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So you have planned.  You have a strategy.  You are ready.

Are you really?

Sure you have done planned testing.  But... people knew it was coming.   You probably made all the plans for your test weeks in advance.  You knew where you were going, when your were going and who was responsible for what.  That hardly seems fair.  That is not going to happen in real life.

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The phenomenon of cloud computing has been a trending topic for the past few years. As the technology improves, companies are increasingly coming to rely on cloud hosting capabilities and the countless benefits it offers. You may just be surprised by the various industries that have much to gain by adopting the cloud.

The need and demand for education will never decrease, and is actually one of the fastest‐growing industries in the world. By incorporating cloud services into the everyday business routine, educators will be able to host classes remotely, interact on a more personal level in online classes, and collaborate with peers and students with greater ease.

Modern technology within the healthcare industry is astonishing, and by utilizing cloud servers, medical professionals can easily access medical reports, give patients thorough advice and discuss administrative business with office staff.

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Я удостоверилась в нужности ушу на своем собственном сынишке. Немного времени назад мой сын был совсем изнеженным, малосильным, застенчивым ребенком. Он уважительно раскланивался с пенсионерками на лавочках, но нечасто ходил играть с ровесниками. Если и ходил, то возвращался приунывшим, а бывало и синяках.

 

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The relocation of your company’s technical infrastructure to the cloud may appear to be a frightening one—every aspect of your technology will need to be adjusted to appropriately reflect its new location. However, there is good news: according to a recent article in CIO, more than half of businesses are moving their capabilities to the cloud, and the majority of these companies are noticing increased profit.

One of the core reasons cloud solutions save customers money is because companies no longer need to utilize resources such as manpower (and the salary to fuel this manpower) to keep their infrastructure running. A cloud server will practically run itself, since there is no complex architecture to maintain.

Money that is saved through the use of a cloud server can be turned back around and invested in increasing employee count, raising current wages and promoting an innovative environment.

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If you are new to the cloud hosting industry, you may be slightly confused by the variety of options available regarding cloud storage. You may keep hearing the term “cloud computing” and not quite understanding what it means. You may not even be sure if the cloud is just hype. Choosing a cloud hosting provider can be difficult, but with just a few tips, you will be fast on your way to your new host.

Do I need my data in a specific location? While many initially believe that the cloud is actually an invisible force located high above our heads, the cloud actually serves as a platform hosted in a number of data centers. If you work in an industry where the location the data resides is important, you should look for a provider who provides the option of controlling the location of the cloud.

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Each day on the news, there is a new headline regarding a large corporation that has had its website intruded by anonymous hackers who have released a surprisingly large amount of personal information. The first step to maintaining a large website is to understand the fundamentals of network security.

For any large business with multiple cloud servers, perhaps the most critical step to take is to install a firewall between the cloud server and the Internet itself. Firewalls can be configured to restrict the flow of traffic and examine the websites visited by traffic. Malicious users can be easily thwarted.

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10 powodów dla których należałoby wstąpić IndieIndie, brzeżek o bogatej kulturze, dziedzictwu, zabytków, architektury, świątynie co więcej samorzutnego piękna, jest jednym spośród najniezwyklej szukanych turystycznym świata. Istnieje co niemiara powodów, które sprawiają, że Indie jednym z najgorętszych miejsc podróży i wypoczynku. co więcej pokoje ustroń gościnność świadczonych dzięki obywateli Indii do turystów jest niesamowite, w dni siła robocza I wierzą "Atithi Devo Bhawa", goście są jak Bóg. B moja różne odcienie w zakresie kultury, tradycji, kuchni, wyrazów, religii, krajobrazy, peregrynacja do Indii, jest fascynujące. Mówiąc: całość w różnorodności ano ustroń alleluja wieczorkiem jest prawdziwe, jak mówimy o Indiach.Indie mają wiele miejsc wypoczynkowych i miejscach turystycznych oferujących co niemiara kuchni, rozrywki co więcej worldclass opieki zdrowotnej. I co więcej bez liku hoteli oraz kurortów w Indiach wszystkich budżetów z najważniejszych gościnności co więcej gości stosunków.

