AbleIT Insights for Edmonton Based Industrial and Manufacturing Businesses
Time is money and that rings very true for Edmonton area industrial and manufacturing businesses. With the uncertainty of pipelines and the projects related to the oil sands any work needs to be protected. Downtime needs to be prevented when a project lands. IT plays a critical role in business function for all industries and this is how we help protect our industrial and manufacturing client’s networks, this is how we protect their businesses.
Offsite Network Back Up
You are only as good as you last back up. Reoccurring back ups are key to protecting not just those Excel spreadsheets but the entirety of your network. If you get hacked it’s not just your data that gets affected. The entire infrastructure of your network does. Your ERP, directories and programs typically need rebuilding after a crypto attack or virus, not just your data. A strong back up includes the network with the data and should be offsite. Offsite is crucial as it provides another layer of protection away from your network and physical location. We often find that local onsite backups become attacked through the growing variety of cybersecurity attacks.
Current Warranties and Versions
If you have physical IT hardware like servers and routers with non cloud based software like Exchange and Office it is important to keep current with up to date versions and warranties. When a physical server’s warranty comes End of Life (EOD) it means it’s expired and the manufacture will no longer support repairs or parts. This makes it difficult to fix issues. Sourcing parts on Ebay is a major risk for enterprise level companies. When software versions become EOD they will still work but when something goes wrong the software vendor no longer supports it. When software goes EOD compatibility with other programs becomes at risk.
Moving to the Cloud
Cloud products are typically more secure and can increase business efficiency. However, cloud products aren’t as simple as buy and play. There are many considerations to take before moving forward with cloud based programs. One core consideration is cost, not just the subscription costs. When moving to cloud products you typically have to migrate your data from your local hardware and programs. Depending on the size of mailboxes or files there can be significant labour to do this. The labour comes from having someone physically monitor the data movement. Factors that can influence the speed are your internet speed, quality and the allowed upload speed of the cloud hosted program. Certain cloud products allow a limited amount of data to be uploaded at a time. Understanding how much data you have and the allowable bandwidth from your environment to the cloud environment will give you a better picture of your costs.
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