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It’s World Backup Day – 31ST March 2016

World Backup Day 2016

Have you protected your business critical files from the threats of hardware failure, human error and disaster?

If you haven’t, well there’s no better day than today to start!

Traditional fears of hardware failure, human error such as file deletion and disasters are no longer the main reasons to backup your data. Cyber threats such as Cryptolocker and Ransomware , is a growing threat to businesses and becoming a main factor for choosing online data backup. Cryptolocker is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system and its data until a sum of money is paid.

 

Three Steps to improving your data protection:

  1. Always ensure your critical data is backed up and offsite.
  2. Keep your operating systems on the most up-to-date versions. The security patches and software updates are important.
  3. Be aware of suspicious emails or clicking on links from unknown sources, these could be a phishing scheme or Ransomware.

 

To celebrate World Backup Day and help you keep your business critical data secure, Sleepless are offering a 12 Months for the price of 11.

 

To take advantage of World Backup Day special offers with Sleepless; 

 

 

Choose from 3 World Leading Backup Solutions:

Sleepless Gold Backup – a great value reliable solution that backs up from and source and recovers to any destination.

Platinum Backup – one of the most innovative backup technologies available, our platinum backup solution has security integrated into the core of its DNA.

Veeam Cloud Connect – extend your backup infrastructure to the cloud. If you’re running Veeam onsite you can now select Sleepless as a target for your offsite backups.

 

 

Why choose Sleepless:

  • Sleepless Infrastructure is located in Ireland, Dublin | Galway and UK, London. The Dublin and London facilities hold all the global certifications that are generally required by the industry e.g. ISO 27001 / 9000 PCI DSS etc. Sleepless are registered as a Data Processor with the Irish Data Protection Commissioner
  • Sleepless operate our business in accordance with standards set down by ISO 27001, ensuring Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability of all customer data.
  • Sleepless have a proven track record of providing an excellent quality of service for our customers and bring significant experience and technical knowhow to your application. Sleepless have a fully manned helpdesk, based out of HQ in Galway City

 

 

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Sleepless Cloud Services – February FAQ

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At Sleepless we receive many questions regarding cloud computing, so last month we published Sleepless Cloud Services – January FAQ which had the Top 5 most asked question from January and their answers. We’ve decided to continue this every month so here are the most frequent question from February.

 

What is the difference between SSD (solid state) and STD (standard) disk?

A solid state drive doesn’t contain the moving parts of a hard drive. The spinning platter (the disk), the arm and magnetic head are absent, and flash chips are used in their place.

 

This means an SSD is not vulnerable to head crash in the way that a hard disk is. The added durability gives the SSD an obvious reliability advantage, especially when it comes to shock or exposure to less than optimum environmental conditions. They’re also not affected by magnets.

 

However, it should be remembered that the other components in an SSD are the same as those in a hard drive, and are no more or less likely to fail. SSDs are also extremely susceptible to power failure, leading to corruption of data or even the failure of the drive itself.

 

What is DNS?

DNS stands for Domain Name Servers – they are basally the equivalent of a phone book for domain names that translate domain names into IP addresses.

 

What is the difference between Sleepless Fibre & eFibre?

Sleepless fibre is a dedicated fibre connection right to your building offering a 100% uncontested connection. We offer a symmetrical connection with speeds from 100Mbit to 1Gbit up and down.

eFibre is a contested (shared between multiple customers) asymmetrical connection which offers only what your phone line can handle and upload speeds as much as 1/20 of your download speed.

 

What is the uptime of your datacentre?

100%, there has not been an outage in our datacentre in 14 years.

 

What Antivius would Sleepless recommend to protect against malware such as cryptowall?

We would recommend Webroot. It is the world’s smallest and fastest endpoint security client.

 

Most common Backup related questions we got asked last month were:

 

Is the data encrypted before transmission with your Gold Backup?

Yes, AES-256 data encryption in both transit and at rest.

 

Is the data replicated to a secondary datacentre for redundancy?

No, however we offer this as an optional add-on.

 

Who owns the data while it’s stored in the datacentre?

The client owns the data at all times.

 

If you would like more information on any of the above topics, please contact us today!

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Ransomware and what you need to know

Ransomware and what you need to know

The threat posed by ransomware has grown exponentially over the years with hackers seeking new ways to monetise their malware. The most well-known examples of ransomware are:

1. Cryptolocker
2. Cryptowall

1. Cryptolocker

Cryptolocker is a ransom trojan that first came on the scene in late 2013. It was targeted at Windows machines with the most common method of infection being through email attachments. It is believed that from its launch to its isolation (June 2014), that criminals extorted as much as $3,000,000 from victims of the trojan.

