Wednesday, 28 April 2010
eHDF Delivers Free Security and Disaster Recovery ‘Health-Checks'
eHosting DataFort, the region’s leading managed IT and advisory services provider and a member of TECOM Investments, today announced the successful delivery of a free ‘health-check’ programme, designed to help companies evaluate the state of their IT infrastructure in terms of level of efficiency through assessing the risks, threats and vulnerabilities, along with providing detailed reports on how to mitigate the same.
The Security and Disaster Recovery health-check is a one-day assessment that involves an audit of networks, firewalls and Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS), processes and operations covering the IT infrastructure. Led by a team of qualified consultants, engineers and experts at eHDF, the ‘health-check’ team made personalized site visits to several companies’ including the data centres and computer rooms to evaluate the data centre environment, security infrastructure and disaster recovery plans for these organizations.
Following the audits, eHDF consultants presented IT managers with details of threats and vulnerabilities along with an analysis of the findings that determined major and minor risks. A recommendation on areas where the information systems could be improved was also offered.
Launched in February, the free ‘health-check’ campaign has received an overwhelming response – a confirmation of the importance businesses attach to safeguarding their IT systems and infrastructure from potential threats and risks.
Yasser Zeineldin, CEO of eHosting DataFort, said: “At the heart of IT lies the data centre, a central component that organizations heavily depend on to ensure their business operations remain uninterrupted. At the same time, while information systems are responsible for carrying out daily operations, any serious threats from cyber attacks, human errors or natural disasters can heavily impact the overall business and erode overall revenue.
“As part of our commitment to creating greater awareness, eHosting DataFort believes regular assessments of a company’s data centre, security infrastructure and disaster recovery plan will help corporations realize the potential threats and losses a business is exposed to every day. We are confident our free consultations offered organizations a risk-free insight into gauging the need for introspection and explore options for taking corrective action in improving the overall IT environment. We also hope our visits provided them a chance to benefit from our team’s extensive knowledge and expertise in helping them define counteractive measures and plug gaps wherever required.”
The data centre health-check aims at conducting an in-depth analysis of an organization’s server rooms and identifies gaps in resilience, existing tier levels and service level agreements. The assessment also examined the capacity, availability, reliability and security of the data centres while looking at ways they could be reconfigured to improve the efficiency of energy consumption.
Industry reports from Gartner, an information technology research and advisory firm, reveal that two out of five enterprises that experience a disaster will go out of business in five years. Enterprises, however, can improve the odds against disaster if they take adequate measures before and after such disasters, reports point out. Economists and industry sources further estimated that damages to organizations caused by a major power outage in one of the emirates in 2009 ranged between AED70-100 million.
Boasting a wide network of technology and channel partners within the GCC/MENA, Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific regions, eHosting DataFort remains committed to helping customers leverage their IT systems to reduce costs and realize maximum revenue potential.
A two-time award winner for Best Service Provider of the year, eHosting DataFort has been recognized for its innovative use of new technology in 2009 for deploying and implementing an Operations Support System (OSS) within its data centres and network operation centres in the region.