Monthly Archives: November 2013

7 Reasons Cloud Backup Is Good For Your Business

You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til its gone…

More than just lyrics, these words are a perfect portrayal of how a user feels the first time they experience lost data.
Let us ask you a question.

Have you ever been without your data due to a hard drive failure, a virus or another unexpected computer problem?
What happened next? How did it make you feel to not have access to your files?

In our experience, most people do not only find themselves extremely unsettled when their data vaporizes, but they also become quite ineffective as they spend what was supposed to be productive time trying to pick up the missing pieces.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

Cloud Backup Is An Easy and Affordable Solution

The idea of backing up files in the cloud isn’t new, but it is becoming a more reliable, more secure and extremely easy way for companies to ensure their data can be quickly restored in the event of an issue.

Need more convincing? Here are 6 Reasons Cloud Backup is Smart For Your Business.

  • Hard Drive Failure: Hard drives fail, this isn’t a once in a while thing. It is as certain as taxes. It is just a matter of when. So when this happens your cloud backup will allow you to quickly restore your PC.

  • Virus Protection: While cloud backup in itself won’t fix a virus, it will allow you to restore your PC to the most recent healthy state with ALL of your files even if the virus damaged them.

  • Productivity: Time is money and when your data goes bye-bye so does your workday. With an image of your machine in the cloud you can restore and keep going in a fraction of the time.

  • Simplicity: With the right cloud solution everything happens without any extra work for you. Backups are scheduled and run while you are away so your files are being cared for with no extra work for you.

  • Extra Redundancy: Even if you locally backup to servers on site, issues to your data can happen at points beyond just your individual machines. Why not back up your back up just to be sure you never run into surprises.

  • “Peace” of Mind: Rest easy knowing that all of your important files are well cared for and will be available if and when an issue arises.

  • Affordable: Backup is not only easy and dependable, but it is affordable as well. Here is an example of just how affordable it can be (Link to pricing?).

Data disasters are a preventable issue and the answer is simple and easy. By using the cloud to backup your data you can take the risk out of flaky hard drives and unfortunate viruses.

So what is keeping you from moving your data to the cloud?

For more info on how cloud backup can be good for your business, connect with us and we will share tips, tricks and plans for backing up your systems in the cloud.

How An IT Services Partner Can Enable Remote Work

We live in an age where people aspire to be connected all of the time. Some of this connectivity is for personal purposes, however a lot of our desire to be “Wired In” is to stay on top of our work.

It all started with the smart device that allowed us to receive our emails no matter where we were which gave us the precious flexibility to respond around the clock. From there we continued to become more and more connected with smaller more powerful laptops, netbooks for surfing and now the iPad and tablet devices that can basically act as your office on the go.

Office on the Go?

Nowadays, businesses want their employees to have complete flexibility. Meaning they want for them to be able to have access to 100% of their files, applications and data from anywhere so they can work from not only the office, but from their home, their car (in park of course) and while at their children’s soccer games.

The problem is providing this type of continuity requires more than just a killer device. It requires integration between the company’s various business applications in a way that is easy to use but also secure. Begging the question, what does it take to make remote work, work?

Working Remote: Securing Local and Cloud Applications

One of the biggest challenges of setting up remote work is making sure it is done securely (we will talk more about this soon!). The reason this is such a big challenge is even with the proper tools for securely accessing remote files or application in place, many times the user makes it far too easy for someone to gain access to their secure environment.

Usually this happens because password restrictions aren’t set up tightly enough so people use generic passwords like “Password” or “1234” etc…

When setting up secure access for employees so they can work from anywhere, it should be done using SSL based VPN with password restrictions. The VPN will create a secure tunnel between the public internet and the local servers that are being accessed while the password restrictions can be used to force the employees to change their passwords regularly and setup passwords that are strong enough not to provide an outsider with easy access.

Of course now we must also consider cloud applications.

Many companies are moving some of their productivity or business systems to the cloud. Often creating a hybrid environment where some tools require VPN but many others do not.

Cloud is great for flexible remote access from anywhere you have internet access, however this also can greatly limit IT’s visibility into securing data.

While you cannot control the security of the cloud vendor, we recommend due diligence as to the providers security practices and setting up a very strict password policy for cloud applications so employees make it difficult for outsiders to gain access.

Making Remote Work Easy

Perhaps the most important thing when it comes to remote work is making it easy for the employee to embrace. Whether they are telecommuters who work from home every day or an onsite employee looking to use flex time, remote work is a powerful way to work more effectively and efficiently from anywhere you may be.

This means setting up simple steps for the employee to follow in order to gain access to their required tools, files and data and of course having a team to support remote workers when things just don’t work the way they should (Trust us when we say this happens).

As an IT Service Provider, we have found that deploying remote workforces is something that can be done but takes a lot of consideration. In many cases we work closely with clients to help them deploy a secure and easy to use remote work solution so they can know that their data is safe and that the support will be there when they need it.

Going remote, if you haven’t already is great for allowing your business to be more productive. If you are ready to learn more about making remote work, work then we’d love to hear from you.