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In today’s digital world, technology disruption for even a few hours can result in significant financial consequences to your business. It’s crucial for businesses of all sizes to practice IT Disaster Recovery Planning so that they have procedures and solutions in place in case of an emergency. In fact, according to Gartner, the average cost of IT downtime is $5,600 USD per minute or more than $300,000 per hour. For large organizations, that number tops half a million dollars.

Ensuring that your assets, data and hardware are protected is only part of a disaster recovery plan – the rest is determining a process for how quickly you can be back up and running. Rather than scrambling to put the pieces back together after a major storm or cyber-attack, smart businesses put a plan in place well before a disaster occurs.

Here are the five key elements to think about when creating your business disaster recovery plan:

  1. Data continuity: Explore exactly what data your business requires in order to run, including what your organization needs to ensure successful operations, financial processing, availability of supplies, and communications. Grade each element in order of criticality, and identify the systems, staffing, and other factors that it depends on and influences.
  2. Communication plan and role assignments: When it comes to mitigating and surviving a disaster, communication is of the essence. A plan is essential because it puts all employees on the same page with clear procedures and contact information for key stakeholders and vendors.
  3. Detailed asset inventory: When it comes to a disaster and insurance, it’s crucial to have a detailed inventory of workstations, their components, servers, printers, scanners, phones, tablets and other technologies that your organization uses. This will give you a quick reference for insurance claims after a major disaster by providing your adjuster with a simple list (with photos) of any inventory you have.
  4. Plan for your equipment: It’s important that you have a plan for how to protect your equipment when a disaster happens. In-case of a flood, what equipment do you need to get off the floor? During a ransomware attack, where are your backups? Do you have a secondary backup?
  5. Backup testing: Regularly test to make sure that your backup is running as scheduled, and include running additional local and offsite backups on all servers and data in your disaster preparation plan. Run them as far in advance as possible, and make sure that they’re backed up to a location that will not be impacted by the disaster. If you are using a third party, are you doing regular backup testing with them? Do you know who to reach out to?

Get Your Free IT Disaster Recovery Planning Template

In our digital world, disasters that affect our data and applications are a given. Whether it’s a deleted file, a ransomware attack, or a large-scale natural disaster, there are constant threats to IT infrastructure and the businesses that depends on them. But you can minimize the impact of an outage by making a disaster recovery plan and business continuity plan.

Download our free IT Disaster Recovery Plan Template to minimize negative impacts to company operations, people, and assets. Download now!

The Storagepipe Experience

Your Backup and Disaster Recovery Heroes

Storagepipe is a trusted global provider of comprehensive cloud, data protection and security services. We have been a long standing Veeam partner and are excited to make these latest enhancements available to our customers to further strengthen their solutions.

Since 2001, Storagepipe has provided robust and secure managed cloud and disaster recovery solutions from a scalable multi-tenant infrastructure, supported by our world-class in-house technical team. Storagepipe delivers highly flexible and responsive solutions with outstanding value and service, using state-of-the-art technology to offer ultimate protection and peace of mind.

We are driven to be your trusted partner and to ensure that we deliver a Storagepipe Experience that meets your business requirements with the reliability, scalability and support that your business demands.

Have questions about IT Disaster Recovery Planning? Contact us today!

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Data Archiving is a perfect solution for any organization that is required to store data for an extended or unlimited amount of time. It is also ideal for companies with information compliance requirements. This data needs to be protected against cybersecurity risks, natural disasters, and user error.

Talk to our experts to learn more about archiving and compliance and discover the best fit for you!

Tape and Disk Data Archiving

Despite its long tenure, tape is still relevant for some use cases, and remains widely utilized as a method for backup and archiving processes at many Fortune 500 companies today.

Tape is an incredibly simple storage media, where the reading mechanism is kept completely separate from the primary storage medium. This reduces the chance of breakage over time, making it an excellent option for long-term backup and archival storage.

Backup tapes also have the ability for “Write Once, Read Many” (WORM) locking, which helps to prevent data tampering, which is a critical requirement for storing and accessing sensitive information preserved for legal or compliance reasons. Tape is also used as a security barrier to provide physical storage which is “air-gapped” from production systems.

