Tag: Disaster Recovery

08 Apr 2019

5 Things you must know about SD WAN

SD-WAN is a great technology for multi-site networking

5 things you must know about SD-WAN

SD WAN Applications

SD WAN can be leveraged and used in multiple scenarios. Software Defined Networking (SDN) can be leveraged for the Wide Area Network and Cloud based applications. SD WAN can be used for a virtual Wide Area Networking platform that makes great sense for mult-site connectivity. SD-WAN can use multiple Internet connections, has application layer security and is cost effective. It is also easy to deploy, manage and configure, and great for IaaS, and SaaS applications.

Active/Active and Failover Configuration of your Internet Circuits

One of the most valuable capabilities of an SD WAN solution is its ability to aggregate commercial grade less expensive Internet connections and trunk them together or use them in a fail over mode. For instance, you have a site that requires 100% network up-time. You may consider ordering a fiber pipe from AT&T for the main network connection and a hi-speed Comcast Coax connection for backup. The SD WAN solution supports both network connections and they can be aggregated so you can leverage the bandwidth of both connections simultaneously and configure the SD WAN so if one of the connections goes down it will automatically fail-over to the other connection. So rather then have the coax as a passive backup it can be leveraged as an active circuit while simultaneously acting as a backup.

Application Performance and Control

SD WAN is an application aware technology. This means that you can get visibility into your network’s performance and applications in a much more granular manner then any other WAN transport technology out there. Most WAN transport technologies just look at bits and bytes, where SD-WAN sees the applications. SD-WAN allows you to prioritize applications based on its importance. For instance, you can throttle down video traffic and throttle up your business-critical application traffic via an interface across your entire deployment. You also can see the links at all the sites including traffic, speeds, throughput. The technology is also cloud enabled which means it is not necessary to backhaul all the data through a main site for SAAS and IAAS connectivity.

PCI Compliance and more Secure

The SD-WAN controllers are out of band and do not carry any un-encrypted card holder data. The SDWAN also includes Layer 7 application aware firewalls that restrict connections between un-trusted networks and systems in the protected environment. SD-WAN also meets requirements related to the systems hardening requirements as required by PCI. These and other security features meet PCI and DSS compliance standards. Also, SD-WAN offers cloud-based security bypassing the need for backhauling to a main site for filtering, scanning and other security services. SD-WAN’s decentralized security capabilities are great for IAAS and SAAS connectivity.

Less complicated Engineering support required

MPLS and other WAN protocols through the years have required high level engineers like CCIE’s to implement and manage. As costs of WAN engineers have soared and the cost of core networking is also high, SD-WAN provides a great path to have a reasonably price Managed Service for your Wide Area Networking needs. Traditional WAN deployments require manual box by box configurations, also QoS configurations and load balancing are done manually through router Command Line programming. And fail over configurations also are based on router manual configurations based on distance and availability. SD-WAN provides a user-friendly deployment strategy, the heavy technical lifting is done by the SD-WAN provider or SD-WAN Managed Services Provider, easing the burden of Installation, Configuration, Operations and Management.

Cloud Ready SD-WAN

Traditional WAN ties a customer to a private circuit that in most cases requires back-hauling to the centralized site. Whereas SD-WAN gives a direct to the Internet Secure link to the SAAS or IAAS provider. SD-WAN’s multi homing to multiple gateways enable direct access to cloud data centers eliminating back-haul penalties. Also, SD-WAN uses standard base encryption like AES which gives you a secure cloud network. Security and optimization services can be delivered based on application requirements. With SD-WAN’s decentralized architecture security services can be provided locally without the need to back-haul.

Contact Info

If you have further questions about SD WAN & ITRM and you would like further information email rbolda@itriskmgrs.com or call Rick Bolda at 630-918-7370

29 Oct 2018

Data Recovery, Cloud Backup, Business Continuity for Chicago

Data Backup for Chicago Businesses
Cloud Backup and Business Continuity for your Chicago Business

Cloud Backup must include Business Continuity

You may constantly hear scenarios and justifications for off-site backup or what is referred to as cloud backup. An off-site cloud backup is the first piece to a successful disaster recovery strategy, but the most important piece of cloud backup, is being able to restore your data in the event of a disaster. The majority of Chicago companies have an off-site cloud backup solution, but you have to ask yourself how often do you test your ability to recover from a disaster and have you tested your cloud backup system. And most importantly can your business continue operations in the event of a disaster that takes down your systems or takes out your data. The cloud backup solution must also include a way to quickly use the data and begin operations again. This is known as business continuity. IT Risk Managers LLC Business Continuity solution allows a company to back up its data in the cloud, and if a disaster happens, IT Risk Managers Business Continuity solution can spin up a virtual servers in the cloud which can be used as temporary servers until your company business servers are restored.

Cloud backup and business continuity solutions should protect you from the following events

Data backup for End-User Error

Sometimes files get deleted and mistakes get made. An employee may lose important data through clicking on the wrong link, or even clicking on a malicious link. Laptops may get lost or dropped, and days of important work can be lost. A good cloud backup solution from a reputable Chicago Managed IT Services provider can mitigate issues related to user-error, recover the data and keep business operations flowing.

