Digital West Blog

Introducing MetroBackup: Securing Your Business

Posted by Digital West Inc. on 7/26/18 8:30 AM

 

What’s the big deal with backing up your data? Because in our data-driven world, good data protection secures your business. Data loss is caused by a multitude of different sources - natural disaster, theft, hardware failure, human error, viruses or other cyberattacks - and the associated costs have risen dramatically. Digital West introduces MetroBackup, a hosted robust backup system that protects your data, allows quick and easy access to your files and supports businesses of any size. We recognize that there are circumstances where you may not be able to prevent data breach, but minimize your down time and maximize your business continuity with powerful and reliable data backup and recovery.

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Topics: Data Center, Security, Remote Backup, Cloud Computing

Backup by the Numbers: 3-2-1

Posted by Digital West Inc. on 7/24/18 12:58 PM

We are creating more data than we could have imagined 10 years ago, both personal and business. All this data is vulnerable to loss: viruses and cyberattacks, theft, hardware failure, physical damage, data corruption, natural disaster and let’s not forget - human error! We know that we should backup our data and other digital "stuff" so that we're able to recover our data in the event of catastrophe or loss, big or small.

Years ago, backing up was a straightforward process: copy all of your files to some other external device from time to time, keep the backup device somewhere safe,and use it to restore the data in the event of a problem. But with all our data, is one backup still enough? How can you really be sure your data is fully protected and recoverable? Not only recovery of irreplaceable photos and personal files, but data protection is critical to business continuity as well.

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Topics: Data Center, Security, Remote Backup, Cloud Computing

Do You Have a Disaster Recovery Solution in Place to Ensure Business Continuity?

Posted by Meg McCall on 4/13/18 12:00 PM

You know how difficult it can be to lose a file, like a report you’ve been working on for days. That’s why using remote backup is so important. Now imagine you’ve lost not just that file, but data on all the servers housed in your business or data center.  Now you’ve lost your accounts receivables, tax records, customer information, personnel records -- everything you need to run your business.  That’s what disaster recovery platforms are for; they provide a redundant, offsite, near real-time copy of your entire business operations in the event that a fire, flood or other disaster destroys your server environment and the data that’s in it.

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Topics: Cloud Computing

Make the Move to the Cloud with vCloud Director 9.0

Posted by Meg McCall on 3/22/18 1:00 PM

It’s only been a few months since VMware's production release of vCloud Director 9.0, and Digital West is pumped to have the new environment up and ready for business. This cloud management platform provides the foundation for public, private and hybrid cloud environments. 

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Topics: Cloud Computing

8 Advantages of Business VoIP Systems

Posted by Digital West Inc. on 8/16/17 11:10 AM

Businesses are embracing business technology and transforming the way they operate. Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone systems have become mainstream and must-have for reliable and efficient business communication. And VoIP is budget-friendly! VoIP is also called Internet telephony, broadband telephony or IP telephony, voice over broadband or hosted phone.

How Does VoIP Work?

The way VoIP works is it encodes the digitized voice and that code is transmitted to the receiver over the Internet. The signal is decoded so that the receiver can hear the sender’s voice. This phone system is handled by a setup called Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and the session continues until it is disconnected.

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Topics: Cloud Computing, Voice Services

On-Premise Landlines or Hosted Phones: What's the best choice?

Posted by Meg McCall on 6/27/17 1:00 PM

With so many choices, it's tough to know where to begin when choosing a new phone system.  There are at least two main categories of phone service: on premise land lines and cloud phones, the latter of which may also be referred to as Voice Over IP (VoIP), hosted phone, voice over broadband, or IP telephony. 

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Topics: Voice Services, Cloud Computing

VoIP and Hosted Phone Systems:  What Determines Voice Quality?

Posted by Meg McCall on 6/1/17 4:41 PM

Hosted phone systems, also referred to Voice Over IP (VoIP), IP telephony, voice over broadband or cloud phones, have gotten a bad rap over the years and often for good reason. Lost packets, jitter and latency aren’t some strange condition related to coffee-drinking, they are culprits that affect voice quality in VoIP conversations. Businesses have come to expect the outstanding call quality of landlines and are sometimes hesitant to transition to a cloud phone system, despite the cost savings, ease of programming and elimination of onsite service calls.

FACTORS THAT DEGRADE HOSTED PHONE VOICE QUALITY

Bandwidth – Speed is generally the top factor driving whether conversations are spotty. If you have two dozen employees making concurrent phone calls, 5/2 Mbps isn’t going to cut it. Without adequate 

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Topics: Cloud Computing, Voice Services

Cloud services make IT teams more productive

Posted by Meg McCall on 8/16/16 2:00 PM


Talkin’ Cloud recently posted a blog featuring research from BetterCloud and 451 Research suggesting cloud applications make IT teams better at work. Excerpts from the blog follow.

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Topics: Cloud Computing

How Virtualization Helps Cut Costs

Posted by Sharon Durant on 7/14/16 12:49 PM

With the gradual integration of virtualization, many small and medium-sized businesses have seen many benefits that extend beyond their bottom line. Not only does it aid with cost efficiency but also with disaster recovery and several other areas of operations. Here are a few other reasons why thousands of SMBs are virtualizing their business model.

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Topics: Cloud Computing

Utility Tech trends for 2016

Posted by Digital West Inc. on 7/7/16 11:00 AM

The Grid is a part of our every day lives, so innovative technology for industries in the business of energy and basic utilities must be extremely reliable and secure. While technology can be testable in some other industries, utility companies cannot afford that flexibility. Technologies that reduce costs, increase efficiency, allow for real-time decision-making and improve performance remain top priorities.

Utility Tech Trends

    • Management Software for Distributed Energy Resources: These platforms enable better management and ensure quicker responses in grid performance. Utilities need robust software to manage microsecond decisions about the variability and demand for electricity sources, for example.
    • Lower LiDAR Costs: “Light” and “Radar” equipment that captures and converts data into 3D imagery will enable utilities to capture 3D data of trees and other vegetation close to wires and lines. They can then plan ahead and trim vegetation and avoid unexpected outage costs.

 

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Topics: Remote Backup, Cloud Computing, Security