Make sure you’re using cloud-based best practices

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If you’re a small or mid-sized business, you know that moving at least some of your data to the cloud is a wise idea. But are you aware of the more nitty gritty best practices that go along with it?

Start with certain data

If you’re a little wary about moving your data to the cloud, that’s okay. This is where a cautious approach works well. Try cloud deployment for applications you don’t have a great deal of dependency on yet, like new applications you’re testing that aren’t presently a part of your day-to-day operations.

Have the best of both worlds

Perhaps there is data you’re absolutely not willing to put off-premises. That’s fine. Clouds don’t have to be an all-or-nothing proposition. You can simply start spreading your applications – or increasing the offerings your business has – by putting some of them in the cloud.

Find a cloud service that works best for you

One of the best things you can do for your business is finding the RIGHT cloud service. Not all of them will have the savvy, customer service-based approach that you need. Contact ClubDrive today to see how we can improve your business’s cloud-based infrastructure. Because (best) practice make perfect!

Is it time to move your company to the cloud?

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You’ve been contemplating moving your company’s data and operations into the cloud for some time now. But how do you know when it’s the right moment to make the leap? Below are some considerations.

You want to save money

As a company, you’re always looking to save money. The great thing about moving to the cloud is that you can do it any time – with the potential to start saving IMMEDIATELY. Extending the life cycle of your existing hardware, freeing up capital for other aspects of your business … these are just a few of the reasons you might consider moving to the cloud sooner rather than later.

You’re due for a hardware refresh or purchase

Don’t you hate having to buy new computer hardware every few years? It’s such a pain to install, set up and learn that sometimes, you’d rather have a root canal. But what if a move to cloud could eliminate that pain? You’d save not only money, but also time (and possibly your sanity).

Move to the cloud today

Do you want to talk to a real person who can get you started on the road to an easier life of remote servers and world-class customer service? If you’re ready to join the many businesses whose companies are thriving in the cloud, contact ClubDrive today!

What can we learn from the Facebook data breach?

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On Sept. 28, 2018, Facebook announced that its network suffered an attack. The result was that the data of almost 50 million users was compromised. While Facebook has since addressed the issue and informed any users who might have been impacted, much can be learned about safety and security online from this massive breach.

A data breach can happen to anyone

If you think that data breaches only happen to mom-and pop operations, think again. If it can happen to a company as well-known, well-branded and well-funded as Facebook, it can happen to you. That’s why you need to take steps to secure your data, even if you think you’re too “small” for cybercriminals to bother with.

You can’t afford to ignore security

If you’ve been putting off getting security for the digital components of your business, or are in the process of converting to cloud-based applications, you can’t ignore online security any longer. All it would take is one breach like this to bring down a company like Facebook – and yours as well.

You need security you can trust

Now that you know online security is crucial, you need to outsource it to a company you can trust. ClubDrive’s outstanding reputation in the field – as well as our unsurpassed customer service – means we have what it takes to keep your business secure … wherever you choose to practice it.

Is that a “tier” in your eye?

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Are the different data center tiers especially confusing to you? Do you feel like breaking down into, well, tears when you try to contemplate them? Here’s a quick guide to tiers that we promise won’t make you cry!

Tier one

This is the lowest tier available. In general, it has the most downtime, but can be more affordable for small business owners. There is little-to-no redundancy (i.e., backup measures) in this system.

Tier two

This tier has slightly less downtime than Tier one. There are also a few redundant components included in the system, such as additional cooling and generators. This makes it slightly more reliable than the previous tier.

Tier three

Tier three is often better for larger companies, since the former’s uptime is especially high, with better redundancy. Maintenance and repairs can usually be done without shutting the entire system down.

Tier four

Tier four has everything that the first three tiers have, in addition to full redundancy. They also come with at least four days of protection against a power outage.

Tier five

Tier five is the newest tier available, generally considered to be the most premier tier. Incorporating all aspects of tier four, it is also required to run on local and renewable power sources.

Still confused about tiers? Talk to ClubDrive today about which one is best for you!

Something smells “phishy”

54149576 - young woman holding her nose because of a bad smell.Do you have a strange e-mail in your inbox, claiming to be “important” or “urgent,” but you don’t recognize the sender? You open it up and it urges you to do something about it in a timely manner. And indeed you should. In fact, you should delete it as soon as possible.

Before you become the victim of a phishing scam.

What is phishing?

Phishing is when someone sends you an e-mail that appears to be from a well-known person, company or organization. But unlike real e-mails, they’re not trying to communicate with you; they just want to get you to reveal information they can use, such as your passwords, bank account numbers or credit card numbers.

What are some signs of phishing?

Some of the signs of phishing are obvious, and some are not. But if you see any of the following in an e-mail, it’s better to call up whoever claims to have sent it and see if they did so:

  • Requests to update information. You should be especially wary if the e-mail seems to be from the government or a bank; those institutions generally don’t contact individuals by e-mail to update things like their passwords.
  • Varying URL’s. Sometimes, there will be a URL in the e-mail that requests you to click on it. Hover over that URL and the one you see when you hover over the e-mail address. If they’re very different from each other, chances are someone’s “phishing” for you.
  • General sloppiness. Many phishers don’t take the time to craft well-written e-mails. Unlike a multi-million dollar company or enterprise, such as a bank, you may find the e-mail riddled with typos, spelling errors and grammar mistakes.

