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It Isn’t Too Late to Upgrade to Windows 10… But It’s Getting Close!

Moving away from Windows 7 is becoming more crucial every day.

Is your business still running Windows 7?

This isn’t a good thing, and soon, it’s going to get a lot worse - Microsoft is pulling support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. As a result, any business that hasn’t upgraded will very quickly find itself in a tough spot.

Why is that?

Well, prior to January 14, Microsoft has still been keeping Windows 7 safe with patches and other improvements to its security. However, once January 14 passes, these security updates aren’t going to happen anymore.

Hopefully, you see how this would be a problem for your organization.

Contact us so one of the professionals here at CloudShark 360 can figure out how to most effectively update your business’ computing.

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Using technology to strategically protect your business from data loss.

At CloudShark 360, we always attempt to prioritize security. We offer solutions to build comprehensive strategies for organizational physical security, network security, and cybersecurity with one singular focus: to protect assets. In most cases, the asset we are focused on is your business’ data. Failure to protect your data can have several devastating results for your business.

Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), is a platform that takes the guesswork out of disaster recovery. We take data protection to the next level by applying risk management best practices to come up with a workable strategy that will combine some of the best hardware, software, and technical proficiency in one completely managed service.

Build Continuity

Disaster recovery is an essential part of a wider business continuity strategy.

Business continuity is a detailed process that’s success is largely dictated by how prepared a business is for negative situations. At CloudShark 360, we ensure that your disaster recovery platform is well structured with seamless orchestration using some of today’s most advanced tools. Our team of knowledgeable technicians understand that production failures can come from many different parts of your business. As a result, our DRaaS platform dedicates attention to limiting downtime, no matter where it comes from.

DRaaS isn’t a replacement for, but a resource of, your company’s business continuity platform. For this reason, the aim is to coordinate action and ensure that all the digital resources - including onsite and cloud-hosted assets - are redundant, available, and are at the ready for restoration in a manner commensurate with your organization’s needs. Weighing organizational risk for disaster, whether it be...

  • Natural disaster
  • Failure in your organizational processes
  • Cyberattack
  • Result of human failure

…plays a crucial part in designing and maintaining a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy.

Actively Accounting for Risk

Weighting specific risk helps build a custom DR platform for your business.

Ensuring that your business can recover from any disaster that strikes is the name of the game for any successful disaster recovery strategy. That means establishing a DR policy where downtime is kept to a minimum. In order to do that, our technicians work to build system redundancy, while also identifying where your business is most susceptible to monetary and productivity loss. This lets us significantly reduce your RTO and RPO metrics. Depending on the disaster, having DRaaS from CloudShark 360 in place could be the difference between being in business and closing up shop forever.

DRaaS from CloudShark 360

Our Custom DRaaS will literally save your business.

Once our technicians have ascertained exactly how to best build the disaster recovery platform your business needs, we will launch a scaled down version of your current environment that is constantly managed, maintained, and tested to ensure that it is ready for any situation that is thrown your business’ way. This provides the best opportunity to get back to business as usual.

Since most businesses today need to meet security and compliance standards, we build out your disaster recovery platform to meet every standard that your day-to-day business needs to meet. We also offer end-to-end transparency of your recovery infrastructure so that any intricacies your business has are taken into consideration.

You need to protect your business from the threat of extended downtime, no matter the cause. Complete the form or call us today at (217) 383-0045 to talk to one of our DR experts and get started protecting your business’ most crucial assets today!

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IT for Financial Services

IT for Financial

Bringing reliable IT products and management to businesses in the financial sector. 

Finance is the epitome of a data-driven industry. As a result, information technology is an integral part of modern-day financial services. In order to keep up with the rapidly-shifting financial services industry, businesses that work in finance need reliable information systems and comprehensive IT support. 

At CloudShark 360, we offer IT services and support for all facets of the financial services industry. We offer solutions for:

  • Banking & Exchange
  • Wealth Management
  • Insurance
  • Accountancy

To keep your business running efficiently, a dedication to excellence and an expert attention to detail is required. Our team of certified professionals are knowledgeable about the specific needs businesses that function inside of the financial industry have, and have solutions for every operational problem technology can solve.

Expert IT consulting saves money and promotes efficiency

No two businesses are the same. That goes double for businesses that operate in finance. When dealing with people’s money, operational effectiveness needs to be maintained. Your business needs an expert perspective in order to get to the bottom of your operational inefficiencies.

At CloudShark 360, we offer comprehensive consulting for businesses in the financial industry. With the speed and importance of the transactions your organization makes, maintaining a reliable, secure, and compliant IT infrastructure is key. Our knowledgeable consultants can design an innovative solution that completely works for your company today and in the future.

Security-minded experts handle all your compliance needs

If data security and regulatory compliance are integral to your business’ success, having dedicated professionals who understand what’s at stake can make all the difference. CloudShark 360’s certified IT technicians know what it takes to meet the data protection, reporting, and security standards for several regulations and regulatory bodies, including:

  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • Security and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX)
  • Payment Card Index (PCI-DSS)
  • Gramm Leach Bliley Act (GLBA)
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Windows 7 End of Life - Your Business Can’t Afford to Run Out the Clock on This One

 

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What’s the Big Deal?

Microsoft is retiring the very popular Windows 7 operating system, and any system still running that OS after January 14, 2020 will NOT BE SUPPORTED. There will be no further bug fixes or security updates which can leave your business vulnerable to security breaches. If you require compliance certifications your computer will no longer be in compliance. 

What Should You Do?

Simply put, you need to immediately make a plan to upgrade away from Windows 7. 

What Are Your Options?

You can upgrade to Windows 10 or you can look to the cloud-based offerings such as Microsoft 365, which provides a web-hosted copy of Windows 10 Pro. 

What needs to be done:

  1. Establish what computer systems are running Windows 7
  2. Review computer hardware and consider replacing to support Windows 10
  3. Check your line of business and other applications for compatibility
  4. Establish a timeline and a budget
  5. Plan time for employee training

If you are still using Windows 7, our expert consultants can give you a hand to beat the clock before it runs out. Contact CloudShark 360 today!

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CloudShark 360 launches new website!

CloudShark 360 is proud to announce the launch of our new website at www.cloudshark360.com. The goal of the new website is to make it easier for our existing clients to submit and manage support requests, and provide more information about our services for prospective clients.

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Is Your Cloud Solution Actually a Money Pit?

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The cloud has proven to be an extremely useful tool for the modern business. Not only does it provide anywhere-anytime access to applications, processing, storage, etc; it also delivers those products as a service, allowing you to budget for recurring costs rather than major upfront ones. This provides your organization with functional, supported, and secure computing environments that eliminate a lot of the support costs that traditional computing environments require. It sounds like a perfect scenario for small and large businesses alike, but things aren’t always what they seem, as a lot of cloud users have found that they have incurred several hidden costs by using cloud platforms. Today, we take a look at these hidden costs.

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4 Ways a Managed Service Provider Can Help Your Business

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How much does your business rely on technology to keep your organization running forward? As business technology becomes more complex, it’s becoming increasingly popular for organizations to have their own internal IT departments to manage and maintain it. Yet, small businesses don’t often have the necessary funds for such a feat. How can your company afford quality IT service? You can start by pursuing managed IT solutions from a managed service provider.

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