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Features of Microsoft Azure – Azure File Storage

Posted by Timothy Platt on Apr 24, 2017


Microsoft Azure Storage Account – File Storage feature Historically, cloud storage options such as Amazon’s S3 or Google’s Cloud Storage have offered scalability, flexibility, and great performance, but at the same time they have been difficult to use without custom programming, scripting, or special client tools. Microsoft’s Azure Storage has a feature known as File Storage that is easier to use, in many cases….

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Features of G Suite – Team Drives

Posted by Timothy Platt on Mar 13, 2017


Features of G Suite – Team Drives In today’s article, we’ll talk about a brand-new feature of Google’s G Suite – Team Drives. Team Drives is a powerful improvement built on top of the functionality of Google Drive you are already familiar with. What is Team Drives? As we’ve discussed previously, Google Drive is a powerful cloud storage service – which is highly integrated…

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Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3)

Posted by Timothy Platt on Mar 4, 2017


In this article, we’ll discuss Amazon’s Simple Storage Service, also known as S3. Why? Because it’s a useful tool for business of all sizes, and it was the first successful cloud storage option available on a large scale. Simple Storage Service (S3) Simple Storage Service (S3) is one of the core components of Amazon’s portfolio of cloud services. What does it do? File storage…

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Amazon Glacier – Archive and backup in the cloud

Posted by Timothy Platt on Mar 3, 2017


In this article, we’ll discuss a feature of Amazon Web Services that has a lot of great uses for small and medium businesses: Amazon Glacier. Most companies have a growing “mountain” of data that they don’t want to get rid of – former employee’s email archives, customer documents from past projects, system archives, and more. Much of it must be retained for legal purposes,…

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The Ultimate Business Guide to Google Cloud Platform (GCP)

Posted by Timothy Platt on Feb 28, 2017


In this last part of a 3-part series – we’ll dive into the details of Google Cloud Platform (GCP). As a reminder, the services we are discussing are the foundational cloud computing components you need to build a “datacenter in the cloud” or an “application in the cloud”, not the Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings such as Office 365 or G Suite. Google…

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Quick Tip – Google Drive – Cloud Storage for G Suite

Posted by Timothy Platt on Feb 21, 2017


What is Google Drive? Google Drive is the cloud storage tool provided in Google’s G Suite (formerly known as Google Apps for Work) service plans. Just like Microsoft’s OneDrive, it provides fast, reliable cloud storage so you can share files with ease, access your files from anywhere, and across any sort of device (Windows, Mac, phone, tablet, or web browser). Because it’s delivered via…

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Quick Tip – OneDrive for Business – Cloud Storage

Posted by Timothy Platt on Feb 16, 2017


What is OneDrive for Business? OneDrive for Business is the cloud storage tool provided in Microsoft’s Office 365 service plans. It provides fast, reliable cloud storage so you can share files with ease, access your files from anywhere, and across any sort of device (desktop/PC, phone, tablet, or web browser). Because it’s delivered via cloud technology you get all the benefits without the hassle…

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Windows Server 2003 EOL – Why Hurry? PCI That’s Why!

Posted by Joe Nax on Jun 2, 2015


Windows Server 2003 EOL End of support means there will be no updates or patches to combat security issues. All critical data and applications on Windows Server 2003 [Windows Small Business Server 2003] are at risk. The Department of Homeland Security has issued an alert asking all businesses to move off of Windows Server 2003 due to security and compliance risks. Why hurry? End…

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Windows 2003 End of Life – What Next?

Posted by Joe Nax on Apr 13, 2015


Windows 2003 End of Life – What Next? Just as with Windows XP, Microsoft has announced another popular product that will go end of life (EOL) soon. Millions of servers still run Windows 2003 as their operating system. Your server has been humming along with little issue, so on July 14th, when this goes EOL, what does that actually mean to you and your…

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What is cloud computing and what it means for your small business.

Posted by Joe Nax on Oct 18, 2014


Cloud Computing – what it means for your small business This term has been “buzzing” around the IT community for a couple years now, but it’s still relatively new to the business world. The idea behind cloud computing may seem quite difficult but it is simple. First, the cloud is not a physical thing, per se.  It is a network of infrastructure and services…

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