What happens if you DON’T move to the cloud?

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These days, you hear a lot about the importance of moving certain aspects of your company’s data to the cloud. And maybe you think, “Yeah, yeah – when I get around to it. Right now I’ve got too much on my plate. What’s the rush anyway?” The answer may actually turn out to be “quite a lot!”

You may lose money

Every business wants to save money, but not having data on the cloud may send that money circling the drain. Cash flow that could pay only for needed services on a monthly basis is instead tied up in your current technological infrastructure. That means there’s none left over to shift operational costs toward business growth. A large chunk of your profits just goes into buying server after server … after server.

You may fail to meet compliance requirements

Clients trust you with their sensitive data, but not having it on the cloud may put that data at risk. Increasing governmental and industry requirements mean the need for security will only grow, and the cloud may be your best bet to cost-effectively meet their mandates.

Are you ready to avoid a data-pocalypse?

If you’re ready to avoid data disasters (and save money in the process), contact ClubDrive today. We’ll steer you toward the best way to put your data on the cloud … and open up the possibilities that await when you do!

What is a computer virus?

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There are plenty of nasty diseases going around these days. Colds, flus and oh yeah . . . computer viruses. They may not be as painful to your body as a cold or flu but they can do serious damage to your hardware – and your business. But how exactly do they do that?

Self-replicating

A computer virus is actually software, but not the kind you want on your devices. It’s made to copy itself over and over so it can spread from machine to machine. The software is specifically designed to make your computer fail in one way or another.

Sneaky and sinister

You may not even know you have a virus on your computer until it’s too late. They’re usually designed to silently spread throughout your system. There’s no alert that tells you that you have a virus so you keep working on the computer, completely unaware of the damage being done.

Protect your computers from viruses today

The best thing you can do to fight against viruses is have a good anti-virus program installed on your computers. But even then, sometimes a virus is able to sneak through. At ClubDrive, we store your data on a secure server. If you ever lose access to it on your PC (personal computer) or laptop from a virus, your copy of the data is safe with us, and we can get you access to it quickly. Call today to learn more.

Don’t ignore cybersecurity

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It’s easy to want to keep security on the back burner of your business. After all, it’s not one of your chief money-making operations. However, if you work with companies who maintain sensitive information, security is of paramount importance to them. Therefore, it needs to be of paramount importance to YOU.

Cybersecurity is your responsibility

Once upon a time, cybersecurity research was mostly funded by the Department of Defense. That’s because the government had a vested interest in protecting classified information. However, with more consumers trusting private companies with their sensitive data, such companies can’t rely on Uncle Sam alone to protect them.

The incentives are high

The incentives to protect client and consumer data are fairly high. In addition to being embarrassing, a data breach can mean a ton of time and money lost for your clients. In some cases, they never recover. Not only does that mean losing their business, but it can also mean a public relations nightmare for you. Imagine those clients telling all their friends how you failed to protect them. Bye-bye new business and hello lawsuits!

Maintaining security is hard. ClubDrive can help

The good thing is, you don’t have to worry about maintaining cybersecurity alone. ClubDrive can help. Whether you need secure hosted IT (Information Technology) or a data center cloud, ClubDrive prides itself on protecting you AND your clients. Contact us today to find out more.

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.