Aby zwiedzić Indie, Istnieje kilka rodzajów Indii travel oferty dostępne ażeby turystów krajowych co więcej zagranicznych dodatkowo da się zarezerwować niejaki z nich w zależności od czasu subiektywnych preferencji.A zaistnieją niezliczone powody podróży do Indii, po 10 różnych rodzajów Indie wczasów można ocenić odkrywać i przeżywać różnych przymiotów kraju:1. A Turystyka: Jeśli lubisz sporty radykalne odpuszczać w takich jak rafting, wspinaczkę, paralotniarstwo, wspinaczka górska, kawaleria na nartach i kempingu, Rishikesh, Darjeeling i wzgórza północnych Indiach dlatego idealne miejsca ażeby Ciebie.2. Wildlife wycieczki: I wiele parków narodowych i rezerwatów przyrody co więcej rezerwatów ptaków w Indiach, które są niesamowite co więcej fascynujące dla turystów przyjeżdżających na imprezy integrcyjne wstydliwą wycieczkę.3. P Tour: R jest rajem ażeby tych z duchowych poszukiwań. Rishikesh jest również atrakcyjny ze swoich sesji joginy co więcej jest znanym środek jogi i medytacji. Świątynie co więcej inne zabytki sakralne w Indiach są idealne Ustroń dla tych, którzy szukają spokoju.4. Miłośnicy plażowania mogą mieć ano niezapomniane wczasy w osobliwych miejscach nasłonecznionych, piaszczystych plaż Goa. Plaże w Kerali, Chennai co więcej wiele innych wybrzeży południowych I są również spektakularne.5. rzeźby i architektury świątyń Khajuraho świątyni Konark co więcej minionych obrazów co więcej Ajanta i Ellora w jaskiniach są wizualne uczta.6. D miłośników historii, są liczne zabytki, a dodatkowo ruiny wspaniałych zabytków, Świątynie, zamki, pałace i architektury.7. Ayurveda T: Ayurvedic zdrowia i malownicze czar turystyki Kerala jest idealnym miejscem na wycieczki A.8. naturalne piękno pokoje co więcej poetyczne widoki Indii są bogate w słońcu skąpane plaże, ośnieżone szczyty górskie, kompaktowe lasy, kolorowe co więcej inspirujące flory co więcej fauny, wzgórza i kotliny dzikich zwierząt, które sprawiają, I ekskursja prawdziwa uczta dla miłośników przyrody. Stacje wzgórza gdy Ooty, Simla co więcej D to idealne miejsca na odpoczynek i odmłodzenie.9. niezliczone sztuki co więcej rzemiosła, sztuki ludowej, sztuki i tradycyjnych plemiennych, krosnach ręcznych co więcej innych niezwykłych i porywających kawałków indyjskich artefaktów doprowadzić do realizacji Indie rajem dla miłośników zakupów.10. M, ale nie najmniej, wargi manto indyjskie dary nieba jest nadprzyrodzone, jako że spełnia nie na to samo swoje kubki smakowe, aliści dodatkowo swoją gotuję. Lokalne zioła co więcej przyprawy zwiększenia zapachu tych pysznych palet z kuchni.I bez liku touroperatorzy i biura podróży, które proponują różnego rodzaju kultowych pakietów turystycznych, takich w czas wycieczki kulturalne, wycieczki, zwiedzanie przyrody A, Północne Indie podróży, I Południowe wycieczek, podróży spuścizna, ajurwedyjski wycieczek, Golden Tours trójkąt, Tour co więcej wiele więcej. Pomagają również w rezerwacji Indie loty, I podróż wygodne i bezproblemowe. Więc wyłowić najważniejszy tobół co więcej zająć wycieczkę I teraz do zegnania ferii zimowych w Indiach.Indie wycieczka spomiędzy pewnością będzie udany, dlatego że spomiędzy wielu atrakcji i wspaniałych miejsc. P nie może podsumować szamie w słowa i ostać się wierną jednostkę kraju, musieć nadejść i żyć magię I.

K w Ustroniu jest niezapomniany. Turyści zazwyczaj przyjeżdża do Włoch do znanych miejsc. A skutkiem tego powinny faktycznie. Rzym jest prawdopodobnie kolebką noclegi ustroń zachodniej kultury spomiędzy tak wielu zabytków oraz dźwięki, że tydzień w takim przypadku zbytnio mało, iżby widzieć i dochować się w takim przypadku wszystko. Wenecja jest Wenecja. Nie ma Ustroń alleluja wieczorkiem donikąd dosyć tego w czasie dlatego w świecie. Florencja i całej Toskanii jest zanurzone w tradycji, wspaniałej kuchni co więcej pięknej sztuki. Neapol co więcej Amalfi coast są na swój sposób spektakularny.Jednym spośród miejsc, które nie wykraczają jest Ligurii. D skutkiem tego, że jest tajemnicą, że Włosi zostały toczenia ażeby siebie. J Nie więcej.Liguria jest 315 km przybrzeżna pasmo, jaki działała spomiędzy La Spezia aż do Francji spomiędzy Genui w charakterze jego stolicy co więcej naczelnego miasta. I pas wybrzeża jest tak To, co się myśli. J wciśniętym między Apeniny CO WIĘCEJ Alpy I bezdno spomiędzy górami zbliża powyżej i fantastycznie pięknym Morzem Liguryjskim Deep Blue.

