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Getting Back to the Office During a Pandemic

Getting Back to the Office During a Pandemic

Many offices across the country are now allowed to reopen, albeit with some significant restrictions in place. You may very well find yourself returning to the office soon or have already done so. One thing is for certain: things are going to be a lot different than you were used to previously.  

Rather than dwelling on the past, it’s helpful to look forward. For one thing, it’s great that people are getting back to work. For workers who were furloughed or otherwise displaced during the lockdowns, returning to the office can mean breathing a big sigh of relief.  

But just because lockdowns are lifted to an extent does not mean it is time to rush back into things.

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In COVID-19's Wake: Opportunity for Change

In COVID-19's Wake: Opportunity for Change

Across the United States, people are itching to get back to work. Since lockdowns went into effect mid-March, some 33.5 million jobless claims have been filed. In the first quarter of 2020, gross domestic product (GDP) shrank 4.8%, and that’s given nearly two months of relatively normal circumstances in January and February. On top of that, 7.5 million small businesses in the US are at risk of closing permanently.  

In this grim reality, it can be hard to find any positives, but there are some. For instance, as far as layoffs and unemployment go, 97% of workers expect their current condition to be temporary, meaning that when the economy reopens, they will quickly get back to work.  

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A BDR Can Limit Organizational Downtime

A BDR Can Limit Organizational Downtime

Businesses need to be extremely careful about how they protect their interests, but just in case something unfortunate happens, you want to have measures in place to guarantee that your future is secure. To this end, data backup and disaster recovery are critical. We’ll walk you through what you need to know about implementing data backup and disaster recovery, including the best way to make it happen.

First, you’ll need to know the vocabulary associated with data backup and disaster recovery. There are two primary numbers you’ll need to know for your disaster recovery strategy: the recovery point objective (RPO) and the recovery time objective (RTO).

Recovery Point Objective

How much data does your business use in a given workweek? You might be surprised. The recovery point objective is the absolute minimum amount of operational data you can accept for getting back to a decent operational state. Often times businesses will find themselves reeling from a data loss disaster, trying to recreate data that has been lost. Knowing where you’re aiming to be can mitigate at least half the battle. Of course, it’s up to you to determine which data is critical to the success of your organization.

Recovery Time Objective

How quickly can you restore your data and get back to work? This is the second half of data backup and disaster recovery. RTO is effectively the amount of time you have before your business becomes insolvent. To best ward against this scenario, restoring the data to some sort of device, whether it’s a backup server or a BDR unit, will allow your business to get back to business following an unpredictable disaster. The goal is to keep your RTO as low as possible, as any time your business isn’t operating even at minimum capacity, it’s risking failure.  

The Best Components of BDR

The ideal BDR system optimizes your organization’s backup solution by hyper-focusing on the two numbers above, in addition to utilizing the three-two-one data backup rule. We recommend that your business has at least three types of data backups at any given time: two on-premise in the form of a physical restoration device and a digital one on your business’ infrastructure and one in the cloud for quick restoration when needed.

Machado Consulting can help you overcome the challenges presented by the dangers your organization can’t predict. To learn more about preventative data backup and disaster recovery solutions like our BDR device, reach out to us at (508) 453-4700.

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What Can You Do to Improve Data Recovery?

What Can You Do to Improve Data Recovery?

Nobody wants to talk about disaster recovery, even invoking the phrase makes disaster seem less like a possibility and more like an inevitability.  Unfortunately, this is something that has to be discussed, as your business depends on it. 

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4 Backup and Recovery Terms You Should Understand

4 Backup and Recovery Terms You Should Understand

With data looked on as more of an asset than ever organizations are finding that their data backup and recovery system needs to be comprehensive. By knowing more about backup and recovery, you stand to be able to plan the solution to meet your company’s needs. Today, we will look at the different types of data backup and introduce you to four terms you need to understand.

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3 Steps to Successful Business Continuity Planning

3 Steps to Successful Business Continuity Planning

By now, you’ve probably heard about the importance of business continuity and disaster recovery planning for small businesses. According to FEMA, more businesses have business continuity plans than ever before. With so many SMBs looking to secure their future, there are still a few aspects of business continuity planning that today’s business need to comprehend. After all, there is more to it than just data backup. Disaster recovery is something that needs to be planned, practiced and updated.

