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neteffect Offers Hybrid Cloud Disaster Recovery Solutions with NetApp

Written by neteffect technologies. Posted in netCare

SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 13, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — “Previous IT solutions that promised to be dynamic and expandable quickly reached their limitations, which ultimately threatened to affect our sales,” says John Campbell, Chief Technology Officer of neteffect. “By combining NetApp storage with Cisco UCS servers, we have the flexibility to grow quickly while offering our customers a cost-effective disaster recovery solution and better performance at no additional cost. We’re going to get a lot of longevity out of this platform.” 

Based in Charlotte, N.C., neteffect technologies creates custom solutions that blend on-premises IT and cloud services. The company needed an IT solution that could scale both performance and capacity for internal applications as well as its external netCare cloud disaster recovery offering. With the help of NetApp (NTAP) and partner Tego Data Systems, neteffect implemented a hybrid FlexPod solution with both AFF and FAS storage. It resulted in an immediate improvement in performance and reliability for the company’s backup, archive, and disaster recovery services.

Based in Charlotte, N.C., neteffect technologies creates custom solutions that blend on-premises IT and cloud services. The company needed an IT solution that could scale both performance and capacity for internal applications as well as its external netCare cloud disaster recovery offering.  With the help of NetApp (NTAP) and partner Tego Data Systems, neteffect implemented a hybrid FlexPod solution with both AFF and FAS storage. It resulted in an immediate improvement in performance and reliability for the company’s backup, archive, and disaster recovery services. 

Today, neteffect can quickly respond to the demands of its internal users and cloud customers, as well as easily scale performance and capacity independently without disruption.  With FlexPod using NetApp all-flash arrays, internal applications now run up to 10 times faster than they did before, boosting productivity and efficiency. Maintenance windows have shrunk from hours to minutes, so it takes fewer resources to migrate virtual machines and spin up new systems. That results in significant cost savings for customers.  

In addition, neteffect has been able to expand its solution offerings to provide cost-effective disaster recovery (DR) services. Rather than build and manage their own secondary data recovery sites, customers can now replicate data to neteffect’s archival storage tier. If there is an outage, they can be up and running on neteffect’s FlexPod-based cloud offering in an instant. As an added benefit, customers with NetApp storage in their primary environments can use NetApp native replication tools to eliminate the need for expensive third-party software, which saves money and makes data recovery an affordable option.   

With its new solution, neteffect can:

  • Quickly respond to demands of internal users and cloud customers
  • Scale performance and capacity independently without disruption
  • Improve application performance up to 10x
  • Cut maintenance windows from one hour to one minute
  • Improve customer experience with flash, cost savings, and affordable data recovery solutions

More information:

http://www.netapp.com

About NetApp 
Leading organizations worldwide count on NetApp for software, systems and services to manage and store their data. We help customers capitalize on the value of their data in the hybrid cloud through our Data Fabric strategy, data management expertise, portfolio and ecosystem. To learn more, visit www.netapp.com

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How to Ride the Rise of the Hybrid Cloud

Written by neteffect technologies. Posted in ContentMX

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Cloud computing has gone mainstream. Many C-level executives see cloud adoption as a way to improve return on investment (ROI) and total cost of ownership (TCO) for their IT infrastructure.

Yet, cloud usage patterns are shifting. Experts predict that by 2018, 20 percent of all new technology spending will be on some type of cloud computing platform. A growing number will turn to a hybrid cloud solution.

Overview of Cloud Adoption Trends

Cloud adoption is often driven by security concerns. Many businesses, especially those in PCI DSS or HIPAA-compliant environments, have either avoided cloud adoption all together or stayed with a private cloud option to retain complete control over data and servers. While private clouds are more secure, they are also more expensive to maintain. Public clouds are more scalable and flexible, stimulating growth at a lower overall cost.

Over the past year; however, public cloud reliability problems have come under scrutiny. Just this month, a power outage blocked access to Microsoft’s Azure cloud for eight hours. Similarly, the Amazon Web Service (AWS) public cloud suffered an undisclosed incident at its Virginia data center that disrupted service to millions of customers and hundreds of websites.

Organizations that use the cloud need to know their provider is reliable and has a disaster and backup recovery plan to keep business running if the data center goes dark. It is why businesses should consider a hybrid option to benefit from the best of both clouds.  

How Businesses Use the Hybrid Cloud 

The hybrid cloud provides the flexibility and scalability of the public option but with better security and compliance. An IDG Research Services study shows that hybrid cloud adoption is driving digital transformation in business.

A managed security services provider (MSSP) can help businesses navigate the adoption of the hybrid cloud model, particularly how it can provide increased security and better compliance while maintaining reliability and the ability to handle all of your applications and data migration.

What to Look for in a Cloud Services Provider

When evaluating MSSPs, it’s important to keep in mind that not all are equal. Be sure the MSSP you choose offers:

  • Knowledge/adherence to compliance standards. PCI and HIPAA violations come with severe penalties, so the MSSP should be able to secure the most sensitive data.
  • Advanced security regardless of deployment option. No matter the cloud model, data – whether at rest or in use – should be subjected to the same high standards of security as  data in your internal network infrastructure.
  • Local management. Does the MSSP know where the data will be stored? Do you know how it is being stored? Options like local instance storage can keep a business running even if the cloud server is down.
  • Reliable, automated backup services. Your MSSP should be running regular, automated backups of that data for a seamless transition when a crisis hits.