Błogosławiony spomiędzy łagodnym klimatem dzięki pokoje kompletny dwanaście miesięcy sprawia, że ​​To idealne miejsce do odwiedzenia dzięki cały dwanaście miesięcy, J w szczególności w miesiącach letnich, ze względu na mile fantastycznych plaż i wspaniałego morza, w którym kąpać się.Pozostała ustęp tego tekstu poświęcona będzie nakłonić noclegi Państwa aż do spędzenia następujących wakacji zbyt granicą, w tym fantastycznym placu zabaw. J kuchni doskonały pociągania w pięknych zabytków pijąc karo, pływanie w pięknym głębokim błękitnym oceanem i przeżywania miejsc, że niektóre spomiędzy poetów, takich jak Byron, Keats, Ezra Pound I Shelley tak bardzo kochał.G masz ochotę na Wakacje na plaży L jest rzeczywiście Włosi ulubionym miejscem niedaleko całego wybrzeża To seria pięknych plaż, które zezwalają na kąpiel w ciepłym morzu i bezpieczeństwa. B jest głębokie niebieskie, gdyż to się nader głęboko mocno szybko, na rowie spada dala spadają gdy góry, które krosna nad nim.P chcesz zajrzeć globtroter To Liguria obfituje. Istnieje tzw Cinque Terre (pięć ziemie) Tzw ażeby pięciu miast, które pojawiają się niepewnie zachowają się na skałach ponad morzem. Prawie szkolenia niewykonalne, w celu osiągnąć się lubą lądową Jest wspaniałym kolejowe, które podłączyć pięć i można wskoczyć I zwolnić się posiadające w jednej miejscowości aperitif, antipasta w następnym, P, Carne lub Pesce jak ryby jest specjalnością regionu) w po 2 I wreszcie obserwować fatygowanie słońca ponad M Liguryjskim popijając kawę w ostatniej spomiędzy pięciu wiosek.Tutaj Jest światowej sławy Zatoki Poetów. J To imię regionu L Spezia, jak na przestrzeni wieków wielu słynnych Poetów przyjeżdżają T, by aresztować się na chwilę i przebywał na wieki.J, O tak żywności. To J swobodnie przyznał, że włoskie J jest znakomite, W z pasją I radością, a wykonane aż do spożycia I napełniał I Ligurii żywności Nie J wyjątkiem. T dokąd Pesto został po raz pierwszy i To, dokądże Włosi, którzy kochają Dolce Vita przybyć na koniec tygodnia albo tydzień.Kartki wesele z noclegiem ustroń bez opłat ażeby siebie do hotelu Ligurii mogą mieścić się spełniane zbyt pośrednictwem Liguria Pocket.

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Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosting is a great solution for those whose needs and expectations are not met by shared hosting or whose website has outgrown their shared hosting plan. Virtual Private Servers provide users with root-level access to the server, while still keeping the ease and simplicity of a shared hosting account.  Essentially, VPS is like a dedicated server, except that you “own” only part of the server’s resources.

You may ask, why not choose dedicated server hosting then? Businesses who choose VPS hosting usually cannot afford dedicated servers, but would like more from their hosting services than provided by shared hosting. While dedicated servers are a big financial and technical investment, VPS offers an “in between” option between this and shared hosting - complete with technical support and no requirement to own the hardware.

A few benefits of VPS hosting include:

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The business world today is all about staying current and competitive in your industry. As your small business looks to the future, consider these tech upgrades to help your business remain up to date and competitive in today's market. The following suggestions are relatively easy and affordable for most small businesses to implement:

Ensure Your Internet Speed is Up To Par

As a growing small business in today's world of instant information, optimal connectivity is essential, no matter the industry you are in. Make sure your Internet is fast, and don't be afraid to invest in it because a faster Internet helps increase productivity and efficiency. It can also mean faster upload and download speeds.

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For both small- and large-scale businesses, there appears to be a growing trend: executives are adopting cloud computing into their everyday activities with little to no aid from their in‐house IT departments.  In fact, the role of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) is changing at a rapid pace due to the quick evolution of cloud computing and cloud hosting

Since the introduction of the computer, IT departments have been tasked with fixing various infrastructure issues regarding storage, email and accessibility.  As cloud technology evolves, it would appear that these positions are also evolving; the use of applications such as Dropbox and Google Apps have virtually eliminated these issues, allowing IT employees to work on more critical problems.

