5 benefits of
common threat to businesses is disaster. One can strike at any time and can
vary in severity. Regardless of whether a company is facing a major
catastrophe or something as simple as spilling water on a keyboard, it is a
good idea to take steps to prepare for different potential disaster
scenarios. A way to prepare for disaster is to back up your data using
backup solution, such as one off site.
Here are five benefits and a definition
of offsite backup.
Offsite backup defined
The definition of offsite backup can be a bit difficult to nail down, as
when many IT providers talk about this idea they are usually referring to
one of a number of different kinds of backup. The key idea revolving around
offsite backup is that your company’s data and backups are sent out of your
physical location(s). In other words, your backups are not stored in your
office or building.
Offsite backup is usually done in one
of two ways:
Physical transport - This can range from something as simple as copying
important files onto a removable hard drive and storing this in another
location, to backing up entire systems on tape and storing them off site.
Remote backup - This is a more modern approach to data backup, whereby your
data and files are stored on servers located off site. This form of backup
is commonly referred to as ‘cloud backup’.
For the purpose of this article, we
will focus on remote backup as this is the main solution companies are
Benefits of remote backup
The major benefit of remote backup is that it can be automated. Your files
are updated on a daily basis, or you can set the time for the update.
Because these solutions work over the Internet, you will be able to recover
files quickly. Beyond that, the servers that offer this solution are often
located in numerous locations, which ensures that
your backups are always available, even if one server crashes.
2. It reduces workload
Traditional backup solutions require a person, whether you or an IT
professional, to manually back up or copy files. This can take a long time,
and will take you away from your normal job. Many remote backup solutions
can be initiated at the click of a mouse after setup, or can be scheduled for
when you aren’t in the office.
3. It’s easy to set up
Backup solutions are managed by an IT partner who can work with you to set
up which files and data to back up. Other solutions can be set up with a
few clicks and even automated, so you can rest assured that your data is
backed up and up-to-date.
Most backup providers store their servers in secure locations, meaning that
your data is physically secure. To ensure that backup data is transmitted
securely, most solutions use advanced encryption tools to keep data secure.
5. It will save money
If you have numerous computers with large amounts of data that you back up regularly, you know that physical storage solutions can
be costly. The majority of remote backup solutions are
billed on a monthly-basis and support a near unlimited amount of
backup space. If your company operates in an industry where backups are
mandatory, or you have a large amount of files to back up, these options
will save you money.
If you are interested
in learning more about how offsite, remote backup can help ensure that your
business is ready for disaster recovery, please contact us today.
dashboard is an easy to read and comprehend representation of data that
indicates the current status of a company. Most dashboards look at a
company’s Key Performance Indicators (KPI), and display information
graphically and more often than not in real-time. This study of performance
is often referred to as analytics, and companies can use KPIs, and the
dashboards that represent them, to predict, describe and even change
have become an integral part of any analytics process, and can really help
a business. However, they need to be implemented properly if a business is
to benefit. Here are five tips that can help you launch useful dashboards.
Focus on the important
Dashboards allows you to track almost any form of data. This doesn’t mean
you should, however. In fact, it’s a good idea to step back and identify
the most important or most integral processes of your business. You could
start with two or three of these that you can clearly track from beginning
Do your tech due diligence
The number of programs and full solutions that offer small businesses
dashboards are plentiful. You should think about what exactly you want to
track and your overall goals before you talk to a vendor.
the information and metrics identified, you should look for a solution that
allows you to track these to the level you want. If you’re only being
offered once a week views, for example, and you need updates once a day,
you’re better off continuing your search.
this, you should be careful to look at the options each dashboard has, and
the information it follows. You don’t want to be tracking information you
don’t need, as this could throw off the effectiveness of the solution.
One solution won’t fit all
It’s important to bear in mind that different departments or roles will
want to track different information. You should include the different team
wants, along with their representatives, when looking at solutions, so you
can get a better picture as to what you need.
Once you have set your goals or objectives and before you implement your
new dashboard, it is a good idea to track any related information. This
should give you a solid idea from which you can compare changes once the
dashboard is implemented.
pre-system tracking doesn’t have to be long, maybe three to six months –
enough time to give you a solid grasp of what you want to look at. After
implementation, track the same data for six months and look again. Any
changes will become the new benchmark which will allow you to launch new
solutions, or gauge effectiveness of the data you are collecting.
Back up your data
As with any tech system, all dashboard software will have the occasional bug
or glitch. It simply cannot be avoided. Developers and vendors know this
and many have backup solutions to ensure data loss is minimized. It is a
good idea to consult with them to ensure their backup meets your needs, or
look for one who can work with existing technology to ensure data won’t be
Tracking data and
information that is critical to a business’s operations can help you gain
not only a clear picture of just how well your company is doing, but also
highlight any need for changes or improvements. If you would like to find
the right dashboards for your business, please contact us, we may have a
solution that will drive your success.
Five low cost
common misconception among many business owners and managers is that
managing the security of their systems and computers is a time-consuming
and costly endeavor. While it certainly can be expensive, how much you
spend really depends on the type of security you want and need. In fact,
there are security steps you can take that won’t cost you much in the way
of time or money.
Do you know
how to protect Word docs?
word processor is one of the most popular pieces of software, found on
nearly every user’s computer. The most popular word processor is
Microsoft’s Word, which offers numerous features that help users create a
nearly limitless amount of different documents. There are also features
that often aren’t used but can be really useful. One such feature is the
ability to protect your Word documents.
of the integral components of a computer is the processor. It’s considered
the brain of the computer because it runs all the various programs and software.
The most popular processors are the Core processors created by Intel. Intel
has recently introduced the latest version (generation) of their processor,
code named Haswell.
Overview of Intel's processors If you have looked at buying a computer in the past
three years you have likely heard or seen computers being advertised as
having an Intel Core i3, i5 or i7. These processors are Intel's current
line or models, used in laptops and desktops.
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