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Ferrum Technology Services has been serving the Elgin area since 2007, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

“Backup” and “Disaster Recovery” are Related, But Not Synonymous

“Backup” and “Disaster Recovery” are Related, But Not Synonymous

If you’ve spent any amount of time around us, you’ve probably had the importance of data backup and disaster recovery preparation preached to you—probably more than once. However, as closely associated as the two are, they are not the same. Let’s explore the critical differences between these two processes so you can be fully prepared to attend to both.

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Crucial Steps You Have to Take When Your Business Is In Trouble

Crucial Steps You Have to Take When Your Business Is In Trouble

Business continuity is one subject that not a lot of people know a lot about. Even those that claim to, often only understand the theory behind it and the practical applications of strategies and procedures necessary to keep a business running smoothly. This is largely because there isn’t a curriculum that presents a comprehensive outline on how to deal with disaster. This month, we’re going to share some continuity strategies that work, regardless of the situation, to get your business coordinated and back up and running fast following an unfortunate event.

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Reviewing the Purpose of World Backup Day

Reviewing the Purpose of World Backup Day

Did you happen to miss World Backup Day last week? If so, it’s not the end of the world; March 31st might only come along once a year, but every day can be considered World Backup Day if it means you are focusing on data continuity.

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5 Things You Can Do to Be Ready when Technology Falters

5 Things You Can Do to Be Ready when Technology Falters

While we might like to think that all computer problems are an easy fix, there is only so much you can do in certain circumstances. That being said, having a couple of computer maintenance “hacks” under your belt can make things loads easier for you when you do have to get your computer repaired. Here are some tips to consider before it’s time to get your computer repaired.

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When It Comes to Your IT, a Little Redundancy Can Be a Really Good Thing

When It Comes to Your IT, a Little Redundancy Can Be a Really Good Thing

We often use the term “redundant” to describe technology, and it’s easy to see this word and think about it in a negative way. However, in business technology, the exact opposite is true, and redundancy is widely seen as not just an important component of any successful IT strategy, but a critical one. What does redundancy mean to your business technology, and how can you make sure you implement it in the appropriate way?

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Businesses Need Contingency Plans to Get Through Disasters

Businesses Need Contingency Plans to Get Through Disasters

Disasters can happen when you least suspect them. Whether it’s a tornado that levels your office or an electrical failure which sparks a structural fire, a business-ending scenario could happen with little-to-no warning. You must be prepared to maintain operations even when it feels impossible, and part of this is being prepared to handle off-site operations.

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Disaster Recovery Is But One Part of a Successful Business Continuity Plan

Disaster Recovery Is But One Part of a Successful Business Continuity Plan

In today’s age of ransomware, climate change, and worldwide pandemics, a lot can happen that could spell trouble for your organization. This is why it is so critical for your company to have a business continuity plan. There are many factors that contribute to a successful business continuity plan, one of which is a disaster recovery plan. But wait, aren’t those the same thing? Not quite.

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Backup Secrets from the Pros

Backup Secrets from the Pros

Data backup is one of the most important parts of protecting your digital assets, but many organizations are unable to successfully pull it off without a hitch. We’ll help you get a feel for what should happen when you set up your data backup system, what happens when you initiate a backup, and how to proceed with restoring it.

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3 Solid Reasons Why Data Backup is Essential

3 Solid Reasons Why Data Backup is Essential

One of the best investments you can make in your IT infrastructure is implementing a data backup and disaster recovery solution. Not only is it a crucial part of any business continuity plan, but it also helps to future-proof your business in the event of a potentially disastrous scenario. There are three big reasons why you should consider implementing data backup and disaster recovery, and if you fail to do so, you are putting your company at risk for no real reason.

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Data Redundancy and Why It’s Critical

Data Redundancy and Why It’s Critical

If you were to lose your business’ data, would you be able to continue operations? Usually not. This is why you need to take precautions before you inevitably suffer from an unpredictable situation that puts your data at risk. Unfortunately, the average small business might not think they are at risk, a notion we are trying to dispel. If your organization is considering backup and disaster recovery, we want to help you better understand data redundancy.