2. Cryptowall

Cryptowall is also a Trojan that operates in the same manor to its predecessor Cryptolocker. Cryptowall unlike Cryptolocker however, is still very much active and is believed to have accrued over $325 million in 2015 alone.

Also according to Silicon Republic, and unlike like with previous ransomware attacks, hackers are now attacking Macs as well as Windows systems.

How does ransomware work?

Ransomware is effectively a virus, usually delivered through an email attachment that infects a computer or network and allows hackers to hold your company data hostage. Recent attacks have seen hackers demanding sums of more than €20,000 and threating to delete all business data if they don’t receive it.

How can you protect against ransomware attacks?

The first step to protecting against this type of attack is to block it. To do this we would recommend installing an up-to-date security software such as Webroot.

Since ransomware is usually delivered through email attachments we would also advise all businesses to ensure that their employees are familiar with identifying malicious or suspicious emails.

If you have a computer on your network that shows any sign of infection, isolate it. Do this by unplugging any network cables and disabling WiFi.

Finally, to keep it safe you must backup. This is something that all businesses should be doing regardless and is an essential part of keeping your critical data safe.

 

For information on Webroot or the best backup solution for your business contact Sleepless.

 

 

World Backup Day 22

To mark World Backup Day “March 31st” – Sleepless are offering 1 month free on all annually billed backup solutions throughout the month of March. This offer includes Veeam Cloud Connect, Gold Backup with Acronis and our Attix5 Platinum backup.

 

Why choose Sleepless:

  • Sleepless Infrastructure is located in Ireland, Dublin | Galway and UK, London. The Dublin and London facilities hold all the global certifications that are generally required by the industry e.g. ISO 27001 / 9000 PCI DSS etc. Sleepless are registered as a Data Processor with the Irish Data Protection Commissioner
  • Sleepless operate our business in accordance with standards set down by ISO 27001, ensuring Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability of all customer data.
  • Sleepless have a proven track record of providing an excellent quality of service for our customers and bring significant experience and technical knowhow to your application. Sleepless have a fully manned helpdesk, based out of HQ in Galway City

 

 

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Benefits of Colocation (Colo, Co-Location)

Colocation, Colo, Co-Location

Benefits of Colocation over running your own In-House Server Room

With an ever increasing number of businesses shifting from running individual servers to cloud systems, we decided to put together a post to highlight the top 3 benefits of choosing colocation over running your own in-house server room.

 

For those who are unfamiliar with the term ‘Colocation’, ‘Co-Location’ or ‘Colo’ for short – this is when a business houses its own equipment (i.e. servers) in a professional datacentre.

 

What are the benefits of colocation over running your own in-house server room?

 

Security

Professional Datacentres are highly secure and safe environments with fire detection & suppression systems, UPS batteries, backup generators, 24/7 manned security cameras and restricted access through pin, fob & authorised personnel lists.

 

Resilience

Professional datacentres have multiple failsafe’s in place in order to provide 24/7 availability. The equipment is protected by UPC’s that prevent damage from power surges, and in the event of an outage provide a constant flow of power until the backup generators kick-in. They also have in place state of the art cooling systems to prevent raises in temperature and humidity that if left unchecked would cause series damage to the equipment, something that must be avoided at all costs.

 

With these systems and failsafe’s in place datacentres can provide their clients with guaranteed uptimes of 100%.

 

Connectivity

Professional datacentres are usually located at the site of larger internet exchanges. This gives you access to faster more resilient networking and multiple carriers that deliver premium bandwidth speeds with lower latency.

 

Why should you chose colocation?

Trying to recreate the benefits of colocation within your own in-house server room is a costly endeavour for any business, no matter its size. There is also the danger from of having all your data stored in one place and the upfront cost of the equipment and systems. Also, the substantial workload alone would mean taking on more staff or taking the focus of your existing staff away from current business operations.

With colocation you no longer have to manage your server infrastructure (i.e. power, network, broadband & cooling etc.., all these components are taken care of by your datacentre provider), are far less likely to experience network outages and gain the benefits of using dedicated servers without the high cost and limitations of a server room.

 

Are Sleepless a colocation provider?

Yes, Sleepless operates 2 ISO certified datacentres in Dublin and 1 in London. Our colocation facilities provide power, cooling, physical security for the server, storage, and networking equipment to our clients – and connect them to the network – with a minimum of cost and complexity for the customer.

If you would like more information on the benefits of colocation or would like to request a quote please contact us.

 

 

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