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2016 Hurricane Season: Watch Out New York

The 2016 hurricane season was predicted to be a one of the most active in nearly a decade. And, so far, the Atlantic has seen its share of fury. We are currently only midway through and there have been four hurricanes, eight tropical storms, and one additional tropical depression as of today. What’s fascinating is nearly every storm has made landfall this season versus drifting off into the sea.

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Know the difference between disaster recovery plan and business continuity plan

People often use the terms disaster recovery and business continuity planning interchangeably, but while these two terms are similar, they describe two different approaches businesses take to bounce back in the event of a disaster. So what is the difference between a disaster recovery plan and business continuity plan? According to Dell, a business continuity plan is a strategy businesses put in place to continue operating with minimal disruption in the event of a disaster. A disaster recovery plan is more specific. It’s a plan to “restore the data and applications that run your business should your data center, servers or other infrastructure get damaged or destroyed.”

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5 Extraordinary Benefits of Business Continuity

Our businesses run on data. When we find ourselves without it, even for a short time, we cannot function. And in today’s competitive marketplace, any downtime does serious damage to revenues, to returns, to relationships. That’s why we must have business continuity. Without it, we are vulnerable. Disasters happen. Servers go down. The benefits of business continuity are vast. Backing up data is not a real solution. When we invest in business continuity, we can be assured that our data is there when and where we need it. Yes, backup is a cheaper solution for retaining data, but there is a reason for this. In the event of a loss, businesses lose much more than data. They lose trust. They lose customers. They lose money. They often lose their entire companies. Backup is an antiquated and broken technology that served us as well as it could when there were no other options, but does not meet the needs of businesses today.

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Top 8 Business Continuity Threats That Thwart Productivity

We live in an uncertain world, and there are many threats out there that might disrupt your companies ability to do business. To help mitigate these threats, companies create business continuity plans. According to MIR3 Intelligent Notification, a business continuity plan is a strategy to get a business up and running as soon as possible in the event of some type of disruption. The first step of creating a business continuity plan is conducting a risk assessment. In a risk assessment, you try to think of every possible business continuity threat and attempt to devise a plan to get the business up and running again as soon as possible should one of these threats occur.

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What is continuity planning and why it’ll save your business

Running a business can present a number of challenges at the best of times, but the threat of a natural disaster or terrorism could be devastating to your business operations. Even during a natural disaster, your shareholders expect your business to remain profitable. That’s why the creation of a business continuity plan is so important. So what is continuity planning? According to Investopedia, a business continuity plan is a strategy designed to mitigate any potential risks or threats in order to keep the company running in the event of a disaster.

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Keep slashing your company’s cloud budget with 3 more tips

It’s logical to clean up unnecessary files after completing a project or task, right? Of course. But some people don’t think like this. Corporate storage space can seem endless to the employee. And many people are afraid of deleting something that they will need. This means your cloud budget goes up and up as your space is filled with redundancy and unneeded files. You develop retention and archive policies, but these are only part of the solution. Educating employees who have write access about what is expected is important. To truly keep the cloud budget down, you must foster a sense of personal responsibility for company resources and understanding of best practices at the user level. Here are 3 tips to do this.

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The big takeaway from XChange 2016 (it’s a bit frightening)

I always look forward to their conferences. It’s full of industry experts, sharing their thought-provoking insights. And, they also know how to throw a party (but this is a serious post, so we won’t focus on that today). Well, XChange 2016 was no different. In fact, this may have been my best experience to date. There were lots of hot topics covered (and I’m not just saying that because we were in San Antonio) and I was given the opportunity to lead one of the groups at the event.

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Slash Your Company’s Cloud Storage Pricing With These 3 Tips

With cloud storage pricing on the rise, your company relies on you to keep data organized, secure, properly retained and maintained. This is no easy feat. Cloud storage can very quickly get out of control, cluttered, seeming to grow exponentially month after month. Fear of removing documents critical to your company can paralyze you, afraid to act, but failure to act can mean gigs of redundancy, obsolete files and general chaos. Enough is enough. Let’s discuss 3 tips to managing cloud data storage to keep costs low.

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Olympics business continuity plan worked. Awesome job, Rio!

Well, Rio de Janeiro and the entire country of Brazil can exhale now. The 2016 summer games have officially come to a close. And, while there were certainly a fair share of “incidences” leading up to the event as well as dramatic side stories, there weren’t any major power outages or technical disruptions (at least that made the news). That’s certainly a huge accomplishment for the Olympics business continuity planning team in Brazil.

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[Hot IT topics] All roads lead to better business continuity

There are a few hot IT topics this year. And, they all seem to link back to one thing–they are supported by business continuity. Perhaps in and of itself, efficient backup and recovery isn’t all that sexy. However, when you consider where the world is heading, it’s an integral component of all the IT trends. Let’s take a look at the universal trends and the role of business continuity.

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How to master backing up NAS to the Cloud. It’s easy.

Backing up data from a network attached storage (NAS) system poses special challenges. It holds a lot of data, and the backup has to have enough capacity for it.

You may be able to back up to a very large disk drive. If not, tape can handle even the largest storage systems. The drawback is that the backup is local. If a disaster strikes the office, will the backup survive? If malware hits, will attached disk drives be safe?

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Datto vs Dropbox: there’s a clear winner

There are many storage services currently available. Since so much of the world has gone digital, people have more and more files on their computers and mobile devices that they need to store. As such, storage providers are competing with one-another to provide the best possible services to those who need to be able to store large volumes of files. One option that recently hit the market is the Datto Drive, and they are showing they have a great deal to offer. Let’s take a look at what Datto vs Dropbox (the incumbent) is doing for today’s post…

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