When I say the words, “The Cloud” it immediately conjures up images of those beautiful, fluffy puffs of stuff we get over head here in Florida. We have some of the best clouds. After I return from my brief reverie, I then see rows of servers lined up in some remote locations, blinking away, storing all of your precious data. As a tech, I am also impressed by that image, which, no doubt, does not impress the average small business owner.
There are still those who don’t understand the cloud, and they don’t trust it just yet either. I get it. But I also know that without that cloud backup, it’s much more difficult in a state like ours, where weather is such an issue for a few months a year, and power surges are not infrequent, cloud back up is a great tool for preserving your data.
It’s also good for those who work remotely more often than not. If your company has salespeople in the field, without numerous email trails to keep up with, it’s difficult to keep everyone on the same page. When documents are stored in the cloud, everyone on your team can have access to the same data. It’s up to you as to whether they can update the data, that’s a conversation for another time.
Cloud computing for small businesses
Migrating certain applications to the cloud will be more involved than you might think, but less complicated than what your fears will have you believe. We, at Unified Technology Solutions, are pretty good at that cloud migration and data backup.
Depending upon your operation, it may be best to begin using the cloud storage on applications you have just begun using. That way everything starts from square one and you don’t have to add the task of pulling data from other areas, you may simply start from the beginning.
It’s also important to understand what the different cloud Vendors offer, and which one might be best for your application.
Give us a call and we can set an appointment to go over your current systems and build a plan with you.
Regular backups are an insurance policy for your business. It doesn’t matter how big your business is, regular backups are essential to securing your company’s network. In fact, regular backups may arguably be the single most important step you take for preventing a network disaster.
People are not infallible. They make mistakes, and actually, they make them quite often. Emails containing viruses are accidentally opened every day and important files are often mistakenly deleted. There’s no reason to fear these issues if you take frequent incremental snapshots of your systems. You can simply restore to a snapshot taken before the virus happened. Or you can recover the file from a time before it was deleted. It’s really easy to protect from the little things and there’s the added benefit of being ready for the big things as well.
Statistics from FEMA indicate that 40 percent of businesses fail to open after suffering a natural disaster and additional 25 percent fail within a year. The United States Small Business Administration also finds that a whopping 90 percent of businesses fail two years after suffering a disaster. Part of the problem has to do with failure to back up data, leaving businesses starting from scratch following a disaster.
Unfortunately, too many businesses still don’t perform proper backups. Oone study in particular found that 60 percent of small businesses don’t back up daily and some of these companies don’t perform backups at all.
While hackers can only steal digital information, thieves steal actual computers, smartphones, hard drives, or even servers from homes, businesses, or storage facilities. Once stolen, it is unlikely you’ll ever see it again. If you backup your data to an external space such as the Cloud, you’ll still be able to access it even if your computer is stolen, and you’ll be able to re-download the information to your new software and hard drives.
Backing up your computer means you are taking a proactive approach to your data. Consider it your way of taking an insurance policy out on your computer that will protect you from the internal and external forces that threaten its safety. If you don’t backup your computer today, you are at risk for viruses, hackers, and hard drive failure that can cause you to lose your data forever.
What can Unified Technology Solutions do to ensure your data is safe and recoverable? We can set up a Completely Automatic system for you, which will help you to make sure all important files will automatically back up on a set schedule. That way you won’t have to worry about forgetting to perform a backup during a stressful time or a busy period in your business.
Unified Technology Solutions is your GO TO Vendor for the purchase of desktops, laptops and servers you need to keep your business running. We have been around for several years now and you can ask anyone who has worked with us if we know our tech. They will say yes.
I would like to let you in on a little secret though. We also sell computers, phone systems and servers to businesses. In fact, we are always just a little worried when we have to try to set up and entire network from with someone’s off the shelf computers.
It’s important to know that while the big box stores may have a few models of different brands of computers on their shelves, not all of those computers are configured to serve you well over time. Business owners are often tempted to buy the most economical systems when they are on the hunt for a desktop or laptop, but purchasing a computer that can’t take the wear and tear of a device which is being used all day every day can be a waste of your valuable funds.
Purchasing a computer that can take the punishment and can be upgraded or repaired as things wear out, and have the computing power to handle the business software which is so important to running your company is something we understand. Please, give us a call before you head out to purchase any electronics for your business.
What else is it that we do besides sell computers or repair your broken PC’s? Well, we have our Help Desk services you can sign up for, so that when there is a system problem help is there to walk you through the problem.
UTS has great network support as well. If you need more computing power to run your network, we have servers which can take care of that. We are your business computer company here in Vero Beach and the surrounding cities. We also set up the all important back up and can move much of your data storage to the Cloud. VoIp phone systems are another tool we can use to make your operation run smoothly.
