With cloud computing gaining more ground in the SMB market, the constant still remains that small to medium businesses face different challenges than large enterprises. Per Gartner, “due to its size, small to medium size businesses have different IT requirements — and often faces different IT challenges — than do large enterprises. IT resources (usually budget and staff) are often highly constrained.” This is where Boutique Cloud Providers (BCPs), like Net3 Technology, can really step in and be a great ally to an SMB.
With the new year, it’s common to re-evaluate current business processes and technologies. We are talking to more and more companies that are thinking about moving to the cloud and we know it can potentially be a big move. Businesses need the right technology, the right migration path, the right execution and support for successful implementation and use. In addition, business owners are also looking at the cost - which always poses the question:
Is moving to the cloud the right move financially?
Technology is not immune to false promises and there may be no better example than the faith companies put into their Disaster Recovery plans. The issue with this false promise begins in the very term, Disaster Recovery: not all disasters are equal and not everyone defines what recovery means the same way. It would be impossible to recount the number of times we have walked into a business that was confident in their untested, untried, and untrue plan to recover from a disaster. Many people also tend to think of disasters as Acts of God – floods, fires, earthquakes, or other weather related events – when a corrupted database or internal sabotage can be just as damaging as natural disasters, if not more so. For the purposes of this narrative, a disaster is anything that would cause complete interruption of business, and recovery will be defined as the ability to get your business back up and running.
As a CSP, we speak daily about disaster recovery and over the years we have seen many definitions to what Disaster Recovery means to different people. Not every business is going to need to recover the same way, but Net3 has universal steps and actions that can be taken to better prepare for a DR event. In the past, we have given a 4 step guide for your DR plan, but let’s dig deeper into was it really means to be prepared.