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Looking for a Data Center? Some Quick Tips.
by Nationalcws.com on November 1, 2023
When choosing a data center to move your server equipment into, there are several factors to consider. One of the most important things to look for is the level of redundancy that the data center provides. This refers to the backup systems that are in place in case of power outages, hardware failure continue reading
The Future of Data Centers
by Nationalcws.com on October 18, 2023
Data centers have become the backbone of today's digital infrastructure, fueling the exponential growth of data-driven applications and services. As technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace, new trends and emerging technologies such as edge computing, artificial intelligence (AI), and quantum continue reading
by Nationalcws.com on October 11, 2023
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Why is it SO Important to have an Experienced Company Move your Data Center Server Gear
by Nationalcws.com on October 2, 2023
Moving server equipment or a data center from one data center to another is a complex and delicate task that requires careful planning and execution. Choosing a specialty company like NationalCWS.com Corp. for this purpose offers several advantages due to the unique challenges associated with handli continue reading
The Importance of IT Recycling
by Nationalcws.com on February 28, 2022
Through new devices, society has reaped tremendous benefits. This drastic growth in the electronics industry, however, has led to a rapidly escalating issue of end-of-life (EOL) electronics or e-waste. In landfills or recycling operations, toxic materials can be released from old electronic devices continue reading
How Long Does My External Hard Drive Last?
by Nationalcws.com on November 15, 2021
There’s no doubt how important this piece of equipment is in the complicated world of data storage. Chances are you’re viewing this on a laptop or computer, so it’s safe to assume you’re worried about your external hard drive. When will a hard drive failure happen? What will happen to the da continue reading
The Key to a Successful Server Migration
by Nationalcws.com on September 18, 2021
As your company's IT systems become more and more efficient, you should consider transferring data to a stronger or more specialized server. Server migration has become a vital part of today's IT world, as clients expect quick deployments and minimum downtime. Understanding how efficiently you can e continue reading
Computer and Electronics Logistics: Planning Your Tech Relocation
by Nationalcws.com on Thursday, May 02, 2019 14:00

We have outlined how to plan your data center migration and office infrastructure in 2019! Stop researching and start learning today!

88% of global enterprises are in the early stages of consolidating servers or moving their data centers, according to a report published for Commercial Payments International (CPI). Enterprises that do so enjoy reduced IT costs. They also enjoy improved business continuity, optimized operations and enhanced cybersecurity.

Many businesses are looking to merge or move their IT equipment or data centers. In some cases, enterprises are moving their data centers to comply with federal regulations. Despite the reason, they ensure continuity of business by following data center migration best practices.

Although many enterprises start the migration process, most firms hesitate to follow through. Often, business leaders are concerned about how the move will affect operations. If this is your position, you need a well-thought-out data center migration project plan. With it, you can successfully migrate or merge any data center.

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5 Hard Drive Disposal Tips to Make Your Life Easier
by Nationalcws.com on Thursday, March 21, 2019 11:00

Hard drive disposal is definitely something you need to do perfectly. Here are 5 hard drive disposal tips you can use to make sure you get the job done right!

Your hard drive holds everything about your business, and we do mean everything. From every document you've ever written to all of the future projects you plan on carrying out, and maybe even some of the biggest company secrets - it's all there.

Hard drives are good at holding all of those things and keeping them safe from prying eyes. They carry out their job well, and they can keep going for many years.

Like with all things, however, hard drives can only last for so long before you have to replace them. But you already knew that. In fact, you had plans to buy a new one in a few weeks and chuck the old one on the trash. No big, right?

Actually, yes big.

Here's the thing. When you dispose of your old hard drive, it takes a lot more than just tossing it in the bin. Computers are very good at holding on to information, and the last thing you need is for that info to fall into the wrong hands.

So what are your options? When it comes to hard drive disposal, you actually have quite a few of them.

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Data Center: Things You Didn't Know
by Nationalcws.com on Monday, March 11, 2019 15:00

There are a lot of myths out there about data centers. Read on to learn about the top data center myths and the truth behind each one.

There are over 8 million data centers around the world. A data center is important for protecting, managing, and disseminating data. Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths out there about data centers.

Some of these myths state that data centers are going out of style, while others downplay the benefit of data centers. Check out our list of 15 data center myths and see if you've been guilty of believing any of these false claims.

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Data Center: Things You Didn't Know
by Nationalcws.com on Thursday, February 28, 2019 12:00

There are many things about data centers you probably didn't know. Read on to learn about the top things you didn't know.

With more than 3 million data centers in the U.S., most people don't even know what they exist.

There are data centers that are taking up space in old shopping malls, basements of buildings, and even unmarked buildings along the highway. If there is space for one, you can bet someone is looking to turn those empty spaces into data centers.

Here are just a few of the most important facts about data centers. [...]

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The Modern Rules of Data Center
by Nationalcws.com on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 16:00

Are you wondering what the modern rules of a data center are? We’re here to provide your roadmap to data systems.

Americans are more reliant on digital data than ever. The dictionary defines data as “quantities, characters, or symbols on which operations are performed by a computer”. Those who rely on data systems, however, know that it is so much more.

If your business relies on a data center, you know that picking one that you trust is crucial. Making critical errors in your data center has the power to single-handedly destroy your business.

So what are the rules of a modern data center? Read on to learn more about what you should expect. [...]

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12 Most Underrated Skills That Will Take You to the Top in Technology
by Nationalcws.com on Friday, February 01, 2019 14:00

There are many skills that you have that could take you to the top in technology. Read on to learn about the most underrated tech skills.

When you graduate college, you may realize a degree from XYZ University won't be enough to land you a job. The degree might help you get an initial interview, but you'll need a few extra skills to impress your potential employer.

We live in a world rich in information and technical data. Technical skills alone won't be enough to land you a job, either.

Some desirable skills might seem obvious while others seem surprising.

Of all the skills you have, which are the ones most likely to take you to the top of technology? The most underrated tech skills may surprise. Continue reading below to find out more. [...]

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The Ultimate Guide to Moving a Data Center
by Nationalcws.com on Monday, January 21, 2019 11:30

The Ultimate Guide to Complete Any Data Center Move with Ease

By 2020, the demands of new IT architectures will force 55% of enterprises to upgrade their existing data centers or deploy ones. Legacy IT systems are not enough to handle the workloads of tomorrow.

This has prompted many companies to relocate their data centers to more scalable locations or to adopt hybrid cloud models that give them more flexibility.

Nonetheless, in-house data centers are still important to many organizations. The house master copies of archived data, legacy applications that are still relevant, and workloads that aren't suited to the cloud.

If you are moving your business and planning a "lift and shift" data center move, this article will guide you through the process.

Before you begin, you have a choice to make. You can either work with a data center relocation company or relocate your data center yourself. [...]

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How to Dispose of a Hard Drive While Being HIPAA Compliant
by Shawn Simon on Monday, January 14, 2019 12:00

Do you know how your organization destroys protected health information (PHI)? The HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules explicitly state that you need a process for erasing the health information in your possession.

That means you can't merely shred or delete your records. Rule 45 CFR 164.530(c) requires you to maintain the appropriate privacy safeguards even when you destroy your data. Failure to do so can result in disclosures of the PHI involved--and leads to HIPAA violations and hefty fines.

We'll show you how to dispose of a hard drive without violating HIPAA rules. [...]

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16 Essential Tips for Data Centers
by Shawn Simon on Thursday, January 10, 2019 15:00

It's one thing to know how to manage a business and another to understand the intricacies of running a data center. Here are all the tips you need to succeed!
If you manage a data center, you know that everything has to be done just right. Proper data protection and management are crucial if you want to keep your business up and running.
Whether managing data is old hat or you're new to the game, there's always something to learn. Continual improvement is key, especially since you need to keep up with how data changes as technology advances.
Knowing how to manage a business is crucial if you want to keep your operations running smoothly. To help you do just that, we've created this handy list. Here are 16 essential tips for keeping your data center in tip-top shape. [...]

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Preparing to Move Your Data Center? Use This 20-Step Guide to a Successful Move to Get It Done!
by Shawn Simon on Monday, December 31, 2018 11:00

If you're preparing to move your data center, you need to make sure all your bases are covered before the transition begins. These steps will help.
Moving a data center is a huge undertaking. There is more to the relocation than packing up servers and taking them to the new data room. To ensure you cover every aspect of the project, strategic planning must take place.
Once it is determined that a move is taking place, all key players need to come together to map out the move from A to Z.
The first order of business is to determine if your IT team is capable of handling the move. If not, you may need to factor in the expense of bringing in a data migration project management team.
Continue reading our 20-step moving checklists guide for businesses preparing to move a data center. [...]

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What Is Onsite Data Destruction and Why Is It so Important?
by Shawn Simon on Thursday, December 27, 2018 14:30

Have you ever heard of onsite data destruction? Read more to learn all about it and why you should consider it.
Although 100% of electronic waste is recyclable, not even a quarter of the e-waste the world generates is properly disposed of. In the United States, only 29% of all e-waste generated was recycled in 2014, the most recent year for which there is data on the subject. That's more than in previous years, but still not nearly enough.
The proper disposal of electronic devices, computers, and hard drives isn't just important for protecting the environment. Discarded devices pose a serious threat to businesses and organizations.
Hacking accounts for 63%of all data breaches; However, employee negligence, including the improper disposal of technology, accounts for 9% of data breaches.
Businesses and organizations that handle sensitive data cannot risk the improper disposal of technology. In some cases, failure to dispose of hard drives can lead to data breaches, lawsuits, and other liabilities.
At the very least, it's an important process to protect proprietary data as well as customer data.
Onsite destruction is one of the most efficient methods to destroy data responsibility. If your company needs a more reliable way to dispose of your data, find out more about onsite data destruction below. [...]

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The Many Benefits That E-Waste Recycling Has to Offer
by Shawn Simon on Monday, December 10, 2018 14:30

Recycling isn't just for paper and plastic! Read more to learn of the many benefits that e-waste recycling has to offer today! A paltry 12.5 percent of e-waste gets recycled, according to the EPA. The urgency of recycling has never been higher. From the eyesore of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to worsening of air quality, everyone should contribute to reducing waste. Electronic devices have advanced in recent years, but there is still one constant: waste. These newer, better devices and computers are constantly getting replaced with successors. The old devices may get donated, resold, or go straight to the bin. E-waste recycling efforts are ramping because electronics are highly toxic and, ironically, contain valuable materials. If we can prevent e-waste from ever reaching landfills, the recovery and conservation of the environment will follow. To better understand electronic waste, let's take a look at what's at stake. [...]

