Understanding your IT Solutions – Part I

If you’re like many people out there, you don’t have a strong background in IT. You have a business to run which relies on IT solutions, but how do you know where to put your focus, and more importantly your money? There are many different approaches to your technology, and there are different philosophies about what level of service you need in order to run a reliable setup. The purpose of this two-part guide is to highlight a few important things to consider when evaluating what you should have in order to run a successful business network.

Good Backups and Disaster Recovery

If we strip your network down to its single most essential element, without a doubt it’s your data! The whole point of having computers, and servers, and thingamabobbers with blinky lights, is ultimately so that you have access to the information that your business runs on when you need it. So what happens if you lose access to that critical information? What if a computer, or even worse a server fails in your organization? Going through these steps gives you information about your business, and offers you the ability to evaluate if you have an adequate backup solution in place. If you’re not happy with the results and you aren’t satisfied with recovery times, then it may be time to talk with Grade A to evaluate your options.

Internet uptime and your network perimeter

In a world where more and more of our systems are dependent on the internet, it’s becoming more important than ever to stay connected. This is why it’s useful to be aware of your network perimeter and the device(s) that lie there. So what is your network perimeter? Simply put, it’s the point where your network meets the internet! In most small and medium businesses it’s commonly your router or firewall that occupies this space. If internet uptime is critical for your business, then you could consider a highly available network with multiple firewall’s and multiple internet connections. This provides you the ability to failover in the event of hardware or internet service failures. Commonly your secondary connection will be with a different provider so that if one company is experiencing an outage in your area, hopefully the second company will still be up keeping you connected and productive.

For more information about Disaster Recovery, and Internet Uptime, contact Grade A today.

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