Tag: michigan offsite backup

For 15 years, Online Tech has provided data backup services to our colocation and hosting clients. We used to back up to tapes in a large multi-tape system, then transport them from one data center to another. We moved to disk-based backup when the total cost to operate per GB of protected data using the disk was clearly less than tape. We knew we had to find a new way with a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) if we …

Offsite backup: a necessary evil that can be unreliable, hard to track and expensive to support. We know; it’s not what you got into technology for. Nonetheless, the business depends on putting mission-critical data offsite for those just-in-case moments of disaster. The problem is, most “disasters” tend to be a single file that someone accidentally deleted or that got corrupted somewhere along the email chain. Granted, if the primary business location becomes a smoking hole in the ground (perish the …

For many in the Midwest, fall is hunting season, and it wouldn’t be official without an outhouse reference. “Bear” with me; many companies are choosing the outhouse option needlessly as a regular course of their offsite backup and recovery planning. As everyone plans and budgets for next year, many organizations are re-evaluating if their resources are best spent on managing offsite backup and recovery in-house, or if using a third party can effectively allow them to concentrate resources closer to …

Gigaom.com reports that the greatest amount of data centers are located, most inconveniently, in states that have also experienced the greatest number of FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) disaster declarations. Coincidence? Not really – data centers can be found closer to their core user base, so population size will often dictate the number of data centers. Which states are hit the hardest? Texas declared 332 disasters (location of more than 120 data centers), and California came in second at 211 …

In a recent article, State Energy Efficiency Initiatives for Michigan Businesses, I wrote about Michigan Gov. Synder’s Energy and Environment Special Message delivered last week and how commercial buildings can benefit from energy conservation design. In the report addressed to Michiganders and the Michigan Legislature, Synder also refers to the transmission infrastructure of the state’s electrical ‘superhighways,’ and the need to improve the reliability of the infrastructure in the Upper Peninsula. He mentions data centers when referring to business reliability: …

According to the Forrester/Disaster Recovery Journal Business Continuity Preparedness Survey from 2011 Q4, the top increasing risks cited by a survey of decision-makers or influencers when it comes to IT planning and purchasing for business continuity were as follows: (48%) – Increased reliance on technology (37%) – Business complexity of our organization (36%) – Increasing frequency and intensity of natural disasters (33%) – Increased reliance on third-parties (i.e., outsourcing, suppliers, etc.) (26%) – Increased regulatory requirements (25%) – Increased threat …

WWJ Newsradio 950 Tech Editor Matt Roush speaks with Yan Ness of Ann Arbor’s Online Tech LLC about how disasters like Hurricane Sandy drive interest in disaster recovery services like his company’s data centers. Aired yesterday, October 31, this podcast explains how the design of different data center infrastructures can assist in providing a resilient disaster recovery plan. Listen to the podcast now. Having a couple data centers 50 miles apart provides a significant amount of resiliency, as long as …

Despite the icy roads and hail-snow hybrid weather, Michigan definitely isn’t getting hit as hard as the East Coast right now. Hurricane Sandy is hitting New York City hard, causing data center battery failures due to power shutdowns, according to News.CNET.com. The power shutdowns affected websites Gawker.com and Gizmodo.com as of yesterday afternoon. Many data center preemptive power shutdowns are intentional in order to prevent damage to underground and electrical infrastructure and equipment. New York City’s energy provider, Consolidated Edison …

Michigan Disaster Recovery

Posted on October 19, 2012 by

A solid backup and disaster recovery plan is essential to long-term Michigan business success – in the event of a disaster, your business can’t afford to lose valuable data and applications. As critical functions of our businesses rely heavily on the Internet and applications to operate on a day-to-day basis, a disaster recovery plan is also critical to maintaining the availability of websites and entire network systems. What should you look for in a Michigan disaster recovery provider and plan? …

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