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3 Things to consider before you sign-up with a cloud services provider

Posted by Joe Nax on Oct 31, 2018


  3 Things to consider before you sign-up with a cloud services provider   More and more SMBs are migrating to the cloud and that is not a surprise considering the numerous benefits the cloud can offer them. For a SMB, the cloud is a cost efficient and secure answer to their growing data needs and IT security requirements. The cloud grows with them…

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Quick Tip – What is a REST API?

Posted by Timothy Platt on Mar 5, 2017


Quick Tip – In this weekly series of articles, we’ll provide a quick, simple overview of an IT related topic – relating complex topics in easy to understand terms. What is a REST API? The term “REST API” comes up frequently when discussing the integration of cloud and on-premises services. What is it? It’s an Application Programming Interface (API) – which at its simplest…

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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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Running in the Cloud Doesn’t Eliminate the Need for Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

Posted by Timothy Platt on Mar 1, 2017


 

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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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The Ultimate Business Guide to Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Posted by Timothy Platt on Feb 24, 2017


In this 2nd part of a 3-part series – we’ll continue our cloud discussion with Amazon Web Services (AWS). 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. Amazon Web Services –…

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The Ultimate Business Guide to Microsoft Azure

Posted by Timothy Platt on Feb 23, 2017


In this series of articles, we’ll deep dive into the cloud services provided by “The Big 3” of cloud: Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and Amazon Web Services (AWS). Firstly, these services are the foundational cloud computing components you need to build a “datacenter in the cloud” or an “application in the cloud”. We won’t be discussing the end user focused SaaS services:…

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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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Quick Tip – The Benefits of Office 365 Cloud Services

Posted by Timothy Platt on Feb 14, 2017


The Benefits of Office 365 Cloud Services Quick Tip – In this weekly series of articles, we’ll provide a quick, simple overview of an IT related topic – relating complex topics in easy to understand terms. What is Office 365? Microsoft’s Office 365 is a cloud based, subscription service for access to email and other business critical services (such as OneDrive), as well as…

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Cloud Services – “as a Service” explained

Posted by Timothy Platt on Feb 11, 2017


Cloud services are an affordable way to provide IT services and offer great results for business owners. But there are a bewildering array of options and providers for these services. In this article, we’ll review the basic differentiation of these services. We’ll begin by explaining the popular acronym “aaS” which is short for “as a Service” Everything as a Service Cloud services can be…

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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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