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Macro Systems has been serving the Metro Washington, DC area since 1997, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

The Importance of a Disaster Recovery Strategy for your Business

The Importance of a Disaster Recovery Strategy for your Business

Not all companies will look at disaster recovery the same way, but if you want your business to have the kind of continuity that will allow it to get through tough situations, doing your best to formally create a disaster recovery policy will put you in the position to weather any storm you encounter.

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Your Business Needs a Backup and Disaster Recovery System

Your Business Needs a Backup and Disaster Recovery System

Does your business have a dedicated data backup and disaster recovery system? A comprehensive backup and disaster recovery platform (BDR) can turn out to be one of the most important parts of managing a business’ IT infrastructure, and if you don’t have one, you should absolutely get one. 

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How to Create a Successful Business Continuity Plan

How to Create a Successful Business Continuity Plan

Situations occur all the time to businesses that can place a lot of stress on their ability to sustain operations. These situations usually don't remediate themselves; every business needs a business continuity plan; and one-in-five don’t have one. Below we break down a successful plan into its components to try to give businesses that may not have a plan the basics required to establish one.

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Don't Overlook Potential Business Problems

Don't Overlook Potential Business Problems

If you have been running a business for any length of time, you don’t need to be told how imperative risk management is. One problem you see from business owners today is that while they comprehend just how many problems there are (and which ones they need to find solutions for first), they want to grow their business fast, and as a result, they overlook potential problems and end up hurting their business as a result. 

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Factors That Must Be Included In Your Business Continuity Plan

Factors That Must Be Included In Your Business Continuity Plan

Disasters happen. If your organization fails to plan for the worst, then when something horrible does happen, you could be looking at catastrophe. However, if you have a comprehensive continuity plan in place, you have a fighting chance. Listed below are some of the elements you absolutely must address when creating your business’ continuity plan. 

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What Should a Successful Business Continuity Plan Include?

What Should a Successful Business Continuity Plan Include?

Every business needs a continuity plan (BCP) so that if their business is forced to deal with any problems, they have a working plan in place to get the business back up and operational as soon as possible. It’s one thing to have it all written down on paper, outlining how things are supposed to go, and quite another thing to have a working strategy when faced with operational interruptions. Listed below are some of the basics of business continuity to help you comprehend all that goes into a successful plan. 

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Why Your Business Needs a Backup

Why Your Business Needs a Backup

Data has become another currency, and just like any other currency, some is much more valuable than others. This is especially the case concerning your business’ data, and why it is so imperative that you keep it secure.

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Your Organization Should Have a Business Continuity Plan

Your Organization Should Have a Business Continuity Plan

Business continuity is one topic that not a lot of people know a lot about; there isn’t a curriculum that presents a comprehensive outline on how to deal with disaster. Listed below are some continuity strategies that work, regardless of the situation, to get your organization coordinated and back up and running fast following a disaster scenario.

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Why Your Business Needs Data Backup

Why Your Business Needs Data Backup

Data backup usually carries with it the association that your company could end at any moment, and while this is an imperative reason to implement data backup, there are many others to consider as well. You might find that they are just as critical to your business as saving it from a crippling data loss disaster.

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How to Construct a Triumphant Business Continuity Plan

How to Construct a Triumphant Business Continuity Plan

If you don’t recognize the worst-case scenario when constructing your organization's disaster recovery strategy, you’ll inevitably suffer from it when it disaster strikes. Taking into account all of these nuances is one of the key ways your business can prepare for such an event. All of these instances need to be considered when implementing your business continuity plan. Let's examine this below.

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Don't Leave Your Business in Fate's Hands: The Importance of a Business Continuity Plan

Don't Leave Your Business in Fate's Hands: The Importance of a Business Continuity Plan

Business continuity planning is something every organization needs to practice; around the corner there is always some type of disaster, data-related or otherwise. Could your company survive a significant failure in your infrastructure? Could your company survive the building you work in burning down? Could your company survive a criminal stealing equipment? If your company has a business continuity plan, it's possible the company could survive all of the above scenarios. 

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Is Your Business Prepared To Survive A Major Weather Event?

Is Your Business Prepared To Survive A Major Weather Event?

As a business owner, you expect to stay in control of what your business does. Unfortunately, there are certain variables in running a business that simply can’t be controlled, like the weather. Therefore, you need to take special care to ensure that these uncontrollable instances don’t become a threat to your business’ prolonged existence. To this end, we recommend a business continuity plan.

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3 Common Reasons Businesses Fail an IT Audit

3 Common Reasons Businesses Fail an IT Audit

While many may consider an audit of any kind to be a pain in the neck or worse, they can actually be an effective way to ensure that businesses are following best practices and remaining compliant. After all, nobody wants to be the company that failed an audit. Despite this, many companies aren’t up to standard where their IT is concerned, and it has an impact.

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6 Data Backup Best Practices that Make Your Business More Resilient

6 Data Backup Best Practices that Make Your Business More Resilient

As a business owner, you’ve surely thought about what the future holds for your organization. However, one of the things that you need to think about that’s not often considered is the event of a data disaster. How can your business bounce back from such a catastrophic event? One of the first steps is understanding your data backup and disaster recovery process, as well as how you can improve your current setup.

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You Need a Plan to Protect Your Data From These 3 Common Disasters

You Need a Plan to Protect Your Data From These 3 Common Disasters

Sometimes Mother Nature simply isn’t on your side, or you’re unfortunate enough to experience a troublesome disaster that threatens to knock your business off its feet. While various parts of the world are known for experiencing deadly natural disasters, other regions might not be as prone to them, giving business owners the wrong idea. It’s not a question of whether you’ll be hit with a crippling disaster, but when.

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Looking to Backup Your Data? Here are Your Options

Looking to Backup Your Data? Here are Your Options

Every business owner needs to have a plan in place to backup their company’s data. Ignoring this basic task can lead to some pretty grim consequences, like a data-loss causing disaster. Fortunately, when it comes to backing up your data, you’ve got options.

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How Backing Up Your Data Safeguards Your Business From a Disaster

How Backing Up Your Data Safeguards Your Business From a Disaster

Data might be the single most important asset of any business, but you would be shocked to hear about how many organizations don’t consider data loss to be a prominent threat. The fact remains that it doesn’t take an immense disaster to wipe out an entire infrastructure, and that you should expect the worst to happen regardless of how unlikely it is to do so.

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Your Technology Will Inevitably Need to Be Replaced. What’s Your Plan?

Your Technology Will Inevitably Need to Be Replaced. What’s Your Plan?

Replacing your aging or broken-down hardware is a part of doing business, and one that few business owners want to think about before it must be done. Hardware is expensive and tricky to replace without experiencing at least some downtime. That’s not to mention arguably one of the most important questions you have to ask yourself: What do you do with your old technology that’s filled with sensitive data?

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4 Common Threats that Can Be Alleviated By Backing Up Your Data

4 Common Threats that Can Be Alleviated By Backing Up Your Data

It doesn’t take much to derail a business. Even the slightest disruption in power can lead to an unexpected power-down, and something as simple as a severe rainstorm could lead to floods that wash away your data. The point stands that you have everything to lose, and without data backup and disaster recovery, your business practices could be in danger.

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Take it From This Poor Schmo, One Wrong Click Can Delete Your Entire Company

Take it From This Poor Schmo, One Wrong Click Can Delete Your Entire Company

It’s every business owner’s worst nightmare: one mistake, and all of their data is wiped out. This very situation happened recently to a hosting provider, and his story serves as a cautionary tale in regard to data storage best practices.

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