Disaster recovery for Hardware Failures and outages

Hard drives, servers, desktops, and laptops have limited life and can fail causing interruptions in business operations. There are ways that today’s systems can be designed and implemented that limit exposure to hardware failures. Technologies like virtualization, replicated servers, and hardware are a few ways. But, a Business Disaster Recovery (BDR) and Business Continuity system for your Chicago business insures that data is saved, replicated and can be restored quickly and efficiently so it does not affect company operations and the business can continue operating. A good business continuity solution will also enable point in time recoveries, so you can recover data-sets at a very particular point in time. You may need to restore your data at exact point from 3 weeks ago or 3 hours ago. For example one of the cloud backup solutions IT Risk Managers offers Chicago companies are point in time full data backups. We offer 15 fixed recovery point in a twelve month period. Five daily cloud backups, three weekly cloud backups, six monthly and one yearly. This will gave your Chicago business the ability to cover from almost any disaster.

Business Continuity for File Corruption and Software Failure

Software can also fail. Files and data can become corrupted and things maybe deleted without warning. A business continuity solution will enable a recovery of the deleted data or corrupt data in a timely manner so your business operations can continue.

BDR for Natural Disasters and Extreme weather

Businesses can lose thousands in operations, productivity and efficiencies if they are not prepared for weather related incidences and natural disasters. A good Business Disaster Recovery solution is key to overcoming a natural disaster. Your geographic location may be prone to certain types of environmental events and you have to take the proper precautions for each event. A good BDR solution is the cornerstone to surviving these events. A good cloud backup partner, and IT Managed Services partner will have the backup technologies and data recovery solutions in place to give you the ability to recover your data in the event of  floods, storms, and tornadoes. IT Risk Managers BDR solution also gives you access to temporary virtual servers that can be used until your business servers are restored.

Business Backup for Insider threats and Cyber crime

Unfortunately today’s data and systems can be susceptible to an insider threat. You may have an unhappy or disgruntled employee who may intentionally encrypt, delete, or steal sensitive information. A properly deployed BDR may not stop the behavior but it can help you recover and mitigate the damage in the event of an occurrence. Viruses, malware, and especially ransomware, are all dangerous threat to today’s data and business operations. Hackers, and cyber criminals are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their attacks. It really is not a question of weather you will be attacked its just a question of when you will be attacked. A good Business Continuity and cloud backup solution will help you recover from these inevitable attacks.

Are you Prepared in the event of a Data Loss?

Some questions you may want to ask yourself regarding your ability to recover from a data loss event:

Do you know the risks and financial costs to your business from data loss due to downtime?

Do you back up your data multiple times throughout the day?

Do you have a software and storage solution dedicated to backing up up your business data?

Is your critical business data backed up offsite?

Is your backed up data stores at redundant offsite locations?

Is the data stored off-site always encrypted?

Is  your backup system and files tested and verified by a team of backup specialists?

Have you scheduled annual disaster recovery tests to verify the integrity and operations of your back up solution?

Do you have a backup solution that gives you access to virtual machines and servers that can be turned on and used so your business can recover quickly?

IT Risk Managers Chicago Cloud Backup and Business Continuity

IT Risk Managers is a full service Chicago IT Managed Service provider. We have enterprise cloud backup solutions that we’ve enabled for small and medium businesses. All of our services are continuously monitored by our Network Operating Center (NOC) If you have any additional questions about Chicago Cloud backup solutions, Chicago Business Continuity solutions, and backing up your business’ data please email info@itriskmgrs.com or call Rick Bolda at 630-918-7370.

 

 

23 Oct 2018

Chicago Cloud Backup, Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity

Check out our video to learn more about Cloud Backup and Business Continuity Services 

Fully Managed Cloud Backup and Business Continuity Services

There is no way to predict the future. IT Risk Managers LLC Cloud Backup, Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity solution can at least prepare you for the future. In today’s always on digital world, data plays a key role in any company’s success. It may be data related to your ERP system, or data tied into your accounting and production systems. No matter what the data is studies show that losing data can put a company out of business.  The costs associated with data loss or system downtime can be massive. The damage to your business’s reputation and brand may be irreparable. A enterprise cloud backup system is a necessity for any size business in today’s data intensive environment,. Hopefully your company will never experience a disaster, but with our Cloud Backup, Disaster Recovery, and Business Continuity solution you will be prepared to mitigate the damage, restore your data and continue business operations.

Enterprise Cloud Backup for Small and Medium Businesses

Fortunately you can implement a Data Backup solution that is similar to the backup systems that Fortune 500 companies use. What this means is that your data is encrypted put up in the cloud and available quickly in the event of a disaster. It also means that your backup is continuously monitored by a team, and the team that is managing your backup can prove that the your data is being backed up. An enterprise cloud backup solution will also give you several  points in time to recover from. You may need to recover your data from a point 2 hours ago or from a point two weeks ago. An enterprise cloud backup solution also will have backup features that you can easily enable or disable to customize the data backup to best fit your needs. An enterprise cloud backup system also includes multi cloud site replication. Meaning your data is backed up in multiple data centers in different geographic locations.