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Advantages to Onsite Hard Drive Shredding
by Shawn Simon on Monday, December 03, 2018 14:30

As important as hard drive shredding is, unfortunately, it's not the easiest task to do. Thankfully, an onsite shredding service can take care of this for you! In October 2018 alone, 88 data breaches exposed over 11 million records. If you include the past months, there are now over 1,000 breaches with over 57 million records exposed. This might be surprising each one of these don't make the news. Even large-scale breaches went unnoticed by the public. This reiterates the importance of having proper security measures in place. What does hard drive shredding have to do with it, though? Well, it's more on the proper disposal of sensitive information. You don't erase the data and call it a day - this will expose the information to hackers. Read more on how shredding can help you with your business' security. [...]

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The Beginner's Guide to Hard Drive Destruction
by Shawn Simon on Monday, November 19, 2018 11:30

If you're wondering whether hard drive destruction is necessary for your business, check out this blog post. Click here for more information on this!
Experts expect Cybercrime revenues to reach $1.5 trillion this year. The revenues are from data breaches, intellectual property theft, and other illegal activities.
Trading in stolen data generates $160 billion in illegal profits. The estimated income from stolen trade secrets and intellectual property is $500 billion.
One of the most important things you can do to protect your company is to secure your data. This includes company records, intellectual property, and future plans. More important than keeping current information safe, is eliminating old records and data.
Companies that fail to destroy records are at risk for breach of contract and other lawsuits. Privacy policies, compliance issues, and data-protection all come into play. Failure or delay can lead to more costs and legal expenses.
Let's take a closer look at hard drive destruction and the important part it plays in data security. [...]

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IT Relocation Planning 101: Everything You Need to Know
by Shawn Simon on Monday, November 12, 2018 11:30

If you need help with your IT relocation planning then you're in the right place. Check out this handy guide to find out everything you need to know! Moving day is one of the most stressful days of your life. The same goes for moving your data. If your business stores sensitive or confidential information on hard drives, you'll need to pay attention. There's a high risk of compromising your data if you don't have a solid IT relocation plan and checklist in place. We'll tell you everything you need to know about IT relocation and relocation planning. [...]

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Moving Business Soon? 11 Things You Need to Note
by Shawn Simon on Monday, November 05, 2018 12:30

Are you moving business soon? If so, this blog post's an absolute must-read. Don't forget to note these 11 handy tips.

Is your current business location not up to par? Whether you've outgrown your building or you simply want a change of scenery, it's time to move your office.

Moving business locations can be tricky though, especially if you use a lot of electronic data. You can wrap furniture and choose careful movers for the physical stuff, but what about your data?

Whatever industry you work in, you want all your business-related items and data moved safely to your new location. Here are 11 things you should take note of if you want that to happen. [...]

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What Is Hard Drive Shredding and Why Do You Need It in Your Office?
by Shawn Simon on Monday, October 29, 2018 12:30

Does your company store confidential and sensitive information on hard drives?

If so, you should never discard those hard drives down the line by simply throwing them in the trash. If you were to take that approach and your hard drives fell into the wrong hands, the information on the hard drives could potentially be compromised.

Rather than going that route, you should use a method called hard drive shredding to get rid of your old hard drives. By doing it, you'll destroy your old hard drives completely and make it impossible for anyone to access the information on them.

Before you decide to utilize hard drive shredding, though, you should learn more about what it is and how it can benefit you and your company. Let's take a closer look at how you can shred hard drives and enjoy the advantages that come along with doing it. [...]

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Clean or Replace? How to Know When Your Computer Reaches End of Life
by Stephanie Faris on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 10:30

Whether they're laptops or desktops, computers can last at least a few years, particularly for end users who do moderately-intensive work like word processing and email. But even a top-of-the line PC has its limitations. Many businesses have pushed computer replacement to four or five years and, in some cases, longer. But there can be a price attached to holding on to an aging computer. Usually, work will gradually slow down as users are forced to wait extra seconds for activities like opening and saving files, conducting a web search, and uploading or downloading documents. [...]

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3 Risks of Running Outdated Windows Servers
by Stephanie Faris on Tuesday, August 07, 2018 11:30

If you have on-premise servers, chances are you're running a Microsoft Windows server. You likely even take measures to ensure you're always up to date on your software and firewall protection. But if you still have old operating system software on those servers, all of that work may be for nothing, since your biggest risk is your environment itself. [...]

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3 Ways Your Copier Puts Your Business at Risk
by Stephanie Faris on Monday, July 23, 2018 11:30

A quick glance at the most popular office copiers reveals one common trend: today's workplaces expect all-in-one functionality. A copier no longer takes up valuable office real estate to serve just one function. Instead, today's copiers handle scan-to-email, fax, printer, and copier capabilities. Unfortunately, this new technology has snuck up on many business owners, leaving them unaware that they pose a security risk. [...]

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Third-Party Data Security: What Every Cloud-Connected Business Should Know
by Stephanie Faris on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 13:30

Security seems like it's getting simpler, as companies pay cloud service providers a monthly fee in exchange for providing safe, reliable storage for their data. However, by entrusting their data to a third party, businesses hand over control, which can be dangerous. By 2019, 60 percent of enterprises are expected to have traded on-premise software for cloud-based solutions, which also means their security will be handled by an outside vendor. [...]

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4 Tips to Protect Against Your Company's Biggest Security Risk: Its Employees
by Stephanie Faris on Monday, June 25, 2018 11:30

Data security is serious business for today's companies, with the average data breach costing $3.5 million. Even worse, a company that suffers a breach is 27 percent likely to fall victim again within two years, bringing an additional cost of between $1.1 million and $3.8 million. Even if your business is a small startup, you can't assume criminals won't touch you. [...]

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What Businesses Can Learn from Microsoft's New Underwater Data Center
by Stephanie Faris on Monday, June 11, 2018 13:30

Although underwater data centers have been discussed for a while, Microsoft finally took the plunge, showing off its latest data center off the coast of Scotland. The 864-server data center was built above water and submerged to a depth of 117 feet, where it was plugged in to a cable containing wiring for fiber optics and power. [...]

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Could Cyber Meddling Affect Your Small Business?
by Stephanie Faris on Monday, May 28, 2018 15:30

You can hardly turn on the news these days without some mention of Russian interference in the U.S. elections. Wherever you fall on the political spectrum, though, if you own a business, the topic of cyber meddling is very relevant to what you do. In a conversation with TechRepublic, attorney Jack Rice recently explained how these attacks could affect even the smallest business. [...]

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I.T. Risk Mitigation Planning: What Your Business Should Know
by Stephanie Faris on Monday, May 14, 2018 12:00

Risk is part of doing business. When it comes to your companys technology, though, risk can be devastating. If a natural disaster wipes out your data center, for instance, you could find entire aspects of your business are temporarily inaccessible. You can plan for such an event in advance through risk mitigation planning, a process that protects your business by helping you document your plan. Not only does this likely hold you accountable, but it also proves as valuable information to anyone considering investing in your business or working with you on a large project. [...]

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Why Your Company Should Destroy Your External Hard Drive
by Stephanie Faris on Monday, April 30, 2018 14:00

At one time, external hard drives were a great way to keep files in a transportable format. As these portable drives increased their storage while lowering in price, they were already becoming obsolete, replaced by much more convenient cloud storage options. But any business that has been around for more than a few years runs the risk of a forgotten device, possibly tucked into a drawer or the pocket of a laptop bag. An employee may even have a personal drive with business files somewhere at home. [...]

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3 Dangers That Can Damage Your Server Hard Drives
by Stephanie Faris on Monday, April 16, 2018 11:30

Computer components aren't damage-proof, despite advancements in technology. When those sensitive components are inside a server, the stakes are much higher than when they're in a laptop or desktop computer. One server can provide files and applications for a business's entire workforce. If you maintain on-site servers, whether in a data center or server room, it's important to protect against three dangers that can put your data at risk. [...]

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3 Signs Your Server Room Is Outdated
by Stephanie Faris on Monday, April 02, 2018 10:30

At one time, even the smallest amount of computing power required massive equipment, often taking up an entire room. As technology has evolved, though, businesses can do far more with less, which means one small room can be filled with servers that support tens of thousands of end users. [...]

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What to Include in Your Office Relocation Quote Request
by Stephanie Faris on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 10:30

Moving a business is never easy, whether you're relocating employees, a server room, a data center, or a combination of some or all of the above. But careful planning, along with the choice of the right relocation specialist, can ensure it goes much more smoothly. [...]

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How to Keep Morale High During an Office Move
by Stephanie Faris on Monday, March 05, 2018 10:30

Relocations are an inevitable part of running a growing business. Whether you're improving your location or moving to a larger space, the process of packing, loading, and transporting equipment and furniture can be disruptive. But keeping customers happy while you're in a state of chaos is only part of the challenge you'll face. [...]

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4 Things You Can Do to Give an Old Server New Life
by Stephanie Faris on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 11:30

With the average server lasting three to five years, every IT administrator will eventually have at least one expired piece of equipment. Tossing it is the easiest option, but it can actually cost a business serious money over time. By finding ways to repurpose every piece of equipment, your technology workers can save money and improve their own operations. Here are four options for offloading your old servers in a productive manner. [...]

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Asset Tagging Your Equipment: What You Should Know
by Stephanie Faris on Tuesday, Fabruary 06, 2018 13:30

A business relies heavily on the equipment it uses to manage daily operations, but keeping track of laptops and mobile devices can be challenging. This is especially true of larger businesses with employees working away from the office. One of the best ways to manage all of that equipment is to apply a tag that includes information that can make it easily identifiable. [...]

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6 Data Center Disasters You'll Never See Coming
by Stephanie Faris on Monday, January 29, 2018 11:30

Your business relies on its data center to keep operations running smoothly. If something happens that suddenly made your files and applications inaccessible, how would it affect operations? Would your end users still be able to provide customers the great service they expect? [...]

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3 Ways to Keep Employees from Saving Files to Their Devices
by Stephanie Faris on Monday, January 15, 2018 11:15

A device's hard drive can be a liability for a business, especially if employees regularly save documents to that drive. If a piece of equipment is lost or stolen, someone can access the data on it, which could include customer information or files your company would rather keep secret from competitors. Even if your equipment stays safely between your office walls, someday you'll dispose of it, putting your data at risk if traces remain. [...]

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Top Apps to Keep Your iOS and Android Devices Safe
by Stephanie Faris on Tuesday, January 08, 2018 11:30

Businesses invest serious money and effort into securing their network, realizing how devastating one security breach can be. But increasingly, employees use mobile devices to conduct business on the go. Even if you don’t issue work-specific phones to your employees, they’re likely checking office email when they’re away. [...]

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3 Steps to Make Your Data Center More Environmentally-Friendly in 2018
by Stephanie Faris on Tuesday, January 02, 2018 11:00

A business's data center can be the most important area of its operations, powering everything from its internal file storage to its website. It can also be the most energy-intensive, contributing to a global problem that is only worsening. According to a study from the National Resources Defense Council, the US's three million data centers consume enough energy to power the entirety of New York City's households for two years. [...]

