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How to Start a Disaster Recovery Plan for your Organization, Part 1

On June 12, 2016, in IT Disaster Recovery, by Dean
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Writing your organizations Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) can be an overwhelming task.  Many IT managers and business leaders do not know where to start, especially if they have dozens of potentially critical business processes. There is a process to follow that will help ease the feeling of being overwhelmed, but do know it is a [...]

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Writing your organizations Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) can be an overwhelming task.  Many IT managers and business leaders do not know where to start, especially if they have dozens of potentially critical business processes. There is a process to follow that will help ease the feeling of being overwhelmed, but do know it is a process that you will have to approach with patience and endurance.  In many cases most organizations hire outside professional services companies that are very experienced and knowledgeable to layout the DRP roadmap and help implement the plan.

Does your organization have any form of a Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) today? If your organization has no DRP today you may be thinking that it could take a year or two to write the plan, which will leave your business exposed to a disaster event. This may be true and a way around this is to write a lightweight interim plan that provides some DR procedures to the organization while you complete the full DRP.

We know that the full DRP will take a year or two to complete, but the interim DRP can be completed in about 1 week.  The way to write the interim DRP is to identify three to four of the most knowledgeable subject matter experts in your organization and hold scheduled meetings all week to draw out the interim DRP.  Usually, these individuals that you assign to write the DRP are managers and senior engineers that are most familiar with both the critical business processes and the supporting IT systems.  You may have to lock them in a meeting room and order lunch and perhaps dinner but if determined, you can complete the interim plan.

As soon as you develop the interim DRP, you need to get the real DRP project started.  The time you need to develop the full DRP will vary, based on the size of your organization, the number of critical business processes, and the level of commitment your organization is willing to make.

It is estimated that the smallest organizations of 100 employees or less could require 3 months to complete a full DRP and large organizations with thousands of employees could take at least 1 year to complete.  There really isn’t a formula to calculate how long your organizations DRP will take but know there will be a commitment required to develop the plan.

So here we go! Start your DR project with a kickoff meeting which can last a few hours. The attendees of the meeting should be the entire DRP project team, the members of the DR steering committee, executive sponsors and any other involved parties should attend.  The steering committee should state that they support the DR project.

After the kickoff meeting, the DR project team should have a PM lead weekly meetings to discuss the progress of delivery dates and any changes that need to be made. The project manager should also publish a weekly status report that can be reviewed in the meeting by the DRP team.

The first major step in any Disaster Recovery Project is to identify the business functions/processes in the organization that require DR planning.   You will also need to conduct a risk analysis for each critical business process to measure the effect on the organization in the event of something interrupts each of these business processes for a long period of time (also known as a disaster event).  This activity is known as the Business Impact Analysis (BIA). The BIA will analyze the impact each business process has on the business.

For each critical business process, the DRP team will need to determine a measurable know as the Maximum Tolerable Downtime (MTD).  The MTD measurable for a given business process means that this is the maximum amount of time that this process can be down before it will threaten the survival of the business itself.  It will be important to get the DRP steering committee, business owners and senior management together to determine what the MTD is for each business process.  There are several workshops and questionnaires the team will need to go through to achieve an MTD measurable for each business process.

After you set the MTD for each critical business process, you need to set some specific recovery objectives for each process.  The two primary recovery objectives that you usually set in a BIA are the Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objective (RPO).

The RTO is defined as the maximum period of time that a business process will be unavailable before you can recover it. So for example, if a disaster strikes at 1pm, and your RTO is set for 24 hours, you are saying that you have a redundant solution in place which will allow you to recovery the business process by 1pm the following day.

It is very important that the RTO for a critical business process is always less than the MTD for the process.  For example, if you have an MTD for a given process to be 3 days you need to set the RTO to something less than 3 days, perhaps 2 days.  Also, Something to note is that you need to make sure you have a redundant DR infrastructure in place or plan on engineering one that will allow you to support the RTO measurable you have assigned to the given business process.

