Virtual Disaster Recovery for the SMB

 Virtual Disaster Recovery for the SMBThe science fiction genre was ahead of the curve in describing the concept of virtual reality. In books, movies, and television, tales of virtual worlds accessed through technology were creations of wonder. Visionaries like Walt Disney, or at least his company, created the 1982 movie Tron; the story of a computer programmer, whose work was stolen by the greedy corporation he was released from, was sucked into the game he developed, and had to fight his way out. Virtual disaster recovery, however, is not about escaping from a computer simulation; rather it’s using virtualization tools to ensure a rapid, smooth recovery from any type of issue on the data loss spectrum from a single instance of corruption to a full organizational-wide infrastructure failure. It’s a documented fact that 50% of small or mid-sized business that experience a catastrophic data loss will fail within two years and thinking about a disaster recovery strategy, every potential risk must be identified including those that are unlikely statically. Granted, it’s an extremely uncomfortable exercise, and no one wants to dwell on the possibility of negative outcomes when thinking about their business.

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5/20/13 Moore, OK EF-5 Tornado

5/20/13 Moore, OK EF-5  Tornado

Large, violent tornado plowed through Moore, OK. We intercepted the tornado from within a half mile by South Moore High School. Complete destruction…prayer…

how can you stay safe form these things… they freak me out… i read a blog post at that might be useful.

Extreme Weather And Data Loss

 Extreme Weather And Data LossThere is nothing more soothing than the sound and smell of a gentle spring rain. However, severe thunderstorms and torrential rainfall bring the possibility of unexpected data loss if the correct precautions are note taken. Even with careful planning there is still the potential for loss due to unexpected circumstances. Many dangerous severe weather conditions could wreak havoc in important, critical computer data.

Lightning strikes cause power surges, voltage spikes and potential power loss. All of these events cause damage and loss on unprotected systems. Surges and spikes cause damage to sensitive electronic and electrical components. Damage to the electronic components of the hard drive will render the drive unreadable and the data inaccessible. The other components of the computer may be damaged as well.

High winds are also potentially damaging to the electrical infrastructure of the office, business or manufacturing facility. Along with lightning, wind damage also shuts down electrical systems. If uninterruptable power supplies do not protect computers, they will shut down suddenly and improperly. Not only will the data currently in use be lost, but the operating system could suffer corruption of important system files. The drive on the computer would become inaccessible. Furthermore, the potential for physical damage to the drive exists. The components of the read and write heads may suffer damage and scratch the delicate platter of the drive.

Get Immediate Help For Financial Emergencies With A Payday Loan

 Get Immediate Help For Financial Emergencies With A Payday LoanThere are times when you find yourself in an unexpected financial emergency. It cannot be avoided that all your saved money is used up and you do not have any other source of money until your next pay check arrives. In a situation like this, you simply cannot wait for the next payday because you need the money right away. If that is the case then the solution to your problem is a loan.

A loan has the advantage of being able to provide you with the money that you need right away. There is no need to wait for your next payday to come. Being able to have immediate access to the money that you need is important if there are some bills that you need to pay right away. The longer that you leave these bills unpaid, the bigger the charges get. It is better to just take advantage of a loan to get the money that you need and then pay your bills right away.

A loan also has the advantage of having a really short processing time. A loan is not like any other bank loan where you need to present all the necessary documents and then wait for a few days until you get the approval for your loan. With a loan, the processing and approval can be done in just a matter of hours. The loan transaction is very quick and easy. You just need to file for the loan and present the documents needed and the money that you need will be in your hands after just a few hours.What is also great about a loan is that the requirements are very minimal. You do not need to present a lot of documents just to get the loan that you need. A loan also does not require a credit check. This is great for individuals with bad credit. With a regular bank loan, the chance of getting a loan is very slim for people with bad credit.


Most Common Residential Plumbing Emergencies

 Most Common Residential Plumbing EmergenciesClogged drains, damaged pipes, and gas leaks are the most common residential emergency plumbing situations that people summon their plumber for. The irony is that such plumbing emergencies can be prevented by us from the start. Indeed emergency plumbers report that plumbing negligence is the number one cause for stubborn obstructions in drains and defective pipes. Surprisingly this indicates that we value our cars more than our home. Why? Simply because we service our cars once a year while we dismiss doing the same to our plumbing systems until we face a plumbing emergency by which time it is too late to undo the damage done to our home.

In general preventive maintenance to your home’s plumbing, every once in a while, will not only keep plumbing fixtures, drains and pipes in good condition for a long time, but will further allow you to spot early problems and have them fixed before they escalate to costly plumbing emergencies. When you encounter an emergency plumbing situation you can take steps to reduce damage to the minimum thereby cutting down your plumbing cost too.

Burst Pipes: Your top objective until the emergency plumber arrives on the scene is stop water flowing out of the hole. Locate the main shutoff valve to your house and close it. Turning off the shutoff valve will close the water supply to the fixtures and therefore stop the flood. Next turn on cold water taps to drain quickly pipes from trapped water and steam. After damage controlling the emergency call in your plumber to repair or replace the burst section of the pipe.Frozen Pipes: When water in pipes freeze they expand and may even burst the pipe. Close the main shutoff valve. If the pipe has not split yet, thaw it with hot water bottles from the end of the pipe nearest to the tap. Thawing must be gentle, never with a naked flame, to avoid thermal water expansion that too can split the pipe. As a preventive maintenance make sure your pipes are appropriately insulated against the cold months.