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Why Those Who Don’t Take Data Loss Seriously Live to Regret It

Why Those Who Don’t Take Data Loss Seriously Live to Regret It

No business owner wants to experience data loss in any way, shape or form, which is why it’s so crucial that preventive measures are taken. If you don’t have protections in place, you may find yourself out of business due to a data loss disaster. While that’s certainly the worst-case scenario, the other consequences of data loss are downright troublesome in their own right.

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You Need More Than a Power Strip to Protect Your Company’s Equipment

You Need More Than a Power Strip to Protect Your Company’s Equipment

What would happen if you were in the middle of typing a report or performing some task, and the office suddenly lost power? Too many would find themselves staring blankly at an equally blank screen as their infrastructure suddenly ceased operations. However, there is a device that can help save you from the worst effects of sudden power loss.

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Scenarios Every Business Continuity Plan Should Cover

Scenarios Every Business Continuity Plan Should Cover

What would you do if your business were suddenly struck by something which threatened its very existence? Do you have a plan to make sure that your business survives well past the expiration date assigned by natural disasters, hardware failure, user error, or hacking attacks? One of the most important parts of running a business is managing risk, and implementing a business continuity plan is a great way to focus on the preservation of your organization.

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Just Because You Backup Your Data, Doesn’t Mean it Will Survive a Disaster

Just Because You Backup Your Data, Doesn’t Mean it Will Survive a Disaster

There’s a dangerous misconception that a lot of business owners have about data backup. Too often, an SMB will have a data backup solution in place and the business owner will feel like they’re fully prepared to handle a data loss disaster--without looking into the data recovery capabilities of their backup solution (or the lack thereof). This kind of oversight can lead to a very costly surprise when a disaster strikes and there’s no easy way to restore the lost data.

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Disaster Preparedness Includes Planning For Data Recovery

b2ap3_thumbnail_prepare_for_the_worst_400.jpgToday is Disaster Preparedness Day! This means that there’s no time quite like the present for preparing for potential future data emergencies. While the type of disasters vary immensely depending on your business’s geographical location, every business needs a disaster recovery plan implemented as soon as possible.

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Tip of the Week: How to Set Up a Business Succession Plan

b2ap3_thumbnail_death_of_your_business_400.jpgIf something debilitating were to happen to you, could your business carry on? This isn’t a pleasant scenario to think about, but it’s absolutely necessary to have a contingency plan in place for reasons like this. Also known as a business succession plan, if you have a plan in place, then you don’t have to worry about what the future holds, at least, for your business.

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Mark Your Calendars, Folks: World Backup Day is March 31st

b2ap3_thumbnail_world_backup_day_400.jpg2015 isn’t the year to go without backups. If there’s anything 2014 showed the world, it’s that businesses can fall victim to data breaches when they least expect it. You want to be prepared in the event of a data breach or data loss, and the easiest way to do that is by taking advantage of an external backup. Unfortunately, even an essential solution like data backup can be forgotten amidst the everyday operations of the average business owner.

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Did You Know? Data Backup and Disaster Recovery Are Two Different Things

b2ap3_thumbnail_backup_or_disaster_recovery_400.jpgEvery business owner knows how important data backup is to their company's continuity plan, and they realize that a disaster recovery solution can help save them in the event of catastrophe. However, some businesses think they are the same thing, and they are sadly mistaken. While they are similar, a backup is not a disaster recovery solution.

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C-C-Click Click, and Other Symptoms of Hard Drive Failure

b2ap3_thumbnail_click_click_400.jpgYour mind is racing at a mile a minute, and you keep a to-do list for all of the things you are supposed to do. Unfortunately, that to-do list is often forgotten about. You save it as a .DOC text file on your computer, which has been making a strange clicking noise lately. But one day, the clicking sound gets worse, and worse, and worse, until your computer stops working completely. Just like that, all of your data is gone, and that's when it hits you.

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