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Disaster Recovery – Securing your IT Data

Forecast Update

Hurricane Joaquin is bearing down on the Bahamas as a major category three storm that is forecasted to strengthen, possibly being upgraded to a category four hurricane.

Hurricane JoaqinSpinning in the Atlantic, forecasters are unsure of the direct path the storm will take,
but widespread damage is expected.

If you lived in the southeastern region of North Carolina during the mid-90s, you remember the extensive destruction caused by Hurricanes Bertha and Fran – downed trees and power lines, weeks without electricity or running water, inland flooding caused by storm surge and rainwater, and a massive cleanup effort.
Joaquin ForecastFast forward to October 2015 and take note of the projected path of Hurricane Joaquin. Forecast models are showing that the hurricane will most likely wind up the coast, affecting the majority of the eastern seaboard.

Remember Hurricane Sandy? Could this be another superstorm?

One thing is certain – expect to see long lines in the grocery stores as people stock up on necessities to prepare. But in the midst of the frenzy and panic to prect tangible items, such as homes, vehicles, and personal possessions, many people forget to ensure the security of their intangible, yet extremely valuable data that is stored online or on a hard drive.

IT Recovery

Planning for an IT disaster is imperative during today’s era of technological reliance. Damage caused by inclement weather has the potential to wipe out your entire network infrastructure. Your server could unexpectedly crash, your equipment could be fried by flood waters or even a lightning strike. It has happened more often than you would expect in the past, and as more people are relying on Information Technology, the more often it will continue to occur.

We highly recommend that you verify that your IT data has been properly secured with redundant backups. Make sure your data backups are up to date! Do not simply rely on your server or cloud storage. You are going to want your critical data stored on multiple platforms. This safeguards your information and guarantees you will have access to it after the storm. While others are anxiously hunkering down, you will have peace of mind that your data is secure and reconcilable.

IT Disaster Recovery Plan

Do not put yourself or your data at risk. Have you ensured redundant backups to your data systems? If you would like guidance or assistance in proper IT disaster preparation, we are more than happy to guide you in the right direction, no matter what direction inclement weather takes.

At Impact Media, we take IT disaster recovery seriously. Our team of specialists has extensive knowledge in IT solutions. Check us out online or feel free to give us a call.

Impact Media IT Solutions

World Backup Day is coming: March 31st, 2015

What would you do if you lost everything?

This is the rallying cry behind World Backup Day, an effort to inspire anyone and everyone to make sure their data is backed up digitally by March 31st.

It started when a journalist had all his data wiped by a hacker: computer, phone, tablet; everything gone. The devastation of the loss was the inspiration that resulted in World Backup Day.

Do you have adequate backup procedures in place? At Impact Media Solutions, we promote the best practice of local and cloud backups for your network and cloud backup for your individual devices (PC’s and Mac’s, tablets, and smartphones) to make sure your data and network are secure.

Local network backup is accomplished through installation of a NAS device (Network Attached Storage). This device attaches to your internal network and serves as a network backup for your local server. Your NAS device should be sized appropriately to be able to provide redundant daily backups.

It is also vitally important to provide a cloud backup for your network server. In the event of a catastrophe such as a fire or flood (or a sprinkler flood due to a fire), your local server backup could be compromised along with the data on the server, so you need offsite backup as well. The best way to accomplish this is through a cloud backup service. A cloud backup service silently and consistently backs up your data to an offsite server daily for a monthly fee. If a catastrophe occurs, the backup data can be restored to a new server and operations be back up and running within hours of the failure.

We also strongly recommend backing up the data on your computers, tablets, and smartphones. Imagine the chaos that would ensue were you to lose the files and documents on your computer. Now extrapolate that to your other devices. What a nightmare! Avoid the nightmare and set routine cloud backups that run when you are not using your machine. If your hard drive fails or you drop your tablet in a mud puddle, your data can be restored to a new device.

Join the World Backup Day cause and back your stuff up by March 31st to avoid being an April Fool.

Want more information on local and cloud backup? Contact us for a free estimate of local and cloud backup services for your network and devices.