Can you help me reduce IT costs and provide infrastructure IT services?

We are asked this question very frequently.  The answer: “Absolutely!”

At Computer Storage Services we practice what we preach and have saved over 4000% in operational costs by doing so.

One of the biggest benefits in our business is that we now have our employees work from home.  The way we do this is that they all have notebook computers.  They can log on through a secure VPN (Virtual Private Network) over the internet to servers that are located at our backup storage facilities.

This impacts the working conditions of our employees in a very positive way.  Anywhere that they can get internet access they can call work.  On vacation, at the cottage, visiting friends etc.  It gives them a tremendous amount of flexibility, and as a bonus, no travel time or traffic jams that we’re famous for in the Toronto area.

We can do online meetings if we need to, we rent a facility for a luncheon, special occasion, or sales meeting.

This has been tremendous for our bottom line.  We used to be housed in a fairly expensive, large office and of course along with that comes the regular expenses of rent, heating, hydro, office furniture, and all kinds of miscellaneous expenses.  All of these expenses have been eliminated from our organization, we’ve reduced our it costs, leaving us with the expenses of notebook computers and telephone systems for our employees that work from home.

Categories : IT Infrastructure
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Jul
10

How Secure Is My Backup Data?

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One of the most important questions a company can ask of a data backup provider is “how secure is my backup data?” or “what precautions and redundancies do you employ to ensure the safety of my data information?”

At Computer Storage Services our facilities are second to none they are actually “World-Class” facilities with redundancies in every area important to information safety.

We have multiple power backups. We have multiple internet connections.  Our building is actually underground and it is not known as an internet backup facility.  We don’t want potential terrorists or people wanting to do harm to specific companies to know where the information is.

All of our customers information is kept confidential and we not only backup their information once at our facility, but we back it up again, and we can even back it up at another facility so that if there was some type of huge disaster in our geographical area  their information would still be safe.

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Many data backup companies don’t like to tell their clients that large files over 30 GB can take weeks, or even months to restore over the internet.  If you’re a business or medical corporation you very likely cannot wait for that amount of time to get your computer systems fully operational.

At Computer Storage Services, we have the ability to copy your data to a hard drive and ship your backup data to you literally anywhere in the World.  Once you receive it our technicians are available to help you restore your data.

We’re sometimes asked why a client should pay a little more to us for our premium services versus the budget data backup services found all over the internet.  You just need to ask a client who’s lost their entire computer system and had it resorted by Computer Storage Services. They’ll likely tell you how valuable our service is and how insignificant the few extra dollars to obtain our service was when disaster struck.

Categories : Offsite Backup
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Jul
06

Why Pay More for Data Backup

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There are many reasons why you might want to pay more for the data backup services of Computer Storage Services than some of the less expensive backup solutions available today.

  • One of the main reasons is our “Live Telephone Support”.  Not only can you have access to a live person when you need help, but that person has the ability to escalate your service if you have information loss and can’t restore it.
  • Our technical personnel can help you if you don’t know how to retrieve your backup data yourself.  They’ll be able to show you how to retrieve your information, or if need be they can take control of your computer and do the restore for you.
If you’d like to know more about our services please give me a call at 1-888-368-1088 ext. 11 and I’ll be more than happy to answer any of your questions about our data  backup services.
Categories : Offsite Backup
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In our experience most companies do not do data information test restores.  The results can be disastrous.  Large file test restores are particularly important because in most cases large data restores are slow over the internet.
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Companies need to know how long it takes to restore their information.  Downtime due to lost information can cost companies serious money and potentially the entire business.  When something goes wrong companies need a live person to talk to.  Not an automated recording or email.
At Computer Storage Services we will continue to provide unbiased information to help companies make informed decisions for their ongoing information backup strategies.

To learn more about our information backup solutions please give me a call at; 1-888-368-1088 Ext.11

Ian.

Categories : Offsite Backup
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Jun
05

The Evolution of Cloud Back Up

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We are finding that companies that started using Computer Storage Services for offsite information backup now incorporate cloud computing as part of their business continuity and disaster recovery strategy.


For example; if the companie’s onsite servers go down the employee’s can logon through a secure VPN (virtual private network) over the internet to a virtual backup server located at one of our locations.  Employees can carry on business as usual anywhere they have internet access.
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Many companies have taken this strategy on step further and have eliminated onsite servers altogether and  host their servers at our location. This can reduce the need for office space, reduce hardware costs, and onsite maintenance, while giving employees the flexibility to work from anywhere they have internet access. The company can still manage their IT infrastructure remotely or have Computer Storage Services manage it for them.
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For many small companies having a full time qualified IT person is expensive  making CSS’s comprehensive service and support plans  a cost effective alternative. Going forward companies can continue to purchase their own servers and IT infrastructure or they can simply use Computer Storage Service infrastructure on a as per need basis.
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For more information on our cloud office services please contact me at 1 888 368 1088, x 11, ian@computerstorageservices.com,
Ian.
May
14

Cloud Backup Services

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Whether it is global warming, nuclear disasters, el Nino, ozone depletion or other causes most people agree the weather is becoming more and more volatile.  Hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunami’s, floods, etc.  are occurring in regions typically not affected by such occurrences.

All of this can create serious problems for a company’s computer infrastructure even if it is not directly affected by a disaster. North America’s aging power grid is  heavily taxed and even relatively minor weather events can cause power surges, brownouts and outages that will cause computer networks to crash, resulting in information loss.

Many companies have decided not to have their information backup in their geographic area, and are turning to cloud  disaster recovery, and backup strategies to mitigate the risk of computer infrastructure failure. When choosing a Cloud service provider make sure they have the  security,  power, and internet redundancies to ensure  the absolute safety  and retrieve ability of your companies information.

Click to learn more about our Cloud Backup services in Canada.

Categories : Cloud Backup
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Section 802 of Sarbanes-Oxley requires public companies and their public accounting firms to maintain all audit or review work papers for a period of five years from the end of the fiscal period in which the audit or review was concluded. This includes electronic records which are created, sent, or received in connection with an audit or review. As external auditors rely to a certain extent on the work of internal audit, it would imply that internal audit records must also comply with Section 802. Read More→

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May
04

Sarbanes Oxley Compliance

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Within the 69 provisions of Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, (aka; SOX compliance Canada), and its hundreds of subparagraphs, there is a new requirement to store or retain documents: “… registered public auditing firms must retain the working papers they use during an audit for 5 years”. A corporation must create and document its internal financial control procedures and keep them freely available for employees and auditors. Corporations must store and retain Read More→

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Your company’s information is only as safe as the facility in which it’s stored.  You need to make sure that your backup provider has fail-safe hardware, power, and internet redundancy.
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In this video Byron Behnke, I.T. Consultant to Computer Storage Services explains that our data centre is equipped with N + 1 redundant air conditioner units.  The transformer power comes from two independent transformer stations and our U.P.S. is powered by natural gas generators so with multiple, independent, internet feeds we can provide you with 99.9% uptime.

If secure, and reliable off site backup is important to your company please give us a call at 1-888-368-1088.  We’ll be happy to show you how we can provide a custom backup solution for your companies security.
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