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The most common security risks faced by Small & Medium Businesses

Most small and medium businesses keep all their critical information (customer and employee files, Accounts Receivable, sales presentations, contracts, emails, etc.) on a single server, a number of laptops, a couple of networked PCs, or spread among multiple mobile devices. Alarmingly most small to medium sized businesses: Don’t routinely back up all files, apps, and data, including those on personal devices. Don’t know where all the data is stored among the various PCs, laptops, smart phones, and tablets in use by employees. Don’t have a recovery plan in place for when the inevitable crash/loss/theft/spilled coffee happens. Unfortunately, these all too common scenarios leave businesses at risk for all sorts of disasters, including hacking attempts by cyber [...]
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Naked Security by Sophos

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Public Cloud Outage – Recovery Time Uncertain

Overheating at a Microsoft data center operating some of its cloud services, including Outlook, led to services being lost for close to 16 hours from the afternoon of March 12 to morning of March 13. Microsoft said the outage occurred as it went through a regular process of updating firmware on a core part of its physical plant. This failure resulted in a rapid and substantial temperature spike in the data center. This spike was significant enough before it was mitigated that it caused our safeguards to come in to place for a large number of servers in this part of the data center. The failure was “unexpected” and required both infrastructure software and human intervention [...]
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Altaro Wins Prestigious Award!

Altaro scooped the prestigious Editor’s Choice, Storage Company of the Year 2018 Award at the Annual Storage Awards ceremony held in London on 14th June It validates the Company’s continued success in this competitive marketplace. Altaro is a fast-growing developer of easy-to-use and affordable backup solutions for small and mid-market businesses, featuring enterprise-class features and functionality and specialising in backup for virtualised environments. The company has grown rapidly over the years with the flagship solution Altaro VM Backup, which gained traction as one of the considered technologies  for backing up Hyper-V and VMware Virtual Server estates. Altaro launched the latest version of its leading Hyper-V & VMware backup solution in March 2018.  It now provides Continuous Data Protection [...]

Prevention is better than cure

Have you heard about ransomware? Now's the time to ask: Are you covered? During the past year Medium and Enterprise companies in the UK have been hit with £1 million-pound ransom demands after hackers stole business critical data. Power stations and hospital systems connected to the internet were hit by the WannaCry ransomware attack which left residents without electricity, heat and light and hospitals unable to function without patient records. Most cyber attacks are impersonal and aim to extort money but can ultimately destroy a company’s business and/or reputation. The ultimate cost may be covered by insurance and with insurance in place you may decide it is easier to pay the ransom than invoke disaster recovery [...]
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Did you know VMware 5.5 Support is Ending Soon?

Did you know VMware 5.5 Support is Ending Soon?  Are you ready to Upgrade to 6.5 or 6.7? VMware vSphere 5.5 will go end of life on 19th September 2018. To maintain your full level of Support and Subscription Services, VMware recommends upgrading to vSphere 6.5 or vSphere 6.7. To encourage adoption VMware has extended the General Support for vSphere 6.5 to a full five years from date of release, which means for vSphere 6.5 it will end on 15th November 2021. The end of General Support for vSphere 6.7 will also be on 15th November 2021. However, if you are not quite ready to upgrade, then extended support is available. VMware Extended Support is designed to [...]
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VeeamON 2018 – Welcome to Hyper Availability

After attending VeeamON 2018 in Chicago in May, what did we come away with? Well, Veeam continue to grow at a frightening pace, fast becoming a $1bn software business. Their install base exceeds 300,000 customers globally and their Net Promoter score of 74 shares the stage with some of biggest brands in the world. They have continued to expand their impressive Ecosystem consisting of Alliance Partners such as Microsoft, Amazon and IBM; and Storage Vendors including HPE, DELL-EMC, NETAPP and more recently IBM, Lenovo and Tegile. Working with these partners is driving Veeam business into both Mid-Market and Enterprise Customers. Veeam’s vision and strategy is to become the leading provider of intelligent data management solutions in a world [...]
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Veeam® Backup for MS Office 365 – Free for 3 Months

Veeam is offering a production license of Veeam® Backup for Microsoft Office 365 – FREE for 3 months – with full functionality for unlimited users, no feature limitations and no long-term commitment of any kind. Download and use today! Microsoft provides a wide array of powerful services within Office 365 but Office 365 data is your data, and it is YOUR responsibility to protect it! With Veeam for Microsoft Office365 you can securely back up Office 365 data to an on-premises or cloud resource: Protect your Office 365 data from accidental deletion, security threats and retention policy gaps Quickly restore individual Office 365 records with industry-leading recovery flexibility Meet legal and compliance requirements with efficient eDiscovery of data archives Get your FREE 3-Month License Today, and enjoy full functionality with no limitations and no long-term commitment!
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What’s New in VMware 6.7?

With VMware 6.7 you need to check the HCL for compatibility because support for older more popular CPU’s has gone. VMFS 3 datastores are now being phased out. VMFS 3.0 datastores are automatically upgraded to version 5.0 when mounted. If you want to upgrade to version 6 you must perform storage vMotion as an upgrade from VMFS5 to VMFS6 is not possible. With the focus on Cyber Security and the approach of GDPR in the headlines daily VMWare 6.7 has enhanced Security and Compliance features. Virtualised Based Security for Windows 10 and Windows 2016 including Virtual Trusted Platform Modules. Single reboot upgrade when performing Vsphere upgrades which reloads the hypervisor without rebooting the hardware. vCenter Appliance [...]
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Covenco’s Veeam Cloud Connect Replication Service

Imagine the scenario, the power supply in one of your physical servers has failed. You have a maintenance contract, but the replacement part is not going to be delivered for 24 hours. The server was running a number of mission critical virtual machines, including your email server, ERP system and VOIP telephone system. Every minute you cannot communicate with the outside world and cannot process orders is costing your company in lost revenue. Almost immediately your mobile phone is ringing and the MD is asking how long before everything is back up and running. When time is money and your Recovery Time Objective (RTO) is measured in minutes you need Covenco’s Veeam Cloud Connect Replication Service. So, [...]