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5 Signs It's Time to Replace Your Business Equipment
by Stephanie Faris on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 14:30

No matter what type of work you do, chances are you rely heavily on electronic equipment every day. From the servers that hold your files and applications to the computers and smartphones that connect you, it’s important that each device operate efficiently. Unfortunately, electronics have a limited lifespan, varying from two to six years depending on a variety of factors. If you replace items too soon, you could waste money but if you wait too long, you may find that you’re less productive and, therefore, not able to serve your customers. [...]

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Is Your Office Keycard Hacker-Proof?
by Stephanie Faris on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 14:30

In recent years, RFID Proximity Cards have become the go-to security solution for most businesses. They secure major office entryways, as well as safeguarding access points to data centers and server rooms. These cards use radio frequencies to interact with compatible readers, allowing employees to easily access the areas they need. [...]

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5 Ways to Clean Up Your Workspaces in 2018
by Stephanie Faris on Monday, December 11, 2017 14:30

A cluttered workspace can hamper productivity and lower morale. But after a while, it can be easy for items to pile up, with little extra time available each day for you and your team to clean things up. You could set aside a specific day each year to do a “spring cleaning,” but that doesn't help with clean-up during the other 11 months each year. [...]

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Are Your IT Operations HIPAA Compliant?
by Stephanie Faris on Monday, December 04, 2017 11:30

Patient healthcare data is a sensitive issue. For organizations that collect this type of information in any way, it's important to have safeguards in place that protect their customers' private health data from falling into the wrong hands. This includes information like prescription medications, medical histories, clinical diagnoses, and time off work for illnesses or injuries. [...]

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How to Make Money Off Your Destroyed Hard Drives
by Stephanie Faris on Monday, November 27, 2017 11:00

If you've considered selling your used equipment for cash, you've likely noticed that you lose money by removing the hard drive as recommended by experts. Yet failing to destroy the hard drive puts your business at a risk of a data breach, which could cost thousands of dollars and lead to years of headaches for your customers. [...]

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Why Every Business Needs an Electronics Recycling Program
by Stephanie Faris on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 12:30

By now, everyone should know the importance of recycling electronics. Yet in 2017, a United Nations report estimates that up to 50 million tons of electronic waste will be dumped. Judging by 2015 numbers, that waste will likely end up in landfills. In addition to the environmental cost of creating electronics to satisfy constant customer demand for new products, the hazardous materials inside discarded mobile devices and computer equipment harm the environment. [...]

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Everything You Need for Your 2017 End-of-Year Equipment Inventory
by Stephanie Faris on Monday, November 13, 2017 10:30

Working in an office can be an adventure. Multiple personality types congregate in the same general area, diligently moving through their daily to-do list while trying to deal with any interpersonal issues that arise. In the middle of this is the IT security team, who must try to find a way to ensure the network stays safe without interfering with each worker's ability to get the job done. [...]

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5 Reasons Your Office Needs to Shred...Everything
by Stephanie Faris on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 12:00

Working in an office can be an adventure. Multiple personality types congregate in the same general area, diligently moving through their daily to-do list while trying to deal with any interpersonal issues that arise. In the middle of this is the IT security team, who must try to find a way to ensure the network stays safe without interfering with each worker's ability to get the job done. [...]

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Outdated Electronics? 3 Things Businesses Can Do with VCRs, Floppy Disks, and Pagers
by Stephanie Faris on Tuesday, October 30, 2017 12:00

Over time, a business's storage closet can begin to look like a museum, especially if there is no plan in place to offload old equipment. Even if you've cleared out your excess equipment in the past few years, you may still find a lingering pager, Blackberry, or original iPhone in the back corner of a storage room. [...]

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Do You Know What's on Your Hard Drive?
by Stephanie Faris on Monday, October 16, 2017 12:30

A data breach can be devastating to a business, causing permanent reputation damage in addition to financial losses. Many businesses invest heavily in server-side security to block hacking attempts, not realizing that there are many other ways they put their organizations at risk. [...]

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Moving to the Cloud? How to Shut Down Your On-Premise Network
by Stephanie Faris on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 14:30

Businesses are increasingly choosing cloud solutions for software, storage, databases, and infrastructure, with 95 percent of organizations surveyed saying they're using the cloud for at least some part of their operations. As the years progress, cloud reliance will become the norm, not the exception. [...]

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How to Take Advantage of Local Recycling Incentives for Your Business
by Stephanie Faris on Monday, October 2, 2017 12:30

Any company that has been in business for more than a couple of years faces the challenge of disposing of old electronics. Unlike old file folders and furniture, you can’t simply toss electronics into a dumpster or drop them off at a general waste disposal facility. Instead, you’re expected to responsibly dispose of every item that could potentially be hazardous to the environment. [...]

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What Your Business Can Learn from the Equifax Breach
by Stephanie Faris on Monday, September 25, 2017 16:30

It was every company's nightmare. A serious system breach impacting approximately 143 million customers. As consumers struggled to freeze their credit in the wake of the news, business leaders monitored the situation, as well, wondering if a similar breach could affect their own operations. [...]

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Buying New Smartphones? Here's What You Should Do Before Selling Your Old Device
by Stephanie Faris on Monday, September 18, 2017 12:15

Both Apple and Samsung have new phones hitting the market this fall, leading professionals across all industries to consider upgrading. As with any upgrade, though, device owners are left with an old smartphone they no longer need. Some choose to give it to a friend or family member, while others opt to sell it on eBay or through a service like Gazelle. The extra money can offset the cost of purchasing a new device. Still others decide to simply recycle their device or donate it to charity, saving the time they'd put into trying to make a small amount of cash. [...]

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Decommissioning Your Data Center? 3 Tips for Disposing of Old Cables
by Stephanie Faris on Monday, September 11, 2017 11:30

If you've been in the I.T. field for long, you know cables are an annoying but necessary part of connecting equipment. Even as more businesses have gone wireless, server rooms and data centers remain filled with cables, creating challenges for network administrators. When it comes time to decommission a data center, however, cables become one more thing employees must get rid of as they're offloading equipment. [...]

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Single Pass vs. Multiple Pass: What Your Business Should Know About Data Destruction
by Stephanie Faris on Monday, September 4, 2017 10:30

Savvy businesses already realize that destroying old hard drives brings risks to an organization. If the data on one of those drives can be read by the person who eventually ends up with that device, sensitive information could fall into the wrong hands. When that happens, a business may be forced to pay expensive fines in addition to suffering reputation damage with customers. [...]

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Refurbished Servers: What Your Business Should Know
by Stephanie Faris on Saturday August 26, 2017 10:30

It's a question information technology professionals are often asked when it comes to desktops, laptops, and mobile devices. Should end users take advantage of the cost savings that can come from purchasing refurbished equipment, or is it too risky? As the physical components that make up electronic devices have evolved, consumers have found that often they can get years of life out of them, saving money while also being able to keep their technology upgraded. [...]

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Working in IT? These States Are the Best for Tech Jobs
by Stephanie Faris on Monday August 21, 2017 12:30

It's a great time for information technology graduates. They're already heading into a job market with a low unemployment rate, while also having an in-demand skill. Businesses across all industries need talented IT professionals and in many markets, that demand outpaces supply. [...]

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Decommissioning a Data Center? 3 Things You Need to Do to Prepare
by Stephanie Faris on Monday August 14, 2017 11:00

Initially, the prospect of decommissioning a data center can seem overwhelming. First there are numerous racks, each filled with servers and peripherals. Then there are concerns about downtime, since people likely rely on the applications and files stored on those servers. Lastly, businesses are concerned about security, since out-of-service computers can house sensitive data that can be disastrous in the wrong hands. [...]

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Best Collaboration Tools for Your End Users
by Stephanie Faris on Monday August 7, 2017 11:00

At one time, if you wanted to chat with a coworker, you simply stood and walked a few steps or scheduled a nine a.m. meeting. But today's workforces don't limit themselves to an office. They may work from home or while on the road, checking email and updating files around the clock. For I.T. teams, this means supporting third-party software that runs both on computers and mobile devices. [...]

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4 Things You Can Do to Squeeze More Life Out of Your Business's PCs and Servers
by Stephanie Faris on Monday July 24, 2017 13:00

Servers, desktops, and laptops last longer than in years past, but businesses still find themselves in need of an equipment upgrade after a few years. Even with the power today's devices pack into their cases, components eventually degrade due to age and wear. Every year you can keep a computer going is a year you won't have to spend your IT budget on a replacement. [...]

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Is IT Bad for Your Health? 5 Top Risks for Tech Professionals
by Stephanie Faris on Monday July 24, 2017 12:00

Nobody ever said life as a tech worker would be easy. Whether you're a server administrator, a help desk technician, an applications developer, or some other type of IT professional, chances are you'll face your fair share of on-the-job risks over the course of your career. Here are some of the top health risks facing IT professionals, along with advice to help you prevent them. [...]

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5 Most Common Smartphone Issues
by Stephanie Faris on Monday July 17, 2017 12:00

Professionals rely more heavily on smartphones to conduct business than ever. In fact, one Gartner study found that 40 percent of the country's large-business employees use their personal smartphones for work. This puts a strain on IT departments, who face difficult decisions when it comes to supporting personal devices. [...]

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3 Disadvantages of Outsourcing Help Desk Support
by Stephanie Faris on Monday July 10, 2017 12:00

Although business demand for computer support hasn't waned, the way professionals get that support is gradually evolving. As recently as a decade ago, companies would often staff a full-time help desk team, tasked with keeping computers protected and helping employees with technical issues. With so many small and medium-sized businesses now competing with large corporations, demand has increased for outsourced technical support, provided on an as-needed basis. [...]

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How to Choose a Fire Suppression System for Your Server Room
by Stephanie Faris on Monday July 3, 2017 12:00

No space in your office is 100 percent safe from a fire. This is especially true when you combine multiple employees with appliances and building wiring. Although a fire in your workspaces would provide a serious setback, requiring you to replace equipment and find a temporary working location, nothing would be as devastating as destruction to your server room. [...]

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Avoid These IT Jobs If You Want a Guaranteed Future Career
by Stephanie Faris on Monday June 26, 2017 16:00

Information technology professionals have long been in demand, with their skills allowing them to claim top dollar after they've gained the interest of multiple employers. In the coming years, 47 percent of jobs will become obsolete, according to Oxford University, as advances in technology allow more job duties to be automated. [...]

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Server Rooms for Small Businesses: What You Should Know
by Stephanie Faris on Monday June 19, 2017 15:00

You don't have to own a large corporation to have your own server room. In fact, before cloud services became so widespread, on-premise servers were common. An SMB can have a variety of reasons for an on-site server room, from wanting to keep control over their operations to privacy and security concerns. [...]

