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Leveraging Cloud storage for Backup and Disaster Recovery

Leveraging Cloud storage for Backup and Disaster Recovery

Cloud storage is made for backup and disaster recovery. Disaster recovery with the cloud can be done anywhere. It is location-independent because you can access disaster recovery data in the cloud from any site with an internet connection and a StoneFly cloud integrated storage appliance. Customers don't have to spend money on a recovery facility because cloud storageis the recovery facility and there is no need to provision special networks forreplication because a cloud connection is all you need.

Full backup and disaster recovery in the cloud

The problem with a full disaster recovery from the cloud is thenetwork performance of cloud storage. If you use cloud storage as a virtual tape device it will probably take you a lot longer than you thought to download the virtual tapes. If you're thinking it could take days you might need to check that again, it could take weeks. StoneFly has a cloud restoretechnology. You can leave the cold data in thecloud and only restore the data you need, in other words the working set data.

This is a huge time saver when you want tosave time. With StoneFly Hybrid enterprise cloud storage, cloud storage is a tier which means data is not downloaded and then restored it is simply accessed and added to the working set of your storage system. Recovery time objectives (RTO) are amazingly short.

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How to Develop a HIPAA-Compliant Disaster Strategy

How to Develop a HIPAA-Compliant Disaster Strategy

Originally published by: NewCloud Networks

Healthcare is well on the way to transitioning from paper to electronic documentation. It’s no secret. Most patients can now access health records and talk with doctors online. With the transition, strict regulation has also accompanied this increase in electronic storage and transmission of patient information for the healthcare industry. The passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010 further hastened this transition as electronic storage and documentation of patient records became a legal requirement and was no longer optional.

With so much patient information being stored electronically, it is essential that healthcare facilities have a disaster recovery strategy in the event that their network infrastructure is compromised. In addition to other kinds of disasters, the healthcare industry is a frequent target for ransomware attacks whereby patients' information is encrypted or corrupted This can render crucial patient data inaccessible to healthcare workers. In 2016, 88 percent of all ransomware attacks in the U.S. targeted the healthcare industry; this resulted in the compromise and loss of hundreds of thousands of patient records.

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Enhance Your Company's Disaster Response Strategy Using Hybrid Cloud

Enhance Your Company's Disaster Response Strategy Using Hybrid Cloud

Originally published by: NewCloud Networks

A disaster recovery strategy is necessary for ensuring the integrity and availability of a company's data in the event of a disaster. A delay in data recovery after a disaster can lead to severe financial losses for the affected company; studies indicate that companies can lose anywhere from $100,000 to $1 million per hour following a data outage. With potential losses this high, it's essential that a company has a solid disaster recovery plan in place to restore data and minimize downtime after a disaster.

A key component of a good disaster recovery strategy is the establishment of secondary data backup sites. While organizations previously operated multiple data sites at disparate locations as part of their disaster response strategy, the current recommended trend is to use a hybrid cloud. In a study done by IDG, 56% of IT professionals maintained that the hybrid cloud enhanced their disaster recovery strategy.

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3 Questions to Ask Before Accepting Resiliency Responsibilities

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3 Questions to Ask Before Accepting Resiliency Responsibilities

Orginally posted online by Rainy Day Resilience.

Whether you’re applying for a new job or you’ve just been asked to make the company resilient, there are several questions you should consider before accepting resilience responsibilities.

Does Your Risk Assessment Include Pandemics, Cyber Attacks And Terrorism?

Does Your Risk Assessment Include Pandemics, Cyber Attacks And Terrorism?

Originally posted on Alertfind's blog.

Enhancements in technology, travel and communication have improved many companies’ efficiency, but have also enabled the spread of threats and malicious actors.

Emergency preparedness and business continuity managers need to ensure that they’re incorporating all existing and emerging risks in their organization’s risk assessments.

When planning, they need to look beyond their established risks and ensure that they’re adapting their business continuity plans to reflect these newly emerging risks – pandemics, cyber attacks and terrorism.

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Why Your Business Needs a Disaster Recovery Plan

Why Your Business Needs a Disaster Recovery Plan

You wouldn't buy a car without buying insurance, so why would you have a business without a disaster recovery plan? Disaster Recovery is crucial part of every company's IT strategy and without it, you open yourself up to the potential for catastrophic data loss. If that isnt enough of a reason to ensure your company has a plan in place, here are a few more:

Threats are Real

Threats to your business's data come in all shapes and sizes. From natural disasters to human error to cyber criminals. Today, Ransomware is a top cyber threat that is wreaking havoc on IT systems. Preventative measures can only go so far when a disaster actually strikes, and companies should have plans in place to get their systems back online quickly. 

