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Cloud Hosting and BCP remote working during Covid-19

Disrupted by Covid-19? Here’s how your business can workaround!

 

Cloud Hosting and BCP remote working during Covid-19

How Businesses can respond to the disruptive Covid-19 crisis using Cloud-based systems

The Coronavirus is turning into a much more severe health crisis than most people have expected, causing thousands of deaths around the world. With the percentage of affected people increasing day by day, this widely spread virus is affecting many small to large scale businesses. The problem is so severe that the Global Health Emergency alert is officially declared by the World Health Organization.

This Is considered a threat as many businesses have decided to shut down their offices and introduce remote working for the employees to work from home.

Focus on Moving to Cloud

A sudden switch to remote working conditions can have a negative affect on your business if you are not prepared for it. As most businesses choose to store data physically on-premise, they will find it difficult to maintain normal business operations without access to key business data.

As the Covid-19 peaks and is likely to last till the end of the year, a slow response to this will only make things tougher for your business. Hence, I-Net Dynamics encourages business to migrate your data and services cloud-based systems or cloud hosted platforms to minimize the impact of any disaster on your business.

How can businesses respond to Coronavirus?

So what are some steps businesses can take to circumvent this situation? Here are some precautionary measures or steps to face this disastrous condition.

● Promote work-from-home policies for employees to prevent the spread of the virus.
● Use cloud-based systems to facilitate remote working for businesses.
● Use VPNs and two-factor authentications to make sure that your employee’s connection is safe.
● Automation of any business process/tasks which do not require the presence of an employee.

Shifting your Business to Cloud
Implementing a cloud-based systems and hosting business data on the cloud are currently the best measures to take during COVID-19. Cloud-based systems like Dynamics 365 ERP Systems provide you more flexibility for remote working needs. The biggest advantage would be instant access to business data regardless of location and time. You can rest assured that your data stays secured and protected on Microsoft Azure cloud platform with constant monitoring from our engineers.

Combating Covid-19 with BCP
Business continuity plans (BCP) are effective for your company in any disastrous condition. If you don’t already have a BCP in place, it is not too late to start planning now. Our knowledge engineers will assist you to analyze, plan and execute the most suitable BCP for your business. With a well thought out BCP, your business infrastructure and your data will be safe in any scenario, whether it’s Coronavirus or any other disaster.

 

If you are interested to explore cloud hosting solution or BCP for your organisation, contact us here today and our consultants can work with you to analyse your organisational needs!

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Safeguarding your business in a tech-centric world with Disaster Recovery

 

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Written by Xuan Luan for I-Net Dynamics

Most businesses these days utilize technology to streamline & expedite their operations, use different tools to reach their customers and drive sales. These products and services have also been increasingly available in the era of the super-fast Internet. Moreover, businesses now record a huge amount of business data, which is one of the core factors for their successes.

While transactions, customer demand, and expectation of services have increased in exponential levels, it is only understandable that unplanned downtime can cost companies greatly in terms of financial and reputation damages. If you have a fear of this happening to your business, there is an undeniable need for business continuity and disaster recovery services (BC/DR).

Safeguard with Disaster Recovery

 

Companies have different approaches to reduce their outages and minimize the damage, such as acquiring extra hardware, software, data center and staff. This requires a big sum of investment, and traditionally, BC/DR activities can be more time-consuming to implement with a lot of process, interviews, and reports.

 

An increasing adoption of cloud technology, managed services, and disaster recovery plan on cloud is speeding up the implementation of BC/DR. Companies these days can quickly assess and pick up smart, flexible and integrated cloud solutions from any vendor.

 

Here at I-Net Dynamics, we deliver Azure Disaster Recovery as a Service. Our two key services,Site Recovery and Backup, will help to protect your business from natural disasters, outages, and different kinds of failures. Your data is safe and recoverable with Backup services during any outages while your site is ensured to be up and running quickly with Azure mechanism of replication and failovers. This means that you can rest assured regardless of what disaster your business goes through, your business will always stay up and running.

Azure Disaster Recovery Services

 

Several reasons you can consider Microsoft Azure’s solution is its flexibility, inexpensiveness and scalability. Furthermore, you can implement it with your on-premises or cloud data. Generally, with Disaster Recovery as a Service, you reduce massive capital investment costs while getting access to a more simplified, automated but also highly available, scalable and customizable service.

Microsoft Azure Disaster Recovery

 

Moreover, you can easily see that as a market leader, Azure delivers huge advantages in terms of its feature flexibility while ensures your privacy, security, and compliance to standards. For more details of each main feature and advantages, you can check out our earlier article about Azure Site Discovery Benefits.

 Azure site disaster recovery

 

Consider safeguarding your business with Azure Disaster Recovery – Consider I-Net Dynamics , a reputable, certified Microsoft Partner with experiences across Microsoft tech stack and infrastructure services, contact us here to find out more!

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Understanding Cloud Backup 101

 

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Written by Xuan Luan for I-Net Dynamics

What is Cloud Backup?

Cloud backup is the act of backing up your data in a remote server. This strategy is mostly used when preparing for your disaster recovery process. This copy of your business data can be easily accessed and restored in case of disasters such as hardware failures or human mistakes.

 

Your data can now be replicated in the cloud, which is a distributed and connected server resources. Apart from your local data version, businesses and organizations can ensure that their data is always backed up and easily accessible via the Internet.

 

How to backup and restore the data

Cloud backup service providers often provide you with a backup application to be installed in your on-premises or virtual machines. For example, Microsoft Azure Backup Service has Azure Backup Microsoft Azure Recovery Services (MARS) agent for on-premises Windows Server machines from which you can then configure your backup settings. Generally, the data is collected, encrypted, and transferred to the service provider. While the first round of backup should be a full system backup you can opt to arrange for incremental backup according to your schedule. Utilizing incremental backup instead of a full one reduces time and bandwidth consumption to transfer data to the cloud. You can also run ad-hoc backups whenever you want.

 

What I have said above is a very basic and simplified mechanism. Service providers usually have many backup strategies depending on what you want to back up. They might also differ in some other backup support options including security, encryption, compression and retention limits. For your best cloud backup strategy, contact us for consultancy.

 

As a backup service, there will be no changes to your applications and data. The primary data is still in the original location, which can be in a local or another cloud server. However, you should have a secondary data backed up in another location which can be used for recovery. The backup frequency should be decided on your business requirements as well as the cloud backup service provider’s retention policy.

 

For restoration, it’s mostly intuitive and easy in the cloud service provider portal, e.g. Azure portal. Depending on your types of backups (disk, files, VMs or databases), you can restore them via an online portal within a few clicks.

 Key Benefits of Cloud Backup

  • Cost-Effectiveness: avoid extra infrastructure costs
  • Reliability and Availability: you should go with reputable service providers such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon, Google, and IBM. Moreover, it helps to avoid or at least minimize the risks of several failures due to improper infrastructure, hardware damage, and accidental overwrites or deletions. Cloud data is accessible everywhere via the Internet.
  • Ease of Management: cloud service providers often take care of these management tasks and provide useful monitoring and reporting tools for your management needs.
  • Security: reliable providers should emphasize your data’s security with encryption data transfer. Moreover, they can protect you against ransomware with multi-factor authentication or watchers that flag suspicious actions

 

For enterprises, to implement cloud backup, you need to consider multiple other factors from your backup size, location, backup methods to service providers’ reputation and offers. With some specific businesses, you may also have to consider data protection compliance of the providers. To have a detailed assessment and suitable consultancy, contact us here.