Protecting your Backups in a Ransomware World

I just read an article that is full of great information on protecting your backups from a ransomware attack. The article states what I have long said, you must practice security in layers. No one tool or solution is going [...]

Protecting your Backups in a Ransomware World2020-03-27T12:34:18-07:00

You’re the Non-technical Boss with Responsibility for the Network…

How do you know your most important functions of your network are working?  How do you manage technical people whose work you don’t fully understand?  This week I have seven simple questions to ask and I provide you some tips on what answers you should expect.

Backup and Disaster Recovery is one of the most important functions in Information Technology management to assure the future viability of your firm.  But backup and DR is a function you don’t really know is working until you really need it and that is not the time to find out it is not working as planned.  My recommendation is that you bring this topic up in your next meeting with your IT team.  Here are the questions I suggest you ask:

1.       How is our backup system running?  (Let your IT person talk.  Be patient and don’t interrupt.  Let them tell you all they can.)

2.       Are we getting any error messages from the backups? (Error messages are not....

You’re the Non-technical Boss with Responsibility for the Network…2015-10-07T22:13:17-07:00

Some Good Q&A on Backup and Disaster Recovery

1. Where should small businesses start with disaster recovery, whether or not they already have a DR plan in place? What is the first question the small business owner needs to ask?

I recommend starting with determining RTO and RPO.  If the small business owner starts here he or she will be off to a good start with the DR plan.  What are RTO and RPO?

•         RTO – Recovery Time Objective, the time between the disaster and when the system has been made operational again.  Why is this important?  Different businesses have different costs associated with...

Some Good Q&A on Backup and Disaster Recovery2015-03-02T15:43:00-08:00

HIPAA-compliant cloud storage services: Due diligence is key to survival

Many VARs are looking to profit from health care-related cloud storage services. But with profit comes responsibility. Whether you build your own or offer another’s service, the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Health Information Technology for [...]

HIPAA-compliant cloud storage services: Due diligence is key to survival2014-04-08T17:46:00-07:00

Honest VARs and MSPs face problems with cloud storage services

If you’ve been in the IT industry for awhile, you’ve no doubt noticed that it goes through one hype cycle after another.  Many of us witnessed the dot-com explosion, implosion and subsequent MSP market conversion. Watching the cloud hype cycle [...]

Honest VARs and MSPs face problems with cloud storage services2014-04-07T15:00:00-07:00

It’s time for a real accreditation process for cloud storage services

Many cloud storage providers are hiding behind smoke and mirrors to intentionally misrepresent their offerings, which only confuses customers. Why are they doing this? To increase profits, of course. Read more HERE! Alvaka Networks is available to for IT consulting [...]

It’s time for a real accreditation process for cloud storage services2020-01-06T20:26:19-08:00

Selling to the LOB manager: Reseller, beware

At many businesses, line-of-business managers and staff are making decisions to move mission-critical and often sensitive data to the cloud, and they're performing local installs without the knowledge of the IT department. Read more: http://searchitchannel.techtarget.com/opinion/Selling-to-the-LOB-manager-Reseller-beware Alvaka Networks is available to [...]

Selling to the LOB manager: Reseller, beware2018-05-07T09:15:53-07:00

Symantec Pulls the Plug on Their Cloud Backup Offering

The shutdown of cloud backup provider Nirvanix does not surprise me as it appeared to me to be somewhat ill conceived.  While Backup Exec is good for conventional backup to tape and other media, is not so well suited for [...]

Symantec Pulls the Plug on Their Cloud Backup Offering2013-12-21T03:27:44-08:00

A Great Webinar On Backup And Disaster Recovery

I just did a one hour webinar sponsored by IBM and brought to the Internet by eWeek, a Ziff Davis Media publication. If I do say so myself I think it went very well. Elliot Markowitz of eWeek said he thought it was the best webinar so far this year.

Click Here for the Webinar: 

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Disaster Recovery: Learning from the Past to Get Ready for the Future

A Great Webinar On Backup And Disaster Recovery2011-05-03T03:21:00-07:00