The KineticD Online Backup Blog
Preparing Your Business for SaaS Solutions
With more and more businesses depending on digital applications to keep their enterprises running, the era of “Software as a Service”, or SaaS, is indeed upon us. However, even though SaaS providers are making things easier for businesses across the globe by offering scalable IT solutions over the Internet, getting the most out of SaaS is by no means a “hands-free” process, with businesses that are prepared for SaaS being one step ahead of those that aren’t.
So, the question is, how does a business make sure that they are fully prepared to integrate SaaS solutions into their existing IT infrastructure?
First off, in order to get the most out of SaaS solutions, businesses must be vigilant in choosing the right SaaS applications to fit their existing data management strategies. Furthermore, companies must choose SaaS that will most easily fit into their current budget policies as well. And, in addition to this, it must be understood that SaaS solutions have the potential of drastically changing the IT workflow of the organizations that use them, with the creation of a more service-centric approach often taking place that enterprises must be prepared to fully embrace if they want to get the most out of SaaS.
Indeed, one of the key elements of being “SaaS-ready” is an understanding that SaaS applications are usually built on generic business IT concepts, and that the true integration of SaaS solutions often requires that businesses be flexible enough to reshape their IT infrastructures to adhere to these more universal business IT systems. Once this concept is fully embraced, businesses will then be in a better position to leverage these cost-effective IT solutions, with the standardization of a business’s IT often resulting in not only the reshaping of their IT infrastructure, but also the cutting down of costs …
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The Importance of SSAE 16 Compliance for Cloud Vendors
Statements on Standards for Attestation Engagements 16, or “SSAE 16”, is a stringent auditing protocol that seeks to ensure that organizations adhere to certain standards as to their financial and data security practices. Whereas it’s predecessor, SAS 70, merely sought to describe the “controls” of a given company’s systems, SSAE 16 goes one step further by looking to establish a thorough analysis of the systems themselves. Furthermore, SSAE 16 audits are only initiated after the management of the company being audited has submitted their “assertions” to the people conducting the SSAE 16. Once this is complete, either a Type 1 or the even more thorough Type 2 SSAE 16 audit is then performed.
With more and more companies relying on cloud services for much of their data management concerns, the importance of auditing protocols like the SSAE 16 have never been more crucial. After all, when looking into having any amount of your company’s data management infrastructure exported to the cloud, there can often understandably be concerns as to the stability and reliability of the services that are supplied by cloud vendors. For this reason, performing research as to the background and history of a cloud vendor and comparing reviews online are important steps for businesses to take if they want to be sure to pick a reliable online data backupand cloud computing service provider.
However, knowing that the company that you are going to be trusting with your indispensible digital assets has completed the SSAE 16 audit is the only way to establish indisputable proof that their systems are indeed as efficient and secure as they may be claiming them to be. For this reason, we here at KineticD are proud to have had all of our data centers thoroughly audited and certified for …
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10 Important Reasons to Back Up in the Cloud
The importance of digital information is at an all-time high, and nowhere is this more so the case than in the world of business. Indeed, when one considers the fact that 93% of companies that suffer significant data loss end up going out of business within two years after the data loss incident, it is no wonder that more and more organizations are coming to realize the crucial importance of keeping their mission critical data backed up and secure at all times. And, when it comes to maintaining the existence and security of any type of digital information, online data backup is continuing to prove itself to be the most effective and cost-efficient data protection method available today.
The following are ten important reasons for seeking the services of a cloud vendor to protect your company’s irreplaceable digital assets:
Protection against the elements: Unlike conventional, onsite backups, storing your backup files at a secure, remote location ensures that this information will be safely out of harm’s way in the event that your home or office suffers the damaging effects of any natural disaster, fire, computer virus attack or physical theft. More advanced data backup methods: Since cloud vendors make it their sole concern to protect the files of their clients, they are by nature IT experts and thus have at their disposal the most advanced data backup technologies around, including data mirroring and file versioning, that are usually not present with the more traditional forms of backup. Increased data security: During the online data backup process, copies of the files to be backed up are generally encrypted at the source before being sent over the Internet to the cloud vendor’s secure servers. This encryption ensures that creating a copy of your company’s confidential files will never increase the likelihood of their security being compromised as …
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Keeping Your Email Safe and Secure With Online Data Backup
No one can deny the level of convenience and efficiency that email has brought to our day-to-day communications. Indeed, of all of the important data that makes up our digital lifestyles, the information contained in our email accounts can often end up being some of the most vital to protect and maintain. After all, I think that most of us have had the experience of searching back into an email thread to find some vital bit of information that we desperately need. And, many businesses are now conducting the vast majority of their communications using almost nothing but email. For these reasons and more, making sure that all of your email correspondences are safely backed up and secure should be looked at as nothing more than a bare necessity.
Unfortunately, the list of threats that can bring about the loss of an email, or an entire email account for that matter, is quite a long one. From large-scale data loss disasters like hardware failure or theft to simple user error, emails can disappear at a moment’s notice. Important emails can easily be deleted by mistake while one is in the process of trying to get rid of unimportant emails or spam. Also, email accounts are, of course, quite often hacked, and while identity theft is usually the principal force motivating these cyber attacks, once hackers even temporarily gain control of your email account they can also delete all of your stored information as well if they so desire. And, as mentioned before, all of the common elements that potentially threaten the life of our electronic devices themselves, from natural disaster to computer viruses, can obviously pose a great danger to the safety of your email.
So, how does one go about protecting their email accounts from all of these potential …
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The Increasing Importance of Backup for Macs
There are many reasons why a business may elect to use Macs instead of PCs. They are often considered more stable, more user-friendly, and most importantly, there are many high-level professional programs and applications that can only be run on Apple computers.
While these reasons can justifiably sway a business towards relying on Macs, the idea that they are immune to viruses – a platitude we’ve all heard before – is a gross overstatement that must be reevaluated if Mac users want to ensure that they keep their digital information safe from malicious online agents.
It is crucial for Mac users to understand that, while incidences of viruses for Macs are indeed fewer than for PCs, they do, in fact, exist. Not only are Macs potentially susceptible to computer viruses, but that susceptibility is now increasing as well.
Back in 2004, there were over fifty times as many PCs sold as Macs, but that ratio has shrunken significantly in recent years. While PCs do continue to dominate the computer market, the sales of Apple computers are increasing at a much faster rate, and PCs are now only outselling Macs at a twenty-to-one ratio. As Mac users continue to grow in numbers, so do the number of security dangers that can potentially threaten their systems.
This increase in popularity and potential victims has resulted in a rapidly rising interest amongst hackers to compromise Mac operating systems. Unfortunately, when it comes to the world of computer hackers and viruses, where there is a will there is often a way. Moreover, it is important to realize that a large portion of Apple’s sales are for their increasingly popular and ubiquitous iPhones and iPads, which are potentially just …
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