Backups: Beware of Tape!

You’re going to be hearing a lot on backups in the coming weeks, a favorite topic and one that often is ignored by business owners. Besides the work you perform on your systems, backups are the most important thing you can do to ensure longevity of the business.   Studies show that over 50% of businesses fail in the first year

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Does “Green Computing” Really Mean Savings $$$?

In a word yes, and it’s good for our planet too.  In doing research for this blog post, I ran across some tips on the Journal of Accountancy Website for green computing. If accountants are concerned about this issue, there must be some cost savings in it!   The definition of Green computing as listed on http://www.techopedia.com is: “the environmentally responsible

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BYOD – the good vs. the ugly!

  If your company has opened its doors to the use of personal mobile devices, iPads and tablets for work purposes you are one of the many who are beginning to allow them into work.  Productivity is enhanced if an employee is comfortable with the devices they are using. However, restricting them to particular business-only devices can thwart morale as well

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Cloud Backups

  It’s Sunday, and I’m looking outside at the gray ‘June gloom’ day in California, and I’m thinking about clouds. Why not talk about ‘cloud’ backups? Firstly, a quick update on the cloud. The term gets bandy about a lot these days, but mostly its a marketing term, that sounds better than ‘other’s servers hosted on the internet and you paying

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Microsoft moving to outsourced IT model

    Microsoft recently announced that it has forged a deal with Infosys Technologies to manage all of its IT operations. This is a tremendous confirmation for the effectiveness of the outsourced IT model. A large, well known, technology company like Microsoft would only make a shift like this if it made sense for their business.  Per a Microsoft rep: As

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squeak or scream?

  When I tell people what I do, they invariably respond…I get it you fix computers. Nothing could be further from the truth. While we do, in the course of a normal day, ‘fix’ peoples computers (which encompasses servers, desktops, laptops, network equipment, etc.) our real purpose is to NOT have to fix them, ever. The more you have to ‘fix’

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backups, backups, backups

  …you have backups in place, right? Lets start with some simple questions to refine your answer.   1) do you get a report daily that shows that your backups worked? 2) do you check to ensure your backups include the data you need backed up? 3) do you retrieve data from your backups to ensure you can use them?  

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