The RPO is defined as the maximum data loss that your organization can tolerate for a given critical business process. So for example, if the business owners for a process assign an RPO of 2 hours; when you restart the process, users lose no more than two hours of work or data.

Once you have identified the MTD, RTO and RPO for all your business processes you will be able to see which ones need to be recovered with highest priority and essentially what the organizations most critical business processes are.  It is a good idea to create a spreadsheet with all the business processes shown and columns for the MTD, RTO and RPO.  This will allow you to sort and filter through all your business processes and identify those with the highest priority.

In the next blog post I will go through the next step in the DRP process which is the “Risk Analysis”.  This is where you will determine likely disaster scenarios for your business processes, probability of occurrence, Vulnerabilities and Mitigation steps.

Lastly, as you go through the process of producing a DRP for your organization, it will also help you see more clearly the gaps you have in your business process technology platforms and determine ways to improve them.  So the exercise of producing a DRP does more than just allow you to create disaster recovery processes and procedures, it also will help you improve your organizations technology processes as a whole.

Dean Carrera of Sozo Hosting provides Disaster Recovery hosting and consulting services, which include full Disaster Recovery Planning and implementation, system hosting and management of data continuity backups. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions you have on this subject matter. Dean.carrera@sozohosting.com, 1-800-640-4892.

Sozo Hosting Offers More Than Just Hosting Services

On April 2, 2016, in Uncategorized, by Dean
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Sozo Hosting is known for more than just hosting and cloud services. Sozo Hosting also has a unique skillset to architect and build end to end enterprise infrastructure solutions while understanding Agile and SDLC methodologies. Our engineers have implemented dozens of end to end infrastructure platforms for small to medium sized companies, internet startups and [...]

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Sozo Hosting is known for more than just hosting and cloud services. Sozo Hosting also has a unique skillset to architect and build end to end enterprise infrastructure solutions while understanding Agile and SDLC methodologies. Our engineers have implemented dozens of end to end infrastructure platforms for small to medium sized companies, internet startups and also large corporations. Sozo Hosting has implemented many of these platforms in house within their hosting facilities and also several on-site on the customers premise location. Sozo understands how large corporations work, the change management process, system compliance and how to work with companies to deliver their in house or hosted infrastructure platforms.

Sozo hosting has partnerships with Microsoft, Citrix, EMC, Insight and companies that provide EIM  (Enterprise Information Management) Systems. Partnering with these companies allows Sozo Hosting to stay on the cutting edge of technology and also provides Sozo Hosting the technical knowledge and resources needed to build each platform with excellence.

Whether you are looking for help with designing a new cloud environment, need to build a new end-to-end technology platform, or need to choose a new storage solution, Sozo Hosting has the experience and resources to help.  Sozo can help you choose the best technology solution, design the infrastructure and finally build your new technology infrastructure platform. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us at info@sozohosting.com.

 

Access your applications anywhere with Cloud Desktops

On May 11, 2015, in Dedicated Servers, The Cloud, by Dean
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Cloud Desktops have many benefits such as centralized management, accessibility on any device from anywhere and an overall reduction of IT costs.  This not only means you can run the Microsoft Office suite of products on your cloud desktops but also any application.  Imagine being able to access your desk top from anywhere on any [...]

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Cloud Desktops have many benefits such as centralized management, accessibility on any device from anywhere and an overall reduction of IT costs.  This not only means you can run the Microsoft Office suite of products on your cloud desktops but also any application.  Imagine being able to access your desk top from anywhere on any desktop, laptop or mobile device having your data stored in the secure cloud.  So if your laptop breaks or is stolen, no problem, as your data is all backed up in the cloud so once you log on to your Cloud Desktop with another computer you are back in business.

There are a lot of cost savings with Cloud Desktops.   Traditionally desktops and software are purchased for employees every few years as a refresh or whenever a new employee joins a company. The IT Department sets up all the security rules and account access to all systems they need access to. Then all the software and antivirus will be installed on the desktop or laptop. The IT department may perform all of this manually per employee or they may have standard images depending on which department the employee will work in. Maintaining these images is a large task in itself.

