Data is money

Posted on April 28, 2016 by

It amazes me how plentiful and important data has become to our lives. It truly has become the currency that runs our world. From targeted ads to the growth of big data analytics, information has tremendous value. That’s why I have no doubt your business requires data to survive. For most companies, Online Tech included, efficiency would be severely impacted if we lost all access to our data. That is why I say, “Data is money.” And where do we …

This month, we brought a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) online at our Mid-Michigan data center. We maintain an N+1 redundancy configuration there and with the rapid growth in the amount of data we were hosting, we brought another UPS online to help carry the load and maintain our redundancy. In order to make this a successful event, there was a lot that had to be done. There were four different vendors onsite to help bring the UPS online. This involved switching over …

IT Disaster recovery is all about protecting your data, and the cost of data loss can be staggering. According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, an estimated 25 percent of businesses do not reopen following a major disaster. As a business, you spend an enormous amount of time, planning, and money into making your organization successful. But what are you doing to protect yourself against a disaster? If it’s time for you to re-evaluate your current DR position, …

The European Commission has confirmed a replacement for Safe Harbor, the law that protected data transfers between the United States and the European Union, and expects it to be enforced within three months, according to computerweekly.com. On Feb. 2, the European Union announced details of the EU-US Privacy Shield deal, which will replace the now-invalid Safe Harbor law. The new Privacy Shield law is expected to keep the seven principles of Safe Harbor intact, and will provide enhancement to two specific …

There are many aspects of complying with HIPAA regulations, and all are equally important to avoid facing the stiff penalties that come as a result of any violations. In addition to technical and physical safeguards for your PHI, the administrative safeguards of the HIPAA Security Rule require a contingency plan. This is comprised of a data backup plan, disaster recovery plan, emergency mode operation plan, testing and revision procedures as well as application and data criticality analysis. We’ll discuss how …

As we’ve discussed previously, there are many parts to a Business Continuity Plan, but what makes IT disaster recovery such an important subset? For starters, many businesses are relying more and more on IT infrastructure as they become more digitized. They need connectivity, networks, and servers. Some of these companies are being forced to recognize the growing trend to move everything to the cloud, such as the healthcare industry, where HIPAA compliance requires everyone to have an electronic health record as …

Picture this: Your business requires the medical and payment data of three million people, one-third of whom are Medicare recipients. Because of this, you have a big red bullseye painted on your infrastructure and all sorts of seedy characters want access to that information, either for themselves or to sell in the dark underbelly of the internet. “Don’t worry,” you say, “we’re protecting that data.” You have a security infrastructure in place, so you figure everything is fine. But how …

On Dec. 23, 2015 Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law tax-reform legislation that gives data centers in Michigan exemption on sales and use taxes. The tax breaks are contingent on the data center industry collectively creating 400 new jobs by 2022 and 1,000 by 2026. The law specifies the sale and use of data center equipment, and includes computers, servers, and routers, as well as any related equipment used to build a data center in Michigan. It does not include third-party equipment …

Critical reasons to value your data

Posted on January 12, 2016 by

Let’s talk about your personal belongings for a second. When you apply for homeowner’s insurance, you’re asked to value your property. How much is your computer worth?  All of those tools you have tucked away in the garage? What about your wardrobe? Kitchen supplies, furniture and so on also must be taken into account. The reason is obvious of course: If someone were to steal them, you can file a claim and get reinbursed based on the value of your possessions. …

How can you find the best cloud providers? When it comes down to the products cloud providers offer, most of it is built on pretty much the same infrastructure. Anyone with enough capital can buy the cloud server hardware that providers use because it’s all available on the open market. The same can be said of the software, for the most part. Perhaps the client portal, automation tools and back office functions are custom built and not readily available, but the …

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