CIOs who can see the growing benefits that cloud adoption offers are the ones who will be most successful in the future, as the deliberate non‐adoption of such technology is not only bad for business, but has negative effects for employees who wish to adopt the technology in their daily business routine.

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The word “downtime” is one that the customer of any hosting provider dreads to hear. It is used to explain the common occurrence in which a server or website hosted on that server is busy or unavailable as a result of scheduled maintenance or even a system failure. Any time a server is down, all the information you have stored on the server—whether it is an application, a website, or files—will also be down. 

One of the most notable benefits of cloud hosting is the fact that downtime in the cloud is virtually eliminated. Cloud solutions are extremely reliable, and if a cloud server does happen to go down, it is often only for a few seconds. Cloud service providers have back-up systems that kick in when the main server experiences problems.

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When it comes to cloud computing, expectations are high for 2013. Businesses of all sizes—from garage-based startups to multinational corporations—are putting their resources into utilizing cloud computing technologies and services to help them deliver products and services, while reducing overhead operating costs. 

Nearly 50% of all enterprises in North America and Europe are predicted to set aside budgets for cloud investments this year. Additionally, 50% of software development companies are planning to deploy applications in the cloud. According to a research report by 451 Market Monitor, the cloud computing marketplace will reach $16.7 billion in revenue this year, compared to a revenue of $8.7 billion in 2010. 

Perhaps the most astonishing prediction was one released by Markets and Markets in their Cloud Storage Market-Worldwide Forecasts and Analysis research report: the cloud storage market will astronomically increase in revenue from $5.6 billion in 2012 to $46.8 billion in 2013! 

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The term “cloud computing” refers to any activity or service that involves the “cloud.” No—not a literal cloud! This metaphorical cloud is a virtual system that is accessible online, where users can perform a wide variety of IT tasks. Cloud hosting is just one of the many utilizations of this technology. 

Cloud hosting allows a website to no longer be limited to a single server, as previously seen with dedicated and VPS hosting. A cloud-hosted website will have access to multiple cloud servers. One of the greatest benefits of cloud hosting is the virtually unlimited processing power, as users can always scale up if necessary. 

The cloud can easily cope with changing client demands without needing to revamp the architectural framework. Users and service providers can easily predict new requirements, whether it is processing speed, bandwidth or data storage. Cloud computing is also extremely cost-efficient—especially for businesses—because users only pay for what data they actually use.

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According to a survey performed earlier this year by CIO.com, 54% of all IT security professionals cite cloud computing security as their top priority.  Another 32% cite security as a middle priority for them.  However, 85% of IT professionals are confident in their cloud provider’s ability to provide a secure environment for their data. 

Security has always been a concern when sensitive data is involved and this concern is heightened when it comes to cloud services outside of the corporate wall because no longer is it under the company’s direct supervision.  It is human nature to be afraid of the unknown, but the risks of cloud computing come with a plethora of benefits as well.  For example, the cloud offers greater flexibility, scalability, and agility, allowing IT staff to complete tasks in hours rather than weeks or months.

Depending on the size and nature of your business, entrusting your data to a cloud provider may be every bit as secure (if not more so) than your in-house security. This is because top-quality cloud hosting providers invest a significant amount of resources into security, much more than most small to medium-sized businesses can afford.  Also, most cloud providers make an effort to always keep up with the latest in security so that they can provide the best service to their customers. 

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By Sameer Sule

SANDY- if you live in the northeast you will not forget her name for a long time. Every CEO, business owner and home owner was holding his/her breath as Sandy blew over us. I know I was. My house is surrounded by trees and every time a 50 mph gust came, I was praying to the higher power that the branches held up. Unfortunately a tree on the adjoining street couldn’t hold up and came down, knocking the power out from our neighborhood for a day. We were the lucky ones! Others in the NY and NJ area weren’t so lucky. 

