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How Scrapping a Few Workstations is Like Gaining a New Employee

How Scrapping a Few Workstations is Like Gaining a New Employee

Do you still rely on desktops in your office? While many organizations still use workstations almost exclusively, it has become clear that mobile devices present a certain advantage over “landlocked” devices like desktops. A recent study highlights the importance of mobile devices and the increased obsolescence of desktops.


Digital Strategy Consulting found that mobile technology--including mobile devices and applications--are capable of boosting worker productivity by 34 percent. If your organization hopes to expand and grow in the future, you should keep this statistic in mind, as it could make all of the difference.

Let’s take a closer look at the numbers behind this 34 percent increase. In terms of the average worker’s productivity, this is a gain of about 240 hours of work per year. Thus, switching only a few employees from their desktops to mobile devices like laptops would be like onboarding a full-time employee. That means more workers, which means more work that’s getting done. Or, you can just keep this extra revenue stashed away in the event of an emergency, like a hardware failure or otherwise. Basically, this gives you a whole new reason to perish the thought that desktops allow for reduced cost savings from not upgrading right away.

In other words: businesses are losing money by not making an immediate switch to mobile devices. Employees who are limited to only doing work on their desktop workstations are essentially performing at less-than-maximum capacity, doing 34 percent less work than they could be. While it might be tempting to buy into the fact that your workstations aren’t costing you any money since they’re already purchased and accounted for, these machines will only serve to be more costly than you’d prefer in the long run.

This presents yet another point--younger workers, many of which are millennials, prefer the use of mobile devices over desktop workstations. Even better, they’re highly skilled at it, as they’ve grown up with the use of these devices. It’s practically second nature for them. It’s estimated that by 2025, millennials will make up about three-quarters of the workforce, which provides an ultimatum for your organization: going mobile now will benefit your organization in the long run.

By now, it should be clear that desktops can be replaced by mobile technologies, but you may not necessarily know how to go about doing it. Since going mobile also presents unique security challenges and other issues, it’s best to rely on Infradapt to handle the details. We’ll help your organization overcome the various challenges of implementing mobile devices in the workplace. To learn more, reach out to us at 800.394.2301.

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Do You Know Who Handles Regulatory Compliance for Your Business? You Should

Do You Know Who Handles Regulatory Compliance for Your Business? You Should

There will always be standards that must be upheld in regard to compliance and regulations, regardless of which industry your organization falls into. Still, considering the results of the 2016 State of Compliance survey, you’ll be shocked to hear that there are countless businesses out there that don’t understand what’s required of them.


Issued by Liaison Technologies, the survey analyzed 479 executives of medium-to-large-sized organizations in the United States. Out of those surveyed, 47 percent had no clue what the data compliance standards of their given industry were.

Naturally, this leads to some rather large problems for any organization. It’s crucial that you are both aware and understanding of the data compliance standards expected of your industry. If you were to experience a data breach or mishandle data, you would have some difficulty justifying why this is. You might even be gambling your organization’s future, especially considering the fact that a data breach made public can cause customers to shy away from your business in the future. After all, if clients thought you didn’t care enough to understand how to protect their data, why should they invest their time and capital in your organization?

It helps to think of it from the user’s perspective. If a company lost your data during a data breach or had it stolen by hackers, would you still want to do business with them? Only expect from others what you expect for yourself.

Still, this survey reveals that the aforementioned scenario isn’t just a coincidence, but is also something that happens all the time. For instance, take a look at the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). This particular protocol was reported as “applicable” for only three percent of client responses, even though there are countless businesses that take advantage of cardholder data storage, processing, or transmission. There is clearly some sort of misunderstanding in regard to what exactly compliance is.

As if this wasn’t enough cause for concern, a quarter of the survey respondents admit to being “unsure” of who within their organization is responsible for security. This means that it’s likely these companies probably aren’t prepared to handle major security problems, and that they’re unprepared for worst-case scenarios. Even worse, 85 percent of respondents still felt secure, regardless of the state of their organization’s compliance standards.

We find this situation completely unacceptable, which is why we offer managed IT services--including data security and compliance--to SMBs. If you can’t tell us who is in charge of your network security and privacy, we can tell you who should be: Infradapt. To get started, give us a call at 800.394.2301.

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Why a Business that Doesn’t Back Up its Data is on Borrowed Time

Why a Business that Doesn’t Back Up its Data is on Borrowed Time

"It won’t happen to me.” This is a common excuse amongst business owners who refuse to equip their network with a comprehensive data backup and recovery solution. They may feel like they’re careful enough to avoid a major data loss-causing disaster. Yet, the inconvenient fact remains that a disaster can happen to any business, no matter how prepared they may be.


Simply put, there are some disasters that are just beyond your control. Take for example these four common disasters that can unexpectedly strike and destroy your data.

Natural Disasters
While it’s true that some geographical locations are safer than others, the fact remains that no place on Earth is immune to a natural disaster that’s capable of disrupting your IT infrastructure and wiping out your data. Severe wind and thunderstorms can happen almost anywhere, and no spot on this planet is 100 percent earthquake proof. Then there are more region-specific natural disasters like hurricanes, floods, tornados, etc. that you need to account for.

While backing up your data won’t prevent a natural disaster from happening (nothing can), it will ensure that your data will survive--even if your IT infrastructure does not. However, simply backing up your data isn’t enough. In order to make sure that operations can resume as quickly as possible, your business continuity plan must include a reliable data recovery option.

Man-Made Disasters
Whether the disaster is natural or man-made, the fact remains that it’s impossible to dodge a major disaster. Man-made disasters like warfare, terrorism, and fires can do some serious damage, while even minor man-made disasters can negatively affect operations, like a power outage. The trick to coming out on top of any disaster is to have a data backup solution in place that creates redundant copies of your data and stores your files offsite, like in the cloud. A BDR solution from Infradapt provides this kind of protection for your business.

