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Tip of the Week: Consider Killing a Server Before it Kills Your Business

Tip of the Week: Consider Killing a Server Before it Kills Your Business

We thought we would do something a little bit different for this week’s tip. Instead of giving you some software tips or some kind of thing you can use to make your business more productive, we thought that we’d help you with the thing that you already know, but may not realize:

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Prepping for On-Premise Hardware

Prepping for On-Premise Hardware

Cloud computing has changed the way that businesses function, including some organizations that have foregone the on-premise server entirely in favor of it. Unfortunately, this approach can be problematic, as the data security and privacy issues associated with cloud-based resources might prove to be less than sustainable for your particular business.

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Where Should You Host Your Telephone System?

Where Should You Host Your Telephone System?

The cloud is one of the best ways providers can make their services accessible, but not all businesses have the same needs. Some might host their cloud-based services on-site, while others might outsource the management to a third-party organization. Hosted VoIP is one of the most common ways businesses utilize the cloud, but what makes it better than the traditional on-site method of hosting? Let’s dig in.

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Why Your In-House Email Server Probably Isn’t Worth The Trouble

Why Your In-House Email Server Probably Isn’t Worth The Trouble

Most businesses rely on email in at least some capacity. Nowadays, organizations often choose to outsource the management of their email servers, including their hosting, to other organizations, most notably cloud providers for ease of use. Here are some of the benefits that you can gain from switching your in-house email management to a cloud-based email server.

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Your Cheat Sheet For Server Care

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Servers are responsible for the distribution and storage of your business’s data infrastructure, as well as the deployment of important applications and data. However, if your organization is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of these server units, you’ll be tasked with having the knowledge of how to keep them in optimal shape. We’ll discuss some of the ways you can better take care of your server units, as well as the optimal solution: server hosting.

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With Underutilized Servers Comes Underestimated Expenses

b2ap3_thumbnail_server_virtualization_400.jpgIs your server room cluttered and full of machines that you lost count of ages ago? Have you considered that these machines might be holding your business back from reaching its maximum bottom line? Take a good, hard look at what servers are being used the most, and if any of them aren’t being utilized to the best of their abilities. By eliminating underutilized servers, you can decrease your operational and energy costs significantly.

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Air Conditioning Technologies Can Help Your Servers Keep Their Cool

b2ap3_thumbnail_ac_to_cool_servers_400.jpgDespite having a variety of server hosting solutions at their fingertips, many businesses choose to host their own servers in-house. However, this comes with its drawbacks, like being responsible for operating costs and maintenance. This includes making sure that their servers don’t overheat and become inoperable. This is especially challenging during the warmer months of the year.

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Windows Server 2003 End of Life Set to Hit Medium-Sized Businesses Hard

b2ap3_thumbnail_server_os_losing_support_400.jpgIs your business prepared for July 14th? No, we’re not referring to Bastille Day, although, you can’t go wrong with celebrating the French Revolution. Instead, we’re referring to Microsoft’s plans to end support for Windows Server 2003 on this quickly-approaching date. Being unprepared for July 14th will put your company’s data at serious risk.

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Are Your Virtual Servers Secured?

b2ap3_thumbnail_virtual_server_solution_400.jpgVirtualized servers offer several previously alien benefits to the modern business, including the ability to consolidate your servers into one powerful cloud-based server. While virtual servers can clear up a lot of room in both your budget and your office, security company Symantec has released a study which claims that virtual servers are just as much at risk as physical servers.

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Are Ghosts Haunting the Halls of Your Servers?

b2ap3_thumbnail_haunted_pc_400_20141031-133424_1.jpgThough not everyone believes them, we all know about the horror stories of the spirits of the dead that linger in this world, haunting locations where no one dares to tread. Every culture, though their beliefs vary, contains them to some degree. Their purpose is unknown, and they are thought to be caused by unfulfilled desires or regrets. But regardless of whether or not you believe in them, you better believe that your business can very well be haunted by ghost servers.

