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Does the thought of installing / managing a server seem overwhelming? We can help.
There are a lot of things that should be considered when selecting a server. Does my company actually need a server? What will its primary function be? How many users will it support? What software will it need to run? Will it need redundancy? Once we have identified its purpose we can move on to questions such as: What will the total cost of ownership be? Can it be hosted in the cloud? Will NAS (network attached storage) suffice? Servers also need ongoing maintenance and monitoring to ensure that they will continue to perform optimally and reliably. Servers that are neglected tend to fail without warning and at the worst possible time. It is a good idea to keep servers patched and updated regularly to protect from known vulnerabilities as well as routinely check backups to make sure your servers data is protected in the event of a failure.
Networks are the backbones of any businesses that rely on computer systems. Therefore it is prudent to not overlook the value of a reliable network. When it comes to networks, reliability can come in many forms. From securing your network with a UTM firewall (unified threat management) to installing business class gigabit switches. We can help you sort out your network woes.
The question is not if a hard drive will fail but rather when. Hard drives have a finite life which is often times hard to predict; one reason why backup is so important. However, hardware failure is not the only threat to your data. Data can be damaged or held hostage by viruses that leverage modern encryption, disgruntled employees, accidental deletion or modification, or plain and simple corruption.
Backup plans should be comprehensive. They should take into account what data is most important, backup frequency (how much data are you willing to loose?), how long to store backups, and how quickly data can be restored in the event of a failure. For sensitive data, backups should be both physically secure and encrypted. Another aspect to consider is backup failure. What if your backup plan fails to execute? What if your backup media gets dropped or fails? What if your computer system and backup are stolen or there is a fire? A comprehensive backup plan does not rely solely on one method of backup. An on-line backup might be a good supplement and fail safe to your local backup system. But with any backup system routine checks and restore testing are critical.
A computer disaster has the potential to irreparably harm a business. It can come in many forms including data loss, hardware failures, down time, and even natural disasters. For better chances of successful disaster recovery a disaster recovery plan should be in place. This plan should consist of what steps will be taken in preparation of and in reaction to such disasters to restore services as quickly as possible. Whether your business has a plan or not, in the event of a disaster, we can help you pick up the pieces.
Computer systems fail. There is never a good time for your computer system to crash. We offer emergency after hours service for businesses who's up-time is critical.