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So you have a disaster Recovery plan? Are you sure?

Posted by Nidhi Savla on Mon, Apr 02, 2018 @ 09:42 AM

If your company relies on IT to get the job done, you need a disaster recovery plan. You might even think you have one. But are you sure it’s strong enough to be effective?

 

A disaster recovery plan isn’t simply a hard drive with backed  up data. It’s not even a backup system: it’s a total information and service recovery process that gets your business back online as quickly as possible. True disaster recovery ensures that you can continue to serve customers, retaining full access to data management systems like your CRM and ERP and working with up-to-the-minute customer data while your primary IT system is repaired and brought back online. No “cold site” data backup system can provide that kind of restorative service as soon as your system goes down. At best, you’ll get recent copies of files you’ve been editing, and little more.

 

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Topics: draas uae

How to Protect Your Company from Cyber attacks

Posted by Nidhi Savla on Mon, Mar 19, 2018 @ 10:01 AM

Ever since computers have been networked together, unauthorized access has been a concern. From the first viruses to modern-day cryptocurrency hacks, users have always needed to fend off cyber attacks. As computers have become a larger part of life and business, that concern has only grown, and rightly so. Major vulnerabilities are revealed with alarming frequency. Security holes like Meltdown and Spectre appear as if from nowhere, infecting huge numbers of systems and requiring immediate patches to close major vulnerabilities. Heartbleed undermined the security of OpenSSL, perhaps the largest secure communications protocol in the world. Critical Middle Eastern infrastructure was disrupted with the TRITON malware in December 2017, and 56% of the companies in the growing MENA market reported losing more than $500,

000 in cyber-attacks, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers’ 2016 report.

 

No business is immune from these kind of system vulnerabilities and attackers. As cyber crime become more sophisticated, how can you protect yourself—and your company—from cyber-attacks? The key is constant vigilance and appropriate security layers.

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Topics: cyber security middle east

Now that you are VAT ready, whats next?

Posted by Nidhi Savla on Mon, Mar 12, 2018 @ 11:38 AM

Now that your organisation is VAT-ready, you might want to think about getting up to snuff regarding some other common standards. Many clients look for organizations that meet specific professional standards regarding how client information and in-house processes are managed. And they don’t want to just take your word for it, they need proof.

 

Globally some of the key certifications include ISO 9001/ISO 27001. These certifications mark your organization as worthy of trust, as certified by a third party. 

 

There’s a growing need for organizations to be certified under one or both of these compliance standards, but getting certified is difficult, expensive and time-consuming.

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Topics: certification, it managed services, best managed service provider UAE

Digital Disruption in the UAE and what it means for UAE companies

Posted by Nidhi Savla on Thu, Mar 01, 2018 @ 11:20 AM

“Digital disruption” was once the buzzword of the year, when long-frozen markets were suddenly seeing change and upset by small, web-based competitors that understood technology and market needs better than existing players. This lead to the dethroning of companies that were previously considered inviolable and permanent in many markets.


While that wave of disruption in the U.S. has slowed down to manageable levels and UAE companies lead their GCC peers in going digital, they must do more to engage consumers in their market, who are among the most tech-savvy in the world, and stay relevant in an age of disruption.

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Topics: cloud services, best cloud provider UAE, CISCO powered cloud UAE, cloud services uae

Al Naboodah Group Enterprises Appoints BIOS for Disaster Recovery Coverage

Posted by Nidhi Savla on Wed, Jan 31, 2018 @ 11:34 AM

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, January 31, 2018

 

BIOS, a specialist in disaster recovery services, has been appointed Disaster Recovery Service (DraaS) provider by Al Naboodah Group Enterprises (ANGE), one of the UAE's oldest and most respected family conglomerates with a diverse portfolio of businesses.

 

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BIOS is the first and only company from the Middle East to be recognized by Gartner as a 'Visionary' for its DRaaS. BIOS's innovative Assured Recovery Service (ARS) is delivered on BIOS's CloudHPT.