Managed Cloud Backup Helps your IT Team

In today’s highly complex IT environments your IT team is dealing with a myriad of issues and challenges. You can help your IT team by taking data backup off of their plate, by bringing in a managed data backup and cloud backup solution from IT Risk Managers LLC. Today’s cloud backup solutions and disaster recovery solutions require 24/7 monitoring, which puts additional work on your internal IT team which may be better used doing other tasks. IT Risk Managers LLC uses a NOC team to help monitor and manage your Data Backup Solution. The NOC receives telemetry and information to make sure your data backup solution is always on, always up to date, and available in the event of a disaster. Managing a cloud backup solution is so important to your business it needs to be done by a full-time team of NOC professionals. Also in the event you need to recover your data it will be done by a team of IT NOC professionals and not left to one person. Today’s cloud backup and Business Continuity services are best handled by an IT Managed Service firm, who deals with data backup full-time.

Business Continuity is important part of a Data Backup Solution

Having a cloud backup solution is important but you have to look at the next steps in the event you have a disaster. This is where business continuity comes in. Not only do you need your data backed up but you need a backup and data restoration plan for your key applications and data. IT Risk Managers’ cloud backup solutions also provide an avenue to quickly restore server services also. Our solution can temporarily provide a replicated server to handle production needs until another server can be deployed. This is the business continuity part. Having your data backed up in the cloud is important but being able to quickly put that data back in production is as important. Advancements in cloud technology offer today’s businesses a great opportunity to mitigate financial loss related to data loss. Our technology allows us to quickly spin up servers up in the cloud to get your business on line quickly, mitigating loss and saving productivity.

Test the Cloud Backup and BDR solution

Testing and making sure your cloud backup, disaster recovery, and business continuity solution is working is very important. Having a cloud backup solution in place, or BDR (Backup Disaster Recovery) solution in place is great but it must be tested regularly. You don’t want to test your BDR solution during a disaster. With our BDR solution, we’re able to simulate and test to ensure the technology is in place, that the people are prepared and the procedures are in place to make your data recovery and system recovery as fast and as pain free as possible. We can also help you with a business continuity and disaster recovery plan.

IT Risk Managers LLC Cloud Backup Solutions

For further information on Cloud Backup, Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity please call Rick Bolda at 630-918-7370 or email info@itriskmgrs.com. IT Risk Managers LLC has a mature cloud backup solution that meets the needs of today’s data intensive businesses.

11 Feb 2017

Chicago Cloud Services!

What is the ‘Cloud’ that I’ve been hearing about?

The word ‘Cloud’ is used as a general term to represent a segment of IT services utilizing the many large data centers we send information to, store information in, and receive information from. These data centers provide the infrastructure for IT Cloud Services and are located in many different buildings, in many different locations throughout the world. The buildings are filled with networks of servers, miles of fiber-optic IT Network Cabling, and staffed with software engineers that provide IT Network Support Services including IT Network Security. Businesses access their data in the cloud via the internet.

services-04What types of services does the cloud provide?

The definition of the cloud is deliberately ambiguous and all-encompassing because there is a long list of constantly evolving cloud computing services. The three types of services most likely to be useful to consumers and businesses are related to Infrastructure, Platforms, and Software.

 Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

The foundation of cloud computing is the physical infrastructure of servers, storage disks, fiber optic cables and other facilities. Organizations benefit from pay-as-you-go, on-demand storage and web hosting, which can be easily scaled as business needs change.

 Platform as a Service (PaaS)

Building on the cloud infrastructure foundation, cloud computing provides the platforms and operating systems on which business applications run. A service operator provides programming and web servers allowing application developers to create, test and run their software solutions.

 Software as a Service (SaaS)

Consumers use the software solutions developed for use on the cloud. Examples of software that is cloud based include Salesforce, Google Apps, and Microsoft Office 365. Traditional software required a single, up-front cost to use and was installed on each desktop or laptop. Cloud based software requires an annual or monthly fee per user, and the software is accessed through the cloud. Files created can be saved and backed up to a desktop, laptop, or on the cloud, allowing for more available memory on each desktop or laptop. Files saved to the cloud are secure, and some cloud services software allows you to access your data from multiple devices including mobile phones.

Organizations can quickly change the number of users without having to change their associated platform and infrastructure. A just-in-time approach allows for a short response to any changes in staffing.

 Cloud storage services

Cloud storage services, which include secure file hosting, file sharing and remote data backup may be the most important SaaS offerings for the average computer user. Cloud storage services typically include 2-5 GB of storage for hosting your data, and you can easily increase your storage for an additional fee.

In the Chicago area, IT Risk Managers partners with Cloud Service providers to develop solutions for unique Small to Mid-size Business needs. If you have any questions about IT Cloud Services or any other IT Business Services, contact IT Risk Managers at info@itriskmgrs.com