Usually the costs associated with a cloud desktop solution is for any customized software licensing , the monthly fee associated with the cost of each cloud desktop and a one-time setup fee. Here is where the savings come in, you can save on buying new hardware, as you can use your existing desktops /laptops, Ipads, Microsoft or Android tablets, Iphone/android phone and Macs to access your desktop as long as you have internet access. Basically you will be able to access your desktop from any device anywhere on the internet over an encrypted connection.

In regards to saving on software costs and maintenance, in the past you had to install the software and license on every desktop that would require the software. You had to keep up with software compliance, you had to install all software updates whenever a new update came out, you had to install all new operating system updates and virus updates. With Cloud Desktops you can centrally assign the amount of licenses or instances that are allowed to run and centrally assign this to an active directory group. This will reduce the work required for software management and compliance and ensure you do not exceed your allotted count of licenses. Also if your organization needs to upgrade software packages to the latest version or needs two versions on their systems your IT staff does not have to go to each employees system individually. The cloud desktop provider can deploy this once from the central management console and this would then provision the update or the additional version of the software to the required Cloud Desktops. This will significantly reduce management and configuration costs and allow you to reduce your overall IT costs.

For more information, click on this Cloud Desktops link!

Coldfusion Dedicated Server Can Secure Your Business Well

On March 25, 2015, in Dedicated Servers, by Dean
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Running a business is a daunting task nowadays, as you have to take a look at the security measures of the companies. There are so many files, and mostly private, which becomes really difficult to keep safe, if the company is a big one. Therefore, make it a point to get in touch with the [...]

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Running a business is a daunting task nowadays, as you have to take a look at the security measures of the companies. There are so many files, and mostly private, which becomes really difficult to keep safe, if the company is a big one. Therefore, make it a point to get in touch with the right business strategies, with the help of none other than Coldfusion dedicated server, which can act in your favor.

Let them keep it safe for you

With the help of these dedicated servers, you can keep the files on the shoulders of the Linux dedicated server and run it in the most proficient manner. Now, you can try and look for the ways to increase the value of your business and leave the secured measures for these. The excellent ongoing support is likely to stay for 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, and with thoughtful possessions, as per the needs and demands of the customers.

Offering the best uptime

With the help of the reliable servers, you can always avail the best 100% guarantee with the uptime service. The solutions are secured, fast, and reliable and with accurate positive options, just like you have wanted. Apart from the Linux option, you can even try and focus towards the Windows dedicated server, which can help in offering you with the best in class structure, just like you have wanted. For any kind of queries, online professionals are always there to help you with the most proficient result, of all time.

Experience Unique Functionality From a Coldfusion Dedicated Server

On March 10, 2015, in Dedicated Servers, The Cloud, by Dean
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As a web developer, it is natural to get confused regarding the selection of the best hosting server. However, if you are looking for versatility and functionality with site specific databases, you can look forward to Coldfusion dedicated server. This server helps you to publish and automatically remove sensitive contents from your site without any [...]

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As a web developer, it is natural to get confused regarding the selection of the best hosting server. However, if you are looking for versatility and functionality with site specific databases, you can look forward to Coldfusion dedicated server. This server helps you to publish and automatically remove sensitive contents from your site without any difficulty. In addition to that, it even adds to the functionality in creating and managing mailing lists and reports. Apart from that, it helps in making printable contents and dynamic menus.

Supporting Additional Features:

There are many people that look for servers that can manage additional window features. In this context, the best option is to select Windows Cloud Server. These servers are designed in such a way so that they can support window specific applications. The files stored in windows are not case sensitive due to which this server can ideally suit the purpose. Security is not an issue in this server because if the setup is proper, it can offer great levels of security, as a whole.

Considering Another Alternative:

Linux is a well-known operating system used in several organizations. If you are not interested in the windows version, you can always go for Linux Cloud Server. This is also a completely secure solution using different control panels. Scripts or applications that require specific apache modules are best suited with the Linux. Therefore, once you determine your requirements, selecting the best servers will not be a problem. You can get the best solutions for optimum operations.

