Thinking Of Using Your Hosting Account For Backup? Think Again


File StorageKeeping your data backups onsite can be risky. If there’s ever a fire or a robbery, you could lose both – your backup copy and your master copy. Of course, shipping your backup tapes or DVDs to an off-site location every day can also be inconvenient.

That’s why so many people today are choosing to send their backup data, over the internet, to an off-site storage facility.

Given that web hosting prices are so cheap, it can be tempting to use your web hosting account as an online file storage or backup device for your home computer. After all, you can now get unlimited disk space and bandwidth for as little as four dollars per month.

But before you start uploading the entire contents of your hard drive, there are a few things you need to keep in mind… Read the rest of this entry »

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Virtualize Desktops in Your Office

By Chris Henning

VDI SetupIT managers today are facing more viruses, security threats, security updates, and data protection issues than ever before. Maintaining a large amount of desktop machines one by one is time consuming and very expensive. Windows licensing is also expensive and upgrades can be a nightmare (Windows XP to Vista).

What if there was a solution that would remove the need for maintenance on physical desktop computers and placed them in a virtualized environment? Virtualized Desktop Infrastructures (VDI) deserve a real look for SMB’s in todays Software virtualizing desktop computers is becoming commonplace for most large companies. Virtual Desktops are housed in a data center on large servers utilizing NAS for backing up. Users connect through a dummy terminal or thin client loaded on to an already existing desktop computer. No expensive desktop is required as the server is doing all of the processing. The local dummy terminal or thin client can even be a linux computer reducing costs.

The experience is identical to having a physical computer sitting on their desktop. Employees would not even know their ‘computer’ was located in a data center miles away.

Virtualization has many benefits, but the most relevant are:

  • Security Updates – Can be pushed out at once to all VDI’s
  • Data Security – Housed in Data Centers and not physical machines in office
  • Maintenance – Reduced man hours
  • Same Desktop even when traveling Read the rest of this entry »
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Take your Small Business Online in 15 Minutes

By Chris Henning

SMB Website SolutionMany small business owners struggle with planning their online presence.

The key to remember when going online with your business is that you want to give customers information about what your business does and is about. If you have a physical location, you want to show potential customers how to find you. You may also want to post information about your services, or a menu if you are a restaurant.

Most businesses do not require an expensive web site design if they are not doing online commerce. Sure, it would be great to have a beautiful web site that pleases the eye, but a custom design is not really required. Customers only care about finding your business or learning more about you. If you can set up an online brochure of sorts with contact details, maps, and product or service information that is current, you are helping those customers learn more about you.

Many of the following questions are asked when the decision has been made to go online:

  • What kind of web site do you require?
  • How do you find a web designer?
  • What is your budget?
  • Do I have the time to manage a web designer?
  • Will I have time to properly update my site on a regular basis? Read the rest of this entry »
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