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Gabsten Technologies ensures Sasria’s data is always on and always available with managed services offering

Oct 18th, 2019

Access to data is critical for any business, but if you are South Africa’s only short-term insurance provider of special risk cover, a data loss event could prove catastrophic.

Gabsten Technologies – A decade of world-class data management experience

Oct 4th, 2019

A recent survey conducted by Gabsten Technologies highlights how important data is to South African businesses.

63% of respondents said their business could not function without data, while a further 14% stated that they could only survive one day without their data.

“In a digital age, it is almost impossible to conduct business as usual without access to data. For the respondents that believe they could function without their data, this is unfortunately not the case,” said Hemant Harie, Managing Director at Gabsten Technologies.

Further to this, the amount of data being used and stored worldwide is increasing at an exponential rate with no signs of slowing down, which is why organisations need to look towards data management to guarantee that their data is secure.

At the end of 2018, the IDC predicted the world’s data totalled 33 zettabytes, and that by 2025 this figure will increase to 175 zettabytes – translating to a 61% compounded annual growth rate.

These figures prove it is of critical importance for businesses to have a powerful and scalable data management system in place to ensure they can deal with the continued increase in available data.

Gabsten Technologies – A decade of data management experience

South Africa’s most experienced Commvault Authorised Support Partner, which currently serves as the only such partner in the country, is Gabsten Technologies.

Established in October 2009, Gabsten Technologies offers a comprehensive set of data management services that ensure the safety and accessibility of business’s data at all times.

The company is dominant in this field thanks to a long-standing partnership with Commvault – a leading international data management software provider – as well as its unmatched experience implementing rigorous and powerful data management solutions for South African businesses.

Gabsten Technologies has been operating within the Commvault ecosystem in South Africa for the past 10 years and is experienced and qualified to provide South African businesses with unparalleled data management services and offerings.

Services from Gabsten Technologies

Gabsten Technologies offers an array of services that can assist with every data management need a business may have, including:

  • Solution design and implementation – coupled with professional Project Management.
  • Remote monitoring services to highlight and address potential issues.
  • Managed services encompassing proactive monitoring, reporting and troubleshooting of environments to ensure uninterrupted service and data protection.

All of these services are critical in any business and combine to form a comprehensive data management solution.

Additionally, Gabsten’s experienced team of data management specialists walks you through the entire formulation and implementation of your data management solution – confirming that you understand what is being implemented and how it will benefit your business.

Experts will assess your current data environment and infrastructure to determine the best possible solution for your business. This assessment and solution proposal addresses the following key business data protection points:

  • Backup
  • Recovery
  • Archiving
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Business Continuity

The consultants will ensure that your needs and desires are met, while simultaneously ensuring you have ample room to scale your business’s data solution in the future.

Gabsten’s experience in the data management sector, combined with their Authorised Support Partners status with Commvault, allows them to safeguard your data  removes the added pressure of you securing your data, allowing you to focus on what your business does best.

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“18% of businesses do not have any backup strategy and only 60% of those who do include Disaster Recovery and high availability,” said Harie.

However, every minute delayed in implementing a superior data management system for your business leaves your business at risk of succumbing to disaster.

Contact Gabsten Technologies today to learn more about how they can help your business to secure its data.

Data Backups – Start with what you can’t afford to lose

Sep 16th, 2019

By Chris de Bruyn, Operations Director at Gabsten Technologies

Toy Story 2 almost didn’t happen. Somewhere during the 3D animated movie’s production, an administrator accidentally destroyed all of the movie’s data assets, including the meticulously crafted models and animations. Were it not for the technical director, who made backups to continue her work at home, Pixar’s ground-breaking sequel may have never come to life.

This happened 20 years ago. Today, it would be impossible to store such a project on even a handful of external drives. The volume of data is much greater and modern environments more complex: what about applications, operating systems, virtual machines or configurations? Do you have plans for those?

Saving everything isn’t a strategy. It’s the single biggest mistake companies make around backups (apart from having no backups!). This can cause large yet avoidable costs due to the fact that not all data needs to be stored in the same way. However, even ‘everything’ is a subjective scope since people often don’t know what should be backed up.

You can use a simple rule to clear this up: if the data is critical to your business, if your business could stall and close its doors when something happened to that data – then it’s critical data.

Yet, this definition of critical data is unique to your operations. Its behaviour (how it is accessed and used) drives your business continuity strategy. Some data might need to be on-site for quick recovery, but for other uses – perhaps a roaming sales force – a cloud-backup system could be much more convenient. You may only need to save production files because reinstalling operating systems and applications is quick. But then again maybe there are carefully managed and delicate systems that will take much less time to recover than recreate.

Therefore, poll everyone on what data they use and how they use it. Backups should meet the requirements of tax legislation or privacy laws such as GDPR and POPI Act, however, effective data backups start at the operational layers – and it’s the people at the coalface who can give the best practical insight.

Assume nothing, even at the technical levels. Your systems may have been installed by an engineer who has since left the organisation but, does their replacement have sufficient understanding of the system requirements to recover those successfully? It’s important to explore such questions without judgement. Data planning requires collaboration to avoid disastrous loss and finger-pointing later.

Moreover, an Enterprise Content Management (ECM) service is a useful way to start understanding your data and recognising what is critical. This can identify important data, encourage employees to recognise such data and their relevant ownership, and drive policies for data backups. You can also establish an internal committee using different people in the organisation to guide business continuity efforts.

In addition, remember that data backups are not optional. Every company must have a Disaster Recovery or Business Continuity strategy, tested often – monthly, if possible. Yet, throwing all your data into one backup pool is pointless and expensive. Good backups depend on you knowing your data and its behaviour. Your business strategy must reflect the understanding of what data keeps your organisation breathing.

You might be lucky and an employee diligently copied files out of harm’s reach. But this isn’t 1999. Today data is everywhere, from information to applications. If you want to keep it safe, start by knowing what data is needed to keep everything going.

Data management vs Data management – do you know the difference?

Aug 29th, 2019

With IDC predicting that the collective sum of the world’s data will grow from 33 zettabytes in 2018 to a 175ZB by 2025, it is more important than ever for organisations to ensure that their information is managed appropriately.

Top business continuity and disaster recovery questions – asked and answered by Gabsten Technologies

Jul 31st, 2019

Answered by Hemant Harie, Managing Director at Gabsten Technologies.

Is your organisation’s business continuity and disaster recovery up to scratch?

Jul 5th, 2019

Business Continuity (BC) and Disaster Recovery (DR) have become imperative to ensure organisations can handle the many different elements that may affect their data and thus their ability to operate.

South African businesses underestimate the need for data management

Jun 14th, 2019

A recent Data Management survey conducted by Gabsten Technologies has revealed some interesting insight into how South African businesses view their data.

Not embracing the cloud can dull your competitive edge

May 30th, 2019

Digital transformation is essential if any organisation is to remain relevant today and future proof their foundation.

Cloud backup – guarding against data loss from ransomware

May 10th, 2019

More and more companies are falling prey to purveyors of ransomware.

Proactive support for your Commvault suite with Gabsten’s Remote Monitoring Services

Apr 25th, 2019

In a world where access to data is intrinsically linked to the functionality of a business, you simply cannot afford to lose access to your data regardless of where it is stored and subsequently backed-up.