three easy steps to get started today.

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What to look for in a proactive data center partner

Carl Miller on Aug 1, 2019 10:42:00 AM Managed IT Services, Colocation, Cloud

blog_img1_0719If you’re considering outsourcing some of your company’s IT responsibilities, we understand that the process of finding the ideal proactive data center partner can seem a little daunting. You may be wondering which specific elements to look for in a data center partner, or how to get started in your search. The good news is that we can help.

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Colocation: The Who, What, and Why of this Data Security Option

Carl Miller on Jul 8, 2019 10:58:00 AM Security, Colocation, Data Center

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As a business, it can be challenging to predict where a company's infrastructure will be five years down the road. That's why many companies are choosing to partner with a colocation provider.

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Racksquared: A HIPAA Compliant Data Center

Carl Miller on Jul 8, 2019 10:51:00 AM Cloud, HIPAA, Data Center

racksquared_HIPAA_blog_img_0619_2In today’s modern world, digital innovations are enabling healthcare organizations across the globe to reduce cost, boost competitiveness, while also allowing quick access to data in real-time. With the introduction of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, we’ve seen a complete shift in the past decade with more and more healthcare organizations investing in technology and services to protect their company’s data.

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What Recent Ransomware Attacks Have Taught Us

Carl Miller on Jun 24, 2019 12:41:00 PM Security, Managed IT Services, Backup

racksquared_ransomware_blog_img_0619_2IT systems these days are so critical to the success of any business, but even with the conveniences afforded by technological advancements, many companies don’t have a disaster recovery plan in place should they experience unplanned downtime. According to the State of Global Disaster Recovery Preparedness Annual Report, 57% of IT professionals surveyed have had at least one system outage in the past three months and 60% of companies don’t have a fully documented disaster recovery plan. Organizations need to prepare for everything from natural disasters to cyber-attacks.

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