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Windows 2003 End of Support

Monday, June 08, 2015
If you're running Windows Server 2003 after July 14, 2015 then you are at risk. What end of support means? No updates 37 critical updates were released in 2013 for Windows Server 2003/R2 under Extended Support. No updates will be developed or released after end of support. No compliance Lack of compliance with various standards and regulations can be devastating. This may include various regulatory and industry standards for which compliance can no longer be achieved. For example, lack of compliance with the Payme ...Read More

Back to school? How about back to basics!

Thursday, September 18, 2014
by Laura Wittig Business basics that if done right, will earn you honors in the real world As the “back to school” hype continues to circulate, those of us who have graduated from high school/ university many moons ago are simply reminded that we are perhaps getting old (but obviously aging delightfully - like wine). So, here’s an idea ladies (and gents!)… Rather than drowning our sorrows in that same wine - while desperately trying to zip up our high-school grad dresses (okay, maybe that’s ju ...Read More

Networking by mistake

Thursday, July 17, 2014
by Laura Wittig The secret that can save you some anxiety (and maybe even an awkward convo or two in the future)... Long gone are the days that networking was defined by an oh-so-clever (i.e. glaringly obvious) title such as “networking gala”, “wine and cheese”, “meet and greet”… the creative list goes on. Yes, the days in which business students and eager young graduates assumed the act of networking was accompanied by an on-and-off switch. During this time, we had to prepare ourselve ...Read More

Goodbye our friend NPAPI

Friday, May 30, 2014
We are starting to see changes in web browsers that will let us move forward, towards a future of the web that works for everyone on any device. Google has announced that it will stop supporting NPAPI in it’s Chrome browser and Mozilla has announced that it is changing how NPAPI works in the Firefox browser. This is a big change because mobile devices, tablets and locked down systems do not have plugins or can not have plugins installed. With the advent of new web standards like HTML5, WebRTC, and others the operating system that  ...Read More

Hybrid Cloud Backup Data Insurance

Friday, November 15, 2013
Benefit # 2: Data Insurance The hybrid cloud backup process generates a backup locally, and then a backup of the backup is replicated off-site (in some cases, data is replicated to two off-site locations). This provides a great deal of data security. With local hardware, all data is in-house, protected by preexisting firewalls, security protocols, and the encryption inherent to the backup device. Furthermore, by sending encrypted data to dedicated data centers, users are ensured that there are redundant copies of the data secured off-si ...Read More

Hybrid Cloud Benefits

Friday, November 01, 2013
Benefit # 1: Business Continuity A desired benefit of most hybrid cloud backup solutions is the ability to achieve business continuity. Business continuity is a proactive way of looking at disaster preparedness. By having the proper tools and procedures in place, businesses can be assured that they will remain functional during a disaster scenario, large or small. Business continuity, in the context of data backup, means that in the event of a disaster, cyber-attack, human error, etc., a business will never lose access to their cr ...Read More

What is Hybrid Cloud Backup?

Friday, October 25, 2013
In the context of data backup, a combination of private and public backup solutions can be used to form an efficient and robust platform. Hybrid cloud vendors use their expertise to engineer enterprise-grade backup solutions that can be affordable for businesses of any size. On the private cloud side, an end-user would have a local device that acts as a NAS (Network-Attached Storage) unit backing up data locally, while concurrently pushing data off-site to a secure, third party cloud. What sets these units apart from a typical NAS  ...Read More

Understanding the Cloud Options

Wednesday, October 09, 2013
A hybrid cloud solution combines private (internal/on-premise) and public (external) cloud deployment models. With a typical private cloud solution, one would build, develop and manage their own cloud infrastructure. The most common deployments of private cloud solutions are in enterprise-level environments. Businesses that have the capital to fund a private cloud operation will usually purchase the necessary equipment, hire their own dedicated IT support teams, and build or lease their own data centers. This allows the company to have comp ...Read More

CryptoLocker cases on the rise

Friday, October 04, 2013
CryptoLocker is a relatively new security concern that our customers need to be aware of – it is also known as crilocker or crilock by some anti-virus products. This malware falls into a family of security risks called ransomeware; the software is deliberately designed to encrypt files on the infected system to prevent users from accessing them until a ransom is paid by the victim. In only a matter of seconds, a user can install this software that will lock them out of their own files! Worse yet, is the fact that once files are enc ...Read More