The Cost of Downtime

Downtime can happen to any business, at any time, for any reason. For many companies, downtime means lost revenue. But the cost of downtime spans beyond monetary. Downtime can cost your business damage to its reputation and, as a result, loss of customers. In some cases, downtime can be life or death, like when a hospital experienced an extended outage of its Electronic Health Record. The longer you are offline, the more damage your company will experience. Having a disaster recovery plan in place helps businesses to outline parameters for getting back online while reducing the overall impact of downtime. This can include having a failover plan to get up and running through a secondary site. 

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Let Zombies Bring Your Emergency Preparedness Training To Life

Let Zombies Bring Your Emergency Preparedness Training To Life

Originally posted on Alertfind's blog.

Business continuity and training expert Bob Clark joins Danielle Ricci, Vice President of Marketing for AlertFind, to talk about how organizations can overcome resistance and create more engaging emergency preparedness training with a series of zombie scenarios.

In our upcoming webinar, he’ll discuss how to use these scenarios in a variety of formats – walkthrough, tabletop and live events. He’ll help emergency preparedness professionals avoid common training pitfalls and create training that helps employees understand how to better protect themselves in a variety of situations.

Here are some highlights from their conversation:

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5 Ways to Prevent Human Error Disasters

5 Ways to Prevent Human Error Disasters

Originally published by: NewCloud Networks

Human error isn't a rare occurrence. For example, in 2017 Amazon experienced an outage of its S3 servers due to a typo by an Amazon employee. Also in 2017, a British Airways engineer caused a data center outage resulting in the cancellation of 400+ flights. The Uptime Institute claims that 70% of data center outages are caused by human error. While human error is the most common culprit of data center downtime, it's also the most preventable.

Unfortunately, there is no one simple answer to completely eradicating human error from your business. Humans are bound to make mistakes, however; these mistakes should be accounted for and with the proper preparation, steps can be made to minimize human errors. This can ensure a more speedy recovery if one does occur. Check out these 5 tips for minimizing the occurrence and affects of human error on your business:

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Cloud vs. On-Premise: The Disaster Recovery Battle

Cloud vs. On-Premise: The Disaster Recovery Battle

Originally published by: NewCloud Networks

Making decisions about business continuity (BC) and disaster recovery (DR) can be a CIO’s worst nightmare. Planning, implementing and testing a strategy can take months and sleepless nights. Additionally, some CIOs face the added struggle of small budgets, fewer resources, and a mandate for agility to remain competitive. Add them all up, and you get an extremely difficult task task.

 

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10 Features to Look for in a Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery Solution

10 Features to Look for in a Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery Solution

Originally published by: NewCloud Networks

These days, as CIOs are told to do more with less and find cost-effective solutions that meet business goals, the cloud has seen tremendous growth. One of the most cost-effective solutions that is seeing phenomenal uptake is Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). According to Gartner, DRaaS is a $2.02 billion business currently, and it is expected to reach $3.73 billion by 2021.

 

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Top 10 Use Cases for Cloud Computing

Top 10 Use Cases for Cloud Computing

Originally published by: NewCloud Networks

The shift to the cloud has brought about several solutions that make doing business easier. Whether it be cost savings, added flexibility or ease of use, companies are offloading workflows to the cloud and maintaining a competitive advantage. The cloud has also allowed companies to develop strategies and plans that were once after-thoughts, like disaster recovery and business continuity. Though cloud computing may not make sense in every business situation, there are several use cases that have undeniable benefits and should not be ignored. Here are the Top 10 cloud computing use cases:

10. Software as a Service (SaaS)

As companies grow and gather more data, SaaS technology has entered the market as a way to store, organize and maintain that data. Marketing automation tools, customer relationship management (CRM), etc. have helped lines of business to more efficiently do their jobs. Often referred to as "software on demand," SaaS solutions are centrally hosted in the cloud and can be accessed from anywhere, any time. 

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With Seconds To Respond, Is Your Business Earthquake-Ready?

With Seconds To Respond, Is Your Business Earthquake-Ready?

Originally posted on Alertfind's blog.

Earthquake preparedness expert Steven Eberlein joins Danielle Ricci, Vice President of Marketing for AlertFind, to talk about how businesses can prepare for the unique challenges that earthquakes pose.

In our upcoming webinar, he’ll discuss the key areas that companies must address – the unique challenges of preparing for earthquakes because they hit with no notice. He’ll walk organizations through how they can better prepare their employees and their operations with the right training and preparedness mindset.

Here are some highlights from their conversation:

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Are You Doing Enough To Mitigate Your Wildfire And Mudslide Risk?

Are You Doing Enough To Mitigate Your Wildfire And Mudslide Risk?

Originally posted on Alertfind's blog.

