Don’t gift wrap your data for hackers this Christmas – invest in an off-site backup solution.

When you think about it, IT managers hold the fate of a business in their hands, after all, data is one of the most important assets to any business. This is why off-site backup is so important.

From customer databases, to purchase orders and to invoices, would your place of work still run effectively without it? Would customers complain? Would manufacturing be delayed, would deliveries slow? If a guaranteed level of service is given, would customers have to be compensated, what impact would this have on the business? Cash flow issues? Redundancies? All of this responsibility lies in the hands of the IT manager, who has to protect the business systems from hackers.

offsite backupHow does Ransomware work?

To ensure data is best protected, it is important to go back to the basics and acknowledge how it works. In its simplest form, Ransomware is infectious software that once opened on a device will encrypt data and block user access until a ransom for release is paid.

The ransom payment is typically requested in a cryptocurrency format, the most popular being Bitcoin, as it is incredibly difficult to trace these digital currencies and allows an extra layer of protection for the hackers.

Once exposed, the infection does not limit itself to one device and crawls along any associated networks, scouting all devices and data associated, finding as much information as possible before locking down and encrypting.

 Ransomware is currently one of the biggest threats to businesses worldwide.

The Internet organised crime threat assessment (IOCTA) recently published its 2018 Cybercrime report and has firmly placed Ransomware at the top of the list once more. Although the growth of Ransomware is now slowing down, it remains one of the most active hacking methods, with many criminals using data gathered from initial Ransomware infections to target users further.

Ransomware is not a new development it has been around for a while and has evolved from early threats like the Floppy disk Trojans of 1989. You can read about the evolution of ransomware in our infographic, but it has since developed into modern strands that include WanaCry and CryptoLocker, partly driven by the massive implementation of technology in our everyday lives.

Offsite data virtualDCS ChristmasI back up my data already, is it protected?

Yes and no. If backups are connected to your existing network, then you may as we hold up the white flag as these will be encrypted, along with the original data. The only way to ensure total data protection is to store your data away from the network, off-site.

Thanks to the cloud the process of migrating data off-site has never been simpler, and you do not have to think about the archaic tape-based solutions.

Additionally, for an extra layer of security, it is also advisable to limit employees that can access this data off-site to prevent insider attacks. It may sound like an obvious step, but given all the responsibilities the IT manager has, it can often be forgotten, with a staggering amount of organisations granting permissions that are not required.

The way forward

We have made it no secret that we think Veeam software is one of the most comprehensive business continuity solutions in the marketplace and using Veeam cloud connect to transfer data to one of virtualDCS’ secure off-site data centres means that data protection has never been simpler.

Ensuring data security

Ransomware threats combined with data adequacy and Brexit concerns mean that it has never been more important to know where your data is located. Storing data in the UK offers an additional layer of protection to businesses, and you can read about it in depth in our blog ‘Is your data at risk after Brexit? Five ways to protect it now’.

If you would like to speak to someone about your current disaster recovery plan and how you can future-proof your data contact the team on 03453 888 327 or email sales@virtualDCS.co.uk

#veeamchallenge: Replicating legacy technology

A Blog by Joe Brain, Support Apprentice at virtualDCS.

In the office this quarter we’ve been celebrating old technology, from the solar-powered calculator to the wonderful Waddington’s Wizard, but we didn’t stop there.

We’ve wanted to combine our love of old technology with one of the world’s leading backup and replication solutions, Veeam Cloud Connect and this is where the virtualDCS technical team were challenged to protect the oldest legacy system we could find.

We are pleased to say that we’ve managed to complete the challenge and replicate MSDOS. Naturally, we couldn’t go back any further than that as it’s one of the oldest Microsoft Operating Systems.

The hardest part about replicating the system was finding a copy of it in the first place! After that, everything was straightforward since Veeam doesn’t differentiate between operating systems, there are no special requirements for replicating MSDOS, which means any operating system can be replicated.

In a real world scenario, if someone has to keep a specific application running that can only be deployed on MSDOS, the programme would still require replicating in order to protect its enclosed data. Using Veeam, this doesn’t have to be a concern.

The process

To protect our customer privacy we decided to upload some screenshots of the process instead of a video demonstration as we have done previously, however if you’d like to see a demo we’re more than happy to accommodate if you get in touch with the team.

 

 

 

 

Since the setup is the same as other replications we didn’t set it to repeat.

 

Here the replication is in progress with no errors occurring.

 

The replication has completed successfully and is working correctly.

 

For more information on our legacy challenge or our Veeam Cloud Connect suite, please follow the links or contact virtualDCS on 03453 888 327 or by emailing sales@virtualDCS.co.uk.

virtualDCS Launches Integrated Apple Failover Protection for Veeam

Leeds-based cloud computing specialists, virtualDCS, has launched Veeam Apple Backup – enabling virtualised Apple Macs to be fully integrated into Veeam Cloud Connect, the world-leading backup and disaster recovery platform, for the first time.

Designed for businesses that use virtualised Apple Macs for graphics-heavy video editing and design work – it enables customers to protect and restore mission critical data at will, without interrupting processing, all from a single, easy to use central portal.

The system seamlessly replicates virtual machines to secure, off-site data centres, providing full and partial failover recovery from the same central platform as existing Veeam backups. It removes the need for separate, dedicated systems and inelegant workarounds for the protection of Apple Mac virtual machines, allowing them to be fully integrated with other data and virtual environments for the first time.   

Veeam Apple Backup

Matt Sharpe and Richard May. Photo credit: Luke Broadhurst

Matt Sharpe, virtualDCS engineer and Veeam Certified Architect, explains:

“Up until now, Apple Mac virtual machine users have had to use Apple’s own cloud backups or a separate system for disaster recovery. For businesses running multiple operating systems and environments, this means additional cost, time and management. Our system does away with all of that – providing complete control over all data, effective protection and flexible backup using Veeam Cloud Connect.”

Veeam is the leader in Intelligent Data Management, providing cloud backup, replication and disaster recover solutions to businesses of all sizes, across the world. virtualDCS is a Gold Veeam partner, with a successful track record in bringing Veeam solutions to business clients across the UK.

Richard May, Managing Director at virtualDCS, explains:

“At virtualDCS, we’re committed to adapting and evolving Veeam solutions to deliver real-world benefits to our clients. We were the first UK provider to offer Veeam Cloud Connect, and will continue to pioneer new services to improve integration, enhance business protection and help customers to generate real commercial benefits through the cloud.”

Greg Bailey, Veeam’s Director Channel & Cloud UKI, said:

“Veeams VCSP community is increasingly offering target verticals with high availability data services using Veeam products. This new Apple replication and failover service from virtualDCS is an example of a new service that many end users are requesting”.   

Based in Leeds, UK, virtualDCS provides innovative, quality cloud computing solutions to businesses worldwide. The company works in partnership with clients across a range of industries to deliver cloud solutions that reshape the way companies work for the better. All services are delivered from its own hosted cloud platforms, in line with the latest ISO 27001 information security standards.

Additional information about Veeam Apple Backup from virtualDCS can be found at virtualDCS.co.uk, by calling virtualDCS on 03453 888 327, or by emailing enquiries@virtualDCS.co.uk.

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