However, hard drives are much faster than tape, and more suitable to situations where fast disaster recovery is necessary. Unlike tape, they are mechanically complex, and have a higher risk of breakage over time.

Because of these trade-offs between speed and long-term reliability, many companies will use tape for off-site long-term data storage, and hard drives for local backups or at secondary failover facilities where rapid recovery is required.

Cloud Data Archiving

While tape has been utilized for archival storage for many years, this method poses several challenges:

  • Over time, tape will physically degrade, leading to potential risk for data loss.
  • Recovering data is difficult, because you have to sort through a large collection of tapes to find what you’re looking for.
  • Tape archives require expensive hardware and software. Tape archives are labour-intensive.

Cloud archiving eliminates all of the problems associated with conventional tape-based archives, and it does so in a way that’s fast, convenient and inexpensive. Innovations in the delivery of cloud-based backup and disaster recovery solutions provide many significant advantages over tape and disk, such as:

  • Cloud solutions don’t require significant hardware investments.
  • Recovering deleted data from cloud archival storage is fast and simple.
  • Cloud-based archiving solutions provide more efficient data search and retrieval, enabling IT to quickly fulfill recovery requests.
  • Cloud archiving can provide a mix of short-term and long-term archiving with a hybrid of disk and tape options for various retention and air-gaps requirements.
  • Cloud archiving automatically rotates disk and media-based archives without customer involvement ensuring that archives never become obsolete or inaccessible like many old on-premise systems.

The Storagepipe Experience

Your Backup and Disaster Recovery Heroes

Storagepipe is a trusted global provider of comprehensive cloud, data protection and security services. We have been a long standing Veeam partner and are excited to make these latest enhancements available to our customers to further strengthen their solutions.

Since 2001, Storagepipe has provided robust and secure managed cloud and disaster recovery solutions from a scalable multi-tenant infrastructure, supported by our world-class in-house technical team. Storagepipe delivers highly flexible and responsive solutions with outstanding value and service, using state-of-the-art technology to offer ultimate protection and peace of mind.

We are driven to be your trusted partner and to ensure that we deliver a Storagepipe Experience that meets your business requirements with the reliability, scalability and support that your business demands.

Have questions about data archiving? Contact us today!

To our Valued Customers and Partners,

As the world continues to see the spread of COVID-19 (“the novel Coronavirus”) and its related impacts, it becomes more and more evident that we are all increasingly affected in some ways. By now we all have needed to make some adjustments to our daily routines and our businesses.

As the situation continues to evolve, the health, safety and well-being of every one of our employees, customers and stakeholders remains our top priority. Currently, all of our offices remain open, however we have implemented several business continuity protocols including remote working for a majority of our staff, limited in-person meetings and restricted most travel. We have also promoted increased social distancing to help our communities to stay healthy, and our leadership team is closely following the guidance of public health experts to adjust our response as needed.

It is currently unclear how this situation will unfold over the next weeks and months; however, our Partners and Clients depend on us to keep their businesses running and we will not let you down. Storagepipe will ensure continued and successful operation for all and I have complete confidence that we will continue to deliver without any service interruption or distraction. Our services will stay as high a quality as ever and will remain in full effect at every service level.

As the global workforce temporarily shifts to more remote access options, we anticipate that our customers may need increased support for collaboration with Office 365, cloud backup and storage, end-user protections and assistance with cybersecurity concerns. We are ready and able to assist with these needs and many more.

Keep in mind that an increase in staff working from home can create new vulnerabilities. Our team at Storagepipe advises our customers to be aware of social engineering attacks that are currently being launched by threat actors, including phishing emails and malicious websites that are disguised as helpful information around the COVID-19 pandemic, such as apps claiming to track updates in real time, and fake research donation sites. Read our full Ransomware Best Practices eBook here for helpful insights.

While this worldwide outbreak is unprecedented, Storagepipe is accustomed to volatile and uncertain situations and is ready to assist you. Please contact us at 1-866-591-2200 or email helpdesk@storagepipe.com. Thank you for your trust and confidence. We will get through this together.

