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Alternative IT Solutions has been serving the London area since 1996, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

There’s Value in Outsourcing Your IT, Part IV

There’s Value in Outsourcing Your IT, Part IV

Many businesses are capitalizing on the vast amount of benefits Managed IT services can bring to the table. These service providers are able to assist your business in obtaining, and managing the technology that you rely on. Working with one of these providers can help your business simplify data management practices, as well as make them much more secure. Today we will go over how they are able to do so.

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Tip of the Week: Prepare for These Disaster Recovery Challenges?

Tip of the Week: Prepare for These Disaster Recovery Challenges?

While it would be nice, not all troubles concerning your data are resolved once a disaster has passed - even if you have a strategy in place. There’s still the matter of having the right strategy, and having it configured correctly. Here, we’ve listed a few considerations you should take regarding your backup (preferably before you need it) to make sure you’re properly prepared.

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How to Be Selective when Picking a Backup Solution

How to Be Selective when Picking a Backup Solution

You literally never know when your data may be lost. It may be frightening to consider, but there are so many factors that could lead to you losing your data, ranging from an act of nature to user error. To counter this, you need to make sure your backup solution meets certain requirements. Today, we’ll review those requirements.

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Prepping For A Weather Event Needs To Happen In Your Business

Prepping For A Weather Event Needs To Happen In Your Business

Running a business requires the ability to stay in control, especially when others couldn’t. However, there are some situations--like major weather events--that simply will not be controlled. In cases like these, you need to make sure your business is prepared to withstand the worst. A business continuity plan can help you do so.

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Tip of the Week: Google Offers Personal Users A Backup Solution

Tip of the Week: Google Offers Personal Users A Backup Solution

Let’s say that you are a consumer looking to take advantage of data backup in an affordable way. You want a way to keep your data safe in the event of a disaster. For the average PC user, Google Drive now allows users to take backups of specific files and folders via the Backup and Sync application on their desktop PC.

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How to Protect Your Data From These 3 Common Disasters

How to Protect Your Data From These 3 Common Disasters

Thankfully, natural disasters like floods and tornadoes are rare. However, there are plenty of other threats that are much more prominent, and they can strike at any time. This makes it dangerous to be complacent about your company’s business continuity plan, especially since you have no way of predicting these events ahead of time. This forces you to have the mindset of “If not now, when?”


What follows is a list of common disasters that every business needs to be prepared to deal with.

Fires
No matter what kind of business you run, there’s always the chance of an in-house fire. Any power strip that’s overburdened is at risk of being overloaded which can spark a fire. A fire can spread quickly and cause all sorts of damage to your physical infrastructure, your digital assets, and of course, your bottom line.

Hardware Failure
Hardware failure is hardly the first thing you consider when you think about disasters, but it’s still a major risk and can be as devastating as a natural disaster. Technology isn’t destined or designed to last forever, so you need to plan for a critical piece of hardware failing when you least expect it--especially for workstations and servers containing data that isn’t easily replaced. Replacing hardware isn’t cheap, and in many cases it can break your budget to the point where it takes months to recover (and that’s not even mentioning the downtime hardware failure can cause).

Power Surges
Electrical storms and power outages can really mess with your technology. A particularly nasty storm could cause a power surge that fries any unprotected hardware in your office. It would certainly hinder operations if a power surge hit your servers and workstations. Losing data from a disaster like this is extra frustrating because it’s so preventable. Always make sure to have your critical technology hooked up to a surge protector and your data backed up. Otherwise, you could be facing untold downtime and expensive repair costs.

An Ideal Solution: Business Continuity and BDR
All three of these instances make it much more difficult, if not impossible, for your business to run as needed. To keep these troubles from overtaking your company, consider implementing a powerful business continuity plan with a focus on Backup and Disaster Recovery (BDR). Cloud-based BDR allows your business to take frequent backups of your data and store them in a secure, off-site location for later recovery. With BDR, your data can be restored in the event that the original server is rendered unusable. By doing this, the BDR solution minimizes downtime by allowing you to return to normal operations as quickly as possible. It’s the best way to combat natural disasters, hardware failures, and other disasters that might otherwise derail operations.

If you want to protect your company’s IT infrastructure from disaster, then look no further than BDR. To learn more, reach out to us at (0)20 8498 4300.

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Do the Right Thing This World Backup Day and Back it Up Right

Do the Right Thing This World Backup Day and Back it Up Right

In today’s business world, having a reliable way to access your data is key to your company’s success. Everything you do depends on the data you have at your disposal--so what would you do if that data was no longer available to you?

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Disaster Recovery and Why it Matters to London and Home Counties Businesses

When you mention the term 'disaster recovery,' most people think about the big ground-shattering events like earthquakes, fires, floods, tropical storms, etc. While these natural events are certainly disasters and devastating in their own right, smaller things can constitute as a disaster for your business, and they aren't seasonal.

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