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How to Extend the Battery Life of Your Devices
by Stephanie Faris on Tuesday June 13, 2017 12:00

As battery technology advances, so do the devices that are powered by those batteries, making it a constant challenge to keep pace. Complicating matters is the fact that today's workplaces run on mobile devices more than ever. No longer are employees doing their daily work while seated at a desk. Instead, they're working from home, coffee shops, airports, and lobbies of clients, relying on laptops, smartphones, and tablets to stay on top of things. [...]

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New Survey Reveals Positive Outlook for IT Industry
by Stephanie Faris on Monday June 5, 2017 12:00

For information technology professionals, it can be easy to work with blinders on. Keeping up with the latest changes in software and hardware, as well as protecting business infrastructures from outsider attacks, can be time consuming. For the many service providers now serving as vendors for multiple businesses, staying in touch with the outlook for the industry as a whole can be difficult. [...]

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3 Tips to Help Motivate Your Help Desk Staff to Take More Tickets
by Stephanie Faris on Wednesday June 1 2017 12:00

Managing a help desk can be complicated. Like other teams in a business, supervisors must deal with personality clashes and diverse workstyles while also trying to meet their own business goals. Added to that are the complications of helping employees juggle incoming tickets and provide a high level of customer service to end users. [...]

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How to Support High-Tech Users
by Stephanie Faris on Friday, May 26 2017 12:00

Help desk technicians are trained to handle a wide variety of issues, from crashed hard drives to misplaced files to malfunctioning printers. However, today's help desks serve a wide variety of professionals, as businesses have consolidated their support to save money. Staying updated on the latest word processing software while also being able to help with custom-designed applications and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solutions can be challenging for even the most experienced technician. [...]

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Spring Cleaning for Your Server Room
by Stephanie Faris on Tuesday, May 16 2017 12:00

As the warm weather moves in, homeowners turn their attention toward deep cleaning their homes. For businesses, however, spring cleaning usually refers to eliminating office clutter or organizing email inboxes. I.T. administrators may even use it as an opportunity to inventory the files and applications on their servers and eliminate data that is no longer necessary. [...]

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Cybercrime Is on the Rise: Is Your Network Protected?
by Stephanie Faris on Thursday, May 11 2017 12:00

By the year 2021, cybercrime-related expenses are expected to reach $6 trillion, yet according to a study conducted by AT&T, nearly half of all organizations surveyed haven't updated their security strategies in three years or more. If you're one of those businesses, you may not realize that you're putting your business at risk. [...]

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Salary Equity in Tech Jobs: 5 Things Every Business Needs to Know
by Stephanie Faris on Thursday, May 04 2017 12:00

Earlier this year, Intel announced that it had achieved 100 percent equality in pay for all its employees, regardless of race. In addition to making a concerted effort to recruit and hire more minorities, the company took the pay gap seriously, conducting an in-depth salary study and making increases where necessary. The company had previously achieved pay parity for its female workers in 2015. [...]

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Deregulation Could Mean Businesses Pay More for Data
by Stephanie Faris on Wednesday, April 26 2017 12:00

From IP phone systems to videoconferencing to reading and responding to email, businesses rely heavily on the data lines that power their internet. A new decision from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) may have a serious impact on the amount those businesses pay each month, however. [...]

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IBM Uses AI to Boost Help Desk Support
by Stephanie Faris on Wednesday, April 19 2017 12:00

When IBM debuted its artificial intelligence (A.I.) system, Watson, on the TV quiz show Jeopardy, experts were excited about the future of the platform in healthcare. The technology is already being used to diagnose cancer patients through an application developed by IBM and New York's Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. [...]

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How Safe Is Your Data Center? Hacking Expert Demonstrates Security Weaknesses
by Stephanie Faris on Tuesday, April 11 2017 12:00

Avoiding security breaches is a top priority for security administrators. They invest in top-quality software and monitor and manage their servers on a daily basis. But all of that work doesn't take into account physical access to those servers. [...]

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Website Speed and SEO What: IT Departments Need to Know
by Stephanie Faris on Monday, April 04 2017 12:00

Websites serve as the backbone for everything today's businesses do. Whether a business sells products or services, caters to customers or other businesses, or has one customer or 5,000, an online presence is a must in order to get the word out about what they're doing. [...]

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Experts Predict Demand for Data Centers Will Increase
by Stephanie Faris on Monday, March 28 2017 12:00

The technology that will power future homes and offices in the coming years requires a reliable, high-speed connection. But as businesses expect instant access to volumes of data, consumers will be adding appliances, security systems, and voice-activated digital assistants to their home networks. All of this technology will require reliable, high-speed networks, even as traffic across those networks increases. [...]

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The Truth About Scareware What Your End Users Need to Know
by Stephanie Faris on Monday, March 20 2017 12:00

Anyone who spends time online eventually experiences a scareware alert. These fake attacks are set up to inspire panic on anyone who sees them. They give the appearance of a malware infection when in fact, they're nothing more than a cleverly-designed graphic. In other words, scareware is all bark and no bite. [...]

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3 Things Help Desks Can Learn from Businesses with Top Tech Support
by Stephanie Faris on Tuesday, March 4 2017 12:00

Each year, Laptop Magazine releases its list cataloging the companies that provide the best tech support for their products. Called the Laptop Tech Support Showdown, the list looks at the most popular brands, reviewing the various platforms available for customers to get help as well as the overall quality of the support they provide. [...]

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Underwater Data Centers Could Be the Future
by Stephanie Faris on Tuesday, March 7 2017 12:00

Energy consumption is an ongoing issue for data centers, even with modern advancements. The servers and peripherals, as well as the cooling systems that keep that equipment safe, can generate a great deal of energy each year. [...]

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Outsourcing Your IT? 3 Things to Consider
by Stephanie Faris on Wednesday, March 1 2017 12:00

Increasingly, organizations are choosing to outsource chunks of their operations to contract workers. Information technology is one area that is highly compatible with outsourcing, especially for smaller businesses. [...]

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How GPUs Are Changing the Data Center
by Stephanie Faris at Tuesday, 21 February 2017 12:00

At one time, intense image processing was relegated to video gaming, where innovators consistently challenged the limits of electronics. But today's consumers use their devices to watch videos and interact with apps, making Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) an integral part of the most popular computers and mobile devices on the market. [...]

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How to Trade in Your Business's Old Equipment for Cash
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 13 February 2017 06:00

Every business, large or small, occasionally replaces its equipment. It may simply be buying new PCs as old ones die or following a replacement cycle that upgrades PCs on an incremental basis. Either way, disposing of that equipment can be challenging for already busy businesses.   Options like recycling and donation can be quick and [...]

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How to Trade in Your Business's Old Equipment for Cash
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 13 February 2017 06:00

Every business, large or small, occasionally replaces its equipment. It may simply be buying new PCs as old ones die or following a replacement cycle that upgrades PCs on an incremental basis. Either way, disposing of that equipment can be challenging for already busy businesses.   Options like recycling and donation can be quick and […]

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Server Room Wiring May Soon Be Replaced by Lasers
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 06 February 2017 06:00

Network administrators have had their collective attention focused on Li-Fi as the next big change for their server rooms. However, a new project conducted by Microsoft and Penn State could provide an even better solution. Researchers are developing a way to replace the wires that cover server rooms with infrared lasers.   Wi-Fi may be […]

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Can Chatbots Improve Your Tech Support Team's Service?
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 30 January 2017 06:00

Tech support teams now know they must provide a variety of ways for customers to request help. It's no longer sufficient to simply direct them to call a particular phone line. Although a phone conversation may have traditionally been the way to resolve software and hardware issues, today's customers often prefer to contact help desks […]

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McKinsey: Half of All Jobs Could Be Automated By 2055
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 23 January 2017 06:00

The never-ending talent shortage in the I.T. field could be a problem in future generations, according to the latest McKinsey Global Institute Report. The report reveals that by the year 2055, half of all of the worldwide jobs done by humans today could be automated.   What does this mean for younger generations? As high […]

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How Will the New Administration Impact Your IT Department?
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 16 January 2017 06:00

A new administration takes office this week and with any new administration come changes. Savvy business leaders prepare early for those changes to avoid any surprises. For IT departments, this also means watching for specific plans relating to product imports, employment, and offshore workers.   Even if you've closely followed political news over the past […]

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Does Your Business Need an IoT Policy?
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 09 January 2017 06:00

By now, businesses are well aware of the impact the Internet of Things (IoT) will have on information technology. While the IoT has so far mostly been more concept than reality, that will likely begin to change in 2017. Businesses across all industries will begin to deploy IoT solutions that help them better serve their […]

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Thinking About Making the Switch to Mac from PC? Here's What You Should Know
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 02 January 2017 06:00

When IBM reported that it saved $270 per user by switching to Macs, businesses began considering a switch. But the security and reliability benefits could be offset by the pitfalls. Before you make the leap, here are a few things to consider.   Expense   MacBook Pro laptops are difficult to find for less than […]

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How to React When Your Business Is Hit with Ransomware
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 26 December 2016 06:00

Ransomware is a growing problem for both consumers and businesses. According to a report from Carbon Black, ransomware is on the rise, with one-third of organizations at risk of an attack in any 90-day period. Unfortunately, despite the fact that experts have repeatedly cautioned that device owners should never pay ransomware extortionists, a recent study […]

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Have You Checked Your Customer Satisfaction Levels Lately? 5 Questions to Ask
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 19 December 2016 06:00

Every IT professional serves a customer base. Whether it's internal employees or the many customers their apps and storage solutions serve, there is an end user who relies on their services. While not all technology workers directly deal with those customers, the service they provide makes an impact. One major outage makes that all too […]

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3 Ways to Make Your Printers More Secure
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 12 December 2016 06:00

Businesses put a great deal of time and effort into ensuring their files and applications remain safe. They even put serious resources toward securing their mobile devices and computers. But when it comes to the printers that are usually scattered around their office spaces, companies put little thought into the security risks they face.   […]

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Researchers Prove One Laptop Can Kill an Entire Internet Server
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 05 December 2016 06:00

When a popular site crumples under the strength of an attack, people usually envision a team of mastermind hackers taking it offline. However, a new research study found that just one laptop could take down an entire website using an attack technique called BlackNurse. The threat affects some of the most popular server types in […]

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HIPAA Compliance and Your Business: What Your IT Department Needs to Know
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 28 November 2016 06:00

In a digital era, it's more important than ever that patient data remains secure. For businesses that specialize in healthcare, extremely sensitive information resides on their servers and electronic devices. This can include standard data that affects every organization, including social security numbers, credit card information, and contact addresses and phone numbers. But it also […]

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3 Tips for Preventing Injuries During Your Office Move
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 21 November 2016 06:00

