MSP Helps Companies Protect Their Assets and Offers Free Assessments as Winter Approaches

URBANDALE, IA – December 6, 2016 — / — During this time of year, many companies in the Midwest are thinking about what would happen to their business in the event of a snow storm. IP Pathways, an IT services provider specializing in helping organizations make technology more affordable, efficient and secure, is offering advice to small and medium-sized businesses regarding best practices for backing up important data and recovering it after a disaster—natural or manmade. Additionally, the company is providing complimentary backup and recovery assessments to Midwest companies to help them prepare.

According to Joe Shields, President at IP Pathways, “Here in the Midwest storms are a serious concern. Organizations need to be prepared, and that includes ensuring their data is properly backed up to an off-site location and that there’s a plan in place for restoring that data after a disaster. Our goal is to help companies put a plan in place so they can get back up and running as quickly as possible.”

IP Pathways’s Advice for Backup and Recovery in the Event of a Disaster:

1. Think about Business Needs
When it comes to technology infrastructure, there’s a great deal to think about—networks, servers, workstations, databases, applications and proprietary data, just to name a few. When it comes to IT, base priorities for safeguarding and recovering equipment and data on a specific business. If hardware is more essential than data, then relocating equipment to a safe location should be a priority. If access to customer or other vital data is essential, then a priority should be on having a backup (preferably off-site) to recover from afterward.

2. Talk to the Experts
Consulting with an IT services company—especially one that specializes in backup and recovery planning—can be a good idea, especially if a business doesn’t have dedicated IT personnel or a relatively small IT team. The IT consultant can identify potential weaknesses that may normally go overlooked and provide options for backing up data, as well as hosting servers and vital applications on a cloud-based platform to ensure seamless business continuity.

3. Make a Plan … and Test It
After priorities are established for hardware, software and data, and an expert has been consulted regarding backup and recovery, a complete contingency plan should be created. Individual responsibilities for securing equipment and data must be identified, and training must be completed to ensure all tasks can be completed successfully. Once this is done, the business should run a “mock disaster” drill to find and fill any gaps, as well as ensure data backup and recovery goes smoothly.

“Businesses of all sizes can benefit from taking precautions,” said Shields. “Many of the same actions one would take after a disaster are the same you would use if recovering from a system-wide failure, a manmade disaster, a freak accident or a cyber-attack. Even if you don’t feel particularly threatened by a storm, it’s essential to have a what-if plan.”

IP Pathways is offering free disaster backup and recovery assessments through the end of December. For a small to medium-sized business or non-profit to qualify, they must be located in the Midwest and rely on computer systems for day-to-day operations. Qualifying organizations can sign up online or call 515-422-9300.

About IP Pathways
IP Pathways provides IT hardware and software, data center, cloud, professional and managed services, and hybrid IT solutions to small, medium-sized and enterprise customers throughout the Midwest. Our award-winning engineering team architects, implements, monitors, supports and manages private and hybrid cloud solutions for your data center, our data center or any data center. Named by CRN Magazine in 2015 as one of the 250 most-certified, 500 largest and 100 fastest-growing IT service providers in North America, IP Pathways helps IT move at the speed of business. For more information about IP Pathways and its IT support solutions, visit them online or call 515-422-9300.

Media Contact:
Joe Shields
President, IP Pathways

Source: IP Pathways



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