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3 Vital Technologies for Remote Workers

Apr 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by Michael LaFond posted in Best Practices, Mobility & BYOD, Strategy & Planning, Business Continuity, Small Business, Disaster Preparedness & Recovery

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Remote workers are changing the way that both employees and their employers are viewing their workspace. It’s been proven that businesses can mitigate their overhead costs and increase their employee retention rate by allowing their team to work from home, but without the proper technology, they have no chance of being as productive as they can be if they were in the office.

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Datto: The Swiss Army Knife of Data Protection and Business Continuity

Apr 18, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by Chris Chirgwin posted in Business Continuity, Security

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In the world of technology, there are new products and solutions coming to the market every day.  Every once in a while, a new technology appears that stands out and disrupts the space it is in.  The Datto Siris 3 is such a product - so much so that I’ve started call it the swiss army knife of data protection and business continuity. Not only is it a powerful business continuity solution, but it is one of the most effective tools in the fight against ransomware

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How Long Do Hard Drives Really Last?

Apr 10, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by Emily Holehouse posted in Best Practices, Business Continuity, Disaster Preparedness & Recovery

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You know your server won't last forever, but how long do hard disk drives really last?

It's important to understand how long your hard drive will last so you can minimize the risk of data loss from a drive failure. Disk hard drives are made up of tiny parts with platters that rotate at thousands of RPMs, which makes it the most vulnerable component of your PC.

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4 Data Loss Causing Disasters that You Must Be Prepared For

Apr 4, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by Emily Holehouse posted in Best Practices, Small Business, Disaster Preparedness & Recovery

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September 30th is Disaster Preparedness Day. This gives us a great reason to go over some of the most common catastrophes that can potentially affect your businesses. There are dozens of potential emergencies to choose from, but since we’re an IT company, we’re going to focus on the top four data loss causing calamities that you must be prepared for.

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Is a Positive Corporate Culture Important in the I.T. Industry?

Mar 30, 2017 8:00:00 AM / by Nick Gianis posted in Culture, Strategy & Planning

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Let me start by asking you this:

Is achieving a positive corporate culture even important to your organization? 

If you are the owner, principal, or top level manager/ executive, you have to decide what type of corporate culture you want.  I’ve heard it said many times - if you, as the leader, don’t decide what kind of corporate culture you want in your organization someone else will decide for you.

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How to Implement a Data Loss Prevention Strategy

Mar 28, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by Emily Holehouse posted in How To, Security, Disaster Preparedness & Recovery

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The workplace is becoming increasingly mobile with users accessing corporate data from anywhere at any time. While this trend offers organizations significant productivity benefits, it also increases the risk of data loss that could cause irreparable harm.

Implementing security has traditionally been a clear cut decision. Because viruses were bad, anti-virus software often was deployed without user buy-in. However, since data loss prevention (DLP) deals with user privacy, user acceptance is imperative. Here are som e best practices that you can use to achieve buy in as you figure out how to implement a data loss prevention strategy:

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3-2-1 Process for Choosing A Backup Solution

Mar 23, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by Michael LaFond posted in Managed Services, Cloud, Small Business, Disaster Preparedness & Recovery

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When it comes to your business' backup, you have a ton of options, but how much thought have you honestly put into it?

It’s naturally one of the most imperative parts of your entire IT infrastructure, so you want to pay particularly close attention to how you are storing and receiving your data in the event of a disaster. Most companies simply don't have a process for choosing a backup solution. Here is a simple way to figure out the most important aspects of a proper backup system. 

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Why Local Governments Should Rethink Their IT Plans

Mar 21, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by Chris Chirgwin posted in Government, Strategy & Planning

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Cities, counties, and other local government entities are facing many of the same modern day challenges and opportunities that are impacting businesses. Technology is evolving rapidly, constituents are demanding better and faster solutions, and budgets are limited.  Many of the city managers and county CIOs we work with are recognizing the need to re-think their IT plans and strategies.  Dozens of cities here in Southern California are currently in the process of architecting new Information Technology Strategic Plans (ITSPs).

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Top 3 Mobile Apps to Improve Work Efficiency

Mar 16, 2017 8:00:00 AM / by Morgan Steffen posted in Mobility & BYOD

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With a new app being created every hour, the options are endless. It’s hard to decide which ones I want to download and have use up precious GBs of space on my phone. I need to have enough room to follow all the golden-doodle accounts on Snap and Instagram, but also get things done at the end of the day! So in order to keep a balance between my top interests, I have figured out which ones are the top 3 mobile apps to improve work efficiency.

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How Being Humble Can Actually Help Your Company Grow

Mar 14, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by Courtney Boudet posted in Culture, Strategy & Planning, How To

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I don't know about you, but my first impression of a typical IT technician wasn't “humble.” I'm more often reminded of Jimmy Fallon as Nick Burns (the IT guy) sketches on Saturday Night Live. (I've included a clip for your viewing pleasure.) Before working at Lanspeed, I didn't understand how being humble can actually help your company grow. 
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