An office move can be one of the most stressful events a business will experience in its lifetime. The more a company grows, the more challenging a relocation can be, with more equipment, shelving, and files to load into the moving truck. While many businesses hire professionals to load the bulk of their belongings, employees […]

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How to Deal with Opposition to New Tech
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 14 November 2016 06:00

Change can be difficult, even stressful. In fact, change is one of the top stressors human beings deal with on a daily basis, whether it's divorce, death, a career change, or a move. For many businesses, however, change is an essential part of growing. In order to compete in an always-evolving market, companies must always […]

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What to Do When Your Server Room Experiences a Cooling Issue
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 07 November 2016 06:00

No matter what your office temperature is, your server room likely stays in the same cool range year round. Experts recommend a server room maintain a steady temperature of between 69 and 71 degrees Fahrenheit. While there is a little flexibility on either side of that range, if your room drops below 50 degrees or […]

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5 Common PC Problems That Can Be Resolved by Lower-Tier Technicians
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 31 October 2016 06:00

Help desks face challenges when it comes to staffing enough experts to handle every type of tech problem that can emerge. This is especially true in organizations where one help desk serves a large number of end users. On most help desks, each ticket is routed to a technician, who is then responsible for resolving […]

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Data Center & Server Relocation Planning and Execution
by Shawn Simon at Wednesday, 26 October 2016 15:04

Data Center & Server Relocation Planning and Execution

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3 Things Your IT Team Can Do to Be More Environmentally Friendly
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 24 October 2016 06:00

Businesses already realize the many benefits of being as eco-friendly as possible in their daily operations. From stationing recycling bins in every work area to creating products made from recycled materials, environmental efforts contribute to the fight against global warming while also serving to impress customers and clients.   For IT teams, it may seem […]

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Is Workplace by Facebook the Right Choice for Your Small Business?
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 17 October 2016 06:00

As social media continues to creep into the workplace environment, Facebook wants in on the action. The tech giant recently launched Workplace by Facebook, a collaboration tool that aims to replace email as the preferred method of interoffice communication. As businesses consider whether to make the move to this new platform, however, it's important to […]

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5 Steps to Take to Make Your Next Conference Go Smoothly
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 10 October 2016 06:00

Conferences bring great opportunities for brands to make business-building connections. Whether they're interacting with attendees at a booth or leading a seminar, professionals can get the word out about their products and services while also collecting leads. However, today's conferences rely heavily on technology, from the PowerPoint slides that guide presentations to the multimedia necessary […]

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How Microsoft Will Bring A.I. to the Workplace
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 03 October 2016 06:00

Microsoft has long dominated the workplace with its Office suite, even when free competitors have come along. Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook can be found on almost every business device, supporting most of the work professionals do each day. As more workers realize the benefits of using free cloud-based tools like Google Docs for collaboration, […]

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What to Expect When Your Company Merges with Another
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 26 September 2016 06:00

Business owners work hard to build growing, thriving companies. Even with all that work, though, sometimes a business can become much stronger by merging with another company. Whether it's a big corporation interested in buying that company out or a small or midsized business that feels together, two small companies can become stronger, the transition […]

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Is the iPhone 7 the Right Choice for Your Business?
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 19 September 2016 06:00

Each year, Apple launches a new version of the iPhone, along with an accompanying update to its operating system. Both consumers and businesses follow news of the launch, eager to hear what changes have been made. At a base cost of $649, many businesses may find widespread smartphone replacement falls outside of their annual IT […]

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Data Center & Server Relocation Planning and Execution
by Shawn Simon at Sunday, 18 September 2016 15:04

Data Center & Server Relocation Planning and Execution   Until recently, most companies considered data center relocation to be a once in a lifetime event. As infrastructure demands and technology advances continue to expand, current forecasts predict 3-5 moves, with 53% percent of companies expecting to do so within the next few years. What is […]

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The Best Location for Your Business's On-Premise Servers
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 12 September 2016 06:00

Although many businesses are opting for off-premise application and data storage, on-premise servers still have many benefits, especially for larger companies. Smaller businesses may not have the IT expertise necessary to manage on-site servers but as a company grows, it can add specialists who can build and maintain its network.   Whether you're just starting […]

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How Much Time Is Your Help Desk Wasting?
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 05 September 2016 06:00

Help desk teams are already overloaded with work, with businesses often expecting a minimal number of people to handle a large daily ticket load. However, many help desk teams waste time each day without even realizing it. In addition to the usual general workplace time wasters, there are productivity problems specific to the way your […]

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Have You Conducted a Customer Satisfaction Survey Recently? Why You Should
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 29 August 2016 06:00

When your business provides tech support, you have an obligation. Whether your technicians support your own employees, external customers, or a combination of both, it's important to make sure your help desk workers represent your company well. For the many businesses now having a tough time finding and retaining talented IT workers, customer-friendliness has sometimes […]

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Most Common Help Desk Issues…and How to Prevent Them
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 22 August 2016 06:00

Spend any amount of time on a help desk and you'll likely begin to see patterns. While the wording on your tickets may vary from one case to another, likely they all fit into a few specific categories. Understanding these categories may be key to reducing incoming calls, which means you'll have happier end users. […]

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How to Handle a Customer Whose Support Contract Has Run Out
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 15 August 2016 06:00

For today's businesses, customer support goes beyond helping with product returns or service appointments. Tech support is an important part of creating long-term customer relationships, whether you're selling software or another type of product. With the Internet of Things bringing technology to even more everyday products, businesses will find tech support crucial.   But without […]

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When Is a Help Desk Call an Emergency?
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 08 August 2016 06:00

In a fast food society, consumers have grown accustomed to having what they want when they want it. If you work in a job that requires you to help those consumers, you likely notice the impatience this has created. This is especially true when someone has a computer issue. When something malfunctions and it gets […]

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4 Types of Tech Workers That Are Bad for Your Business
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 01 August 2016 06:00

Information technology (IT) professionals serve as the backbone of businesses, providing file storage and support. If they do their jobs well, your employees can do their jobs, which means your customers and clients remain happy. When the process breaks down, your employees may not have the tools necessary to be productive, hurting your income and […]

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Software Update Scams: What Your Business Should Know
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 25 July 2016 06:00

Tech teams quickly grow accustomed to the massive number of Flash and Java updates required on each PC on a regular basis. If a business has a full-service tech team, chances are much of that is pushed out at the server level. Otherwise, help desk staff must go to each workstation and manually install updates […]

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Missing Equipment? Here's What Your Business Can Do to Reduce Loss
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 18 July 2016 06:00

Every business relies on electronic equipment to keep things moving. But as devices have become more mobile, it has created new challenges for businesses attempting to track that equipment. With laptops, tablets, and cell phones now being issued to workers across the country, leaders have begun to realize the importance of carefully tracking every item. […]

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How to Recruit Great Tech Workers for Your Business
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 11 July 2016 06:00

Reliable, talented employees are hard to find, especially if you're working within a budget. This is especially true for businesses hiring technology professionals, whose skills sometimes need to be highly specialized. The rarer the knowledge, the more you'll likely have to pay. If hiring outside your local area isn't an option, you'll also be competing […]

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What Is the Best Smartwatch for Your Business?
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 04 July 2016 06:00

Smartwatches are becoming more common than ever, especially in the workplace. With just one wrist-worn device, a professional can check emails, text friends and associates, and even keep social media accounts updated.   However, for businesses considering using smartwatches as a way to keep workers productive, it's important to choose the right one. The best […]

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Could Service Level Agreements Help Your Tech Support?
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 27 June 2016 06:00

Response times can create an ongoing issue for a help desk, whether they're replying to internal requests for assistance or they're interacting with a nationwide network of customers. While simpler tickets can be resolved with one phone call, more complex issues often require escalation or repeat calls, which extends the time to completion.   While […]

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How to Keep Unauthorized Personnel Out of Your Server Room
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 20 June 2016 06:00

Businesses that still have server rooms on site face an ongoing challenge to keep equipment secure and fully operational. This means having the right software in place to keep hackers out, as well as making sure the room stays cool and dry to avoid damage to sensitive server components.   But one of the biggest […]

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The 3 Types of End Users That Are Bogging Your Tech Support Teams Down
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 13 June 2016 06:00

Technical support professionals serve an important purpose in organizations. Their specialized knowledge and training skills make them hard to find. When businesses do develop a good team, it's important to nurture that team to increase retention rates.   Unfortunately, sometimes the environment itself can sometimes lead to high turnover. IT work can be extremely stressful, […]

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3 Tips for Worry-Free Business Presentations
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 06 June 2016 06:00

Webinars and PowerPoint presentations have become an important part of running a business. Whether professionals are demonstrating concepts, leading brainstorming sessions, or pitching a potential client, the right visuals can make all the difference. Yet scheduling and preparing a presentation are only part of the process.   Most IT professionals will be called to help […]

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3 IT Jobs That Won't Be Replaced By Robots
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 30 May 2016 06:00

By 2025, robots could take over one-third of the jobs that humans do today, experts predict. That scary statistic is based largely on the fact that artificial intelligence has become so advanced. With machine learning technology, computers can now go far beyond merely calculating data and pulling reports. In fact, software can now learn and […]

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Android vs. iOS vs. Windows Phone: Which Mobile O/S Is Best for Your Business
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 23 May 2016 06:00

When it comes to mobile operating systems, consumers seem to fall solidly into one category or another. Either they'd never buy an iPhone or they loyally buy one after another. Some are Android loyalists, preferring its flexibility in offloading files, photos, and music. A small percentage prefers the Windows O/S, citing its easy integration with […]

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4 Signs It's Time to Fire Your Tech Support
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 16 May 2016 06:00

Most businesses rely on educated professionals to maintain their software, hardware, and infrastructure. Whether your business has an on-site technical support staff or you outsource to a cloud provider or local service, you likely at least have someone you can call if you have problems.   However, from time to time you may need to […]

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Should You Upgrade to the Newest Operating System?
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 09 May 2016 06:00

The pop-ups tell you it's time to upgrade your operating system. If you don't complete the upgrade, you'll continue to see those pop-ups in the days and weeks that follow. If you search for information on the new operating system, you'll likely find it comes with enhanced features and security, possibly even including apps you'll […]

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How Usability Testing Can Help Your IT Teams Provide Better Tech Support
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 02 May 2016 06:00

Software developers rely on usability testing to make sure their applications work as they should. Manufacturers have found that usability testing allows them to identify issues before products start shipping to stores. As more businesses find innovative ways to demo their products with expert testers, internal departments are learning to put the process to use, […]

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Firing an Employee? 4 Tips for Protecting Your Technology Against Retaliation
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 25 April 2016 06:00

We've all heard the horror stories. A terminated employee logs into a secure business account and erases all of the data inside. Or an angry dismissed worker retaliates by sending emails to every client, damaging that business's reputation. When a business fires an employee, tempers can flare in the days that follow and the result […]