As cloud adoption gains traction, businesses need more reliable, secure alternatives to the public cloud. For many businesses, the hybrid cloud is the answer. A Fortinet partner with strong local presence in Charlotte, NC, neteffect technologies has everything to look for in a cloud security services provider. Contact us at 704-688-7170.

Why You Shouldn’t Turn Your Back on DRaaS (Disaster Recovery as a Service)

Written by neteffect technologies. Posted in ContentMX

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Downtime is costly, and the process of getting up and running again can significantly strain IT resources. Moving to a disaster recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS) approach can take a lot of the pressure off, but only if you first have an understanding of your vulnerabilities and the threats that can bring your systems to a halt. Getting a handle on disaster recovery is essential, especially as outages become costlier and more businesses become data-center-dependent.

Cyber Crime Is Fastest Growing Cause Of Data Center Outage

A single data center outage today costs U.S. businesses more than $740,000 on average, up 38% since the Ponemon Institute first started tracking the metric back in 2010. And while issues such as UPS failures continue to be the number one cause of unplanned data center outages (accounting for 25% of all events), cybercrime is actually the fastest growing, rising from just 2% in 2016 to 22% today.

A single cyber attack, such as ransomware or distributed denial of service (DDoS), crystallizes the financial importance not only of protecting your organization from such attacks, but also recovering from them as quickly and seamlessly as possible. Before putting a disaster recovery plan in place; however, enterprises must first determine two key metrics:

  • Recovery time objective (RTO): A function of the extent to which downtime disrupts normal operations and resulting revenue lost per unit of time measured in seconds, minutes, hours or days. For example, if the RTO for an application is an hour, it is fairly critical and requires a fast – and likely expensive – recovery approach (e.g., redundant data backup on external hard drives). An RTO of five days; however, is less critical, making a slower, less expensive recovery option (tape, offsite storage, etc.)the more cost-effective choice.
  • Recovery point objective (RPO): The RPO is the age of the files that must be recovered from backups for normal operations to resume. Expressed in time (going back into the past) from the point of failure, RPO is specified in seconds, minutes, hours or days. Once calculated, it is used to determine the optimal frequency for backups. For example, an RPO of an hour means the application is critical and backups must be made at least once an hour. An RPO of five days; on the other hand, requires backups be performed every 120 hours, which is a far less taxing regimen.

DRaaS Is Achievable and Affordable In Face of Downtime

Calculating the RTO and RPO upfront brings certainty to the entire disaster recovery planning process. Unfortunately, this certainty can also quickly highlight the cost of meeting all those RTOs and RPOs when a disaster strikes. This is where a comprehensive DRaaS option can come into play.

Armed with accurate, realistic RTO and RPO data, enterprises can more confidently determine the type and breadth of backup and restore capabilities they require. They can then more accurately vet their disaster recovery options, including DRaaS. And since DRaaS is billed on a subscription basis, it also brings certainty to the budgeting process, ensuring the DR plan is both achievable and affordable.

The cost of downtime is just too high to address disasters as they come. To business that depend on data to perform (what business doesn’t?), neteffect offers a range of DRaaS programs to give you peace of mind. Learn more.

Don’t Hold Back Today’s Mobile Workforce With Yesterday’s Phone System

Written by neteffect technologies. Posted in ContentMX

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b2ap3_thumbnail_mobile-workforce_20170321-194900_1.jpgIt used to be the idea of a busy office was where operators were standing by to connect telephone calls. Those days and those phones are history.

If you’re building a team in today’s workforce, today’s talent expects to be working with tomorrow’s communications tools. Workforces are flexible and mobile. This generation expects to be empowered to make decisions to move your company forward.

More Than Just a Call

Phones are out. In is Unified Communication & Collaboration. Called UC&C, it’s what connects your workforce to customers, partners, functional teams and ideas — essentially, all the resources and information they need to perform their jobs.

With UC&C, employees are given one number that travels from desk to home, from landline to mobile; so company calls can be taken in headquarters or on the road. This is critical for smaller businesses needing to save office space and keep employees on the go. UC&C can seamlessly redirect calls from the desk to a mobile device, or have mobile calls appear from the office number.

UC&C also connects customers and employees in the ways they want to be reached. If your employee is on another call, you can see that status and direct the call elsewhere. If your customer needs a quick instant message, UC&C initiates it painlessly. And conference calls no longer need to be the whole team huddled around one speakerphone: UC&C enables you to conference everyone in, from whatever location, on laptops, tablets and mobile phones.

Security with Mobility

When approaching UC&C, you need to keep security in mind. Here are some factors to consider:

  • Empower employees with sensible policies that work for a mobile workforce. Encourage strong passwords and authentication by building that into the system.

  • Use the wisdom of your workforce to classify the data they store. Have a policy in place so informed decisions are made as to what data must be copied to mobile devices and what can never leave those systems.

  • Track the mobile assets that have access to your system. Know who has a device and where it is likely to be used. You don’t want your hardware falling into the wrong hands – or worse, devices go missing and later reappear on your network, long after they’ve been written off as lost by the company.

  • Encrypt your files. Encryption helps your employees be safe — no one can use their devices without their logon. If the device goes missing and someone unauthorized tries to get into the system, you can remotely wipe out the data on that phone or laptop once it connects again to the internet. You can use the device again if it is returned — but your data will not be in the wrong hands.  

  • On the road or just working from home, your UC&C-empowered workforce will need to backup data. If your policies dictate everything being backed up once a day, you’ll save hours replacing what was lost should a breach occur.

By setting parameters for your new system, you can safely start building your network for the future. A partner of Fortinet, neteffect can help you take full advantage of the digital transformation with the secure, telecom solution that’s right for you.

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