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The Benefits of Cloud Computing

If you’re thinking about leaping into the cloud, you’re probably making the right choice. For years, cloud computing has been growing, and it’s now a solid concept that is central to many company’s operations. It presents few problems, but comes with many benefits. Let’s talk about a few.   Cheaper Cloud computing is probably cheaper than whatever you’re doing instead. When you use the cloud, there is much less need for networking and storage equipment. Some companies have eliminated them completely. Often, the cloud services even provide software. These services are almost always less expensive than having them in the office,…

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Start Your Business Off Right with NAS (Network Attached Storage)

Although it may not be in demand right away, your need for storage as a business will grow. In the beginning, there is little data to work with and need stored, but it will change as weeks and months go by. Being ready for this new demand is essential, as opposed to handling it when the time comes. It is best to look into an affordable solution, especially when you are just starting your business as every bit of money you spend is money that you need to make back to begin succeeding and growing. Budget-friendly Storage It is hard…

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Servers vs Peer-to-Peer Networks for Small Businesses

Small businesses generally use one of two types of computer networks. These are the peer-to-peer network or the server-based network. For the very small business with up to about five computers, peer-to-peer is often used because they are inexpensive to set up. The employees using these computers typically work in close proximity and interact frequently. Connecting their computers together in this way allow them to conveniently share files and to use shared devices such as a printer. The Problems Of Peer-To-Peer However, even with as few as five computers (clients) on a peer-to-peer network, difficulties often arise. One of these…

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SANS Policy Templates: Disaster Recovery

The SANS Institute has published several information security policy templates describing best data security practices in template format. This largely means that you can ‘fill in the blanks’ when developing a security policy (although some modification will be in order for your specific circumstances). In this post we’ll look at the SANS template for disaster recovery planning. Disaster recovery planning is like security policy in two important ways. Like security policy, the reason for developing, updating and reviewing a disaster recovery policy is not always obvious in terms of immediate benefit. That is to say, a manager can quantify precisely how and why…

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Network Security: How Google Can Help Defend Against Sony-Style Hacking

You’re probably quite familiar by now how hackers, most likely from North Korea, broke into Sony’s network to steal confidential information, disrupt service, and cause general mayhem. You’re resigned to something like that happening to your business someday, thinking true security isn’t possible against determined criminals. Actually, there is something you can do and Google can help. Your first line of defense against any such intrusions consists of the hardware and software that you use to run your business. So before you buy any new devices or applications, take the time to research how adequate their built-in security features are….

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Maximize Your Uptime with Server Hosting Services

Operating a business is a time-consuming responsibility. You spend your time acquiring and serving clients, meeting your reporting and financial obligations, and developing the resources to continue to satisfy your customers. You need to stay on the cusp of your market’s frontier, which means you have to be developing new products and services to meet the shifting needs of your clients. You need to build up and leverage your strengths, as well as shore up and minimize your weaknesses. During busy seasons, adding an extra day or two to your week would be a welcome advantage, yet somehow you manage to get…

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Integrating Mobile App Development into Your Business Game Plan

The importance of mobile app development in today’s business is more important than ever. With the increasing move of consumers to the mobile platform, you cannot afford to not be in this huge market. But where do you start? What if you have no programming knowledge or ability in this area? How will you keep up with the mobile world without being out there? Here are a few ideas to get started with mobile app development: Think of an idea that will benefit your customers. It doesn’t have to be earth-shaking. It just needs to be something that will be useful for your…

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Four Tips to Get a Good Value on the Servers Contract for Your Business

Once you have established that you are going with a colocation facility to house the servers for your business, there are several steps that you need to take to make sure you get a contract with good value. Determine How Much Physical Space You Need The amount of space you need should not be something you have to guess. It is important to measure and analyze the hardware you have or the hardware you intend on purchasing to avoid contracting too much physical space, which will unnecessarily increase the contract rate. Also, you should not worry about getting extra space on the…

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Dispelling 3 Myths of Business Continuity

There are many myths out there surrounding business continuity which take away from the main argument. In this blog we’ll dispel three myths we’ve heard way too often. 1. Business continuity isn’t a company objective  When people think of company objectives, they think of things like increases in productivity, hitting certain sales numbers, and minimizing costs. Well, you should also include business continuity in this category. The main thing you have to remember is that without business continuity, your entire business can fail instantly. According to a recent Tech Target article, there are too many businesses that think this could never happen to them:…

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Disaster Recovery Terms You Need to Know

Like nearly everything else, disaster recovery comes with its own vocabulary. If your company is designing its disaster recovery plan or you’ve experienced a disaster, knowing the following terms and what they mean can help, according to a recent article by SearchServer Virtualization. Disaster recovery. This is perhaps the most important term of all. It’s the plan you create in order to minimize the effect of a negative event, whether the event is technological, like a virus, or natural, like a fire or an earthquake. Failover. When your primary operational mode has been compromised, you rely on a backup one,…

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