Give us a call..let’a have a talk about your business computing needs..
If you have ever asked your phone for directions, or the weather, you have become a user in the Internet of Things. What does that mean to you, and me? Just this. Technology has upended everything from the way we shop to how we invest our money. And while that hurts established companies who are unwilling or unable to adapt their business models, it’s created incredible opportunities for savvy entrepreneurs.
You have servers and multiple computers in your operations. Your field people have smart phones and tablets. You have switched from a landline PBX system to VoIP. Your technical department support department consists of one or two people and on the days when there are systems problems, it’s impossible for a staff that size to fix every problem. What do you do?
Well, I know one big thing you can do. Hire Unified Technology Solutions as your backup. Normally a computer repair company is only called when there is a problem or consulted if advice is needed. Otherwise, they are not an active participant in you companies IT technology management and decisions. The IT experts at Unified Technology Solutions prefer to take a more active role and be proactive when it comes to finding issues before they are problems.
For a flat monthly price we start by installing network monitoring tools on every PC and Server so we can get a better view of your systems performance, using these tools Unified Technology Solutions can spot problems and bottlenecks before they affect you and your employees. When problems arise your staff calls into our helpdesk and a knowledgeable & helpful technician remotes into the machine and resolves the issue while you are on the phone. And if it can’t be fixed remotely we will come to you to repair the issue, for no additional charge.
We understand that some companies want an onsite presence, and their own staff. That is fine. Unified Technology Solutions works well with on site techs. We are not out to do anything but make your systems run as efficiently and effectively as possible.
We also can assist you in a number of ways when the time comes to make decisions about upgrading your technology. We can do research on available products to find what best suits your needs, sit in on vendor negotiations, send representatives to management meetings, and review your communications contracts to make sure you are not wasting money. Our goal is to become your trusted technology advisor and a part of your team.
System outages can cause loss of revenue, employee frustration, and if your customers can’t reach you just think what that may mean. We have a solution that will save you countless frutration and headaches. Give us a call.
With breakthroughs for promising technology on the horizon, pleasant surprises such as the emergence of blockchain are piquing the interest of those interested in the shift to a digital currency. As we cross the threshold into the new year, let’s take a look at what the technological terrain will look like in 2018.
Ten years ago, consumers began to tire of the old way of doing business. Being force fed a steady diet of overly zealous commercials imploring consumers to use a product or service were largely being ignored. Company’s like Ford understood this more quickly than others, when targeting the younger audiences, and instead of commercials they did something radical.
Laptops. On the one hand they provide us with the flexibility to take our work with us. On the other hand, they are much more fragile than a desktop, often times they are slower than a desktop, and most people don’t drop their desktops. Laptops and cracked screens are practically synonymous.
For a while it seemed like innovation in the laptop segment in the market had stalled. However, lately, I have seen the offerings in the laptop arena are getting better. Microsoft Surface was lovely to look at when it was first released, and for some applications, it well outperformed some of the other offerings on the market. HP had a good reputation for a time, but then their laptops began to garner less than stellar reviews. It looks like they are set to redeem themselves with a new line of high-end laptop/tablets which are positioned to give the Microsoft Surface a run for it’s money
Larry Dignan for Between the lines had this to say about the new Spectre Line:
HP outlines new business PCs, targets smart office, collaboration | HP hits its stride: How PCs and printing have stabilized, rebounded
Among the key points:
Both laptops have the 8th generation Intel Core processor.
The HP Spectre 13 is built from CNC aluminum and carbon fiber and comes in ceramic white with pale gold accents or dark ash silver with copper accents.
Up to 4K high resolution displays.
Up to 1TB PCIe SSD and memory up to 16GB.
And up to 11.5 hours of battery life.
The HP Spectre x360 has a battery life up to 16.5 hours and comes in natural silver or dark ash silver with copper accents.
Up to the same resolution, storage and memory options as the HP Spectre 13.
A Windows Ink Certified pen.
And an integrated privacy screen.
According to HP, the Spectre 13 will be available Oct. 29 starting at $1,299.99 and the Spectre x360 will run you $1,149.99.”
It will be interesting to read the reviews once the product is actually released. Some of the early reviews are saying that while HP has managed to clean up issues from the past, delivering a sleek, state of the art product, they are holding their opinions for the time being. Once it’s fully released we will see how it holds up and performs in the real world.
They say “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. When I was a kid I would nod my head to sayings like these, knowing that my elders thought they were imparting great wisdom to me. I wasn’t always sure what they meant by them, but I knew it must be something wise and useful. So, let me ask you, what do you think this saying means?