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Why it’s Important to Back up to the Cloud

Why it’s Important to Back up to the Cloud

Enhanced Security

One of the most important features of cloud backup is the security it offers you and your customers. Data loss can be detrimental to Businesses. Files that are selected for backup are encrypted before they are transferred to the cloud and will remain encrypted when they reach it. It uses military grade encryption that only allows the user to view the data. These security measures are far more efficient to on site data backup and recovery systems.

Simple to use

Cloud backup solutions save time and money while making ongoing management and restoration easy. With just a few clicks of the mouse, backed up files can be easily found, accessed and restored. This eliminates hardware, software and cuts maintenance costs. Meaning you don’t require a big IT department and you will be given a portal to backup files to. 

Automatic Replication

Having Data in the cloud allows you to access it anytime and anywhere. As long as there is access to the internet. Our team of engineers can set your files to automatically backup at any time required. This saves time for Businesses whilst giving you peace of mind that your files are safe.

Affordable

Small to medium size Businesses don’t usually have an unlimited IT budget in place. It’s important to use a solution that makes sense financially to the company. A cloud back up, recovery and restore solution takes advantage of your current setup so you don’t need to buy or install any extra equipment that would incur extra charges.

Improved reliability and Speed of Recovery

In today’s world getting access to backed up data when you need it is critical. Having a cloud and recovery solution will instantly restore data files and you can determine different recovery points depending on your businesses requirements.  We can offer a wide range of options for data recovery to ensure backup and restorations are handled speedily and efficiently.

 

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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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DDoS Cloud Mitigation

 

DDoS Cloud Mitigation

Distributed Denial of Service Protection

Many of you will be aware of the increase in Distributed Denial of Service “DDoS” attacks in 2015, and that these attacks are expected to become more frequent in 2016.  You may have come across the news articles discussing these attacks on major businesses and institutions that rendered their websites inaccessible to their clients and customers. At Sleepless we get asked quite frequently about DDoS Mitigation by our customers so we decided to put up this post to provide more information.

 

First off, what is DDoS?

A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack is when your website is overwhelmed by too many online requests at once, this can render your website inaccessible. They are generally carried out by malicious individuals/organisations using multiple compromised systems to flood a target system. These attacks are becoming a lot more common, which sites such as bbc.com, cso.ie & lottery.ie being hit within the past few months.

 

Who is at risk from DDoS attacks?

While in the past DDoS attacks were mostly focused on large media outlets, multi-national financial institutes & government bodies, of late these attacks have also been targeting education bodies, forums, hosting providers & retail websites. In fact it seems that they are now occurring randomly with no apparent reasoning behind them and targeting companies from all industries.

 

What is the purpose behind a DDoS attack?

There are many reason that people will carry out DDoS attacks, they range from random vandalism to political activism. Increasingly however, these attacks are used as a means to earn money through extortion. Basically the attackers will hold your company to ransom, demanding payment in order to cease the attack.

 

What can you do to protect your business from a DDoS attack?

The most effective method you can employ to protect your business from a DDoS attacks is Cloud Mitigation.

Using a DDoS protection service provider such as Sleepless gives you access to a global network with massive amounts of bandwidth & mitigation capacity which is used to scrub your incoming traffic so that only “clean” traffic can get through in the event of an attack.

 

What type of Business’s may require protection?

As DDoS attacks can affect at any business type, our solution is aimed at all markets. Here are a few industries our service is focused on:

 

  • Online Retail
  • Financial Institutions
  • Hospitality
  • Government Institutions
  • Data centres
  • Non-profit organisations
  • Gaming

 

How much does DDoS Cloud Mitigation cost?

With Sleepless DDoS you select your plan based how much clean traffic you wish to able to receive in the event of a DDoS attack. This means that no matter the size of an attack, the amount of clean traffic you receive will be related directly to the DDoS plan you have chosen.

 

Sleepless provide DDoS as a service, if you would like more information or would like to request a quote please contact us.

 

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Sleepless Cloud Services – January FAQ

 Here at Sleepless we are asked many cloud computing questions, so we have included our top 5 questions from January’16.

 

Top 5 most asked questions in January

  1. VPN vs VPS?

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network, It’s called a virtual private network because it enables a user to create a secure connection over public internet to a private networks, e.g. if an employee is away from the office, they can securely connect in to the office using a VPN, this will give them a secure connection to the office over a public internet connection.

 

A virtual private server from Sleepless is a remotely hosted virtual server that provides all of the performance you would expect from an on-premise server without any of the hassle of securing, installing, maintaining and scaling.

Virtual servers support business agility and performance by making IT a utility that supports business flexibility. Virtual Servers can also be referred to as Virtual Private Servers (VPS), Private Cloud or Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Sleepless virtual servers are hosted in Ireland in our Dublin Datacentre.

  1. Cloudmail Vs Onsite Exchange?

Onsite exchange is a physical server located in a company office which services exchange email for users. Drawbacks include maintenance, power outs and server failure.

 

Cloudmail is exchange email hosted in Sleepless cloud which is securely managed and monitored with built in redundancy to guarantee you mail is always accessible.

  1. Dropbox Vs Securefile?

Dropbox is a free file share hosted internationally. This does not comply with the ISO standards.

 

Sleepless Securefile is a business class file sharing solution hosted in Ireland. Fully managed by Sleepless, all data is hosted in our Dublin Datacentre compliant with ISO standards. Businesses are able to control who accesses the Securefile and time limits can also be put on collaboration folders. SecureFile tracks all user activity, including adds, deletes, and changes, making it easy to download and restore any deleted files and previous versions.

  1. Where are sleepless Datacentres?

Sleepless currently operate from 3 datacentres, all part of the Global Equinix|Telecity group, giving Sleepless access to over 140 locations worldwide. All of these facilities are recognised as being of the most secure and well operated in the industry, every facility operating to, and certified to the highest industry standards, ISO 9001, 14001, 27001 and PCI DSS amongst others.

Sleepless can offer our clients the lowest latency available to over 40 ISP/Carriers in Ireland, and are only a patch lead away!

Your data is guaranteed to be in the very best and most secure, most available location!

  1. What is a DDOS attack?

A Distributed Denial of Services (DDoS) attack is when your website is overwhelmed by too many online requests at once, this can render your website inaccessible. They are generally carried out by malicious individuals/organisations using multiple compromised systems to flood a target system. These attacks are becoming a lot more common, which sites such as bbc.com, cso.ie and lottery.ie being hit within the past few months.

If you would like more information on any of the above topics, or need a quote for email, DDoS protection, securefile or IaaS, please contact us today!

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