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4 Tips for Providing Help for Your Online Customers Using Live Chat
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 18 April 2016 06:00

Traditionally when someone had trouble with a piece of software, that person would pick up the phone and either call a toll-free phone number or contact his or her business's help desk. At that point the caller would place a ticket and wait for help to show up. In some cases, the person on the […]

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How Lean Manufacturing Practices Can Get Your IT Processes in Top Shape
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 11 April 2016 06:00

It started in manufacturing, allowing businesses to save significant sums of money bringing products to market by making just a few small changes. Soon, other industries were noting the savings and applying lean manufacturing practices to their own business models. From retailers to law firms, leaders in all industries can boost cash flow by reviewing […]

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Data Center Relocation & Moving its Associated Hardware, the Informal Guide
by Shawn Simon at Monday, 04 April 2016 12:43

Data Center Relocation & Moving its Associated Hardware often leads a client to NCWS, a specialty data center and server moving firm, for assistance managing and executing their relocation project.   “We are looking for data center movers and/or computer equipment movers”.  Seems easy enough, just need to move some servers from A to B.  Moving […]

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Tech Support Scams and Your Devices: What Every Business Should Know
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 04 April 2016 06:00

Scam artists often prey on consumers, luring them into providing personal information like passwords or account numbers. Once they have the information, fraudsters can then commit identity fraud or log into sensitive accounts, stealing a victim's money or signing up for accounts on their behalf. As more professionals use the same devices for both business […]

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Inside Google's Server Room: New Video Shows Insider View
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 28 March 2016 06:00

Google is known as the world leader in the technology, having become one of the world's most valuable companies. With data centers around the globe powering search results, Google's many popular applications, and customer data, Google uses some of the top resources available to safeguard its servers.   Recently, Google released a 360-degree video tour […]

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4 Things to Consider When Choosing a Domain Name for Your Business
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 21 March 2016 06:00

A business's domain name is as important as the signage in front of a retail store or restaurant. Whether a business has a brick-and-mortar location or is completely ecommerce based, a good dot com is essential to winning new customers. The vast majority of shoppers conduct research online before buying a product, so any business […]

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Should Your Business Encrypt Every Desktop and Laptop?
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 14 March 2016 06:00

Even if your offices are locked up at night, it's possible that someone could break in and steal the equipment you have inside. If any sensitive customer data resides on the hard drives of those computers, including through emails or contact lists, you'll likely be legally required to notify every customer who might be impacted […]

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Scaling Your Network for a Video-Intensive Workplace
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 07 March 2016 06:00

If your IT fields regular complaints about network speed, you aren't alone. Businesses across the country now struggle to maintain workable speeds, with increasing demands making it difficult for even newer networks to keep up. One of the biggest drains on network bandwidth is video, which has increased substantially in workplace use in recent years. […]

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New Report Reveals IT Professionals Violate Their Own Security Policies
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 29 February 2016 06:00

Information systems workers expertly manage a business's technology, often setting rules designed to keep the network safe. Yet how responsible are those workers? As they set and enforce policies on video streaming, unauthorized downloads, and strong password requirements, they all too often are bypassing those rules on their own devices.   With security breaches impacting […]

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User Experience and Your Help Desk: What Your Business Should Know
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 22 February 2016 06:00

Businesses are focused on usability, from the products they sell to the way they market. When businesses see things from a customer's perspective, they design experiences that are more likely to convert.   Information technology professionals now implement usability concepts in their projects and operational procedures. One area that regularly impacts end users is the […]

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5 Free Sites Every IT Troubleshooter Should Bookmark
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 15 February 2016 06:00

Anyone who has ever spent time on a computer help desk has been perplexed by some of the basic troubleshooting questions that come across. Most issues can be resolved through a simple Google search. Fortunately for IT workers, though, most users would prefer to put in a ticket to spending a few minutes finding the […]

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How Apps Are Changing the Business Software Environment
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 08 February 2016 06:00

From the time desktop PCs became commonplace on desks in offices everywhere, businesses have relied on a core group of software solutions to power what they do each day. Everything from word processing to client interactions have been handled by a combination of standard and personalized applications that keep things moving efficiently. Until recently, these […]

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How Should IT Departments Handle Requests to Monitor Employee Activity?
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 01 February 2016 06:00

A supervisor notices that an employee seems to spend hours each day on social media. There isn't an issue with work getting done, but coworkers have begun to complain that while they're working hard, this employee is taking long work breaks every 15 minutes.   When supervisors deal with these issues, they can sometimes be […]

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The Benefits of Continuing Education for IT Workers
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 25 January 2016 06:00

The educational backgrounds of technology workers have always been varied. In the late 1990s, technology workers were in high demand, often being hired for positions without degrees specific to their new fields. Some would go back to school for additional education, whether it was for certifications that could advance them in their fields or additional […]

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Just How Tech Savvy Are Millennial Workers?
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 18 January 2016 06:00

As the baby boomer generation exits the workforce in large numbers, a new generation of workers moves in. Known as Millennials, this generation of workers is in their 20s, often having recently graduated from college and ready to begin the ascent up the career ladder. Unlike previous generations, Millennials were exposed to the Internet fairly […]

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5 Tips for Creating an Effective 2016 IT Budget
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 11 January 2016 06:00

As a new year begins, businesses that operate on a calendar year start a new budget. If you are just starting on your budgeting work for the year or you have some flexibility with the budget you created late last year, there are things you can do to both satisfy your IT needs and keep […]

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3 IT Security Risks Every Business Faces in 2016
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 04 January 2016 06:00

As technology has grown more sophisticated, the world has grown to rely on it for everything from getting to meetings on time to communicating with overseas clients. This overreliance means that when something goes wrong consumers and businesses can be seriously impacted. In 2016, as with previous years, businesses must be diligent about protecting their […]

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These Mobile Devices Will Threaten Your Business Meetings in 2016
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 28 December 2015 06:00

Mobile devices may have freed us up to work on the go, but they've created a huge distraction in the workplace. Coworkers can barely have a five-minute conversation without someone pulling out a phone to check an incoming text or email. All of this has led to frustration as professionals try to conduct face-to-face business. […]

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Virtual Data Rooms: What Every Business Should Know
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 21 December 2015 06:00

The vision of the paperless office is gradually becoming a reality as businesses realize the benefits of replacing space-consuming paper-based files with document management systems. Instead of taking up valuable space with file cabinets filled with file folders and paperwork, businesses can scan and save the files to a server, where they'll remain indefinitely. This […]

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Does Your Help Desk Need to Be Available After Hours? Tips That Can Help
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 14 December 2015 06:00

Professionals are working longer hours than ever as they travel to business meetings and strive for top-notch customer service. For help desks, this can often bring new challenges, with leaders calling for assistance as late as ten or eleven p.m. Many help desks have now found that this means they either force employees to go […]

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3 Known Issues That Could Put Your Business Systems at Risk
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 07 December 2015 06:00

No matter how hard your business works to secure your network, there are risks you'll face on a daily basis. As long as employees are allowed to browse the Internet freely and take their work devices outside of the office, your business will deal with security threats. Devices can be stolen, passwords can be easily […]

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How Two-Factor Authentication Can Keep Your Business Systems Safe
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 30 November 2015 06:00

When computers first became mainstream in offices around the country, a password seemed sufficient to keep information secure. Often employees would have one password that they entered when they powered their computers on each day. Nobody worried about locking their workstations on lunch breaks or keeping those passwords safe from anyone else who passed by […]

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Help Desk Tickets on the Rise, Despite Increase in Cloud Computing
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 23 November 2015 06:00

Experts have predicted that cloud computing will eventually reduce the amount of IT help a business's workers need. With software that runs on off-site servers rather than requiring local installation, organizations will see fewer bugs while enjoying always-updated software. When employees do need help, they'll simply either call a 1-800 number or do a live […]

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Four Things Businesses Should Look for When Choosing a VoIP Service
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 16 November 2015 06:00

Businesses rely on phone services to support daily operations. With VoIP expected to grow by 9.7 percent between 2014 and 2020, professionals are increasingly realizing the many benefits of IP-based telephony over traditional landlines. Utilizing a business's Internet connection, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) solutions can save a business money and add a wider selection of features while […]

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Where Should Your Business's IT Budget Be Spent?
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 09 November 2015 11:17

It's impossible to run a business without technology these days. Either you're processing payments, interacting with clients, or creating stunning presentations that will win new business. While a small startup can operate on a mobile device connected to a home Wi-Fi network, as that business grows, it will be necessary to add new equipment.   […]

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3 Tips for Outsource-Proofing Your IT Career
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 02 November 2015 06:00

SunTrust is only the most recent high-profile instance of a company sending IT jobs overseas. In fact, cloud technology and the Internet have businesses across the globe rethinking how they handle everything from network security to help desk tickets. With technology workers commanding fairly high salaries, sending work overseas looks like a great idea from […]

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Competing Services Aim to Be the Uber of Tech Support
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 26 October 2015 06:00

They call it the Uberization of America. An app acts as a go-between for service providers and the customers who need those services, allowing workers to run their own businesses doing what they do best. So far customers can order workers to put together furniture, buy their groceries, and bring restaurant food to their front […]

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Apple Users Need Less Help Than PC Users, IBM Finds
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 19 October 2015 06:00

Businesses no longer invest hundreds of thousands of dollars each year on full-time desktop support staff. Employees are expected to have the tech knowledge necessary to handle even the most complicated software maneuvers. In addition to hiring tech-savvy professionals, business owners are increasingly choosing to outsource desktop support to third-party providers who charge by the […]

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Malvertising: How Your Business Can Avoid It
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 12 October 2015 06:00

Just when people thought it was safe to search known sites, criminals get even more creative. A new type of attack called malvertising uses third-party advertising sites to sneak malicious codes into networks and devices. The ad content can appear on some of the best-known sites on the Internet, remaining undetectable to security software until […]

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IBM Suggests Way to Create Energy-Efficient Super Computers
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 05 October 2015 06:00

Moore's Law says the number of transistors in an integrated circuit will double every two years. This theory came from a 1965 paper written by Intel co-founder Gordon E. Moore and seemed to hold true through much of the past five decades. The law wasn't a hard and fast rule, since in the 60s and […]

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Does Your Data Center House Zombie Servers?
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 28 September 2015 06:00

The term brings to mind something out of a horror movie, but it's far from fiction. Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal expressed concern about millions of zombie servers that linger in data centers across the globe. These servers hum along daily, draining the power grid while serving no real purpose.   Why do […]

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Study Finds Windows PCs Bring Biggest Risk for Network Malware Infections
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 21 September 2015 06:00

As the prevalence of mobile devices has increased in recent years, systems administrators have been warned. All of this equipment opens up a business to security issues that can drain resources and put your company's hard-earned reputation at risk. But a new study contradicts that line of thinking slightly, demonstrating that the biggest danger to […]

