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Alex Saltman

All About Hybrid IT Management

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Do you remember the olden days, when an office would have a big monitor at each desk, under the desk everyone had their own chunky tower, a big noisy server sat in the back office, and a stream of cords connected everything together to make a ‘modern’ office? It’s almost crazy to try to imagine doing business that way now!

Of course, if you have an office (and you may not even need one of those anymore), you’ll still have some on-site equipment. But now you’ve also got cloud-based ‘equipment’—services that are accessed from anywhere and provide an essential link to co-workers, customers, projects, and data.

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Cloud Storage is Not a Backup Solution

Cloud Storage is Not a Backup Solution
I hear people often refer to Dropbox, Google Drive, or Microsoft OneDrive as backups. I’d like to dispel that myth by explaining why these cloud services do not provide enough data protection to be considered a true backup and also how an actual online backup system can provide robust data protection that compliments the convenience offered by you cloud storage service of choice. Cloud storage service – how does it work? A cloud storage service like Dropbox, OneDrive, or Box.net synchronizes documents and files from your personal computers and devices with your cloud provider. If you make a change to your documents on one of your connected computers or devices, those changes replicate to all your other devices by synchronizing through the cloud (and by cloud we mean a data center/set of servers and storage devices maintained by the provider). This is handy because now you can access your files...
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Alex Saltman

What is the Cloud and How Can You Save Your Business Thousands of Dollars in IT, in 2016?

What is the Cloud and How Can You Save Your Business Thousands of Dollars in IT, in 2016?
'The Cloud' refers to accessing your data or programs over the Internet instead of locally. “The cloud” is really just a metaphor for the Internet. Some of you may have even seen the Internet expressed in drawings as a puffy white cloud, back in the day. This is where the term, 'the cloud,' started. How can a business benefit from using the cloud? Unparalleled Connectivity & Increased Collaboration: Access your data from anywhere at any time with your team. You can save thousands of dollars on your business' information technology needs. Physical onsite servers & backup solutions are now optional. Just 5 years ago, when a small business was moving to the next level and needed an IT infrastructure, the cost could be between $15,000 and $30,000! Today, instead of investing all that upfront cost for technology hardware and physical setup, we can leverage cloud subscriptions that often take a...
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Kick Workplace Productivity Up a Notch with Cutting-Edge IT Solutions

Kick Workplace Productivity Up a Notch with Cutting-Edge IT Solutions
The key to business growth is finding ways to work smarter. Sure, it's going to take some blood, sweat and tears to get where you want to be, but to sustain growth over the long-term, you've got to develop ways to do what you do, only better and faster. For many small and mid-sized companies, the key to optimizing workflows is using the latest technologies to ensure the processes that make their businesses tick are as efficient and effective as possible. Just as important as the IT solutions you implement, you've got to know how to really put them to work for you, and this, unfortunately, is a step that many businesses often overlook. Office 365 for Business, Server Products & other Cloud-Hosted Services Office 365 for Business is a secure cloud-based solution that allows you to not only store and edit information but also collaborate with others, anywhere and...
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An Online Backup Solution from IT Horizons Provides Remote Work Sites with Data Protection & Freedom

An Online Backup Solution from IT Horizons Provides Remote Work Sites with Data Protection & Freedom
  Before 'the cloud,' companies with field operations struggled to find an efficient and effective solution for storing and updating their data. With company headquarters hundreds of kilometres away and work environments that weren't really conducive to external data storage systems, securely storing crucial business information was just downright impossible.   The evolution of cloud storage has forever changed the way that businesses can use and store data. In particular, oilfield companies and others in the heavy industrial sector are experiencing new found freedom and flexibility by using online backup solutions to store the information that's vital to their operations.   How You Will Benefit: Data Security: While physical data storage systems can become damaged or even stolen and often aren't practical for field locations, storing information in a data centre by way of the internet offers a much more secure solution. Flexibility: Whether you're using a PC or Mac,...
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