 

As a company with a diverse portfolio of business’ running operations across a wide range of industries, ANGE counts on reliable infrastructure and full-time application availability. ANGE's various companies run 24/7 operations with a high daily transaction volume, so any downtime and data loss will disrupt continuity of business. ANGE sought a disaster recovery solution to protect their business, clients and revenue streams.

 

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2018 predictions

Posted by Nidhi Savla on Thu, Jan 18, 2018 @ 09:38 AM

To be taken with a pinch of salt.

 

Cloud in the Middle East:
Studies show only 5% of companies have fully embraced cloud. We expect this to significantly increase (well, we would say that). The advantages of cloud through the elimination of CapEX and depreciation coupled with the scalability and agility are just too big for companies to ignore. We hope CEO’s now take a more active position in deciding which technology to build their businesses on.

 

IT departments going to the board to buy Traditional IT will face more and more push back. We expect traditional IT providers and vendors to find themselves swimming in an ever diminishing pond. We also expect several ‘kodak’ moments in 2018 for those providers and companies that don’t embrace cloud.

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BIOS Middle East accomplishes recertification as Cisco Gold Partner

Posted by Nidhi Savla on Mon, Jan 15, 2018 @ 01:34 PM

BIOS Middle East is delighted to announce that once again we have been recertified as a Cisco Gold Partner and have passed the focused audit for our Cloud and Managed Services. As one of only 15 Cisco Gold Partners in the UAE, BIOS renews its exclusive status which is renowned for being the highest possible level of accreditation with Cisco. The status recognises BIOS’ ability to sell, install and support Cisco solutions. The certification is judged on factors including personnel, support and specialisation.

 

Speaking of the recertification, BIOS’ Managing Director, Dominic Docherty said, Here at BIOS we pride ourselves on employing exceptional expertise and delivering unbeatable products, solutions and services. Our partner relationships are central to our objectives which allow us to not only deliver outstanding technical solutions but to build our portfolio of industry-leading accreditation, setting us apart from our competitors. We have had a strong partnership with Cisco for many years and I am delighted that they have once again recognised BIOS as a Gold Partner.”

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Topics: certification, cisco awards, Cisco UAE

How cloud services are supporting a FinTech revolution in the Middle East

Posted by Nidhi Savla on Tue, Dec 19, 2017 @ 01:09 PM

The United Arab Emirates is leading the charge in the Middle East’s rapidly evolving financial technology sector, with international interest and investors flowing into the region. As this interest grows, FinTech investors are looking for stable, established infrastructure to support and grow. And a big part of today’s FinTech infrastructure is cloud services, which are supporting the revolution of FinTech in the Middle East.

Financial services is no longer the staid, nine-to-five business it once was. With customers demanding 24/7 access to their accounts from multiple devices, financial services firms have been forced the embrace cloud technology whether as soon as possible to meet customer demand and avoid getting left in the dust. Cloud services support this change in a number of different ways.

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Think you’re safe from a cyber attack? A security gap analysis may tell you otherwise

Posted by Nidhi Savla on Mon, Dec 11, 2017 @ 02:54 PM

You might think that your network is safe from attack. You might have even weathered the storm against ransomware or a DDOS a

ttack. But have you tried your luck against a determined, sophisticated attacker? A security gap analysis can help you find gaps in your network that attackers will capitalize upon, securing your netw

ork against penetration and exploitation. Whether you work with a third party to conduct the security gap analysis or run it on your own, you’ll follow the same basic steps.

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Topics: it security, cyber security, cyber security middle east

Eight questions to ask for Effective Backup and Disaster Recovery

Posted by Nidhi Savla on Sun, Dec 03, 2017 @ 10:59 AM

Whether you’re looking for a new backup and disaster recovery service provider or you’ve had the same one for ages, there are several questions you should keep in mind to ensure you have the most effective backup and disaster recovery plan.

 

1. Are you backing up the right files?

Obviously, you need to be sure that your backup and disaster recovery plan covers the most important files for your business. But think beyond just work product and database files: what about system configurations, metadata, application licenses, hidden files and calendar events? Backups of these “edge cases” will be essential to restoring your system from scratch if and when the time comes.

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Topics: Disaster Recovery, IT Back Up, disaster recovery as a service uae, online disaster recovery uae

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