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Outages a Continued Concern Among IT Professionals

outRecently the Ponemon Institute, an independent research organization, conducted a study among IT professionals that revealed significant concern over outages.  Eighty-five percent of the nearly 600 individuals in U.S. organizations responsible for their organization’s data center operations report their organizations experienced a loss of primary utility power in the past 24 months.  From this group, 9 out of 10 (91%) say this utility outage brought with it a network outage.

On average the IT professionals surveyed report that their networks averaged two complete data center shutdowns over the last 24 months.  Unfortunately, these outages are not just blips of a few minutes as outages average an hour and a half.  Why?  Only a third of hands-on IT staff report that there are enough resources to bring their data center back up and running in a timely manner when an unplanned outage occurs.

More from the hands-on staff tasked with keeping their systems up and running as only 2 out of 5 (41%) feel senior management’s support when it comes to preventing outages while a minority (36%) see best practices in data center design and redundancy to being deployed.  Without these, it is no wonder outages are occurring somewhat regularly – as more than 2 out of 5 say outages are occurring more regularly than in 2010.

All this in spite of the fact that businesses increasingly see their doors closing as a direct result of a prolonged outage – it would seem that the industry is getting more lax rather than diligent in protecting themselves from outages.

What about your business?  Are you gambling that the occasional outage won’t have lasting impacts on you?  You may indeed be right, but consider this: Ninety percent of companies unable to resume business operations within 5 days of a disaster are out of business within 1 year.

Now consider the number of outages and unplanned interruption in services SecureData 365’s clients have had since we opened our doors… zero.  We’ve built in redundancies for power and Internet connectivity that help ensure that critical business systems stay up and running, at all times.

The region’s as well as many financial institutions on the East Coast have decided to stop gambling with the future of their business – isn’t it time you did the same?


Improving RTO Doesn’t Have to Mean Downtime

Managing to an acceptable Recovery Time Objective (RTO) is a significant concern as recovery and backup is becoming a bigger challenge every day.  Data growth, data center consolidation, and virtualization are changing the game when it comes to backup – and if you’re not careful, you’ll be on the losing end of that game (think Youngstown State playing Ohio State).

A recent InformationWeek revealed that ESG research showed 27% of IT professionals are experiencing an “unacceptable level of downtime/need to improve RTO” while 23% are finding an “unacceptable level of data loss/need to improve RPO” (Recovery Point Objective).

So what do you use for your Cleveland backup solution? No matter how your company in Ohio conducts network and data backup, it is more critical than ever to have a reliable strategy to protect your business and its data. Unfortunately, backup in Ohio is no different than anywhere else – you’re limited by the amount of data that needs backup divided by bandwidth and time. And often backups require more network and processor power available. And so we take shortcuts, we only backup “critical” data or we backup less frequently… or both.

cvThe SecureData 365 team is always on the lookout for great solutions – and CommVault’s backup undoubtedly fits into that category as Gartner’s top-ranked backup and storage solution for three years running. Utilizing CommVault, SecureData is providing unmatched backup solutions for our clients.  In short, by using CommVault, our clients leverage this powerful software solution to increase their effectiveness and frequency of backup and with it, increase the ability to restore from comprehensive backups, quickly.

By taking data snapshots, indexing, deduplication, search and replication of data that needs to be updated (why backup the same 3 year old file over and over again) CommVault efficiently captures your entire network and all of its data, at a frequency you can live with, improving recovery times.

So no matter what media you’re backing up your data to, SecureData 365 and CommVault can help you do it more efficiently.

Are You Gambling with Your Security?

GamblingIt seems like it happens every week. A new story about how a business or an organization is hacked or loses data for one of many reasons… mostly avoidable.

Don’t get me wrong, it seems that data integrity is getting harder and harder to maintain. As entertaining as the Bourne movies and “24” TV shows are – they do manage to point out a stark reality – you never know when, how, or, why someone may try and mount an attack  on your computer systems… you just know that it will happen, sooner or later.

This time around, it was the State of California that fell victim. The bottom line of this story (click here to read more) is that the names, Social Security numbers and other private records of about 800,000 adults and children went missing. This instance involves a FedEx envelope or box that apparently broke open and 4 cartridges were lost.

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