 

Thanks as always and stay healthy,

Steven Rodin
CEO, Storagepipe

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(TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA) – March 11, 2020: Storagepipe proudly announces that it has been selected as the 2019 Veeam Rising Star Cloud & Service Provider Partner of the Year, North America by Veeam® Software, the leader in Backup solutions that enable Cloud Data Management™.

These fifth annual awards recognize North American Veeam ProPartners and Veeam Cloud & Service Provider (VCSP) partners who have not only demonstrated success in providing Veeam solutions to their customers, but who have also provided first-class support, expert knowledge, continued product education, and a true Veeam strategy incorporated into their business.

The Veeam Rising Star Partner of the Year award recognizes the quality of Veeam delivered cloud services and the partner with the most business potential. Storagepipe’s cloud services innovation and exceptional growth has positioned it for this award and continued growth in 2020 as it expands its portfolio of data protection, disaster recovery and security services across North America.

“We are excited to recognize and honor Storagepipe as the Veeam Rising Star Cloud & Service Provider Partner of the Year, North America,” said Matt Kalmenson, Vice President of Americas Cloud at Veeam. “Their investment in building and delivering Veeam-powered solutions and services is an invaluable part of Act II for Veeam – our evolution into Hybrid Cloud. Storagepipe is an ideal VCSP partner who has developed a collaborative relationship with us and leverages our program for mutual business opportunities. We congratulate Storagepipe on this award and look forward to continued mutual success and even greater profitability in 2020.”

“The Storagepipe team is honoured to have our services, expertise, and dedication to our customers’ success recognized by Veeam with this award,” said Steven Rodin, CEO of Storagepipe. “As a premier Veeam Platinum Cloud Service Provider, we are continuing in 2020 to focus on building deep expertise and growth with Veeam as a market leader in cloud backup and disaster recovery services across North America.”

Storagepipe’s successful collaboration with Veeam has enabled multiple cloud services and made them stand out in the market, including Veeam Cloud Connect, Veeam Managed Appliances for VMWare and Hyper-V, Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365, and Veeam Replication for Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). Their core strength is driven by their world-class in-house technical team and the rapid and reliable services that they provide to their customers. They offer customers cloud services with exceptional service, security and compliance, along with flexible pricing to address changing business needs. Storagepipe has Veeam support for both VMWare and Hyper-V along with extensive Veeam certifications, and they were ready day one to provide their small, medium, and enterprise customers with a seamless and painless transition to the new Veeam Availability Suite v10.

Recognition of Storagepipe’s growth and collaboration with Veeam based on the Rising Star Cloud Service Provider Award will help to fuel their expansion across Canada and the United States as they build on existing and develop new relationships. Storagepipe’s Platinum Veeam Cloud & Service Provider partnership and its vCloud Verified status in the VMware Cloud Provider Program offer immense future opportunities to drive customer benefits. The team delivers a customer-centric Storagepipe Experience and truly are Your Backup and Disaster Recovery Heroes.

“Storagepipe’s award was made possible thanks to strong relationships with Veeam team members in Canada and the United States. We look forward to continuing to grow and collaborate with Veeam’s incredible team,” says Rodin.

“Thank you, Veeam Cloud North America!”

 

Your Backup and Disaster Recovery Heroes

Storagepipe is a trusted global provider of comprehensive cloud, data protection and security services.

Since 2001, Storagepipe has provided these robust and secure managed cloud and disaster recovery solutions from a scalable multi-tenant infrastructure, supported by our world-class in-house technical team. Storagepipe delivers highly flexible, responsive solutions with outstanding value and service, using state-of-the-art technology to offer ultimate protection and peace of mind.

We are driven to be your trusted partner and to ensure that we deliver a Storagepipe Experience that meets your business requirements with the reliability, scalability and support that your business demands.

Contact us today to speak with our Backup and Disaster Recovery Heroes and protect your organization from data disasters.

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Congratulations to Veeam for their release of V10! Storagepipe is very excited about this release, and our team has already been working with pre-release versions to get ready for the big launch. As a result, the team at Storagepipe is ready day 1 to provide our small, medium, and enterprise customers with a rapid and seamless transition.

