Will you ditch landlines in 2017?

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many small and midsize businesses, the shift to VoIP is yet to come. Even though it makes sense budgets and communications resources are limited. And the upsides are substantial:      Employees are always connected, regardless of their location—perfect for today’s work-anywhere office cultures.      They have access to the latest features in mobile communications. An analysis of total …

Bend, Don’t Break: Build In Resilience

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Manufacturers must have computer systems that work. When talking about making systems that keep working, we often talk about “hardening” the system, but that can be misleading. Some things are hard but brittle, in that they can resist light pressure but shatter under a hard shock. What you want are systems that are resilient—able to absorb shocks and bounce back …

Stand-alone Servers not dead, yet

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arguments for cloud services can seem compelling, but there are still applications, situations, and datasets that call for the performance, control, and security of a server safely ensconced in your agency’s offices. The good news is that it has never been easier to build powerful, manageable servers that can meet a department or agency’s needs within a tightly limited budget. …

Preventing Downtime Risks for your Data Center

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organizations demand more from their IT departments, new data center needs are emerging. These organizations need to ensure the right balance between capacity and availability. Many businesses now embrace virtualization and cloud technology and are adopting technology practices that require increased storage capacity and reliable 24/7/365 “from anywhere” access. It really wasn’t that long ago that data centers consisted of …

Stop the “Upgrade to Windows 10” Popup!

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has stepped up its game trying to encourage users, at times to their determent, to upgrade to Windows 10. As an IT Consultancy, questions about upgrading to Windows 10 dominated the landscape from about June to September of 2015. Then seemingly died down. Not to be undone, Microsoft has added the new taskbar popup to its arsenal, reinvigorating end-user concerns …

Is your IT model working?

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a new year, and with it, a new chance to review your business. IT support is a necessary expense for most businesses, but few organizations can wrap their head around what they’re actually buying. There is a surplus of names to describe to different IT support models. For the most part, however, they can be reduced to two simple pricing …

Just can’t let go of XP!

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that the Microsoft release of Windows 10 is in full swing, Bitdefender, an IT security company, has released some troubling statistics about its clients. Microsoft ended support for Windows XP over a year and a half ago, yet in some parts of the world, Eastern Europe specifically, more than 1/3 of Windows computers are running Windows XP. Ukraine leads the …

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UX and UI: Do your applications make you better?

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Gartner proposed that the number one trend in IT for 2015 would be “Computing Everywhere.” They define this to mean that users will continue to amass new devices that will further redefine mobile computing. As smartphones continue on the trend of the preverbal technological Swiss Army Knife, and Apple bring more attention to wrist-based-computing, Gartner seems to be right on …

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A List You Should Not Keep

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any network security professional, and he or she will tell you that the most important password policy after complexity requirements, length requirements, and password expiration, is “never write down a password.” There are still managers that love the convenience of having every users’ password at their immediate disposal, but keeping a list of passwords has an unintended consequence. These managers …