5 Levels of Business Data Backup

5 Levels of Business Data BackupWith all the attention that cloud apps and services get, it’s easy to forget one of the most important functions that cloud computing serves: backup.

Never have there been more (or better) choices for business data backup. What can be difficult, however, is figuring out what the best option is for your particular business.

Backing up your company data locally and in the cloud both have their own distinct advantages. Additionally, you can use both options concurrently if that’s what works for you. As businesses evolve, they tend to go through various levels of data backup solutions as their needs grow more complex. (more…)

BCDR: What Does “Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery” Mean For Your Business And Why Should You Care?

BCDR PlanBCDR is an acronym for a group of buzzwords (Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery) that means little to most business owners and managers.

However, as a concept, BCDR is important for business owners and managers to understand.

Many business owners believe their business is protected from data disruptions because critical files are backed up to the cloud. If a file is overwritten or corrupted, the most recent copy can be easily downloaded. So far, so good. (more…)

2019 Fastest Growing Companies in the Sacramento Region

Fastest Growing Sacramento Region BusinessesThe Sacramento Business Journal recently published a list of the 50 Fastest Growing companies of 2019.

Congratulations to the leadership and staff of all the organizations that made the list.

At Fortis, we have experienced double-digit growth over the last two years. We’re proud to serve many growing companies in the Sacramento area with our managed IT services offerings.

Below is a description of what each company from the Journal’s list does, along with a link to their website. (more…)

PG&E Outages: Public Safety Power Shutoffs and Your Business

Updated: October 8, 2019

PG&E Outages: Public Safety Power Shutoffs and Your BusinessFor many Northern California businesses, the probability of an extended PG&E outage has increased in the past year.

This is because PG&E implemented a program called Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) in order to be more proactive about the company’s part in wildfire prevention.

Different from an unplanned PG&E power outage that happens as a result of an unexpected event, the purpose of PSPS is to trigger a PG&E outage as a preemptive measure. The goal is to prevent PG&E infrastructure components from starting or exacerbating a wildfire when weather conditions pose a high fire danger. (more…)

3 Ways to Protect Your Business from Ransomware Threats

RansomwareMany businesses know that malware can lead to serious issues, such as causing a data breach, bringing down an entire network, and much more.

But many of these same businesses think of malware too generally. After all, malware is an umbrella term that applies to spyware, adware, viruses, and several other forms. All of these can be harmful, but ultimately they have different effects and risks.

Ransomware is one of the scariest strains of malware, especially for businesses. The “ransom” part is what separates it from other types. It locks your files and data, so your entire system is basically held hostage until you can pay the ransom. (more…)

Are Robocalls Ruining Your Work Day?

Robocalls at WorkRobocalls are awful, right? Pretty much everyone agrees on that.

Aside from the spammers who inundate people with unwanted phone calls and voicemails every day, these calls are something no one wants to have to deal with. While robocalls on your home or mobile phone are bad enough, robocalls at work can be worse.

As the onslaught of phone spam continues, preventing these calls in the workplace is becoming a bigger priority for organizations of all sizes.

Depending on what type of phone service your company is using, curtailing the stream of robocalls may be easier said than done. (more…)

Yealink VoIP Phone Buyer’s Guide

Yealink VoIP PhonesOne of the most important factors for anyone considering a move to VoIP for business phone service is the actual phones themselves. The good news is that there are plenty of phones in the marketplace now. The not-so-good news is that many businesses often overlook great options from lesser-known providers.

By sticking only to well known brands, many businesses end up paying a lot more for VoIP phones than they need to. While many people shopping for VoIP phones recognize names like Polycom, Cisco, and Panasonic, not nearly as many are familiar with Yealink. (more…)

What You Need to Know About Windows 7 End of Life

Windows 7 End of LifeThe Windows 7 end of life date is set for January 14, 2020. That’s when Microsoft will quit providing technical support, software updates, and security patches for Windows 7.

Do you have to switch to Windows 10? No, you can keep using the older version if you want, but you should think about making the change because it might benefit you or your business.

Here are some key questions to consider in order to make the right decision: (more…)