Veeam is delivering a wide range of enhancements and great new features for cloud backup and recovery in the new Veeam Backup and Replication 10 (V10) release. Our data protection and recovery experts have been exploring what’s new in V10, and we can’t wait to share with you information about the many features that are strengthening data protection and improving the speed of disaster recovery.

Have questions? Talk to us about V10!

Veeam Cloud Connect Improvements

Storagepipe leverages Veeam’s Cloud Connect to provide a fully integrated, fast and secure way to back up, restore, replicate, and failover to the cloud. Storagepipe’s local backup appliance options, combined with offsite backup copies, gives a complete out-of-band protection solution where backups are taken and then automatically sent to the Storagepipe cloud.

Veeam 10’s new Cloud Tier Copy Mode will allow us to improve offsite performance by maximizing customer bandwidth and instantly copying changed blocks when local backups are complete. Additional protections against ransomware and malware are also available since copied backups can be made immutable to protect against deletion, hackers, and malicious insider threats.

The new V10 Backup Resume and Cache functionality for Veeam Cloud Connect ensures that direct-to-cloud Workstation backups never-fail, even when someone shuts off their laptop or otherwise interrupts the process. Instead, the data is cached, the process is paused, and the backup resumes once the Workstation is live again.

Storagepipe provides data security and performance for the cloud with WAN acceleration and encryption of data during transport and at rest to provide fast and secure replications and backup copies. With V10, this has become further optimized with a new performance mode that better utilizes your Internet and Wide Area Network (WAN) capacities.

V10 also includes enhancements for some platforms, such as the new Linux Backup Proxies and new Linux VIX Support that enable the same scale that you expect from Windows based operations, without sacrificing on cost and security.

Veeam Availability Platform Improvements

Veeam V10 further improves the visibility across physical, virtual, cloud and SaaS operations with the Veeam Availability Platform. Customers will really appreciate the complete solution to evolve the way they manage data, from policy-based to behavior-based. This makes it smarter, self-governing, and ensures availability across any application and cloud infrastructure.

Visibility and control via a single platform provide:

  • Orchestration of availability, agility, and acceleration across infrastructures and workloads
  • Monitoring and intelligent analysis of data and the systems utilizing it
  • Integrations and interfaces across a large ecosystem of Veeam and Storagepipe partners

Rolling out the new Availability Platform on Storagepipe Veeam Appliances to protect VMWare, Hyper-V and Nutanix is starting with the release of v10. The many improvements and enhancements enable our customers to modernize their availability practices, achieve improved data management, and ultimately drive better business outcomes in both a painless and seamless fashion.

Enhanced NAS Backup

Storagepipe has been waiting like many others for Veeam’s release of NAS capability, and it has clearly been worth the wait. Our testing shows an effective solution to modernize and simplify the protection of large file shares and file servers.

The powerful NAS backup, monitoring, and reporting capabilities come with built-in CRC support for rapid and reliable backups of NFS, SMB/CIFS share and file servers, eliminating the need for specialized storage for unstructured file data and servers.

We are excited about incorporating NAS protection into the overall Veeam service portfolio while maintaining the ease of use and powerful capabilities of the Veeam solutions.

Next Generation Instant VM Recovery

V10 enables faster restorations with their Next Generation Instant VM Recovery® Engine.

Storagepipe testing reveals significant advantages with the new Instant Recovery Engine including additional data recovery and portability options, enabling you to instantly recover any Veeam backup to VMware VSphere and Hyper-V within minutes – reducing your downtime and damage to your business.

We also think that the new ability to restore from disks instead of large VMs makes it possible to improve our customer’s realized recovery time objectives (RTOs) for bare-metal hosted VMs.

By working with Storagepipe to identify your priority data, applications, and systems pre-data disaster, when a natural or manmade disaster does strike, the Storagepipe team can further reduce your recovery time by utilizing this new feature to restore in order of criticality and dependency.

Cybersecurity

Storagepipe is pleased to see that V10 brings new resiliency features to protect from local storage or site wide production outages. This allows for recovery and rebuild from object storage, as well as new protections for public, private, and hybrid cloud with enhanced object storage integration, object lock functionality, and immutable backups.

