RM&M: An important part of your IT cost reduction strategy

For a business of any size, the ability to quickly diagnose issues with their IT infrastructure and act on them before they become a major or long-term issue is incredibly valuable. Minimizing or eliminating costly downtime is the primary objective of any IT strategy, and Remote Monitoring & Management (RM&M) is an effective tool in […]

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IT Security Webinar: Facts vs Fiction

Consul-vation hosted a webinar on IT Security: Facts vs Fiction where we highlighted our top 5 myths of IT security. This webinar is now available on our web page for anyone to view the full presentation. We were very happy to have John Verry from PivotPoint Security join the webinar to add his decades of […]

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Why upgrade to a Solid State Drive?

An easy way to speed up and increase reliability on an old computer is to replace the hard drive (HDD) with a Solid State Drive (SSD). What is the difference between the two? The fundamental difference is that a SSD has no moving parts. The mechanical workings of a HDD is very similar to a record player. A platter is spun and read by a header to attain information. Therefore, the speed of a HDD is limited to how fast the platters can spin. This is measured by the amount of Revolutions-Per-Minute (RPM). A HDD’s RPM can vary from model to manufacturer, but on average it is between 5,400 to 7,200 RPM and up to 10,000 RPM on servers. On the other hand, SSD’s use NANDs as storage. NANDs are a electrical memory component on a circuit board. The CPU can access data on a SSD instantaneously.

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The tale of two backups

While preventive measures will reduce the chance of this happening, two ways of protecting data against potential loss is to create on-site (local) and/or off-site (remote) backups. An important concept to understand while determining your backup needs is the 3-2-1 rule. This rule is a strong general practice to follow, and will help you in […]

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The compute engine that could

Businesses of all sizes are taking their first steps into the cloud. From email to online backups (see our post on cloud backups), there are plenty of services available for companies to utilize. One cloud service, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is becoming more popular than ever. This allows major data centers around the world […]

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Boomerang: A Snooze Button for Google Mail

Boomerang is an Internet browser add-on that does two things with Google Mail: It allows you to schedule when an email will be sent and it will take an email you received and put it back into your inbox at a scheduled time. Both features provide tremendous control over your email. While delayed sending of […]

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New Google email feature you may want to turn off

On January 9th, Google posted on their blog they are rolling out a new “feature” that will allow anyone who uses GMail to send you an email via Google+, Google’s social networking service, even if the sender doesn’t know your address. If you use Gmail, this will affect you since you automatically get a Google+ account when you sign up. Because Google is turning this on by default, if you don’t want to participate, you will have to opt-out by turning the feature off manually. Once your account has been upgraded with this new feature, you will see a new option in your GMail settings (see image below) where you can control it.

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