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If Your Backup Doesn’t Involve These Three Aspects, You’re Doing It Wrong

If Your Backup Doesn’t Involve These Three Aspects, You’re Doing It Wrong

For any business continuity strategy to be complete, a data backup strategy needs to be involved. This is often easier said than done: there are a lot of elements that need to be considered, and some data can go overlooked if the solution isn’t maintained. However, considering the likelihood of data loss without one, a data backup is an indispensable component to prioritize and evaluate over time.

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What to Look For in a Data Backup Solution

What to Look For in a Data Backup Solution

If you’re at all familiar with us, you’re probably aware of how highly we rank data backup. If your business creates or stores any data (which we guarantee it does) you need to have a backup to protect it, as simple as that. Let’s take a few moments to review how a BDR (Backup and Disaster Recovery) can benefit your business and its long-term continuity.

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Data Backup You Can Trust

Data Backup You Can Trust

Every business owner wants to protect their data. Even if they don’t pour money into doing so, they typically still understand the importance of it. That’s why three-out-of-every-four businesses perform a backup at least once per week. It’s still good to be reminded how to make sure your backup can work for you. Let’s go over a few basic considerations to make if you want a data backup that you can trust.

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You Need Data Backup Even If You Think You Don’t

You Need Data Backup Even If You Think You Don’t

We tell every business owner we come into contact with the same thing: If you haven’t done so yet, you‘ll want to establish a data backup strategy. Some businesses are really small, some operate in industries where the cost of backing up data is seemingly prohibitive to the success of the business. To the people that operate those businesses, we repeat: If you haven’t done so yet, you‘ll want to establish a data backup strategy. Let’s examine why. 

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Have a Backup that is Ready for Action

Have a Backup that is Ready for Action

Backup strategies vary. Some companies choose theirs for its value. Some back up everything. Some ignore it all together. While we definitely don’t advise the latter, we do understand that it is a financial investment for what is essentially insurance. What’s more effective is building a backup plan that fits the type of data you create and store. 

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Respond to Adversity with Disaster Recovery

Respond to Adversity with Disaster Recovery

The tragic reality of the COVID-19 pandemic is that businesses are in a very uncomfortable situation. As the virus made its way around the world, many businesses have had to enact their version of a disaster recovery policy. Not all businesses will look at this the same way, but if you want your business to have the kind of continuity that will allow it to get through tough situations like this, formally creating a disaster recovery policy will put you in the position to weather any storm you encounter.

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Is Your Data Redundant?

Is Your Data Redundant?

“Redundancy” isn’t typically viewed as a good thing, but when a disaster strikes, it can become a good thing very quickly to have a redundant copy of your data. March 31st is World Backup Day so let’s take a moment and examine why a certain amount of data redundancy is actually welcomed. 

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Having the Right Recovery Plan Can Save Your Business

Having the Right Recovery Plan Can Save Your Business

No one can tell when a disaster is going to strike or what form that disaster is going to take. The cause could be a storm, human error, or some freak occurrence that nobody could have seen coming. In order to get back up and running after one of these incidents a company needs to have a strong business continuity strategy. An essential part of this strategy is knowing how to recover data depending on the way it’s lost. Getting data back and working for your company is the only way to stave off ruin, so let’s look at data recovery strategies that can literally save your business.

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There Are Some Serious Benefits of Backup

There Are Some Serious Benefits of Backup

How are you protecting your data from disaster? If you don’t have a backup and disaster recovery platform in place you are missing one of the most crucial parts of managing your business’ Think about it, if your organization were to suddenly lose a significant portion of its data, would it be able to continue to function effectively? 

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I Lost Data Once… A Collection of Horror Stories; Part 2

I Lost Data Once… A Collection of Horror Stories; Part 2

Here’s a horror story about an entrepreneur who, at a glance, was following many data backup best practices. Unfortunately, at the end of the day, things didn’t go so well when a crucial task was missed.

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