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Server Room Too Hot? 3 Tips for Cooling Things Down
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 14 September 2015 06:00

Heat can be a hard-drive killer, causing the sensitive components to wear out much more quickly than they would in cooler temperatures. For server rooms, this is especially important, since most businesses rely on servers to deliver the applications and files the use each day. One hard drive failure can lead to an interruption in […]

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Microsoft's Diagnostics Tracking Service: What Your Business Should Know
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 07 September 2015 06:00

For many businesses, IT security is a top concern. This is especially true as applications and data move to the cloud, where they are managed by third-party services. When they make the decision to outsource to the cloud, business leaders want to believe that their data remains private, secure from prying eyes. But new information […]

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Upgrading Your Business Computers to Windows 10? Read This First
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 31 August 2015 06:00

The latest version of Microsoft Windows is out and consumers have been advised that this will be the last full upgrade of the operating system. Once installed, Windows 10 will upgrade automatically, grabbing the latest features when regular updates are pushed down. For businesses who have endured multiple versions of Microsoft's operating systems, the news […]

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Are You Prepared for a Fire in Your Server Room?
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 24 August 2015 06:00

It can happen when you least expect it. A fire breaks out in your office space, taking furniture, electronic equipment, and file cabinets filled with paper-based files. In an office, this can mean having to relocate for the weeks or months it takes to make the space inhabitable again.   If the fire breaks out […]

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What Businesses Can Learn from Hillary Clinton's Email Issues
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 17 August 2015 06:00

The emailing habits of Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton have undergone intense scrutiny in recent years. Now that the Justice Department has taken her email server, however, professionals across the country are taking notice. Since many workers today use their personal devices and home networks to conduct business, they're likely wondering if they should be concerned […]

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How the Internet of Things Will Change Server Room Administration
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 10 August 2015 06:00

If you're technology proficient, you likely already know the impact the Internet of Things (IoT) is already having on homes across the country. Products like smart thermostats and doorbells have the ability to hook up to a family's in-home Wi-Fi, where they can then communicate directly with cloud-hosted servers. That then allows a homeowner to […]

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Google Has Some Unique Ideas for Your Old Server Rooms
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 03 August 2015 06:00

Whether your business moves its operations to the cloud or relocates server equipment to a new site, eliminating server equipment from your building can free up a large amount of extra space. Once the server movers have removed your servers, racks, and peripherals, you're faced with an important decision: what do we do with all […]

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What Type of Insurance Does Your Business's Equipment Need?
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 27 July 2015 06:00

Today's businesses rely heavily on their hardware and software. Whether it's their computers, printers, mobile devices, or specialized equipment, electronics power operations in almost all businesses today. If even one piece of equipment is damaged or lost, professionals could easily find themselves unable to communicate with customers or fulfill orders, especially in smaller organizations.   […]

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4 Reasons You Should Use a Server Mover for Your Fall Conference
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 20 July 2015 06:00

Fall is prime conference season, with businesses in all industries coming together to strategize and network. If you're attending one of these conferences, you may need to bring nothing more than a notebook and a pocket full of business cards. But if you've either been asked to present or serve as host, you'll likely have […]

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3 Reasons to Bring in Help for Your Server Relocation Project
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 13 July 2015 06:00

When it's time to move your servers, you'll need workers. Even a small server room can take up countless hours of professional time. If you choose to hand the entire job over to your existing staff, you'll need to understand that the work they'll need to do will be in addition to their existing duties. […]

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The Benefits of Surveillance Cameras for Your Server Room
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 06 July 2015 06:00

It's hard to go anywhere these days without stepping into the eye of a camera. They're in the ceilings of grocery stores, on street corners, and even incorporated in the landscaping of homes. Many office-based businesses have stopped short of installing surveillance cameras out of respect for worker privacy, but there are some areas of […]

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5 Best Practices for Your Office's Inventory Management
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 29 June 2015 06:00

As a business grows, equipment becomes necessary to support all of its new employees. Desktops, printers, and copiers fill your offices, with old equipment being replaced by new devices every few years. As mobile devices have grown in popularity, businesses have faced a new challenge: keeping up with smartphones, tablets, and laptops that are only […]

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Server Room Safety and Your Employees: What You Should Know
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 22 June 2015 06:00

Businesses focus a great deal of time and attention on keeping server equipment safe in a server room. But what about the employees that install and maintain that equipment? An injured worker is far more serious a situation than an overheating hard drive or a failed backup tape.   Your employees are your business's most […]

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3 IT Services You Should Always Outsource to Experts
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 15 June 2015 06:00

As more businesses move to the cloud, the concept of information technology support keeps shifting. Small and mid-sized businesses have found that they no longer have to retain a full-time help desk to install software and troubleshoot issues. Server support personnel are no longer required to manage a business's network infrastructure, freeing up these businesses […]

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5 Tips to Keep Your Help Desk Workers Happy During a Large-Scale Move
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 08 June 2015 06:00

Your server movers aren't the only ones who will be expected to work hard during your upcoming move. If you have help desk workers on staff, they're facing long hours and weeks of headaches, lasting long after your IT relocation specialists have completed their end of the work. They're the ones who will be forced […]

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Moving? How to Get the New Space Ready for Your Servers
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 01 June 2015 06:00

Moving is a stressful experience, requiring months of planning and a great deal of collaborative teamwork. When that move involves a business's server equipment, that stress is far greater. Companies can't afford to have downtime, so it's important that servers be disconnected and reconnected as quickly possible.   One of the best ways to minimize […]

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Why Encryption Is a Must for Your Server-Connected Devices
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 25 May 2015 06:00

Workers today are increasingly mobile, connecting to the office whether they're at home or on the road. The line between personal and business devices has gradually blurred, making it normal for an employee to use the same device for work and personal communications. In some cases these are devices that were issued by the business […]

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Top Tips to Keep Your Online Store Running During a Server Move
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 18 May 2015 06:00

A server room can be extremely disruptive to any business, but this is especially true for a business that deals directly with customers. Any downtime a business experiences can be deadly for business, harming its reputation and potentially scaring customers away permanently.   Server movers regularly work with retailers of all types, both in brick-and-mortar […]

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Tips to Help Ease Your Migration to the Cloud
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 11 May 2015 06:00

An increasing number of businesses are shifting from on-premise servers and software to cloud-based alternatives. This business model is ideal for smaller businesses, which can access top-quality services for a monthly fee. However, moving from an on-premise infrastructure to one that requires only an Internet connection and a password requires careful preparation. Here are a […]

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Move Safety: 3 Tips for IT Relocation Safety from Server Movers
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 04 May 2015 06:00

When it's time to move your business's electronic equipment, there are more important assets than your computers and servers. The employees that are the core of your daily operations should be protected as much as possible. Yet during a move, it's easy to focus so much on getting your equipment from Point A to Point […]

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Planning a Bank Move? Don't Forget to Keep Your IT Equipment Safe
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 27 April 2015 06:00

For any business, moving IT equipment can be treacherous. Day-to-day operations rely on technology working without disruption and few things can be as disruptive as physically moving a piece of equipment from one location to another. For banks, the transition can be even more complicated, since most of a financial institution's equipment contains sensitive customer […]

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3 Tips for Keeping Equipment Safe During a Conference
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 20 April 2015 06:00

It's almost impossible to participate in a conference these days without using technology. Whether you've rented a booth in the exhibition area or you're handling a breakout workshop, you'll probably rely on electronics to do it. For your workshops and presentations, you'll probably have the benefit of the host's projector, unless you're the host. For […]

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3 Reasons to Switch Your Business Phones to VoIP
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 13 April 2015 06:00

As the personnel helping businesses relocate data centers and office IT equipment, server movers have seen a marked difference in the experience between businesses with traditional telephony and Voice over IP (VoIP). While many businesses have made the switchover in recent years, there are still larger and midsized businesses that are still holding out. One […]

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3 Ways to Maintain Order During a Big Office Move
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 06 April 2015 06:00

A move can be extremely disruptive, leading to months of distraction as you pack items, move them, then try to figure out where they go when you arrive. As technology has become a greater part of the workplace, moves have only grown in complexity, forcing leaders to consider how they can maintain their current customer […]

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3 Signs It's Time to Upgrade Your Business's Technology
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 30 March 2015 06:00

Often as a business is dealing with a relocation, some big decisions are made about technology upgrades. Server movers see these questions often during the move process, but a business doesn't need to wait for a move to make technology upgrades. In fact, IT experts recommend regularly assessing your hardware and software infrastructure and determining […]

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Disposing of Old Mobile Devices? Your Data Could Be at Risk
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 23 March 2015 06:00

Many businesses are well aware that their desktops, laptops, and servers contain traces of sensitive data, even when files are removed. But many don't think about the same traces of data that reside on their smartphones. As businesses increasingly rely on mobile devices for conducting business, IT movers have seen more questions than ever about […]

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Email Retention and Discovery: Is Your Business Compliant?
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 16 March 2015 06:00

The recent frenzy over Hillary Clinton's missing emails has highlighted an important issue in data retention and recovery. If your employees are conducting business on personal devices, what is your business's responsibility when it comes to e-discovery? Server movers frequently encounter businesses with users who use personal devices for work use.   Regulating such use […]

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Banks Resist Cloud Technology to Retain Control
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 09 March 2015 06:00

As businesses increasingly migrate their software and infrastructure to the cloud, server movers have noticed one industry is still a holdout. Banking, an area that operates under the weight of government regulations, is delaying cloud adoption as they seek to retain control over their files and applications.   The delay Is often attributed to one […]

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Direct-Attached Storage: What Your Business Should Know
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 02 March 2015 06:00

Data center relocation specialists are often asked to set up an environment that works for a business's unique needs. When an IT team needs to add capacity affordably and compactly, direct-attached storage (DAS) is often recommended as an option. But DAS may not be the best choice for every data center. For this reason, our […]

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National Computer Warehouse Services Joins NAID
by Shawn Simon at Tuesday, 24 February 2015 08:12

National Computer Warehouse Services (NCWS) recently became a member of the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID), the official trade organization for businesses that provide information destruction services. As a top provider of data destruction for businesses in all industries, NCWS is excited to be a part of this global organization, which sets and maintains […]

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Data Center Pricing Expected to Increase in 2015
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 23 February 2015 06:00

Businesses have enjoyed relatively low pricing on their server storage needs in recent years, as providers sought to compete with cloud services. But server movers are cautioning customers that data center prices are expected to increase this year in keeping with supply-demand dynamics.   As with other areas of real estate, the market for data […]

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What Happens When You Don't Use Server Movers to Recycle Your Old Equipment
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 16 February 2015 06:00

