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Server Virtualization vs. Cloud Computing

Server virtualization and cloud computing are often talked about – even by service providers —as if the terms were interchangeable. This is in part because both were developed to solve a similar business problem: how to provide more computing power ...

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Money Saving Technology Tips

Now more than ever, during these tough economic times, it's important to keep our eyes on the ball, cut costs where necessary, and invest in things that can have a measurable return on investment. At times like these, it's easy to think about ...

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The Latest Trend - BYOD & MDM

Now that Managed Services and the Cloud have had a little bit of time to percolate, without many business owners realizing it, another new wave of technology has snuck up on them. While Blackberries were once the defacto standard corporate answer to ...

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Are You Really a Trusted Advisor to Your Clients?

I was once again surprised by the laissez faire attitude I got when I was explaining to a prospect why they needed to improve the security of their network - a cheap personal firewall; everyone had administrator rights; no security policies ...

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Cal Worthington Sells the Cloud

For those of you who aren't old enough to remember, Cal Worthington was a (semi) famous car salesman around LA with late night and weekend commercials blaring on and on about his low-cost cars.  "No one beats Cal" was his line.  If you wanted to ...

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A Blackout Leads to Better Disaster Preparedness

This past weekend, the weirdest thing happened - our neighborhood was hit with a blackout.  In my area, this hardly ever happens.  Short of earthquakes (knock wood), we're pretty devoid of the threats the midwest or the east coast face.  And while ...

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How Cloud Computing is Like a Drug Company Ad

I recently attended an IT planning meeting with a client.  And in the midst of all the back and forth, it struck me that while the client was nodding their approval that they were understanding our conversation, it was clear that they actually ...

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Knock, Knock. Who's there? RIM. RIM, who?

Knock, knock. Who's there? RIM. RIM, who? RIM! Research in Motion. Remember us? Will RIM executives be able to resuscitate the company, once the leader in smartphone technology, or will it end up as a punch line to a joke? While they still claim ...

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BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)

Do you have a company supplied smartphone or do you use your personal one to get your company email?  There used to be a clear line between company and personal when it came to smartphones and accessing company data.  Within the last few years, this ...

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We Want to Telecommute!

As more and more businesses are looking for ways to improve the performance of their employees, one thing that staff seem to be looking for more and more from their employers is approval to work remotely.  While I'm sure this is a result of the ...

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Business Continuity - Risk vs. Impact

I believe that everything in life is a learning opportunity.  Further, I believe all facets of our lives are interconnected.  So, if something happens in my personal life I try to think about how it relates to some aspect in my professional life.  ...

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