We Promote Internet Businesses With Professionally Managed Servers

On February 18, 2015, in Dedicated Servers, The Cloud, by Dean
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With the internet becoming the new way of life and business, booming transactions take place at websites each day. Yet there is cause for worry if sensitive information is stolen or hackers and fraudsters have their way. Powerful and secure management systems along with top notch software may remedy the security dangers.
We have been at [...]

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With the internet becoming the new way of life and business, booming transactions take place at websites each day. Yet there is cause for worry if sensitive information is stolen or hackers and fraudsters have their way. Powerful and secure management systems along with top notch software may remedy the security dangers.

We have been at it for two decades now since the time the internet spread globally. Having kept pace with the changing technology, we confidently offer the best web solutions to businesses and administrations. We have reached far into the skies with our dedicated professional workforce that can solve your every problem. The support infrastructure tracks every little happening round the clock.

Our ultimate Coldfusion dedicated server plans come in four configurations starting with the Standard at $219 monthly price. Enterprise for $389 has Intel 8 processor 2.6ghz with 16 GB Memory and disk space of 1000 GB RAID 1. Enterprise has bandwidth of 2000 GB and Microsoft SQL Server 800 MB. The other packages are Advanced and Professional. Opt for whatever best suits particular requirements. The setup fee has been waived and you get free internet advertising and firewall security besides spam filtering and two dedicated IP addresses.

The Windows dedicated server package offers 2008 and 2012 servers. Our specialists offer customized IT solutions with 100% uptime, reliable and fast. Two of the four packages are the Advanced and Professional plans. Advanced for $225 monthly price includes Intel Quad Core 2.4ghz processor, 4 GB memory, Disk Space of 500 GB RAID 1, bandwidth of 1000 GB and Microsoft SQL Server 500 MB.

The inexpensive Linux Cloud Server comes with no hidden costs. Opt for the Professional Plus package to grow the business. Optimal performance and excellent network response are assured. Backups and security are certain. You would not have reason to regret our services. Ride high on the cyber wave with us.

Get Fully Managed Web Hosting Solutions From Sozo Hosting

On February 12, 2015, in The Cloud, by Dean
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Whether you are just starting a new e-store or planning to expand your business, you must opt for fully managed web hosting solutions. In the recent time, there are so many companies that offer various types of solutions to the entrepreneurs such as dedicated server, Linux hosting, add on services and a lot more. When [...]

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Whether you are just starting a new e-store or planning to expand your business, you must opt for fully managed web hosting solutions. In the recent time, there are so many companies that offer various types of solutions to the entrepreneurs such as dedicated server, Linux hosting, add on services and a lot more. When you look for the best company, you should consider various prerequisites like proper bandwidth, software programs, email accounts, great uptime, 24*7 customer support, adequate space. If you are planning to deploy Windows Cloud Server for your e-business, then you can approach none other than Sozo Hosting.

The prime goal of our company is to offer customized and cost-effective solutions to all the entrepreneurs so that their businesses can run in an efficient manner. With our help, you can pay attention on expanding your business in lieu of managing your technology. Apart from this, we also have a group of well experienced technicians who offer world-class Virtual Machine Hosting solutions to all. From us, you can also get internet bandwidth at very low prices. Apart from this, we also specialize in offering best Linux Cloud Server hosting solutions to all. As well, we can also configure your server with Redhat, Centos Linux and in other version upon your request.

To all the clients, we offer a 100% uptime. Apart from this, we also provide 24 hrs customer support for network changes, server operating system or for any other maintenance. Contact us today to get details about pricing!

Web support is easily available by Sozo Hosting

On January 27, 2015, in Dedicated Servers, The Cloud, by Dean
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Nowadays having an online presence on behalf of your own businesses or company is quite common. Everyone around the globe with our without sources are able to create a catchy and attractive domain, but it is equally important to maintain them while keeping yourself worry free, and here lies the problem. As due to workload, [...]