These protections include preventative safeguards against ransomware, insider threats, and user error by air gapping for the cloud with intelligent immutability mode for Cloud Tier, new to V10. Storagepipe’s S3 Compatible Cloud Storage and our capacity tier options for Cloud Connect archiving ensures offsite data protection along with data security and redundancy.

V10 also builds on previously released security enhancements for Veeam backup for Office 365 that Storagepipe has already rolled out in our Cloud to Cloud Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 for a truly powerful SaaS data protection solution.

The Storagepipe Experience

Your V10 Backup and Disaster Recovery Heroes

Storagepipe is a trusted global provider of comprehensive cloud, data protection and security services. We have been a long standing Veeam partner and are excited to make these latest enhancements available to our customers to further strengthen their solutions.

Since 2001, Storagepipe has provided robust and secure managed cloud and disaster recovery solutions from a scalable multi-tenant infrastructure, supported by our world-class in-house technical team. Storagepipe delivers highly flexible and responsive solutions with outstanding value and service, using state-of-the-art technology to offer ultimate protection and peace of mind.

We are driven to be your trusted partner and to ensure that we deliver a Storagepipe Experience that meets your business requirements with the reliability, scalability and support that your business demands.

Contact us today for a one-on-one consultation on how Veeam V10 can benefit your business.

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January brought quite a lot of adverse weather-related incidents bearing down on companies across the globe, and February is looking to be just as frosty. The elevated risk of extreme weather conditions means companies need to arm themselves with a robust winter disaster recovery strategy that protects against outages and data loss during a natural disaster. Without effective disaster recovery, your business can suffer a lengthy outage. Production grinds to a halt, depriving customers and clients of your products and services. Heavy snowfall may damage the roof of your building, causing leaks or even a total collapse. As deep snow melts, flooding can occur. Water damage could destroy equipment in your computer room, leading to data loss and compromise. Significant damage to your IT infrastructure could take a long time to mediate and repair. Customers may not stick with your company while you work on restoring full operations.

So far in 2020:

In Canada, Newfoundland was hit with a huge blizzard which produced 75 centimetres of snow in a single day with wind gusts of up to 150 kilometres an hour, knocking out power, unleashing an avalanche, and burying the Avalon and Bonavista peninsulas in deep snow. The storm caused a state of emergency and even the military has been called in to help dig residents out.

Meanwhile, the northeast US was hit with a huge storm including snow, rain, and then more snow, and left cities like Boston slick with ice.

Across the globe we’ve seen powerful winter snow, rain and windstorms in Spain, causing civilian evacuations to escape from heavy flooding of the coastal towns. Unfortunately, there’s no such escape possible for brick and mortar businesses. Crippling bushfires, ash rain, and flash floods have devastated huge swaths of land in Australia, destroying wilderness and towns alike. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the Australian winds produced dust storms and thunderstorms across central New South Wales , producing conditions and lightning that sparked even more bush fires in a self-perpetuating firestorm catastrophe.

It’s probably no surprise that these extreme and increasingly common weather conditions can make equipment maintenance more difficult, and power outages even more likely. The latest storms are winter’s friendly reminder, whether your region is facing record snowfall, or just one bad storm, that your organization’s disaster recovery plan needs to be ready.

Preparing for Winter Disaster Recovery

As natural disasters continue to grow in scale, longevity, and geographic footprint, companies of all sizes and all locations need to prepare for the chance of a weather-related natural disaster by turning to cloud for disaster recovery. Cloud disaster recovery provides geographical diversity along with quick recovery times to keep your company running reliably. If a winter disaster like a blizzard or flood strikes your main data center, your cloud resources will escape its effects.

Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) enables your company to replicate data and deploy a backup environment without needing to construct a second physical data center. Continuous data protection ensures that your production site and DR site are in sync, allowing you to meet Recovery Point Objectives (RPO). DRaaS also allows for full recovery in the cloud in just minutes, giving your organization the Recovery Time Objective (RTO) that you need for true business continuity.

