January 29, 2015 / Evolve IP Companies should view data centers like castles. Backup sites need to be heavily fortified against all possible threats and should be placed in strategic locations.Yet, many businesses are unaware of how important distance and the surrounding area are for recovery efforts.There’s no hard and fast rule regarding how far away your data center should be located but in a blog post about recovery data centers for Forrester, Rachel Dines put it perfectly when she said, “the sites should be far enough apart that they are not subject to the majority of the same risks.”Evolve IP released a new report on disaster recovery that highlights several surprising data points regarding best practices for backup centers. Evolve IP found two interesting differentiations in terms of distance with our study:
Nearly half of the respondents from government agencies noted their secondary site is less than 25 miles away from the main site
20% of commercial businesses that utilize secondary sites stationed them within 25 miles as well. Only about 14% of the organizations we analyzed place their backup centers 1,000 miles away or more from their home base.
A backup site that is housed within 25 miles of your primary site is not a good idea for one significant reason. There is a high risk of both sites shutting down when a strong storm, power outage or other catastrophic event occurs rendering the entire purpose of secondary data center obsolete. Should you need to gain physical access to the secondary site reaching that location may also be impossible.A data center location that is kept 1,000 miles away or more however won’t fall prey to the same problems as the primary location. In his post on Data Center Knowledge, Prashant Baweja, offers some good tips on what to consider when choosing a location for your secondary site.Seismic Zones Making sure the secondary site is outside of the same seismic zone as the primary site is a good rule of thumb. This way both sites will not fall victim to the same seismic disasters. There are plenty of seismic zone maps available on the web like the one below.Environment and Climate Be wary of the environment where your secondary site is located. If it is prone to drastic climate changes and inclement weather these details can have drastic effects on the site.Electrical Power Another good rule of thumb for understanding if the location of your data backup center is too close to your primary is if the two are dependent on the same source of electrical power. There is a great tool online for assessing the power grids and other industrial facilities in your local area. Just visit the EIA and choose the state you’d like to investigate.Risk Assessments It’s important to note that many companies have compliance standards they have to adhere to that often force facilities like backup centers to be managed in a certain way. Dejan Koustic, of 27001 Academy, writes that when companies do not have compliances requiring them to move their secondary sites to a certain location they have to undergo risk assessments that often look at many factors including what we’ve talked about here but also other forces like pandemic diseases, natural disasters, facilities like nuclear plants and military zones.Evolve IP found that of the companies that have their data backup center location over 1,000 miles from the primary site, 17% of those have compliance standards and 7.5% do not.Balancing Risk The perfect location for a backup site will depend on your needs. However, a good general rule of thumb is “don’t house your secondary data center locations in an area that could be affected by the same issues as the first one.”Our 2015 Disaster Recovery Report sheds more light on this issue and can ensure your backup center is properly protected. Download the full report to learn more.Categories: Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery
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Evolve IP cloud solutions are proven to make users more productive, more mobile, more secure and less dependent on IT resources. Using the analyst-acclaimed Evolve IP OneCloud™ we deploy PurposeBuilt® Workspaces that unify collaboration and communications, SaaS and hosted applications, access management and contact centers. Integrating industry-leading technology partners like Microsoft, Cisco, Citrix and VMware, with our own intellectual property, our solutions have been deployed into thousands of enterprises and over 500,000 users around the globe; including into some of the world’s most well-known brands. We are fully invested in building lasting relationships with our clients because our success is built around businesses expanding their services within the Evolve IP OneCloud. This focus keeps us dedicated to driving successful client outcomes and has resulted in Evolve IP scoring consistently at the top of verified analyst and client satisfaction rankings.
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At Evolve IP we have a dedicated compliance and security practice and work with two of the world’s top 3rd-party compliance auditors, Grant Thornton and Ernst & Young, to enable customers to extend their compliance to our fully audited cloud. This focus allows us to deliver the documentation and assurances that other’s simply cannot including HIPAA / HITRUST, PCI-DSS (all 12 sections), SOC 2/3 and more. The Compliance CloudTM includes true client isolation, encryption in transit and at rest, private VLANs, firewalls and dozens of other security measures.
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Evolve IP is proud to have achieved the honor of being HITRUST CSF certified! Certification to the HITRUST Common Security Framework (CSF) affirms that all of Evolve IP’s cloud computing and cloud communications services adhere to the strictest security standards for electronic protected health information (PHI). The HITRUST security standard was developed by and for the healthcare industry as a means of going above and beyond the compliance requirements of HIPAA.
The HITRUST Common Security Framework (CSF) was developed to address the multitude of security, privacy and regulatory challenges facing healthcare organizations. The HITRUST CSF was developed by healthcare and IT professionals to provide an efficient and prescriptive framework for managing the security requirements inherent in HIPAA. HITRUST CSF rationalizes healthcare-relevant regulations and standards into a single overarching security framework. An important part of the “What is HITRUST” answer is understanding that the CSF is risk-based and compliance-based so that organizations can tailor the security control baselines and vendor management programs that they follow based on their specific organization type, size, systems, and regulatory requirements.
The Privacy regulations of the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) require health care providers, organizations, and their business associates, develop and follow procedures that ensure the confidentiality and security of protected health information (PHI) when it is transferred, received, handled, or shared. This applies to all forms of PHI — paper, oral, and electronic, etc. Those who fail to adhere to HIPAA can suffer from huge fines climbing into the millions of dollars for major violations.
The Compliance Cloud™ fully enables covered entities and their business associates subject to HIPAA regulations to leverage a secure environment to process, maintain, and store protected health Information (PHI) featuring among other controls.