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You Can Party Hard By Having Us Host Your Server!

b2ap3_thumbnail_server_bank_400.jpgAre you still hosting your own server? You know it can be exhausting, and that it takes up a lot of time and effort. It's just like organizing your housewarming party. If you're too busy making sure everything is good to go, nobody will be able to see the star of the party - you. What if we told you that you don't have to worry about all of the details?

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The Fascinating Art of Server Migration

b2ap3_thumbnail_server_migration_data_migration_400.jpgOnce in a while, a server must play its part in the ultimate task - moving all of its data to another server. This includes moving all of the files and applications on one server to another unit in a process called server migration.

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Cover these 4 Important Bases When Server Shopping

b2ap3_thumbnail_which_server_works_best_400.jpgYour company's most valuable assets are that which are irreplaceable, like your computer data. Data is stored in a server, which makes your server the most important piece of equipment in your office. Given the crucial role your server plays in your business, you will want to make sure to have the perfect server unit for your organization. Here's how to shop for the best server for you!

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It’s Too Loud! 3 Solutions to Remedy Server Noise

b2ap3_thumbnail_server_noise_400.jpgIt's no secret that businesses often have limited space and resources. The problem is that you need your IT infrastructure in order to do business, and when you don't have a dedicated server room, you have to house your server in a common area. This presents an annoyance since a running server sounds like an air conditioning unit on full blast.

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IaaS is Changing IT as You Know It

b2ap3_thumbnail_hosted_infrastructure_400.jpgAccording to IDC, the fastest growing sector in the new cloud IT market is Infrastructure as a service (IaaS). This consists of providing users virtual machines and other resources to manage tasks over the Internet, and it's scalable to the user's needs. Additional services offered over the cloud include firewalls, load balancers, IP addresses, virtual-machine disk image library, raw (block) and file-based storage, virtual local area networks (VLANs), and software bundles. With IaaS, the cost will reflect the resources allocated and consumed, making it an attractive option for businesses wanting to take advantage of these services without having to purchase and maintain their own IT infrastructure.

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So You Need To Buy A Server? Here are 4 Variables to Consider

b2ap3_thumbnail_server400.pngNot sure what to look for when purchasing a server? Having trouble with your current server or in the market for a new one? Purchasing a server can be a daunting task, but if not done with careful consideration, it can significantly impact your business' ability to operate smoothly. Here are some things you may want to consider while shopping for one.

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Improve Server Performance with a RAID Array

b2ap3_thumbnail_RAID400.jpgWhile redundancy may be annoying when it comes to storytelling and instructions, when it come hard drives, redundancy is great! The more places your data is backed up to, the better your security. There is a common hard drive formatting procedure called RAID that redundantly copies your data in order to back it up and boost performance.

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Meet Officer Active Directory, The Traffic Cop for Your Network

b2ap3_thumbnail_adirect400.jpgThe purpose of setting up a computer network is to allow multiple users the ability to access the same files and programs. With all the different people accessing the same information on your server, it can make for some pretty gnarly network traffic. Giving people up-to-date permissions with different levels of access is the job of the Active Directory.

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Slash Your Electricity Bill with Server Virtualization

b2ap3_thumbnail_VirtualServer400.jpgThe electricity bill is one operating expense that comes with a bitter taste. This is because you know that with a few tweaks to your operations your bill would be lessened; but where do you start? Turning off the lights and monitors at the end of the day will put a dent in your bill, but to see big savings, we recommend virtualizing your servers.

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4 Ways that Terminal Services Can Improve Your Network

b2ap3_thumbnail_TerminalService400.jpgToday, cloud computing is a hot topic, and like a storm cloud, it feels like it has rolled in from nowhere. In actuality, businesses have been using Windows Terminal Services for years, giving their servers cloud capabilities before the cloud was cool. Terminal Services are still a critical part of a company's computer network and can be used improve business operations.

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