7 Questions You Need to Ask About Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery Solutions

There are a number of reasons why your business may be looking for a Cloud Backup provider. The Data Vault can help you find a viable solution that may one day save your business and its assets in case of an emergency or any unforeseen circumstance.

The Data Vault Cloud is a backup and disaster recovery solution that provides a single, integrated approach to data protection. It’s complete range of tools and capabilities ensure the secure protection of more data while using less network. Backed by the longstanding reputation of The Data Vault, you never have to worry about the security or integrity of your information.

Below are 7 questions that every company should be asking themselves regarding disaster recovery:

  • Who is assigned to monitor the backup process? Who verifies that oversight?
  • Have all compliance requirements been addressed in your backup plan?
  • How long can you go without computer services until your business is in trouble?
  • Has application recovery been prioritized?
  • Is there critical information residing on workstations?
  • Is your backup data encrypted? How is the key managed?
  • Is regular recovery testing performed?

At the very least, consider protecting and backing up three different copies of data: on premise, off premise, and in the cloud. The Data Vault is responsible for monitoring, securing, encrypting and delivering your data when you need it; minimizing employee time spent managing the processes.

If you and your company need assistance answering thoughtful questions concerning backup or coming up with a plan of action, please call us today 502-244-1151. The Data Vault will lead you and your company to a Disaster Recovery Plan that is compliant, secure, reliable and affordable. We will take the time to understand your data protection needs and find the right solution for you and your business.

Cloud Computing Changing Small Business

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The trend towards cloud computing continues to trickle down from large corporations into the small and medium business category, says a new study compiled by Windstream and Oxford Economics. As digital storage space has decreased in cost, so the market for the services has grown; allowing even the smallest offices to benefit from advances in the underlying technology.

Within the findings of the report, Oxford Economics noted that “companies the farthest along the cloud path to value are more likely to project strong revenue growth” with over 50% expecting major efficiency gains and bottom line results in the next two years. While the service areas where the companies expected to see these changes varied (everything from customer service to disaster recovery), the benefits of migrating towards a cloud solution vastly outweighed the reasons to keep with their current practices.

One of the major differences between large corporations and small businesses, however, is the amount of in-house support they have for implementing such systems. While major companies have extensive and well funded IT departments, smaller businesses tend to not have that same level of staffing available. This is where third party vendors come in, providing a stop gap to bridge the expertise divide. By allowing specialized companies to take care of implementation and support of their cloud solutions, small businesses are able to continue focusing on their unique market while reaping the benefits of the technology. Over 76% of respondents in the above survey said that their cloud service provider provided measurable value to their business results, reinforcing their decision to partner with them.

Unfortunately, while the largest service providers in the market have the lowest prices for cloud computing services, they also have the worst levels of support and security. The old adage of “you get what you pay for” applies here, meaning that if there are issues with the system small businesses tend to get left out in the cold; not possessing in house IT staffing and unable to afford the exorbitant custom support services needed from their service provider (if they are available at all). But there is another option when choosing to partner with a company for service needs.

With The Data Vault Cloud, you can receive peace of mind knowing that our support consultants have your back as a small or medium sized business owner. Specializing in disaster recovery, our system if backed by our 30 years of expertise in the information storage industry and technical skills. We can help with implementation, troubleshooting, expansion, and other essential tasks by partnering with you every step of the way – never leaving you and your business hanging. If the switch to a digital solution is something you’ve been considering and you are concerned about how to get there we can discuss the path forward for you and your company!

Radiant Server Heat Provides Environmentally Sound Benefit To Cloud Computing

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As winter bares it’s fangs across the country, environmental systems are straining to keep up with the record setting low temperatures. Whether commercial or residential, people this time of year always have the primary concern of maintaining a reasonable indoor working space – but what if there was a better way to heat our business offices?

According to one unique proposal, there might just be a novel solution found in cloud computing technology. As with all large data centers, radiant heat from the physical servers that form the backbone of cloud services is an enormous environmental concern. Millions of dollars each year are spent on advanced air conditioning systems to keep this equipment cool enough to run, yet almost all areas of the country experience conditions that require heating in the winter. Unfortunately these facilities tend to be isolated from surrounding communities, making heat reuse a difficult task, but with increasing decentralization it may be time for a change in how we look at the options.

One flagship example of the benefits available is the Department of Energy’s laboratory facility in Golden, Colorado. Utilizing the rising heat from it’s data center in the basement, the entire building requires minimal conditioning during the brutal winters of the Rocky Mountains. While that particular building was designed from the ground up with this benefit in mind, Amazon is also currently investing in retrofitting it’s existing facilities in Seattle to take advantage of this idea. Overseas, German and Dutch companies are even exploring the idea of utilizing the heat to maintain temperatures in private citizen’s homes.

As more and more enterprises switch to cloud solutions, the environmental impact of this switch will be felt. Finding novel and innovative ways to turn waste products (such as heat) into net benefits can offset the costs of this change and maintain the environment for a better future.