SSAW 16 Service Organization Control II (SOC 2)
Evolve IP has received an SSAE 16 SOC 2 Type II report on our internal controls relating to how we assess and address the potential risks associated with the security, availability, and confidentiality of not only the cloud-based services that we provide, but also our physical and logical infrastructure. Evolve IP utilizes the Certified Public Accounting firm of Grant Thornton to perform its annual audit and attestation in accordance with the Statements on Standards for Attestation Engagements No. 16 and the associated Trust Services Principles, as published by the AICPA, to evaluate the effectiveness of Evolve IP’s service organizations controls.
While Forbes regularly features coverage and recognition about Evolve IP, they've most recently recognized Evolve IP as being the "Best Cloud Computing Companies And CEOs To Work For In 2017". They've ranked Evolve IP in the Top 3 just behind Google and Microsoft in the Cloud Infrastructure classification. (Feb 2017). Forbes also recently recognizes Evolve IP for bringing Singer Equipment Corporation, a mainstream business based in PA, into the cloud by means of unified communication. (Sept 2017). Last year, Forbes recognized Evolve IP's survey of 1,080 executives citing that the number one reason to go to the cloud is the same reason that it is avoided. (Mar 2016).
Unified Communications Product of the Year
TMC and Internet Telephony Magazine have named Evolve IP’s unified communications platform as a 2017 Unified Communications Product of the Year Award winner. This marks the 6th time Evolve IP has been honored with this prestigious award and follows a series of product innovations that have allowed the company to rapidly expand its international coverage.
Evolve IP’s business collaboration tools and IP phone system dramatically improve employee productivity in the office and on the road with a Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) platform that fully integrates voice, video, instant messaging & presence (IM&P), desktop sharing, audio/web conferencing and more. The company also provides a sophisticated Web-based management portal, OSSmosis®, that allows administrators to easily configure system functions and quickly modify users without the need to reach out to a third party for changes.
Inc. magazine has recognized Evolve IP in the 34th annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive listing of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list will be unveiled in the September issue of Inc.
The story of this year's Inc. 5000 is the story of great leadership. In an incredibly competitive business landscape, it takes something extraordinary to take your company to the top," says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. "You have to remember that the average company on the Inc. 5000 grew nearly six-fold since 2012. Business owners don't achieve that kind of success by accident.
Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)
Evolve IP has achieved Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS) compliance covering all 12 sections of the PCI DSS. The PCI data security standard is a comprehensive set of standards that require merchants and service providers that store, process, or transmit customer payment card data to adhere to strict information security controls and processes. It was created by the founding brands of the PCI Security Standards Council, which includes American Express, Discover Financial, JCB International, MasterCard Worldwide, and Visa Inc.
Evolve IP is also a registered and participating member of the CSA Security, Trust & Assurance Registry (STAR). The CSA was formed to encourage transparency of security practices within cloud providers. It is a free, publicly accessible registry that documents the security controls provided by various cloud computing offerings, thereby helping users assess the security of cloud providers they currently use or are considering contracting with. CSA STAR is open to all cloud providers, and allows them to submit assessment reports that document compliance to CSA published best practices. The searchable registry will allow potential cloud customers to review the security practices of providers, accelerating their due diligence and leading to higher quality procurement experiences. CSA STAR represents a major leap forward in industry transparency, encouraging providers to make security capabilities a market differentiator.
Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500TM
Evolve IP has been ranked for the second consecutive year on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and energy tech companies in North America – both public and private. Technology Fast 500 award winners are selected based on percentage fiscal year revenue growth from 2012 to 2015. The list is a veritable Who’s Who of technology that has included tech companies like Google, VMware and Facebook.
Technology Fast 500 provides a ranking of the fastest growing technology, life sciences, and energy the companies – both public and private – in North America. Technology Fast 500 award winners are selected based on percentage fiscal year revenue growth during the period from 2012 – 2016.
Red Herring has named Evolve IP as one of the Top 100 Companies in North America. Red Herring’s Top 100 recognizes the leading and most promising private companies from around the world. Among the over 20 criteria used to analyze companies for the award, Evolve IP was noted for its financial performance, technological innovation, customer footprint, the DNA of its founders and addressable market.
Red Herring selects the award winners for North America from approximately 1,200 privately financed companies each year in the US and Canada. Since 1996, Red Herring has kept tabs on these organizations and its editors were among the first to recognize that companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, Skype, Salesforce.com, YouTube, Palo Alto Networks and eBay would change the way we live and work.
Evolve IP has been recognized as one of the “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America” in Entrepreneur magazine’s Entrepreneur360™ Performance Index, a study involving a comprehensive analysis of private companies in America. Based on this study forged by Entrepreneur, Evolve IP is recognized as a company that exemplifies growth, not just in top and bottom line, but in sustainability and the ability to achieve lasting success.
According to Entrepreneur, after evaluating approximately 10,000 U.S. based firms, the team of editors and researchers behind the E360 Performance Index collected more than 250 pieces of data from the finalists, focusing on growth drivers and challenges, goal setting, resource allocations, and reward systems. The analysis uncovered a class of leading companies, including Evolve IP, whose continued success is largely based on superior value creation for their customers, building an adaptive learning culture, and aggressive geographic expansion—placing them amongst the most dynamic firms in America today.
Evolve IP®, the world's leading provider of Work Anywhere™ solutions; today announced that it has integrated the omnichannel Evolve Contact Suite with Microsoft Teams and the company's virtual Workspaces...