Protect yourself from phishing

Protect yourself from phishing, malware and other attempts to breach your secure and personal information. Contact ClubDrive today to get started.

High returns are expected on data center investments

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Everyone wants a high return on their investments, but those who put their money into data centers may really have something to celebrate. According to a recent survey by CBRE (a commercial real estate service), most of those who invested in North American data centers expect a 10 percent – or more – return for their efforts. Read on to see why – and what this might mean for your company.

Building on past success

In 2017, the data center sector saw a record level of investment, which grew as expected in 2018. It’s believed that global digitization trends resulted in an optimism that had investors plunking down their funds – and seeing the rewards. Investment levels are expected to rise even higher as the year progresses.

Why the big jump?

Is there any evidence to suggest that investors’ optimism is warranted? There may very well be. As more people around the world gain online access (often via smartphones), companies see the logic in making their operations more digital-centric. This means that, as their IT (information technology) needs climb, so might their use of data centers.

Does your company need a new IT department?

If your company is already experiencing the growth that requires large data storage, give ClubDrive a call. You don’t want to get left behind as other companies zoom ahead, expanding their technology, scope and profits. And if the thought of updating your data centers (or any other aspect of your IT department) perplexes you, don’t hesitate to ask our skilled staff.

With ClubDrive, you’ll always get a real person (not a recording) who’ll explain everything in detail, but in plain language. You don’t need to be an expert in IT in order to benefit from ClubDrive’s experience and cutting-edge solutions. Give us a call today – we can’t wait to bring your organization into the digital age!

What happens when malware infects your website?

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It happens all the time. One day, your website is up and running just fine. The next, you can’t access it from either the user end or the administration panel. What’s worse is that it seems to direct you to some other website – one that has nothing to do with your company.

You may have just been infected by malware.

Your business slows to a halt

If malware infects your site, your customers or clients won’t be able to make purchases on it or secure services from you. Even worse, they may not even be able to get in touch with you to let you know about problems they’re having with your products. Bad technology + bad P.R. = bad business.

Why does bad malware happen to good people?

Don’t blame yourself for contracting a case of malware. Sometimes, despite your best efforts, it just happens. That’s because shady hackers use their computer bots to scan millions of websites every day for weaknesses. These bots act like Trojan horses that let in viruses and other nasties, all for the purpose of using your website to send out spam or support the hackers’ other enterprises.

What can you do about malware?

There are a few things that you can do to make sure malware doesn’t shut down your site for a significant length of time – or for good. The first thing is to back up the site regularly. That way, it can be restored in the event of an infection. The second is to have powerful security plugins installed on the site that will routinely check for and protect you from malware. The third is to have a cyber-security company on call to deal with any malware issues as they arise – so you can get back to business fast.

Is your company at cyber-risk?

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2018 isn’t even over yet and already we’re seeing some catastrophic data leaks and cyber-attacks. Don’t think it can’t happen to your company. Take a look below at just a few of the victims.

Major universities and more

More than 300 universities all over the globe were allegedly hacked in March. In addition, 47 private companies, the United Nations, the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the states of Indiana and Hawaii are also believed to have been targets. An estimated $3 billion in intellectual property is thought to have been stolen.

Fitness trackers

Even something as harmless-seeming as a fitness tracker can be ripe for hacking, as the MyFitnessPal app learned all too well in 2018. Late in February, hackers managed to access approximately 150 million users’ email addresses, passwords and more. It wasn’t until late March that the breach was even discovered.

Take a stand against cyber-theft

You don’t have to face the threat of cyber-theft alone. You don’t have to put billions of dollars and numerous clients at risk. ClubDrive helps you take a stand against cyber-thieves by keeping you data secure: off-site and on the cloud. Call us today and learn more about it.

Is your business security compliant?

52117446_MIn today’s hyper-connected world of business, cybercrime is a bigger threat than ever before. In fact, a recent report by CSOnline found that the cost of cybercrime damage will total $6 trillion annually by 2021.

As more and more companies move their servers, client information, and proprietary data to the cloud, having adequate online protection is becoming more and more crucial. Without the right amount of security, you run the risk of exposing your clients and business partners to data breaches… or worse.

Rather than wait for something bad to happen, why not start the process of mitigating your storage safely and securely today?

At ClubDrive, we’re passionate about helping business owners just like you acquire the tools they need to secure their files in a safe, easily accessible digital space. As a compliant data center, we offer 100% protection against any and all data loss. In addition, our facilities are:

  • HIPPA compliant
  • SSAE16 compliant
  • SOC compliant
  • PIC compliant

With our team at your side, you can feel confident knowing you’re protected 24/7, 365 days a year. Don’t wait a day longer. Take the first step toward a safer, more efficient operation and give us a call at (404) 448-3001

Together, we’ll work with you to determine what IT hosting plan will best meet your company’s individual needs. Talk to you soon!