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Talk the Lingo with Your IT Consultant: Cloud Computing

IT Services Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is one of the most exciting tech breakthroughs to come along in quite some time. Unlike some leaps forward that are really only of benefit to firms with revenues in the hundreds of millions of dollars, cloud computing seems almost tailor-made to provide the SMB with advantages that were never before possible, like economies of scale, which until now were more or less ruled out for small businesses. There is only really one hitch for the small business owner or manager: being hooked into a cloud computing system.

Hyper-V 3.0 Changing Requirements for Attached Storage


Hyper-V version 3.0 is the virtualization platform that will ship along with the newest version of Windows Server, expected to become available to small and medium-sized business customers later this year.  Windows Server 2012 will change the requirements the platform has regarding the need for shared storage.  Previous versions of Hyper-V did not officially require shared storage, but some of its most useful features were only available when such storage was available. 

IT Solutions: 3 Ways to Combat Storage Sprawl

Data Management

Small and medium-sized businesses looking for IT solutions that will cut costs without sacrificing productivity or efficiency may wish to consider "storage sprawl".  The need to store additional data as it proliferates is one of the largest line items in the IT budgets of many organizations.  The advent of the internet has meant an incredible explosion of data, primarily because the online world enables magnitudes more transactions to take place each day.

Virtualization: Solutions to Storage Challenges

Virtualization and Storage Challenges

Virtualization is a powerful technology that allows businesses a simple and streamlined way to view all of the resources controlled by the hypervisor.  These include not just memory and networked resources but also the CPU itself.  In addition, a virtual application can be manipulated in highly efficient ways without any need for a physical copy of the application to be involved.  In this way, applications can be rapidly reconfigured and redeployed as needed to speed workflow and serve the needs of the employees processing that workflow.  A final advantage of virtualization is the way in which it allows for both servers and desktops to be consolidated and available on demand.

IT Solutions for Today: Private Cloud Storage

Cloud Storage and Solutions

When managers of businesses or other organizations hear the term ‘cloud storage’, they may immediately reject the notion because of concerns about data privacy, confidentiality, and security.  For some owners and managers, it is simply unacceptable to consider the idea of letting their customer's information or their own proprietary data such as intellectual property reside on a server not entirely under their control. 

Five Step Vulnerability Analysis for Business Continuity Planning

Business Continuity Planning

One of the keys to long-term success is to focus on business continuity planning and crisis management processes today.  No one knows what tomorrow will bring, but there are steps you can take to ensure that you’re ready for anything. First, ask yourself:

The Difference Between Cloud and Virtualization

Cloud vs Virtualization

With so many technological developments happening at lightning speed nowadays, it's understandable that many people often confuse specific terminology used.  Among the most common terminology confusions is the difference between cloud and virtualization.

5 Benefits of Cloud Computing for SMBs

Cloud Computing

If you run a small or medium-sized business, you may well have heard about the cloud and may have dismissed it.

IT Solutions: 10 Gigabit Ethernet

Ethernet IT Solutions

Wireless connections to the internet are becoming increasingly popular among businesses and other organizations, in part because they allow a company to offer internet access to visitors on the premises.  This can help increase sales in many types of businesses because it gives consumers an additional reason to visit the premises.  Wireless access, however, is not always the best solution for internal employees who make frequent and extensive use of online resources.  These individuals may be much better served by an Ethernet connection, which offers faster data access speeds than those typical of wireless environments.

A New Server Calls For IT Consulting

New Server

According to recent research, the total volume of business data is doubling in only 1.2 years.  While some businesses see more of this increase than others do, the average company sees a data increase of more than 40 percent over the course of a single year.  The increase in data flow is due in part to new forms of data that companies now need to track, analyze, and store; these include video content and data that derives from a business presence on social media networking sites.  The need for real-time access to much of this data only makes it even more challenging to meet these growing storage needs.

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