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Tips: Reduce and Respond to Data Loss from Severe Weather


30 July 2015

Summertime brings with it a pretty consistent rise in data recovery requests at CBL related to the start of severe weather and storm season. Taking some simple precautions can go a long way to preventing data loss. Read our tips on preventing data loss and in case you’re affected, steps to take in response to weather damage.

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Tis the Season: Planning Key to Avoiding Hurricane and Natural Disaster Data Threats


20 July 2015

That season again

The annual arrival of hurricane season in the Atlantic reminds of the threat that severe weather and natural disasters can be to data and a business’s very survival.

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Cybersecurity Threats Are Always Evolving


12 June 2015

No Target Unturned.

New targets in the energy sector add to credit card data theft in list of vulnerability concerns

It’s a connected digital world and as far as information technology goes threats from hackers to our data are always prevalent and evolving. Break-ins to computer systems have put IT departments on guard for data theft and espionage for years. One new corporate sector target is becoming a clear favorite for cybercriminals though. According to security firm research – the energy industry is now the sector with the highest number of reported attacks.

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Preventing Data Loss from a RAID or Server Crash


14 April 2015

CBL Data Recovery finds preventable mistakes at the core of data loss from RAID and Server crashes.

Each day CBL Data Recovery deals with multi-drive servers and RAID arrays which have crashed causing panic, crippling data loss and potential financial loss to the companies who are dependant on those files. According to a recent IDC report, while worldwide server shipments were up 2.9% in 2014 the number of midrange servers jumped 21.2% driven on companies’ goals of consolidating IT infrastructure and taking advantage of the new virtualization environments available. Translation: more and more small and mid-sized businesses are putting most of their day-to-day business needs [eggs] into a single server [basket]. Virtualized environments give business the look and feel of having several different servers, functions and operating systems separated while actually running off of the same hardware. You can have the company file share on one server, accounting and CRM on another, and online order tracking on another – yet all these services are running from one physical machine.

The small and mid-sized business segment is also the group that, unfortunately, ignores their IT investment the most. For the most part small and mid-sized business will not have a dedicated IT department. At best, it might be a couple of tech-savvy employees who also have other day-to-day responsibilities to take care of. Perhaps it’s the lean market times we live in, perhaps it’s an over-confidence in their own abilities, or perhaps it’s the apparent simplicity of running a server which contributes to the decision of not investing in maintenance or bringing in a managed service provider or IT specialist on a regular basis.

A story we hear frequently at CBL by both IT groups and managed service providers is that a new small or mid-sized client called them after a server crash and the client has no idea how or why a failure happened. The situation has often gone so awry after multiple attempts by the client to rebuild a failed RAID array or restore incomplete or old backups that full recovery is impossible. Let’s take look at some of the hard truths behind these situations.

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