Your Winter Disaster Recovery Plan should include:

  • Identifying mission-critical business applications and data. These are services at the top of your recovery priority list when something goes wrong. Identifying the key services and applications you must get back online, the order of their recovery, and the process of recovery helps to ensure that your business can continue doing business with minimum downtime.
  • Testing processes and equipment, even if you’ve never had downtime. Testing communications processes in a DR scenario and ability to access sites and systems through remote access. This also means including equipment testing as a part of your regular maintenance checks. This should cover physical on-site equipment such as generators. Work with your service providers to make sure that they’re doing the same.
  • Being transparent with staff, even if they aren’t critical to your winter disaster recovery plan and protocol. When employees across all departments know exactly what to do when systems go down, you’ll be able to get back up and running as quickly – and efficiently – as possible.

Need more help with preparing your winter disaster recovery plan? Read our Backup and Recovery Plan blog article!

Winter-proof Your Business – Storagepipe Can Help!

After a natural disaster, you can feel confident that you are making decisions based on accurate, complete, and current data with Storagepipe’s services. Before Old Man Winter starts knocking the power out with blizzards, floods, ice storms, hurricanes and other nasty winter hijinks, be sure to bring your disaster recovery plan up to date with the help from your Storagepipe experts.

There are a wide range of options available to IT teams choosing a backup strategy and system for their organization. At Storagepipe, we work to keep your environment protected and accessible. Our goal is to keep your organization open for business despite whatever adverse events come your way.

Storagepipe’s solutions and responsive support enables your in-house IT team to minimize disruptions and ensure smooth operations and business continuity, even in the face of Old Man Winter.

We make sure that your data and IT systems are available and ready to resume operations, so that you can continue to provide uninterrupted service to your customers no matter what the weather brings.

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Every organization needs to have an actionable data backup and recovery plan in place to ensure that critical data and applications are protected when disaster strikes. Underestimating the likelihood that adverse events will occur and impact operations, reputation, and revenue is a massive lurking threat to profitability and business continuity for organizations across the globe.

Businesses that evaluate the risks to their data continuity, identify their critical data and applications, and implement best practices and systems designed to mitigate the threats and ultimately safeguard their operations, customers, and profitability.

Risks to Critical Data Continuity

Natural Disasters and Power Outages
Hurricanes, fires, and floods are on the rise

Security and Compliance
Malware, ransomware, and internal data handling

Human Error
Deletion of data, theft, or sabotage

Hardware Failure
End of life equipment, gaps in infrastructure and redundancy

Software Failure
Failed or corrupted application patches or upgrades

Corrupt Data
Damaged or otherwise compromised files and infrastructure

Identifying Critical Data and Applications

Backups of data and systems should be done at least nightly and depending on the criticality of the system and the amount of data generated, often more frequently. Modern backup systems will provide flexibility to do full backups periodically in combination with incremental backups to optimize backup windows and recovery speeds.

In addition to backups, archive requirements vary from business to business based on internal policies and retention requirements, but which promote long term data protection. Your organization should also consider applicable local and global consumer and industry data regulations and compliance laws, the volume of data that your company generates, and best practices around retrieving and deleting information.

 

Critical and irreplaceable data can include:

 

Other considerations:

  • What do you need to backup?
  • How much disk space is needed to back up?
  • Review of your Internet connection capacity (can it accommodate off-site file transfers?)
  • How often should backups be performed (depends on how often your data changes)?
  • How will you monitor your backup system(s)?
  • Can you test your ability to restore data (restore a portion of your data on a scheduled basis)?

Systems and Best Practices – Storagepipe Can Help!

There are a wide range of options available to IT teams choosing a backup strategy and system for their organization. At Storagepipe, we work to keep your environment protected and accessible. Our goal is to keep your organization open for business despite whatever adverse events come your way.

Storagepipe’s solutions and responsive support enables your in-house IT team to minimize disruptions and ensure smooth operations and business continuity, even in the face of disaster.

We make sure that your data and IT systems are available and ready to resume operations, so that you can continue to provide uninterrupted service to your customers.

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As we approach the holiday season, no one wants to be recovering data when they should be spending precious time with family and friends. Unfortunately, IT departments are too often required to respond to emergencies during the holidays because of the 24/7 nature of modern business. Customers and prospects continue to interact with businesses online, even when the brick and mortar doors are closed.

This powerful, always on business strategy requires an equally powerful backup plan. Thankfully, while businesses and their IT departments no longer operate on a nine-to-five basis, neither does the support to help them through the holidays. Client interaction and client support happen more instantaneously than ever before, with 24/7 accessibility.

