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Is Your Business Prepared to Share a Network With 21 Billion Devices?

Is Your Business Prepared to Share a Network With 21 Billion Devices?

The technology research firm Gartner reports that there will be approximately 21 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020. These devices range from completely benign to essential and everywhere in between. As a result, it would behoove you to know exactly how this computing trend is going to affect your business today, and into the future.

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Don’t Let These 3 Misunderstandings Keep You Away From Managed IT

Don’t Let These 3 Misunderstandings Keep You Away From Managed IT

Managed IT services have become a popular way for small businesses to manage their technology. Yet, there are still organizations that mistakenly think they have reasons to prefer the alternative, break-fix IT. In order to show why managed IT is superior, we want to address the top three reasons why a business would lean toward the break-fix model.

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We Just Want These 4 IT Pain Points to Be Resolved Already

b2ap3_thumbnail_frustration_by_technology_400.jpgThe term “IT headaches” is an oxymoron, due to the fact that technology is supposed to make life easier, not harder. Yet, headaches and feelings of frustration often accompany working with technology--with the most frustrating headaches often stemming from issues that should no longer exist in 2016. Case in point, these four issues that cause us major “IT headaches.”

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66% of Businesses Wait Until the Last Minute to Upgrade Their Operating Systems

b2ap3_thumbnail_upgrade_your_operating_system_400.jpgUpgrading to a new operating system is a challenge that many businesses face, especially in light of several prominent older systems reaching their end-of-support date in recent times. For example, Windows XP reached its end of support date just a few years ago, and this past January, Microsoft pulled the plug on Windows 8. While unsupported software is certainly a problem, why does a business ultimately choose to upgrade away from their current OS?

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3 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your IT Infrastructure

b2ap3_thumbnail_rethink_your_organizations_it_400.jpgEvery business wants to be equipped with the latest and greatest IT equipment and software. Yet, due to realities like budget shortcomings, time constraints, and the lack of knowledge about IT trends, it can be difficult for the average SMB to attain that dream technological setup on their own. However, by being smart about how you approach IT, your company can still have a network that exceeds your expectations.

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If Time Warner Cable and Comcast Can Get Hacked, Then We All Can

b2ap3_thumbnail_twc_data_compromised_400.jpgThe number of high-profile hacks that have occurred over the past several years continues to climb, and it won’t let up anytime soon. Now, another incident involving Time Warner Cable, a large ISP in the United States, shows that even large companies that deal with sensitive information aren’t invincible from data breaches.

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Public Cloud? Private Cloud? Why Not Both!

b2ap3_thumbnail_hybrid_cloud_computing_400.jpgIn a world where technology is continuously being improved upon to suit the needs of the modern business, your organization’s needs can quickly (and drastically) change. The need for cloud services grows more apparent with each passing day, primarily because it has so much to offer for a small business. Granted, talking about the cloud and implementing it are two entirely different things. So, it's important that business owners ask, "What can the cloud do for my organization?"

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4 Considerations You Must Make Before Migrating to the Cloud

b2ap3_thumbnail_move_to_the_cloud_400.jpgCloud computing has reached a point where the majority of businesses are utilizing the technology to some extent. According to a 2014 survey, about 70 percent of enterprises either have infrastructure or applications in the cloud. As more companies migrate more of their operations to the cloud, we’re getting more questions about what it takes to make such a transition possible.

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The Vital Difference Between Cloud Services and Virtualization

b2ap3_thumbnail_cloud_vs_virtualization_400.jpgMany businesses go about their daily duties without understanding the difference between a cloud computing solution and virtualization services. Contrary to popular belief, they are, in fact, NOT the same thing. Rather, virtualization itself is an important part of integrating a cloud solution.

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2 Conflicting Views of the Cloud

b2ap3_thumbnail_cloud_gears_400.jpgCloud computing is here to stay. Yet, there are still companies hesitant to adopt the cloud. While every business that hesitates migrating to the cloud has its own reasons, one common source of conflict that we’ve seen is the opposing view between the business owner and their IT department.

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Why Your Team Should Have A Basic Understanding of Technology

b2ap3_thumbnail_troubleshoot_your_own_pc_issues_400.jpgWhat separates the average PC user from the IT technician who routinely takes care of your technology issues? In essence, the only difference is the amount of technical training. Our years of technical expertise have given us the ability to diagnose and resolve varieties of problems, but we don’t hold our knowledge close to the chest. Rather, we want to share it with you.

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