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How much of a payback would you like to receive from your investments in monitoring your IT environment?
Most people never think about a payback from IT monitoring. They see it as a preventative measure that will alert them when something goes wrong. It becomes categorized as an operating expense, a necessary cost of doing business.
Don’t breathe that sigh of relief just yet! Yes, the storm has long since passed and you were able to get your data restored to some cobbled together systems so your people are getting back to work. Every day that goes by you’re starting to feel more under control and like the worst of it is over.
You can enjoy maximum efficiency from your investments in information technology (IT)! But it isn’t “set-it-and-forget-it.”
“Statistics show that, of the businesses that close because of a disaster, at least one in four never reopens,” says the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS).
40% of businesses that suffer an outage due to a disaster never come back.
That’s the estimate from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) and if it frightens you, that’s a good thing! Being frightened should motivate you to consider taking action if you haven’t already and put a solid disaster recovery plan in place now.
How early you learn that something is going wrong inside your environment significantly affects how long it will take to recover and get everyone back to work. How long that takes determines how great your financial risk may be in the event of an outage.
If there are two IT terms that are most often mistakenly used interchangeably, they are Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery. Cloud computing services can be most effectively used to achieve both, and a fundamental understanding of the differences can help improve your planning! Disaster Recovery refers to having the ability to restore the data and applications that run your business should your data center, servers, or other infrastructure become destroyed or damaged. The term implies that one consideration is how quickly the data and applications can be recovered and restored. Business Continuity planning, more appropriately phrased “continuity of business” refers to a strategy that allows a business to continue operating with minimal or no downtime or outage of service.
According to an August 2013 Aberdeen Group study, “Downtime and Data Loss: How Much Can You Afford?” the average cost per hour of downtime is $163,674. Per hour!!!
US Signal’s PartnerCloud is a private cloud platform engineered specifically for MSPs. What exactly does this mean? This unique structuring stems from the fact that US Signal is a carrier, just like AT&T and Verizon. We own and operate a 14,000 mile fiber-optic network that interconnects eight data centers (which we also own) and spans a 10-state footprint. This physical infrastructure offers MSPs powerful operational, financial, and selling advantages because PartnerCloud resources can be configured in two data centers.
In a today’s fast moving, technology driven culture, innovation and good customer experiences make the difference between staying relevant and looking for a new job. This is especially true for those who work in Information Technology. As we become ever more reliant upon technology to fuel our companies’ sales, support, and infrastructure, IT teams find themselves more and more pressed to deliver new, innovative solutions. However, if a recent Solarwinds study is any indication, IT teams are expected to do more than ever before, with less time to complete those tasks. Most revealing, is the amount of time IT teams report spending on day-to-day tasks
The cloud services market has grown and evolved quickly, driven both from the demand side and the supply side. In ComputerWorld’s annual forecast of IT spending, 42% of the respondents stated that they would increase their companies’ spending on cloud computing. The increase in dollars spent will be especially significant as the spending for private cloud solutions is projected to grow to $66.4 billion by 2020. Much of that money is coming from a projected decrease in hardware spending – those dollars are going straight into the cloud.
Recently, a US Signal customer experienced the terror of data loss. The client had been backing up the data with legacy backup software they had previously purchased. Backups were frequently performed, but they were stored on the same set of discs that were being backed up. This wasn’t a problem until the discs began having issues. This catastrophic failure shut down their entire infrastructure, reducing their productivity to near zero. Employees were sent home and an entire day of productivity was lost.