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Windows 10 Technical Preview with Managed Services

Here we go again! Another Microsoft Windows operating system. Just when we thought we had a good handle on Windows 8 (8.1) here comes Windows 10. You might ask about what happened to Windows 9, well… you’re not alone. Microsoft simply skipped 9 and went straight for double digits. With the new Windows 10 OS […]

IT Disaster Recovery and a Business Continuity Plan

  IT Disaster Recovery (DR) and Business Continuity (BC) aren’t just slogans in business and in IT. Due to the fact that in almost every major field of business it has been imperative for IT and Network Managers to depend on a Wide Area Network (WAN) and grow their network infrastructure at a rapid pace, […]

How does a computer work…really?

  When you think about it, that’s a fairly difficult question to answer isn’t it? Most of us in ‘The Industry’ know what a computer is, how it works, and how to make it behave when it decides to act up. I could describe a computer and how it works in such a way that […]

The Internet of Things

  Imagine 5 years from now what technology will look like. Although it isn’t that far down the road it is hard to have an exact mental image of what we think will be “the next big thing” in technology. If we follow Moore’s Law we can see that the rate at which it grows […]

What Are Our Apps Really Doing? (Network Monitoring)

  Apps, these tiny programs on Internet-connected mobile phones, are increasingly becoming entryways for surveillance and fraud. Hackers have become more aware of the ignorance of users when it comes to their personal information. Our apps are becoming increasingly personal, with links to bank accounts, credit cards, and all sorts of information at ones fingertips. […]

Hardware Refresh: When and Why to Do It with Managed Services

  Today I talk about what it means to perform a hardware refresh: the cyclical replacement of old, outdated hardware. Many organizations replace their hardware every three to five years, no matter what condition it is in. Why would I throw away a perfectly good piece of functioning equipment? I’m sure many of you are […]

I Want My Network To Act Like My Car!!

  Think about this – due to the sophisticated engineering of most motor vehicles today – we get in, start the engine and go. The majority of the time we’re not thinking about what’s going on under the hood because most cars today are equipped with smart systems that monitor and control critical functions like […]

Is Your Data Being Held for Ransom?

  After first being discovered in late summer, Cryptolocker has enjoyed quite a successful run in cyberspace – if you measure success by sheer number of infections. Since then, over 500,000 systems have been compromised by this ransomware. For those of you not familiar with the term ransomware or how it works, just liken it […]

I Want My Network To Act Like My Car! Part 2

  In Part 1, we outlined the concept of monitoring as it applies to your network infrastructure.   And you may ask how important is monitoring, really ?   Well, we’ll use the analogy of your car again to answer this question.   What would happen if you didn’t have a gauge to monitor fuel […]

Veeam's Availability Suite v8 and the Always-On Business of the Cloud Server

  Business today depends on the availability of information and applications. When technical issues in the data center prevent customers, employees, and associates from accessing the data they need, business suffers. While businesses may back up some data with full redundancy, most is protected using legacy backup solutions which are slow and can take hours […]