A Backup Plan You’re Sure To Fall In Love With

img1In today’s fast-paced, data-driven world, backups are mission critical to your company’s survival and success.

Yet your data may be just one damaged drive, lost laptop, natural disaster, accidental deletion, malware attack, equipment failure, power spike or petty theft away from a profit-sucking, heartbreaking disaster.

So what measures must you take to keep your data safe, secure and where you need it, when you need it? While there’s no one-size-fits-all-guns silver bullet, there are some general principles to be aware of.

Image-Based Backups

An image-based backup or “clone” serves like the spare tire for your car. If you get a flat, the spare will get you to a tire shop.

If the hard drive on any device in the network goes kablooey and its user is in a time crunch to complete a project, an image-based backup allows them to get right back to where they were. It saves all files, apps and settings that were on that device, exactly the way were at the time of the last backup. And generally, that means the user can get right back to work with no need to reconfigure everything all
over again.

An image-based backup will be useful only to the extent that it has backed up data recently. For servers, daily or even multiple backups per day are recommended.

Also consider if the image has ever been tested (just receiving an email that says “SUCCESS” does not mean you got a good image.)

Archive Backups

Archive backups don’t replace image-based backups, but are an efficient way to reduce the size of these backups because they take less-frequently-used data off the main computer or server.

You can’t reboot from an archive, but if you’ve accidentally deleted a file, you can retrieve it from an archive. If any device on the network goes down, you can simply plug the external hard drive into another computer and regain access to the archived files.

Cloud Backup

Backing up to the cloud can serve as an alternative to a rotating off-site backup and eliminates the human component of having to remember to rotate drives. However, for complete protection, you’ll want a cloud backup that makes a nightly copy of the image-based backup files. Should the absolute worst happen, the cloud backup image can be “spun up,” allowing access to your applications and data using just about any computer or tablet.

Automated cloud backup systems offer a variety of feature sets. Some only back up files, while others back up entire image-based backups and can even spin them up.

Select a system that’s simple, continual, fast, secure, easy to restore from, inclusive of different devices and operating systems, cost-efficient and, most importantly, provides the kind of protection and redundancy you need for your operation to run even if things go south.

A Fail-Safe System

So, can you rest assured that your company’s backup system is built to minimize downtime in the event of data loss or equipment failure?

If you’re 100% certain you can answer yes, congratulations – you are one of the few! If not, NOW is the time to take action – rather than after you wish you had.

Not only is InTech’s ServerGuard highly affordable, it continuously backs up your entire server – including open files – every 15 minutes, so you’ll never lose a whole day’s work. And all day long it automatically backs up a snapshot of your entire server to an off-site military-grade data center where it’s held safe and secure until you need it.

Don’t put this off another minute! Contact us right now through the end of February to claim your free Backup System Audit. Let us make sure your backup system never lets you down. We can fix broken computers but a broken heart is another thing entirely… Call TODAY!

SKILL… And WILL

Let’s get one thing straight…we all begin as a NOVICE.

No one – let me repeat that – NO ONE starts as an expert. We all have to learn to walk, talk, eat, swim, count, write and read. We all start at zero, the bottom, from scratch, zip…with absolutely no knowledge, experience or understanding of the “THING” we are about
to learn.

So, then the journey begins: your progression from being a Novice, to being Average, then Skilled, then a Specialist and finally an Expert is all up to you. I really like the title of “EXPERT” because it has to be earned. You can assign someone a title of Vice President or Sales Manager, Boss or Director…but EXPERT – that title is something to be revered, respected
and admired.

EXPERTS have put in the time, effort and study to EARN the title. They have dealt with the pains, frustrations, exhaustion and stress that come with obtaining the title of EXPERT. In fact, it’s really not a title at all, it’s a designation or confirmation that the person you are dealing with is very, very good at what they do. I like being around experts, because they have traits in their character that can do nothing but
help me.

You see, to be an EXPERT you have to have passion, conviction, focus, discipline, dedication, drive, purpose, commitment, spirit, determination…and the undeniable WILL to perfect your SKILL.

According to the American Society for Training & Development, American workers average 6.5 minutes per day developing their skill. That statistic alone explains why there are so many average-performing people. Most people just aren’t WILLING to put in the time and effort needed to raise their skill level.

Your success has a great deal to do with your level of SKILL, but not everything. I know a lot of talented, smart, well-educated people who have in no way come close to reaching their
full potential.

You have the FREE WILL to succeed, if you have the WILLINGNESS to do it.

The big question is WILL you? Who would have ever thought such a simple word as WILL would have so much to do with your success. Here are a few quotes I want to share with you that should hopefully broaden your perspective on how important WILLPOWER is to your success. They are by people you may have never heard of – de Balzac, Min and Crowley respectively – but the brilliance of their words is indisputable.

“There is no such thing as great talent without great willpower.”

“Lack of willpower leads to more failure than lack of intelligence or ability.”

“In the absence of willpower the most complete collection of virtues and talent is wholly worthless.”

Anyone can go from Novice to Expert if they have the WILL to do it. But the “Skill Knob” can only be turned to the “Expert Notch” if you have the WILL to make it happen and the discipline to study, learn and practice.

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Shiny New Gadget Of The Month:
Keeps You In Touch, Could Save Your Life

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If you fly often for business, a satellite messenger may be just the thing to stay in the cloud when you’re above the clouds. And if your travels for fun take you into the wild, it could literally be a lifesaver.

Just ask retired Houston firefighter Michael Herrara. After breaking three ribs and his collarbone in a hard fall from his dual-sport bike in a remote area in Alabama, he hit the SOS button on his messenger. Within 40 minutes an ATV was on hand to transport him to a trauma center.

Features to look for in a satellite messenger include data speed, battery life, coverage areas, size, weight and ease of use.

And, of course, an SOS button.

Let’s Widen The Information Highway, Baby!

Earlier this month I was asked to participate in a focus group lead by Google’s Googlefiber division and it was very eye opening.

Some you may know that Google is in a race with Facebook and SpaceX to bring internet to the ENTIRE world. But they are also looking to get into the Internet Service Provider market right here in the US.

In fact, Google already has their fiber up in several US cities serving both home users and businesses with Gigabit internet speeds. For those of you who just glazed over that, I said GIGABIT. NONE of you reading this have that. SOME of you reading it have 100MB speeds are you paying $600 - $1,700/mo for. This is 10X faster speeds for – get this – LESS than the 100MB speeds are you stroking checks for every month right now.

So, besides for lowering your monthly bill, why am I so excited about this?

Because the biggest bottleneck to going to the cloud for everything (READ: cloud servers, cloud applications, cloud file storage, VoIP, backup, video conferencing, etc…) is RELIABLE, AFFORDABLE, GOOD QUALITY internet.

You can get reliable and good quality today, but you’re going to pay through the nose for it.

2016-02-26-11-20-20Within the next 3-5 years Google’s affordable, quality fiber will be here at your door step – and it’s going to change the solutions we recommend to you and the way you do business. Expect YOUR industry to be disrupted by this change.

I am already talking to clients now about what kind of an impact it will have on their company so they are ready to make the right moves when its time. Companies who are not ready for the change will be left behind (and maybe close their doors!).

If you haven’t entered into the conversation yet, let’s talk.

Who Else Wants To Win A $25 Gift Card?

Here’s this month’s trivia question. The winner will receive a $25 VISA Gift Card.

Gaming technology has given us a host of beloved characters. Who of the following does NOT come from Nintendo?

a) Mario
b) Sonic the Hedgehog
c) Donkey Kong
d) Princess Peach

Email us right now with your answer! info@intechit.net