Fiber is the Future

Considerations When Shopping Around for a Business Internet Service Provider

Could you live without the Internet? If asked 10 years ago the answer would likely be, “Oh, I am sure I could find a way.”  If asked five years ago, the answer would likely be, “Umm…I doubt it.” If asked today, the answer would likely be, “Are you crazy? No way!”  Our entire world has turned into apps via the Internet. It’s how we now conduct a majority of our personal and professional business. Between computers, smart phones, tablets, and TVs, it is undoubtedly the way of the world.

Is your business ready for the future of fiber?...


Sunday, August 09, 2015/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Widespread Advances in Wifi: The Latest Wireless Technologies

I don’t feel that old, but find myself increasingly using the phrase “Back in my day…” 

When I started college in the early 90’s, no one had smartphones or tablets, Wifi didn’t exist on campus, and if you had your own computer a strange device called a modem could connect to the mainframe on campus. In today’s society, we realize the importance of handheld devices, ubiquitous wireless connectivity and the immediacy of communications. As a result, it’s amazing what we can do with today’s technology.

Wireless access in the enterprise, at home, and on the road has become something we all expect. It has to be available, responsive and secure. We also need to connect many different types of devices onto Wifi networks, including laptops, smartphones and tablets. And they all need to work together in harmony. We now have new wireless standards enabling faster, more reliable communications. The “Internet of Things” movement is bringing our cars, thermostats, light switches and more into the cloud so we can better manage our busy lives. Let’s take a look at a few of the technologies making wireless better…

Monday, May 11, 2015/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

Are Costs and Security Fair Considerations in Cloud Computing?

Meet Clyde Ludd of XYZ Manufacturing based in the upper Midwest. Clyde manages technology operations at the plant, which is one of the few remaining facilities in the world where cassette tapes are built and distributed.
Unlike all other area manufacturers who have long outsourced their power needs to the large energy companies, XYZ Manufacturing runs a group of 24 generators wired in a custom-built grid that can tolerate up to four simultaneous generator failures. A large gas barrel is positioned at each corner of the generator array, with twice-daily refills trucked in from the local gas company.
“My business is simply too important to trust to some far-off electrical company that shares its infrastructure with thousands of other users,” Clyde says angrily when asked about his unique setup. “What can they do if their power fails? Nothing.  But I stay up and running.  If a generator goes out, I just run to the store and get another one.”
Ludd has the same philosophy about the newly-popular Cloud Computing concept, in which onsite servers are replaced with computing power in remote data centers. “That’s just dumb!” he laughs. “I’ve got everything I need on this thumb drive here in my desk,” he says, motioning at an empty drawer that he opens and shuts while speaking. Behind him, two dusty computers are running on a steel table. “I have a guy that comes in every week to apply patches and to ensure that everything is okay. I think it’s almost time to add another computer, but we can’t figure out how to get Windows Server 2012 to interoperate with the Windows 98 systems that I’m already running here.”

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

Is your data center healthy?

When it comes to your data center there is no such thing as a “small change.” Current data center infrastructure is more interrelated and interdependent than ever before. Making one minor change in one place can change everything. As server, network, storage, and hypervisor operating systems become increasingly dependent on each other; tremendous efficiencies are gained, but also present a new challenge. To keep everything working together at peak efficiency, all components must be continuously in compliance with each other and must follow best practices. In addition, new security patches (or even new features) require keeping all of these systems up-to-date with firmware and patches. But how can you keep everything up to date and healthy when some changes are easy, some are difficult, and just finding the best practices and compatibility matrices takes more time than you have to spare?

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Thursday, February 19, 2015/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

PCI Compliance: It's Just Business

With constantly changing technology and increasingly sophisticated cyber threats, how can your company maintain PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance? The latest version of the standard, Version 3.0, may make it easier by helping your organization make payment security “business as usual.”

The key message behind the changes is that meeting the PCI requirements shouldn’t be a once a year kind of thing. Rather, security monitoring, corrective action and reviews should be integrated into everyday business processes. 

Here’s what you need to know to start making that happen...
Monday, January 19, 2015/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0