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True Horror Stories: When the Backup Goes Boom
'It' 2017

'It' 2017

Recently a client of ours had a nightmare situation. Their hard drive crashed and when we sent it off for emergency data recovery the prognosis was bleak: too much damage to recovery anything.

There are two things that strike fear in the hearts of IT professionals across the globe: a creepy clown with a red balloon, and the look on a client’s face when you have to tell them their data is gone for good. Weeks, sometimes months or years of important information gone in a split second. Just thinking of it is enough to send anyone down into the sewers in search of answers.

Once a hard drive is seriously corrupted there is nothing your tech team can do, no matter how good they are. The only defense in this case is a strong offense: make sure you are regularly backing up your data so that if the worst should happen you don’t have to start again from data that is months (or years) old. Daily backups are ideal to make sure you’re not sent back to square one should the worst happen.

Remember, even if emergency data recovery can get your information back, it is costly and can result in days of unexpected downtime. The best way to save yourself is to not get stuck in the first place. Remember: backup backup backup!

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Don’t Let Power Problems Eclipse Your Business

With the great American eclipse just passed (hope you remembered your viewing glasses!) now is a great time to review your IT and power! California power providers had been working on a plan for two years to support the electrical grid when the eclipse took effect, in order to adjust for the substantial loss of solar power generation.  However, they still issued a warning that there could be potential power outages!

As a small business, you can’t afford to be caught without power; servers, network equipment, and other vital tech could all suddenly shutdown! Immeditaely causing you to lose money and productivity. Although the eclipse lasted for only for an hour or two, the damage to computer hardware and software comes from tech being suddenly turned off and the resulting spike in power when the grid comes back online.  

All your computer equipment should be protected by surge protection strips, but make sure you don’t go for the cheapest one you can find, as these offer little to no protection!  It’s best to get a surge protector that comes with a warranty to repair or replace equipment if damaged. Since turning off a server suddenly can corrupt operating systems and applications, your servers should have battery backup systems that automatically signal it to shutdown cleanly. 

Finally, now is a great time to double-check your backups! If the worst happens and your system is fried, knowing your backups are solid gives you the piece of mindto know you can get back to business quickly and with minimal loss. 

Remember, even though the Great American Eclipse has moved on, power problems are an ever present risk to your systems and your business. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of care!

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