Can’t Find New Computers? Consider VDI During Supply Chain Disruption

If you need to buy laptops for your employees right now, they’ve been hard to come by. Most computers are manufactured in Asia and COVID-19 has disrupted the supply chain. Inventories sold out and orders for new computers may not ship for weeks. Instead of buying whatever models you can find — then being stuck …

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Should You Replace IT Hardware or Just Get Rid of It?

(UPDATED) April 2019: All IT hardware has an expiration date. So when your organization owns computers, servers, switches and any other tangible piece of IT equipment, the conventional wisdom has been to replace it as it reaches the end of its life — of course! But now that software has been eating the world, conventional …

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How To Stay Connected Online Even If The Power Goes Out

Do you have a plan for how you’ll get online if the power goes out and stays out for a while? If you’re like most people, a big chunk of your life is in the cloud, which means you need a plan on how to access the web BEFORE you’re stuck without power. The more …

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How the Cryptocurrency Craze Can Impact Your IT Network

March 2018: Did you know there are now 1,519 different cryptocurrencies in use (Bitcoin was the first) and that proliferation can negatively impact your IT network? For cryptocurrencies to work, they need computing power. Cryptography is the foundation of cryptocurrencies (hence the “crypto”) and it involves complex mathematical equations that are solved by using computing …

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Why the Internet of Things (IoT) Makes Owning IT More Expensive

The days of paying for an internet-connected device only once — when you first buy it — are disappearing. To receive the firmware and security updates a device needs to function as designed, you’ll soon need to pay extra if you aren’t already. Manufacturers are now passing along the costs of developing and distributing updates …

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Does Your Help Desk Need Help? 7 Bottlenecks That Hamper Growth

Companies with Help Desk support that leaves end users singing praises far and wide can be pretty tough to find — complaints about bottlenecks are much more common. But bottlenecks are fixable! There’s no reason your team or your IT department (if you have one) has to get frustrated. Here are seven of the most …

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Moving Offices? 4 Strategies To Successfully Relocate Your IT

January 2018: It’s hard enough to move your office from one location to another without thinking about how to move your IT. But before you schedule the moving vans, make sure you have a solid plan that will keep your IT running at the level you’ll need throughout the transition. Planning ahead tees you up …

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Merging or Acquiring? 9 Things To Consider When Integrating IT Systems

If your company is merging with or acquiring another company, consolidating IT infrastructure is key to your success. Do it well and you leverage the best of both worlds without downtime. Do it not-so-well and you can torpedo the transition and maybe even the business objectives. Integrating IT systems is complicated but with a good …

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Redundant Connectivity: How To Protect Always-On Internet At Your Business

Updated for May 2017 (Originally posted December 2014): Do you run any part of your business in the cloud — maybe Office 365, Salesforce.com, ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), payroll or voice calling? How about email? The more you have in the cloud, the more you need a working internet connection. You need your employees productive …

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