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Nowadays having an online presence on behalf of your own businesses or company is quite common. Everyone around the globe with our without sources are able to create a catchy and attractive domain, but it is equally important to maintain them while keeping yourself worry free, and here lies the problem. As due to workload, and daily increasing burden in corporate world highly affects our web presence. In order to give yourself a sigh of relief and create a carefree environment for the perfect online presence you can depend upon the world famous company “ Sozo Hosting”, with our help and services you can smoothly run your business without any unwanted interruption.

You can depend upon our Coldfusion dedicated server , we offer this server basically according to your choice of coldfusion 8, 9 and 10. Apart from that our servers are created in order to keep your websites free from any kind of problems related to security and problems. If these problems are not being solved on time, then creates the big trouble and results in a major downfall of your company. With our successful Linux Cloud Server we help you create your attractive showcase in the web ocean, which will attract numerous visitors and help you reach to the success.

We are the right and foremost option for Windows dedicated server , and all these services that we are providing you are at low cost. We offer dependable networking services to prevent you from spam or any unwanted virus and major security issues. So overall we are package of benefits for you, do consider us for receiving extremely high class services.

Get Best Support For Linux Dedicated Server From Sozo Hosting

On January 14, 2015, in Dedicated Servers, The Cloud, by Dean
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Have you just started a new venture? Then, you should ready to take a next step – owning an online portal to showcase your products and services efficiently to your customers. For this, you must have a catchy domain name and a good web hosting service. With this great service, you can easily put your [...]

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Have you just started a new venture? Then, you should ready to take a next step – owning an online portal to showcase your products and services efficiently to your customers. For this, you must have a catchy domain name and a good web hosting service. With this great service, you can easily put your portal live in this virtual world.

At the present time, there are countless companies that offer affordable and low-cost services to all the clients. We, at Sozo Hosting, assist all the entrepreneurs to run their businesses very efficiently. To all the businesses, we offer excellent service and support at very nominal charges.

The main focus of our company is to assist people in growing their businesses worldwide rather than managing their technology. From us, you can get 24/7 support whenever you require. Whether you want to install a good Linux dedicated server or any other server, you can approach us to configure it. We pay full attention on the business growth.

We offer our every client a 100% up-time and fast & reliable servers. In our data center, we have software licensing, redundant switches and firewall and many more. Apart from this, you can also approach us for an array of services including Infrastructure management, data backup, Atlanta Collocation and many more services. For Windows Cloud Server, you can contact our staff members anytime. In this industry, our technicians have more than 20 years experience.

To request for Coldfusion dedicated server hosting needs, please feel free to speak our dedicated staff.

Get Linux Virtual Server to smoothen your Business excellently

On December 26, 2014, in Server Virtualization, The Cloud, by Dean
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There are a galactic number of organizations which are available in the web ocean that is specialized in giving outstanding solutions to an individual business. With the existence of many companies, picking out the accurate company is quite a difficult job. If you are doing an extensive search over the internet, then you will [...]

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There are a galactic number of organizations which are available in the web ocean that is specialized in giving outstanding solutions to an individual business. With the existence of many companies, picking out the accurate company is quite a difficult job. If you are doing an extensive search over the internet, then you will find thousand of companies, that offers desired services. In order to get the accurate company, you can check out the company experience and reputation on the planet. A person can also check out the former track record. Not only this, an individual can also ask their friends and relatives in order to get the required company.

We are the reliable and reputable organization that specializes in providing self making solutions at highly discounted rate. We are the one stop place, from where you will get fabulous solutions for your enterprise. We focused on providing an absolute range of physical security, spam prevention, Linux Virtual Server, network security, firewall systems, etc. They offer excellent solutions to all the customers, so that our customer can run their business in an impressive and fast manner. Our company is headed by an experienced professional and trained technicians.

We have more than 10 years of experience in -Network security,Windows Virtual Server, internet specialties, software development, etc. In addition to this, we have more than 20 years of experience in the IT professional works. We specializes in providing (a)Linux Cloud Server (b)Windows dedicated server(c)Coldfusion dedicated hosting(d) Linux dedicated server etc. “Sozo Hosting” invites you for the quick service.