Archive for April, 2013

Best Practices of Network Infrastructure

30 April 2013 | Comments Off | tncllcadmin

network infrastructure All companies are live and thrive off of technology. They use it to stay organized, and be competitive with others. Every company in any industry has a main goal: to increase business productivity.  In order to accomplish this, they must implement proper network infrastructure. Without the proper infrastructure in place, companies cannot guarantee the protection, confidentiality, and integrity of their data.

Following are the four components of a solid business network, each of which must be configured to work together:

Firewall Protection

Firewalls should be an organization’s first line of defense against the unprotected Internet.  Organizations with high-speed Internet access generally leave their networks connected 24/7, and thus, inadvertently allow outsiders access to the network and all its data. (A good analogy would be leaving the door to your house unlocked all the time.) Without firewall protection, this open access presents a potential loss exposure. Hardware firewalls are the only way to effectively eliminate would-be trespassers and security threats. (In simple terms, a firewall is the lock on a door that keeps out unwanted guests.)

Backup Solutions

A backup copy is the first step in protecting data from disasters Backup solutions are a vital component of an organization’s network infrastructure and disaster recovery plan. A properly configured backup solution enables companies to recover their data in the event of a disaster, including those caused by natural events, terrorist attacks, user/human error, and computer viruses such as the recent Nimda, Badtrans and Goner viruses.

Anti-Virus Solutions

Anti-virus solutions, when configured properly, provide extreme value to organizations, as they reduce virus threats that can negatively affect costs and system uptime. Viruses may destroy data and severely limit the ability of an organization to operate. An effective anti-virus solution must be configured and managed via the organization’s production server, which will work to protect all local installations in the network at one point in time.

E-mail Solutions

In today’s fast-paced business environment, e-mail has become a mission-critical communications application. Successful organizations must have the electronic tools to create, store, and share information, both internally and externally. E-mail greatly increases employee efficiency and productivity by allowing users to communicate with large numbers of people in a time-efficient manner.

 

Today, more than ever, technology is crucial for a company to survive and function.  Technology should not be undermined as it should be considered the foundation for any company’s success.  In addition, network infrastructure is important to take into consideration. Its maintenance return of investment will equal to increased business productivity.

 

Via Primary Support IT Solutions

Network Infrastructure: Incorporating Cloud-Based Recovery into Business-Continuity Plans

29 April 2013 | Comments Off | tncllcadmin

network infrastructureAs IT environments continue to grow and become more complex, companies are often stumped with its understanding.  As IT-dependent processes become more critical to a company’s function, loosing data or time is becoming unacceptable. Traditional network infrastructure disaster recoverytime—typically 24 to 72 hours from a most-recent tape backup—are inadequate for most important enterprise applications.

With IT maintenance being important part of the structure of a company, many organizations are now face significant IT budget limitations and struggle to support these growing requirements.  However there is good news, a new and robust disaster-recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS) or cloud DR model has come out that promises to deliver enterprise-class continuity, cost efficiency and flexibility. This comes in time as both accessibility and cost has forced many organizations to take their disaster recovery (DR) solution in house.

Key Aspects to Look For in a DRaaS Solution:

Location—Where is the cloud core located? Some vendors won’t reveal this, or they locate it in a country with inadequate data-privacy protections.

Financial stability—How stable is the DRaaS vendor? You are giving it your data—your prized jewels. A variety of storage service providers have gone bankrupt. You want to have a vendor in whose future you feel confident.

Experience—How much experience does the DRaaS vendor have in business continuity and disaster recovery? Some vendors have jumped into DRaaS because it is a hot area, but have little experience in continuity.

Security—What security provisions does the DRaaS solution include? Does the solution have robust physical and information security protections and monitoring? Is data isolated and encrypted?

Ability to handle large-scale disasters—Is the DRaaS vendor able to handle widespread disasters (such as hurricanes, nuclear accidents, etc.) in which many customers may simultaneously declare disasters? Does the vendor have a history of dealing with such large-scale events?

Scalability—Is the DRaaS solution able to scale to handle large numbers of servers and large amounts of storage? The vast majority of DRaaS solutions today are SMB solutions with only aspirations of meeting enterprise requirements.

As technology continues to be a backbone for all companies, it is important to take disaster plans into high consideration.  Companies must review their recovery times in order to have a speedy process with minimal loss.

 

 

Via Data Center Journal