Hardware Failure
Every hard drive comes with a chance of failing and crashing. To think otherwise is to kid yourself. Therefore, you need a data backup solution in place that can protect and recover your digital assets, should your hard drive crash on your watch. This is one reason why a BDR solution from Infradapt utilizes redundant copies of your backed up data by storing them on different drives in the cloud, should a hardware failure ever strike the backed up copies. For companies that are serious about protecting their data, it takes this level of redundancy to ensure that your data will be available for when you need it the most.

User Error
People make mistakes and sometimes those mistakes result in the deletion of data. In fact, user error is the number one cause of data loss, so you never want to become overly confident that your well-trained team can never make a mistake. However, with a reliable backup and disaster recovery solution in place, you can be confident that, should a major “whoops” ever happen, you’ll be able to easily revert back to a previous copy of your data and keep operations humming along.

Natural and man-made disasters, hardware failure, and user error, all of these culprits can derail the productivity of a business, or worse, cause a company to go out of business within a year if there’s no data backup solution in place. While you can’t erase the reality of disasters from putting your business at risk, you can do something about it by implementing BDR. Call Infradapt today at 800.394.2301 to learn more.

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4 Benefits of Server Hosting that are Too Good to Ignore

4 Benefits of Server Hosting that are Too Good to Ignore

Virtually every business needs data to function, yet not every SMB has the skills or resources needed to maintain their in-house server units. If you’ve found yourself struggling with server upkeep, then you’ll be happy to learn that this responsibility can easily be outsourced to a third party.

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3 Ways a VoIP Phone System Can Improve Flexibility

3 Ways a VoIP Phone System Can Improve Flexibility

Flexibility might be one of the biggest reasons to use a VoIP solution, but why should this matter so much to an SMB? We’ll discuss some of the reasons why flexibility is such a huge factor to consider in any technology solution, particularly VoIP. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) takes your Internet connection and uses it to send your voice to a recipient, rather than through the use of a traditional telephone line. Here are three ways that your business can leverage a VoIP solution.

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2 Problems that Come From Having Too Much New Technology

2 Problems that Come From Having Too Much New Technology

If your business is using the latest technology solutions, then you know how advantageous they are. Yet, a step in the right direction can often feel like two steps backward. This sometimes happens when businesses implement new technology solutions without considering the ramifications that they may cause for their other technology. Here are two ways that your new technology might be holding your organization back, or even putting your network at risk.

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How Firewalls and Web Filtering Work in Tandem to Protect Your Business

How Firewalls and Web Filtering Work in Tandem to Protect Your Business

One of the ways which businesses benefit most from technology is through using Internet-connected devices. Yet, the Internet is a dangerous place filled to the brim with threats and security concerns. Considering how diverse online threats can be, there’s something to be said about having enterprise-level security protocols put into place.

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3 Myths of Data Backup That Need to Be Busted

3 Myths of Data Backup That Need to Be Busted

Data backup is foundational to every business continuity plan. Despite this, many businesses don’t realize that data backup and disaster recovery are two very different solutions. This oversight could leave a company high and dry in the face of a disaster causing data loss.


To help clear things up, let’s dispel three myths that many have about data backup and disaster recovery.

Myth #1: Having Multiple Copies Guarantees Successful Backups
While it’s true that it’s a best practice to store multiple copies of your data throughout your IT infrastructure, this practice doesn’t necessarily guarantee that your backups will work properly when you need them. Typically, organizations will store one backup in-house, while another copy is sent to a secure, off-site location, typically in the cloud. The idea here is to have at least one backup completely separate from your in-house network, should anything disastrous happen to it. However, in addition to taking multiple backups, you need to routinely check to see if these backups actually work, seeing as they could still be susceptible to user error or data corruption. Therefore, make it a habit to test your backups, or have an outsourced provider do it for you.

Myth #2: Data that’s Frequently Backed Up Can Be Restored From its Original
If your data is only partially wiped out, then it usually can’t be restored from the original. Plus, rebuilding data from scratch is too time-consuming and expensive to be considered as a viable option. For example, think about how long it would take to reaccumulate all of the data stored on your company’s IT infrastructure--an impossibility for most organizations. Instead, having complete backups on hand ensures that you’ll overcome any disaster.

Myth #3: Data Backup and Disaster Recovery are One and the Same
At the core of this problem is the fact that many people don’t understand the differences between data backup and disaster recovery. Rather, they’re two equally critical parts of the same concept: business continuity; i.e., you can’t have one without the other. To be clear:

Data backup is the process of taking the backup itself, while disaster recovery is when these backups are recovered.

To further explain these differences: data backup represents a figure called the recovery point objective (RPO), which is how much data needs to be recovered in order to keep operations moving forward. Whereas disaster recovery makes use of RTO, (recovery time objective), which factors in how long this process takes.

To be clear, your business continuity plan must include both RPO and RTO. The best way to go about this for your business is to implement a backup and disaster recovery (BDR) solution. A BDR from Infradapt can help your organization get the most out of data backup by providing you with an enterprise-level solution designed to optimize uptime and efficiency.

BDR takes backups of your data as often as every fifteen minutes, making it exceptional for keeping your data up-to-date and functional. These backups are taken automatically and are sent to both the cloud and a secure, compliant off-site data center for storage. This gives you the option to restore your data remotely, directly to the BDR device, in the event of a disaster. Plus, the BDR can take the place of your server while you work to resolve the disaster.

If you’d like more information concerning BDR and business continuity, our trusted experts would be happy to consult you. To learn more, reach out to us at 800.394.2301.

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