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What’s the Weakest Link in DR plans?

How do you know if your disaster recovery plan works? DR plans are only valid if they’ve been tested.  IDC Canada found that 81% of Canadian businesses are not testing their DR plans to industry standards. An untested system is like playing Russian roulette with an organization’s data. The impact of not having a robust DR program is that companies are at risk of not having any disaster recovery capabilities. Businesses don’t know if their DR systems work, until they fail, and by that time it’s too late.

Planning for Service Interruption

To survive in today’s business world, you have to hope for the best, but plan for the worst. That means making sure you have a plan B for all critical systems, including Internet connectivity. Business’s reliance on the Internet has grown well beyond email. Connectivity is the equivalent of the cash register for retail companies, and companies in all markets either use cloud based business applications or plan to do so. Big businesses have always had the budgets to fund comprehensive back up plans, but how can small and midsized enterprises (SMEs) plan for service interruption? Perhaps the first step to ask is why.

Cutting I.T. COSTS With Cloud Computing

Finding a way to reduce costs and operate more efficiently is a critical aspect of running a successful business. However, many businesses equate cutting costs with eliminating personnel or slashing budgets, which isn’t always the best practice. Companies need to examine outside resources and new technologies as a source for cost savings.

Moving into the Data Centre: Best Practices for Successful Colocation

The most important aspect of finding the right data centre is taking a tour of the facility. That way, you can see first-hand where your critical data will be stored. It also gives you an opportunity to address any questions or concerns you may have that relate to your company’s specific requirements. Like fingerprints, every company is unique – and each company will need to decide which items will be included in their colocation checklist.

Data Centre Trends

Data centres are quickly becoming an integral part of business as more companies are utilizing innovative technologies to collect information and grow. Previously, large corporations dominated the data centre market as barriers to entry, such as high prices, made it challenging for small and medium businesses (SMBs) to get their foot in the data centre door. As technology demands continue to increase, many large businesses are moving out of their outsourced colocation facilities and purchasing their own data centres leaving room for SMBs to move in.

Technology Trends: Preparing Your Business

The New Year has begun, and businesses everywhere are honing lists of objectives to tackle. Technology will continue to grow in importance to businesses’ ability to deliver, particularly for those that plan to sharpen focus by maximizing data use, and for those that plan to streamline operations by using cloud-based applications. While the basic workflow equation remains – applications that enable users to manage, process, and interact with data – the access methodology has shifted dramatically. Data and applications can be internally housed, located at an external data centre or facility, stored in the cloud, or any combination. Users no longer need to know, or even really care how their laptops, tablets, and other devices interact with applications and data – they just need seamless access. This non-stop drive to an always-connected environment means that businesses must be prepared to manage trends that will impact connectivity.

Using Technology to Cut Connectivity Costs: Where to Spend & Where to Save

It’s hard to remember a time when business could function without Internet connectivity. As email and online ordering replace typewritten letters and in-person shopping, the pace of business has accelerated, and dependence upon connectivity has increased. While establishing a dependable and functional connectivity has a cost, it also delivers value.

IDC SIP Trunking White Paper: Direct Connection To Everything IP

Real-time person-to-person communication is fast becoming a critical communications tool for enterprises of all sizes. SIP, or Session Initiation Protocol, has recently emerged as the global standard for using the Internet for real-time person-to-person communication applications such as Voice-over-IP (VoIP) telephony, instant messaging, video, and presence. SIP trunking – despite the technically bewildering name – can be a valuable communications service alternative for many enterprises. To help Canadian organizations consider SIP trunks as a new alternative in their communication services IDC analyst Lawrence Surtees addressed important questions on the topic.

TeraGo Internet Redundancy: Planning for Service Interruption

Before the rise of E-commerce, the impact of network disruption did not threaten to cripple an organization. The stakes are much higher now that companies rely heavily on conducting business over the Internet. Network downtime translates into: immediate and long term revenue loss; customer loss; reduced productivity; and erosion of your brand.

TeraGo Wireless Broadband Security Whitepaper

Security on any type of network is of great concern to all end users and must be viewed as an integral part of every network. It is vital to an organization to maintain its security standards regardless of the medium of the connection (wire-line or wireless). TeraGo Networks Inc. understands the need to maintain the privacy and integrity of customer data and the Radio Frequency infrastructure that TeraGo uses is designed with security in mind. This whitepaper describes in detail the security that is built into TeraGo’s network as well as the inherent security of Fixed Wireless Broadband technology. It explains the difference in network access philosophy in comparison to other wireless technologies and it outlines the security features of each hardware manufacturer TeraGo uses. Finally, it describes the overall security of the facilities that TeraGo has put in place.