Wildfire expert Jeffrey Kolts joins Danielle Ricci, Vice President of Marketing for AlertFind, to talk about how businesses can proactively prepare their businesses for wildfires and mudslides.

In our upcoming webinar, he’ll discuss the key areas that companies must address – employee preparation, operational cash, suppliers and evacuation plans. He’ll walk organizations through both the risk of wildfires and mudslides and why businesses must be ready to evacuate their offices with an hour or less of notice.

Here are some highlights from their conversation:

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Why You Need A Scenario-Based Business Continuity Strategy

Why You Need A Scenario-Based Business Continuity Strategy

Originally posted on Alertfind's blog.

For businesses, it can be easy to get a kind of tunnel vision – focusing on specific risks instead of creating a broader, more scenario-based approach.

For many businesses, they may know their top two or three risks. It could be hurricanes or wildfires, or even cyber threats or active shooters. But just like markets change, so do a company’s risks.

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How To Conduct A Fire Drill at Work

How To Conduct A Fire Drill at Work

Originally appeared on the AlertMedia blog.

No one expects to have a fire or other disaster at work, but they happen every day in office buildings across the country. We like to think of our workplaces as predictable outposts full of copiers, Keurig machines, and maybe a few too many meetings. But the truth is that when a fire breaks out, employees’ lives can be on the line. You and your company's leaders need to be familiar with how to conduct a fire drill at work. By scheduling regular fire drills, your company can plan for a potential fire and prepare employees to exit the building safely.

Why fire drills at work are important

The National Fire Protection Association reports that there were an average of 3,340 fires per year in U.S. office properties from 2007-2011. Armed with stats like this, your company would be wise to plan regular fire drills. In fact, many landlords and office management companies require this in their leases.

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Consolidation In The Emergency Notification System Market

Consolidation In The Emergency Notification System Market

Originally posted on Alertfind's blog.

In recent years, we’ve seen a large increase in the number of threats facing organizations around the world. Active shooter events are on the rise, hurricanes are causing more and more damage, and we are at a greater risk for experiencing a large-scale pandemic than ever before.

This increase in threats led to a wide-scale emphasis on emergency preparedness. Companies of all sizes started taking major steps to ensure their organization was prepared for any crisis, and their people were protected from any threat. As emergency notification systems (ENS) are a crucial component of any emergency preparedness plan, the ENS market experienced substantial growth. Eventually, the market supported over 50 mass notification system vendors.

Many emergency notification system vendors found themselves to be offering similar products, of similar quality, at similar price points. The competition began to drag down profit and many smaller vendors struggled to stay visible, so they started to consolidate.

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5 Steps To The Best Emergency Notification Software Implementation

5 Steps To The Best Emergency Notification Software Implementation

Originally published on the AlertMedia blog. 

The Key to Finding The Right Mass Notification Software Solution

Purchasing new enterprise software involves multiple steps including a needs assessment, budget allocation, vetting, contract negotiations, and finally, the purchase. However, determining if a potential solution is the right fit goes beyond requirements and budget. You may have the best emergency notification software but without proper implementation you might as well be using tin cans and string. One of the biggest indicators of viability is how easy the software is to implement. No matter how sleek the solution, if it’s difficult to implement, it will impact adoption and ROI.

When choosing the best emergency notification software for your organization, a smooth implementation will ensure your investment is usable within days, if not hours. Follow these simple steps to gain peace of mind that the notification software you select will deliver its intended value.

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3 Post-Hurricane Safety Precautions for Facility Managers

3 Post-Hurricane Safety Precautions for Facility Managers

Originally published on the AlertMedia blog

When a hurricane strikes and everyone else is moving to higher ground, facilities managers are headed the other way—planning when they can return and assess the damage. Once the storm moves offshore or loses steam, they will likely be the first ones back to the office. No matter how well you've prepared your business for a hurricane, things will be chaotic. If you’re a facility manager, you need to be taking the correct post-hurricane safety precautions to ensure the property is ready for a safe re-entry so everyone can get back to work.

According to the American Meteorological Society, the U.S. faces more extreme weather events than any other country on the planet. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) predicted that there will be 9-13 Atlantic named storms in 2018. That’s a lot of wind, water, and debris possibly headed straight to your facilities.

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Can Your Business Continuity Plan Survive Today’s New Threats?

Can Your Business Continuity Plan Survive Today’s New Threats?

Originally posted on Alertfind's blog.

Business continuity expert Bob Clark joins Danielle Ricci, Vice President of Marketing for AlertFind, to talk about how evolving threats – pandemics, cyber attacks and terrorism – are affecting today’s organizations.

In our upcoming webinar, he’ll discuss what companies need to know about these threats and how to adapt to a more agile approach to risk assessment.

Here are some highlights from their conversation:

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