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For Those Who Don’t Speak IT: The Generations Data Center – Defined

Take a minute to consider the structure of your organization.

What type of work do you do?

Do you have a lot of information in the cloud?

How confidential is the data in the cloud?

How secure is your server?

Is your backup on site?

Do you have a backup plan in place to secure pertinent company information in the event of a power outage, fire, security breach or system failure?

If you are panicking a little because you don’t have answers to all the above questions, we hate to scare you, but you should be. Don’t worry too much though, Generation Electronics can come up with a solution specific to your organizational needs, budget, and resources to save you from the grief of not having a well thought out data backup plan in place in the event of an emergency.

We say there are two types of businesses:

  1. The ones who have already experienced data loss;
  2. And the ones who will experience data.

Read on to find out why Generation Electronics encourages their clients to take strong precautionary measures to backup their data:

If you’ve ever lost connectivity, you know it has a direct negative effect on your company’s productivity. Businesses nowadays do everything online – it is a convenient and collaborative way to function. But what if you are experiencing constant service interruptions? How much is the downtime costing you in comparison to upgrading to a data center backup? If you add it up annually, we have seen server downtime cost our clients a lot.

Generations Data Centre
Imagine no server downtime.

Further to loss of connectivity, other risks of not protecting your data properly can temporarily send your stress level through the roof, or even put you out of business.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the ways data loss may occur:

Human Error

Human error or end user related issues are the most common data loss occurrences that come across our Help Desk. An employee has accidentally moved or deleted a file or folder. In a situation like this you may be able to go to shadow copies for a quick recovery; and if not then to daily backups.

Hardware Failure

This is a common reason for data loss. All hardware will fail eventually, hard drives fail regularly. This is why you need to have the data on multiple devices, the chance of multiple drives failing on different devices is extremely rare.

Viruses

Viruses such as Cryptolocker, Cryptowall and Ransomware will crawl through your network encrypting all the data they can find. Then they demand a ransom be paid to provide the key to unlock the files. We expect this will soon become the most common virus. If you do not have copies of the compromised data in a location unattached to the local network, such as cloud or offsite, you may find yourself held for ransom.

Software Corruption

Sometimes the volume of directory information may get corrupted and prevent you from locating your files. Other times you may get a transfer corruption when moving the files back and forth.

Fire, Flood, &Tornadoes

Yup, it happens! Even a bursting pipe can cause severe damage. Not to mention tornadoes, which have been known to happen here in Edmonton, Alberta.

Theft or Destruction

Whether by thief in the night, disgruntled employee, or a hacker who has found their way into your network – these are all possible scenarios that put your data at risk. While you may take reasonable precautions to keep hackers at bay, the determined ones will find a way in eventually. Once they are in, they will most likely cause some damage to your environment.

For the most secure data backup, we strongly recommend the Generations Data Centre, which has two locations. One centrally located in downtown Edmonton, and the other in west Edmonton. The larger of the two is where we host our server, as well as our client’s servers.

Here’s why:

Security

The Generations Data Centre is literally a building inside a building. You can’t get from one door to the next without granted two factor security. From the outside, you would never know it was a data centre. Upon entry, you are greeted by a security guard who verifies your identification and reason for visiting and provides you with an access card and personal code.

Generations Data Centre
Two Factor Security & Infrared Surveillance Cameras throughout the facility.

This access card and code is the only way you can enter any common area within the centre (two factor security). Once you are in, you are under infrared video surveillance everywhere you go.

If we need to remind you why security is so important, think back to some of the biggest data breaches of 2018. Personal information of millions of people from around the world was compromised. Some of the biggest victims in 2018 include T-Mobile, Quora, Google, Orbitz and Facebook.

In the Generations Data Center, the security of your data is the number one priority. Nothing has been overlooked.

Intelligent HVAC Solutions

On a recent tour of The Generations Data Center, our clients were amazed at how well heating, ventilation, and cooling systems were engineered. The building within the building has clean HEPA Filtered air flowing through it constantly. The contained airflow balances and regulates the temperatures of your systems, ensuring they are always running in optimal conditions.

The facility is not air conditioned and runs solely off an evaporative cooling system, designed to rely on the natural evaporation of water to cool a space by drawing air across wet filters or pads. Traditional air conditioners use refrigerant which contribute to ozone depletion and require more energy to operate.

Unlimited Configuration Options

The Generations Data Center was designed with expansion in mind, so that clients are never forced to move all their data to a larger location. Basically, any configuration can be accommodated within the center, from a tray in a shared cabinet, to an entire suite.

Backed up Back-up

Every client using The Generations Data Center to host their server can rest easy knowing that the system is concurrently redundant – meaning when A is down, the system runs on B. Can you imagine no outages, no lost time, and no interruptions in productivity? If it sounds too good to be true, it is not.

Backup Generators

Each device is on a two-power splice, which doesn’t wait for power to fail before becoming operational. Backup generators don’t wait for failure to power up and are tested monthly. Maintenance to generators is conducted throughout the year, but the client never knows because there is no interruption.          

The Generations Data Center can even temporarily accommodate your staff in their backup office. This is available to clients whose office space is undergoing renovation, in the middle of an office move, or has been a victim of theft, fire or water damage forces them out of their office.

Backup Office

One of the clients we recently toured commented that in the event of a zombie apocalypse, The Data Center would be where she and her family would hide. We never thought of that, but it is exactly where we would go, too. We know we will be safe there.

To learn more about our services and the Generations Data Center, please contact us.

We would be happy to take you on a tour and show you exactly why we recommend this solution to our clients.

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Petya Ransomware Virus

Well, it is back! the newest variant of the Wannacry ransomware virus is out causing mayhem and destruction and its called Petya Ransomware. This time there is no kill switch that can be enabled.

The virus which started on Friday seems to have originated in the Ukraine and has been found in more than 64 countries and has hit more than 13,000 computers. This virus has the potential to be bigger than the Wannacry Variant.

Once infected users will find a screen demanding the user pay a $300 payment in Bitcoin to provide the key to restore encrypted files.

This new threat is based on an exploit stolen from the National Security Agency (NSA). A patch to address this vulnerability was issued by Microsoft in March 2017. You can find links to the patch at the bottom of this page: https://www.cnet.com/how-to/petya-goldeneye-malware-ransomware-protect-yourself-against/

It is known to use a Microsoft Windows flaw called EternalRomance.

It is spread by people using an accounting program called MeDoc that is very popular in the Ukraine.

Petya is designed to spread through the networks of a business and uses a hacking tool called Mimikatz to extract passwords from those computers.

It is not currently known who is behind the attack.

Screenshot that users will see once Petya Ransomware is done encrypting your computer.

Screenshot that users will see once Petya Ransomware is done encrypting your computer.

 

For assistance with this latest threat or any other Computer needs please call us @ 780-413-9908 or visit our website @ www.generation.ca