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How to Protect Your Network

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A company’s IT network is its lifeline. “Comprised” and “downtime” are two words that no business owner wants to hear, nor any IT Director wants to utter. According to research from Gartner, 80% of companies that experience downtime from core errors lose revenue, with the average company losing $140,003 per incident. The financial sector lost an average of $540,358 per incident in recent years! No matter what your business size is, to avoid the major inconvenience and financial impact of network failure, here are some ideas for you to consider.

Routine Maintenance
Unfortunately, it is all too easy to fall into a false sense of security. When trouble hits the fan, sometimes the plan that was supposed to be in place does not work. This is why routine maintenance is so important.

Recommendations:

  • If you don’t have a monthly plan in place to go over your network and maintenance, create one now
  • Monitor your network and use the monitoring tools made available by your service providers
  • Run proactive health checks and follow maintenance schedules
  • Create detailed disaster recovery plans for your company’s IT infrastructure
  • Schedule periodic disaster recovery tests to ensure back up procedures work properly

What We Can Do For You
Stratus offers full consulting services to ensure that you are aware of best practices to ensure optimal network survival.  Stratus offers a wide variety of network and cloud solutions to assist you through any situation.

Network Issues
Unfortunately, some outages are unavoidable. Issues can range from intermittent packet delivery problems to hard outages such as fiber cuts.

Recommendations:

  • Create diversity in your network
  • Maintain a detailed network diagram that is easily accessible in the event of an issue or outage
  • Transfer data using private VPN’s instead of internet based VPN’s
  • Avoid putting voice on the open internet as it is susceptible to jitter and latency issues

What We Can Do For You
Stratus’ core network is guaranteed to be up 100% of the time. We run over a fully protected fiber ring and utilize 100% Cisco in the core.  On the edge, Stratus can provide diverse local access, diverse network ports and wireless backup solutions. Our Client Support Team is extremely knowledgeable in diagnosing and resolving any issue that present itself.

Power Outages
According to a 2015 study by Avaya 81% of all outages are caused by power failures.  As your organization grows, so does your reliance on uninterruptible power supply units, essential to keeping network systems operating through lightning strikes, storms and other power disruptions.

Recommendations:

  • Back up your systems with solid battery back-ups
  • Test and replace the batteries on a routine schedule
  • Ensure proper grounding of systems and sensitive equipment.
  • Considering hosting servers and applications in secure clouds or data centers

What We Can Do For You
Allow Stratus to show you how we can house applications and servers in secure protected cloud environments. We are directly connected to hundreds of data centers and can seamlessly connect your network to these protected facilities.

Request An Audit & Action Plan
On-going maintenance, and a detailed review of your network and power structures are vital steps to take to ensure your network is as secure as possible, 24/7. Working closely with network experts like the team at Stratus can dramatically reduce costly downtime and negative business impact when it comes to network security. Contact us anytime with questions or to request a network audit and action plan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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