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Prepare your Small Business for Success in the Cloud

Take advantage of the cloud while minimizing the risks


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I’ve heard some small business owners refer to concerns about reliability in cloud computing.I think it’s important that you understand these risks and limit them as best you can.

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Small Business Network Disaster Recovery Planning

Network Disaster Recovery Planning will keep your company in business after a disaster

The Boy Scout motto of “Be Prepared” applies to almost everything in life.Whether it’s having a water bottle and a snack in your bag when a weather delay keeps you on the tarmac for hours, or having a safety pin “just in case.”The truth is; we never know what’s going to happen next.Usually the unexpected isn’t a disaster, it’s merely an inconvenience.But if disaster should strike, being prepared is critical to recovering.

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Cloud computing: What it is and how your small business can benefit

Small businesses can reap many benefits from cloud computing

Does your company use Microsoft Exchange Online? Do you have a Google Mail account? Have you ever used WebEx to set up a conference call or an online meeting? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you’re using cloud computing.

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What Is Virtualization and How Does It Work for Your Small Business?

I hear people talking about virtualization all the time. They’re usually talking about enterprises and data centers and they usually mean server virtualization. But desktops can be virtualized too, which can be helpful to small and medium-size businesses.

First things first: what is virtualization? Virtualization is the process of running multiple virtual machines on a single physical machine. The virtual machines share the resources of one physical computer, and each virtual machine is its own environment.

Large companies--the ones with dozens, even hundreds, of servers--use server virtualization to consolidate the number of machines they”re running while making them operate more efficiently. Few smaller-sized companies have the number of servers needed to make server virtualization a cost-cutting item on their balance sheet.

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Small Business Networking Do’s and Don’ts

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Most of us agree “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”  Unfortunately, this mindset can cost you dearly when it comes to your network. Like many small businesses, you probably don’t think about the network until something goes horribly wrong.  Suddenly you are fighting fires when you could have been strategically planning.  (And we all know which of those scenarios is least expensive!)

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

“A stitch in time saves nine.”

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