Tech has added additional lower cost off-site data backup
options to our service offerings. While the lower cost
options do not have the robust recovery options included in
our Data Protector service, they still provide the ability
to securely send your data off-site instead of risking other
less secure options or worse not taking your data off-site.
Introducing Data Protect ONE and Data Protect PRO. Data
Protect ONE offers unlimited off-site storage for
desktops/laptops for $5 per month. Data Protect PRO offers
off-site storage for servers for 50 cents per GB per month.
While Data Protector is the most complete option,
these other options expand our customers' ability to begin
protecting their critical data with off-site backups.
4 Tips for Troubleshooting Your Broadband
by Kim Komando
Reprinted with permission from the
Microsoft Small Business Center
Many small-business owners shell out
big bucks for high-speed Internet access. The savings in time are usually
rewarded with higher productivity.
If your high-speed system happens to
be running slower than a clogged drain, don't complain just yet. Before you pay
for an expensive in-office visit from your Internet service provider's tech
support, here are four things you should consider.
1. Know your speed. You can sit
at your computer with a stopwatch to see how long it takes to connect to your
favorite Web site. But this is not a very good indication of download speed.
Believe me, I've tried it. There are too many variables involved. I suggest you
call the ISP and ask. The ISP probably can check download speeds on your line
remotely. The number you get from the technician will probably be a best case
figure; real-world Internet traffic can be bogged down. Or, you can also easily
check your speed online, through MSN Tech & Gadgets' Internet speed test. Two
other good sites are at BroadbandReports.com (formerly DSLReports) and
Bandwidthplace.com. All three sites send data to your computer. The tests
calculate the connection speed based upon the elapsed time it takes to download
and upload the data.You may receive different results based on which test you
use and where that test's server is located. For example, BroadbandReports
offers servers throughout the world, while Bandwidthplace's test server is
located in Texas. The further away you are from a server, the greater chance
you'll encounter bottlenecks. The speed tests can give you a baseline speed. To
establish that baseline, test your connection speeds throughout the day and keep
a log. If there is a noticeable difference during specific times of the day,
you'll be able to troubleshoot better.
2. Start at the source. You
could have one of the fastest connections in the world. But if your computers
are old, it won't matter much. When surfing the Net, you are downloading
information. Some Web sites are simple and don't require much processing power.
But most are heavy on graphics and code. A modern, fast chip will process and
display the pages quickly. Memory is crucial, too. A Web page is loaded into
your computer's memory. If there's not enough memory, some data is saved as a
swap file on the hard drive. This can really slow things down, especially if you
are running multiple applications. If you are using Windows XP or Windows 2000,
you need a minimum of 256 megabytes of RAM.
When Times are Tough, There's
No Room for Risk
used with permission from
the HP Midsize Business Center
Don't Stop fortifying against risk
ways to mitigate risk in a tough economy
deals with risk. But medium-sized businesses, with smaller
IT staff and tighter operating budgets are often more
exposed to risk than larger companies. This reality is never
more evident than in a down economy: When the repercussions
of a business disruption are as grave as they are, how do
you insulate your business from risk?
businesses, the financial impact of business disruptions is
tremendous," said Anil Miglani, senior vice president,
AMI-Partners. "We estimate that through security breaches
and data loss alone, medium-sized businesses worldwide lost
approximately US$4.7 billion in 2008."
strategy consulting firm AMI-Partners, in 2008 medium-sized
businesses worldwide lost approximately US$4.7 billion due
to security breaches and loss of data.
the right precautions with your IT infrastructure can help
you steer clear of danger. Here are four steps you can take
to mitigate risks to your revenue, your reputation, and your
investment – all the things that keep you awake at night as
you wait for this storm to pass.
Of Mice and Keyboards: The Case for
by Christopher Elliott
reprinted with permission from the
Microsoft Small Business Center
up. It took awhile for many of you to really believe how much more
productive you could be with wireless networking, didn't it?
I'm here now to make a case
for how wireless peripherals - that is, wireless mice, keyboards,
printers, monitors, and so on - can also make your business more
efficient, more productive, and, to boot, a more desirable place to
I'll start by asking if you
or any of your employees have workstations cluttered with cables and
cords? Wireless peripherals, instead of the wired version, can simplify
and boost the appearance of your workspaces by getting rid of those
meandering streams of wires contributing to the clutter.
Business Continuity Tip
plan via testing.
annually is the crux to creating and preserving a viable
recovery plan. Test every aspect of your recovery plan,
from internal and external communications to regaining
power to rebuilding networks.
insight gained during this exercise to make your plan
stronger, so that when an event does occur your business
will recover smoothly and as efficiently as possible.
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