The damage to people, property and businesses in NY and NJ  is unimaginable.  According to early estimates over 100,000 homes and businesses were completely destroyed or severely damaged. Many business owners have lost everything and may never recover. All their life’s work gone in a blink of an eye.  My prayers go out to people who have been disastrously affected by Sandy. Could they have done more to protect their businesses? In some cases the answer is no; we are powerless in front of mother nature and despite our best preparations things can go real bad. But in many cases, I am sure business owners are cursing themselves for not being better prepared. Most businesses do not have disaster recovery plans in place. Simple things like backing up data in a secure place, having redundant power supply such as a portable generator are not in place.Taking these simple steps can mean the difference between business recovery or business death. 
Events like Hurricane Sandy remind us how close we get to losing everything. Its just a matter of luck that one business or home gets destroyed and another doesn’t. Yet many of us thank our stars and move on without really considering what we can do to protect our family, home and business in the event of a disaster. We live in an information age and our life is practically a collection of bytes. Apart from a few hard copies most of our information is now stored in electronic format. Now is the time for those of us lucky enough to escape unscathed from Sandy to take a look at what is important in our lives and take steps to safeguard it. Do we have all our important documents in a safe place? How about all our electronic data- our files, family pictures, legal information, financial information? Have they been backed up online and can we recover them easily afterwards?
Knowing that we can recover our critical data after a disaster will make the recovery process relatively easier. So unless your data is a cat with nine lives, Sandy just used up one. How many more lives does your data have?

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Reserve your space in this exclusive track! It is an excellent way to receive top information from some of the industry’s most experienced C-level+ executives. Learn from those who make the decisions and implement the programs! To find out qualification requirements, email patti@drj.com

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The issue I would like to think about this week is how, as business continuity people, we should approach big disasters and what should our attitude be to them. If we are affected by the incident, then our job is simple, we implement our business continuity plan and hopefully we recover our organisation successfully. If we are not affected by the disaster how should we approach it?

 

If we are an in house business continuity manager should we be using this as a good opportunity to re-engage with our senior managers and remind them of our existence? Should we also use it as an excuse to get all within the organisation to review their plans? As it is the end of the year should we also use this time as a good opportunity to put forward a case for increasing our business continuity budget for next year?

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It's about time. Someone has admitted that DR/BCP writers have ignored the personal issues of employees following a disaster when creating business continuity plans, reviewing them, or just writing about them. Eric Krell wrote in Business Finance on November 6, 2012, an article entitled "Sandy Exposes the Human Side of Continuity." I was alerted to the article by Phil Rothstein. Perhaps for Mr. Krell, Sandy was HIS first exposure to the human side of continuity. I've been teaching a unit called "Take Care of Your People" with my colleague Deidrich Towne, Jr. at DRJ conferences since 1999. We have presented lessons learned from our real experience of "people" issues associated with disaster response.

People, including employees, have routines that must be followed daily. Examples are taking care of children, pets, elderly parents, and farm animals. If you were to review Maslow's hierarchy, you wouldn't find work or career in the list of critical, life-sustaining functions. Let me give you an example. When putting together a strike plan, management employees were assigned duties requiring they work 6 days, 12-hour shifts. I got a call from a woman who said she couldn't work that many hours in a week. I told her it was a "condition of employment" for management personnel. She responded, "Dr. Phelan, three months ago my husband and I adopted a child on the condition I would not work outside the home more than 35 hours per week. If I accept the strike assignment, I will lose my child." I called her boss and set up a job-sharing arrangement to cover the duty.

There are human considerations that "trump" reporting to work. These are escalated when disaster strikes.

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In the months following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, businesses in southern Louisiana tried to get back to business as usual, but some of these businesses were gone for good.  Financial records, customer information, investor reports, and other electronic data was completely lost if it was stored locally on hard drives or external flash drives.  An important and very costly lesson was learned that year regarding the importance of data backup in the cloud

Fortunately, this time around many companies did rely on the cloud as a data backup/disaster recovery solution.  And, because of this, they were able to continue working off of Smartphones and laptops without a break in operations when Hurricane Sandy hit their offices.  With time, companies in the Northeast that were affected by Hurricane Sandy will start to pick up the pieces and get back on their feet.

Atlantic.Net is offering free cloud server hosting services to businesses that rely on data centers still experiencing issues due to the storm in order to allow businesses to get back on their feet until they can establish a more permanent solution for their business hosting needs.  Atlantic.Net’s world-class infrastructure allows for cloud servers to be provisioned in a matter of minutes, making business continuity possible and cold site disaster recovery a thing of the past.

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Despair. Anger. Frustration. Hopelessness. Sadness. Disappointment.

This is just a brief list of the emotions that folks impacted by Hurricane Sandy are feeling. It is impossible to understand what the citizens of the hard-hit areas are feeling. Many have lost everything - homes, belongings, businesses, and likely along with this - optimism.

While Hurricane Sandy occurred a little over a week ago, the east coast was blasted again today with a nor'easter. Normally a nor'easter does not garner much attention, but when people are still without power, heat, housing, gas, and jobs - the impact of such a storm only escalates.

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