Is your business prepared for disaster this holiday season?

What Is Your Data Loss Plan?

Data loss can occur in several ways. A device can be lost or stolen. Hardware can fail or become corrupted. A simple click can introduce ransomware into networks and cause widespread, crippling infection. Malicious hackers love the winter holiday season – they know that in-house IT hours are reduced, and businesses have their guard down.

In seconds, tons of valuable data can be locked down or obliterated. All that is left is a business clambering to repair their relationships with clients and vendors, while spending large amounts of money and time trying to get things back up and running. A small error can create a calamity that requires all hands on deck, and that some businesses can never fully recover from.

You must ask yourself: if your company were caught in a similar scenario during the holidays, do you have disaster recovery plan in place to quickly respond and get back to business? Would you be able to recover, or would your operations grind to a halt?

DRaaS to the Rescue

It is possible to keep things running smoothly even when trouble arises. The DRaaS advantage lies in its ability to provide complete and rapid cloud recovery services. These services range from site and transactional restoration, to full data center recovery and failovers.

Because DRaaS is cloud-based, you won’t need to make a heavy upfront investment in a data center, servers, or software licenses to get your own remote backup and DRaaS solution. DRaaS additionally benefits enterprises by replacing huge capital expenditures with more manageable operational expenditures, making DR accessible to and affordable for any size organization.

For more information and insights, read our Disaster Recovery Guide now to learn what you need to be prepared.

Storagepipe Will Save Your Holiday Season!

Whether it’s a data breach, a power outage, a hard drive failure, or a storm or other disaster – restoring your service in the case of a disaster should be a paramount concern for any organization.

Data backup and security is important all-year round. If you’re lucky enough to be a Storagepipe client already, you can rest assured that your data is safe with our secure backup and disaster recovery services.

If you haven’t signed up yet, take advantage of our Christmas 2019 special and get 20% off of your installation costs! Contact us for an expert assessment and pricing today, and rest easy during the holidays!

Stay Safe in the Cloud with Storagepipe

As technology becomes more sophisticated, so do cyber criminals and the tactics that they employ. As a result, the frequency of ransomware is becoming more prevalent and increasingly expensive for businesses to prevent, mitigate, and recover from when they don’t have cloud backups.

The question of how to best protect against ransomware attacks is rapidly gaining urgency in organizations of all shapes and sizes. Keeping recent, reliable, and ready to deploy local backups of your systems and files is one of the preferred ways to recover from attacks that make it through traditional security defenses. Unfortunately, this standalone tactic is rapidly becoming insufficient.

The new challenge facing IT and security industries is the arrival of insidious forms of ransomware that in addition to attacking the live production environment, also target and infect backups. This type of ransomware comes in a variety of deployments and entry points, and can corrupt or infect the backup environment in such a way that malware is still present when the backup is used for recovery. As a result, the live production environment is re-infected, and the attacker can attempt to re-ransom the victimized company.

The very real possibility that you will never actually recover your compromised data or return to business as usual is driving businesses to identify the best way to secure their entire backup process and systems.

Best of breed cloud backup solutions have adapted to include additional security processes to protect against sophisticated ransomware, identify intrusions, and recover data despite attackers’ best efforts to corrupt your information and hold you hostage in perpetuity.

How is Your Data Protected?

Investing some time in understanding how your data is currently protected will pay you back in dividends. Knowing the current state of your security and backup protection will help you identify the gaps and develop practical strategies for fighting ransomware threats.

When evaluating, find out:

How often is my data backed up?
Recognize that a ransomware attack will usually result in the loss of all of your data dating back to your last clean backup. What is the value of the data generated by your business during the delta between that last backup point, and the moment of malware infection? How would the loss of that data affect your business?

How much would it cost to restore my system in the event of a Crypto type attack?
How long would my office be down for? What data would we likely lose? What would it cost to restore our systems? How could we make our data more resistant to attack or loss?

Have the computer users in my office received any type of computer security training?
Can they recognize the difference between valid and malicious email attachments or web links? Most computer infections are brought into an office by poorly trained users that click on a malicious attachment or install a “freeware” program onto their system.

