• Category Archives Security
  • Small Business: Why Do I Need a Server?

    Physical Servers/Cloud Computing Options

    If you’re a small business owner with 5 or more computers, it’s time to consider investing in a server or cloud server application. Some of the reasons you should consider a small business server:

    • keeps your data secure and organized
    • will help you run your business more efficiently and professionally
    • email solutions
    • internet connectivity
    • internal Web sites
    • remote access
    • mobile device support
    • file and printer sharing
    • backup and restore

    This video highlights one small business owner’s decision to invest in a server for the first time.

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    Pendasi consultants have 40+ years combined experience in all aspects of server consulting and server room management. We have designed, implemented, and maintained server applications for small businesses, medium size businesses, as well as data centers for Fortune 500 companies.

    Pendasi Business Server Room Consulting located in Scottsdale, AZ and providing physical and virtual options to Phoenix area businesses.

  • Small Business Risk Assessment

    Part 1 Risk Assessment for Small to Medium Size Business (SMB) by CSIT2010

    Part 2 Risk Assessment for Small to Medium Size Business (SMB) by CSIT2010

    Part 3 of 3 Risk Assessment for Small to Medium Size Business (SMB) by CSIT2010

    Pendasi Business Consults small to medium size business on Risk Assessment located in Scottsdale, AZ and serving the entire Phoenix, AZ metropolitan area.

  • Disaster Recovery. Do You Have A Plan?

    How Critical Would Data Loss Be To Your Business?

    Did you know that for companies without a disaster recovery plan and who experienced a major loss of business data:

    • 43% never reopened,
    • 51% closed within two years,
    • 6% usually survive long term

    How much of your IT budget is allocated to IT disaster recovery planning? The norm for large companies is between 2% and 4% with some being as high as 8%.

    If your main server goes down in the middle of a busy day, have you thought through the following:

    • What just happened?
    • How do I diagnose the problem?
    • Is there someone that will be on-site quickly that I can rely on?
    • Is there a backup to that person?
    • Are all of the passwords available to the person dealing with this emergency in case they need them?
    • Is there proper documentation to understand my systems quickly?
    • How long will it take to get replacement hardware?
    • What is the procedure for restoring backups, has it been tested?
    • What happens if my building burns down?

    Disaster preparedness is essential to any modern business. As IT becomes more integral to our business, making sure that we can handle problems that will inevitably arise can make a significant impact on our success. Proper planning, documentation and preparation can make the difference between a major problem taking a couple hours to solve and taking weeks. It can make the difference between getting all of my data back or having lost a significant amount of vital information.

    A Disaster Recovery Plan is an essential tool in preparing for the unexpected. Not only will this plan contain in one place all of the essential information needed in a crisis, but it also becomes a tool to think through the possibilities, design your systems and test scenarios. Pendasi will work with you to through this process. From making sure you have the proper documentation to making sure we have qualified staff available 24/7 to help you in case the unthinkable happens.

    Pendasi Business IT Consulting providing disaster recovery planning located in Scottsdale, AZ and serving the entire Phoenix, AZ metropolitan area.

    Mymanagedbackup out of Georgia has a very revealing page on direct effects of data loss on small to medium size business (SMB). mymanagedbackup data loss statistics

    IBM provides insight into small to medium size business (SMB) risk management in their 3 part video series. Watch Video

  • How Secure Is Your IT?

    There is no such thing as complete security. A look at recent cases at Sony, Lockheed Martin and Wikileaks show us that even the most security conscious companies cannot guarantee security. Instead, security is a sliding scale – all we can do is reduce risk. Taking prudent steps to make your infrastructure secure can go a long way towards mitigating the risks.

    In addition to our own security, businesses may be subject to regulation related to their information security. HIPAA and HITECH are these regulations in the healthcare industry. Keeping a patients data private and ensuring its integrity while making sure that this information is available to those who legitimately need access is critical to an efficient, effective, and trusted healthcare provider. We are familiar with these and other data security regulations and can help you ensure compliance.

    There are many technologies Pendasi is capable of deploying and supporting: Firewalls, Anti-virus software, encrypted communications, secure backups, securing physical access etc. But at Pendasi, we believe that security is more than just implementing a technology. Security is constantly on our minds as we recommend, deploy and support solutions. Finding the right balance between security, cost and ease of use can only be done by conscious effort and years of experience.

    This security awareness video by was developed to promote simple changes in behavior that will strengthen the security of information.

    Pendasi Business IT Consulting providing business network security. Located in Scottsdale, AZ and serving the entire Phoenix, AZ metropolitan area.