General Recommendations for Data Backup and Protection

Run two forms of backup, ideally a cloud based and internal backup system and then add archiving for air-gapped protection to media such as tape.
It is critical to run two forms of backup, especially if one backup method fails temporarily – you must have an additional solution in place to maintain protection for your data.

Run some form of continuous backup or replication that works to protect your data throughout the day, as your files or databases change and are updated.
Examples of this type of protection include: frequent storage drive snapshots, SQL database replicas, and periodic backup or replication to cloud with Veeam.

Avoid storing data on your end-user computers unless they are also backed up.
Typically, files saved to your ‘My Documents’ and similar local folders on your workstation aren’t included in cloud backups, procedures, or anti-fraud protections.

Advantages of Cloud Based Backup and Recovery

  • Most cloud-based backup solutions have versioning capabilities that allow for multiple cloud backups, effectively allowing the rollback of ransomware encrypted files to the pre-encrypted version.
  • These solutions may also provide data protection that automatically monitors for indicators of ransomware activity. For example, a massive number of file extension writes and renames can be a great clue that something is amiss.
  • As an added countermeasure, these solutions are not linked to the local network and don’t show up as another drive or shared folder – which are often targeted by ransomware attacks.

For more information and insights, read our Disaster Recovery Guide now to learn what you need to be prepared.

Cloud Backups and Ransomware Protection with Storagepipe

With ransomware, what you don’t know or aren’t prepared for really can hurt you. The good news is that with a little extra preparation and a nominal investment of time you can successfully assess and manage this risk.

Working with an experienced backup and disaster recovery cloud provider is one key way to ensure that your data is secure in the face of malicious activities and attempts to hold your valuable business data hostage.

Storagepipe has over 15 years of experience in data protection. We are continually advancing our solution portfolio to combat emerging threats. New features and enhancements from Veeam and Storagepipe such as “Insider Protection” and “Cloud Recycle Bins” are leading the way today in restricting data access and ensuring recoverability from ransomware and other types of sophisticated cyberattacks.

Speak with a Storagepipe data protection specialist today to learn how we can help you to safeguard your business with cloud backups and recovery.

Stay Safe in the Cloud with Storagepipe

It’s Halloween—the perfect time to enjoy some spooky tales. If we’ve learned anything about the horror genre from Hollywood, it’s that the scariest and most compelling horror stories are often the ones that are based on true events. Though you may no longer be scared by monster movies, urban legends, or slasher flicks, real-life horror stories about data protection and disaster recovery (DR) are sure to make you feel a little uneasy.

It’s Nightmare on Server Street

90% of attacked companies suffer unplanned downtime at an average cost of $1.55 million USD each year.

Are you prepared?

A common story that we hear every day is that a business is ransomed and their on-premise servers get badly rooted, often even encrypting all of the backups.  An increasingly scary scenario is that the attackers demand Bitcoin worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in exchange for the unreliable promise of a decryption key and restored data.

Prevention and Recovery Plans Foil Attackers

For each organization the question often is, do you risk losing the information forever?

Some pay the ransom and hope for the best despite the risk that the decryption won’t work, while others rely on their data disaster recovery plan and decide not to pay the money. Instead, they use a clean backup to restore their operations, and foil their attackers’ nefarious plans thanks to better planning and preparations of their own.

A data disaster recovery and continuity plan can help you recover from an otherwise crippling ransomware attack. With Storagepipe backup and data disaster recovery services, one simple phone call gets you back in business within minutes. Check out our DRaaS Buyer’s Guide here!

Dawn of the Human Error

Uptime Institute has cited that 70% of data center outages can be attributed to human error.

The 2016 Delta Airlines data center outage is reported to have cost them $150 Million USD.

Part of the reason for the long delay (3 days) that they experienced before they were able to resume service is that a significant part of their IT infrastructure was not connected to a backup power source.

Human error is a big threat to business continuity. What is your plan to keep the internal threat at bay?

Get Your Halloween Disaster Recovery Plan Treat

There are no tricks here! Read our Disaster Recovery Guide now to learn what you need to be prepared.

Stay Safe in the Cloud with Storagepipe