Any business that's been around for more than a few years likely has old electronic equipment hanging around. For many businesses, getting rid of old equipment can be tricky, with many still uncertain about the best procedure for disposal.   As equipment piles up, taking up office space and creating an obstruction, many businesses turn […]

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Is Your Data Center Equipped for a Disaster? Server Movers Can Help
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 09 February 2015 06:00

No area of the world is completely immune to a disaster. Whether your risk is a fire, flood, hurricane, tornado, earthquake, or all of the above, it's important to have contingencies in place to make sure your valuable business data would survive. Server movers often help businesses assess their needs and determine weaknesses.   Even […]

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The Importance of Finding Server Movers Who Don't Subcontract
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 02 February 2015 06:00

Your data center relocation is extremely important to your organization. You can't afford days of downtime, so you need to be able to rely on your server movers to deploy the move without incident. This requires first choosing data center movers with years of experience in successfully completing server moves without incident.   Unfortunately, many […]

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How to Choose a Good Project Manager for Your Data Center Relocation
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 26 January 2015 06:00

If you're planning to move servers in the near future, one of the first things you'll need to do is designate someone to manage processes associated with that move. A person may naturally come to mind as the best person to oversee that move, but is that person the best choice? Managing a technology move […]

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3 Ways Banks Rely on Server Movers for Safe Relocation
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 19 January 2015 06:00

No matter how established a bank is in a location, occasionally the need may arise for that bank to move its personnel, furniture, and equipment elsewhere. Whether it has outgrown its location, the building owner is selling, or it simply wants to enjoy the high traffic available in another location, when a bank relocates it […]

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Legal Discovery and Your Business's Data: How a Server Mover Can Help
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 12 January 2015 06:00

Every business is at risk of legal action and that risk can increase as a business goes more high profile. In today's digital environment, when a legal issue comes up, most often a business's electronic documents, emails, and online postings are pulled into court to be used as proof in court. This proof could help […]

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What Your Server Movers Should Provide after Data Destruction
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 05 January 2015 06:00

When a business's equipment reaches its end of life, a business is put in the position of trying to find a way to dispose of it. A qualified server moving company can remove any equipment and relocate it to a responsible recycling facility, but it's important that businesses ensure IT movers ensure all data is removed before […]

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How to Prep for a Data Center Relocation with Minimal Downtime
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 29 December 2014 06:00

If your business has plans to move to a new data center in the future, you've likely considered how to make that move with minimal disruption. Often this involves pre-move procedures to relocate data and applications from one server to another. In many cases, however, equipment is simply unplugged at one location, moved, and set […]

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How a Server Moving Company Can Help with Hard Drive Certification
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 22 December 2014 06:00

Businesses today are faced with a wide variety of data security concerns. Regulations require that any business storing customer data must keep that information safe, putting the burden of meeting those requirements on professionals who are far from data security experts. While companies may entrust their server storage to third-party services or in-house IT departments, […]

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3 Tips for Creating an Inventory List for Your Server Movers
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 15 December 2014 06:00

If your business is planning an upcoming technology move, one of the first things you'll likely do is find an experienced server moving company to make sure your sensitive equipment is relocated safely. National Computer Warehouse Services works with technology moves of all types, with a full team of computer movers who walk business through each step […]

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Planning a Server Move? What You Should Know about Insurance
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 08 December 2014 06:00

There are several processes businesses must go through before a data center relocation, but many may not realize the importance of insurance. Professional server movers carry a certain amount of insurance to cover equipment damage or worker injury and for its own protection, a business should check to make sure this insurance is in place. […]

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Planning IT for Your Next Conference? 4 Ways IT Movers Can Help
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 01 December 2014 06:00

Participating in a conference, convention, or trade show can be stressful, especially if the event is at a remote location. In today's technology-powered environment, businesses must not only create winning presentations and lay the groundwork to take advantage of networking opportunities, but they must also coordinate electronics.   For that reason, many professionals now choose […]

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What Retailers Should Consider Before a Server Move
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 24 November 2014 06:00

Whether your files are hosted at your corporate headquarters or at a third-party data center, the need to eventually move or replace that equipment is unavoidable. Equipment eventually ages and must be upgraded. In some cases, merchants are choosing to migrate to cloud-based solutions for their e-commerce and store payment processing needs.   Wherever your business's […]

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3 Things Server Movers Should Know about Your Relocation Risks
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 17 November 2014 06:00

Risk assessment is an important part of any information technology project, reducing costly delays and allowing for measures to be put in place to prevent problems. If your business is planning a server relocation in the near future, your server moving company will likely want to know as much as possible about these risks well […]

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3 Steps to Better Cable Management During Your Server Relocation
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 10 November 2014 06:00

During a server relocation, a business has the opportunity to finally organize equipment, peripherals, and racks the way they've wanted to for a while. Over time, a server room can become cluttered and disorganized, making it difficult to manage. A data center relocation offers the perfect opportunity to dispose of clutter and ensure every piece […]

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5 Tips for Maintaining Office Productivity During the IT Moving Process
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 03 November 2014 06:00

As a business grows, occasionally the need will arise to move from one location to another. Whether a business is shrinking to a smaller, more space-efficient open-plan office layout or growing to accommodate additional employees, the IT moving process can be disruptive to operations. Employees will not only be tasked with packing items during work […]

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Planning a Data Center Relocation? What to Do with Old Software and CDs
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 27 October 2014 06:00

Server movers are familiar with the boxes of CDs and old software many businesses have collected over the years. Like the cables and other accessories that litter many server rooms prior to a data center relocation, stacks of CDs can present a problem during the weeks a business is preparing for an IT relocation.   […]

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3 Tips for Avoiding a Data Breach during an IT Relocation
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 20 October 2014 06:00

As corporate concern continues to grow in light of the Kmart and Home Depot data breaches, businesses are taking an interest in ensuring their data is secure at all times. This is especially true for businesses that deal with regulated consumer data, such as patient or credit card information.   For many businesses, data resides […]

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Planning a Data Center Relocation? Avoid Your Worst Nightmares
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 13 October 2014 06:00

If you're planning a data center relocation in the near future, you may be aware that things can go wrong. In fact, if your move proceeds without a single issue, your IT relocation will be a rare phenomenon. Server movers specialize in ensuring every aspect of a move is carefully planned and expertly executed to […]

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Working with a Server Moving Company? Get a Visual Estimate First
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 06 October 2014 06:00

If you're planning an IT move in the near future, chances are you have concerns that it will stay on budget. Businesses often set money aside for moving costs and search for a server moving company that can stay within that budget. But with most costs estimated on the front end, it's easy for the […]

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Server Movers Help with Windows Server 2003 End of Life
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 29 September 2014 06:00

The end of support for Windows Server 2003 is looming, with Microsoft planning to cut the cord in July 14, 2015. This means servers still running the decade-old operating system will no longer receive the patches they need to remain secure from threats. It also means businesses are tasked with upgrading to a supported operating […]

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The 3 Biggest Dangers of Data Center Relocation
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 22 September 2014 06:00

Your data center is at the heart of your operations, giving you the tools you need to serve your customers and bring in new business. Even with all the measures you take to protect your servers, you may not be able to let them rest in one place for decades at a time. Eventually, it […]

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Moving to the Cloud? 3 Things Server Movers Can Do with Your Old Equipment
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 15 September 2014 06:00

Today's businesses are becoming increasingly cloud-based, with internet-based applications and services making it easy for professionals to work at a fraction of the price. In many cases, organizations choose to migrate to the cloud as servers reach their end of life, choosing to contract with a monthly cloud service for file and software storage rather […]

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IT Relocation in the Future? Start Planning Now
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 08 September 2014 06:00

If your business is planning a move involving your electronic equipment, it isn't too soon to start planning. To avoid additional charges, businesses should get in touch with IT movers as soon as possible. This will allow them to create a thorough plan as well as set dedicate resources to the move.   Before you […]

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Server Movers Offer Peace of Mind
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 01 September 2014 06:00

When it's time for your business to move, your top concern is that your equipment arrive safely at its destination. But a move can bring additional reasons for businesses to be concerned. In addition to the interruption in service that can come from hardware moves, security can be challenging during the transition.   During the […]

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3 Benefits of a Professional Server Room Cleaning
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 25 August 2014 06:00

Server rooms are often set up and left to operate, day after day. Occasionally, an administrator may enter to change tapes or reboot a misbehaving server, but for the most part they remain on constant lockdown. But when deserted for too long, dust and debris can build up in a server room or data center, […]

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Plan for These Obstacles During Your Next Server Move
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 18 August 2014 06:00

If you're planning a server move, you likely already realize the process can be a complicated one. Even with months of mapping out plans and meeting to discuss details, you likely will find something won't go exactly as planned. When intricate computer networks are involved, Murphy's Law seems to apply: “If something can go wrong, […]

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Planning an Office Relocation? 3 Things to Keep in Mind
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 11 August 2014 06:00

Any organization that remains in business for a while will likely need to move to a new location someday. As your company grows, adding team members, your space needs will change. You may even find that technology has changed your needs. If the vast majority of your employees begin working from home, for instance, you […]

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Moving? 3 Things You Should Do to Make Sure Your Hardware Arrives Safely
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 04 August 2014 06:00

As a business prepares for a move, hardware damage is often of primary concern. Organizations spend a large amount of money each year on server equipment, PCs, printers, and peripherals, so having part of that damaged could result in costly downtime and replacement fees.   There are measures your business can make to protect equipment […]

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Finding the Right IT Movers for Your Next Conference
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 28 July 2014 06:00

The number of trade shows and conferences seem to grow by the year, as professionals realize the many benefits of coming together to promote their brand and network. As displays and presentations have become more elaborate, however, many businesses are finding that they need assistance to have the best setup possible once they arrive at […]

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Cleaning Out Your Server Room in Preparation for a Server Room Move
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 21 July 2014 06:00

When your business realizes a server room move is inevitable, you'll likely spend many months planning every piece of the process. One of the first things you'll probably do is enter your server room, look around, and realize serious work must take place before true planning can begin.   There are several major things your business […]

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3 Ways to Ensure Your Data Center Move Will Be a Success
by Stephanie Faris at Monday, 14 July 2014 06:00

To keep moving forward, businesses must occasionally move their data to a new facility. Whether a data center move is a result of outgrowing an existing facility or a desire to relocate to a new geographical location, the process is complex. Multiple parties will be involved in the months before and after the move and […]

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3 Tips for Choosing the Right Facility for Your Data Center
by Stephanie Faris at Tuesday, 08 July 2014 20:01

A business's data is its lifeblood, helping it serve its customers and employees, while also serving as a lasting record of work performed. Realizing that one disaster could wipe out years of work, businesses now make a conscious effort to house data in secure data centers, complete with offsite backup capability.   However, the most […]

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Moving Your Server Room? Don't Forget These Three Most Missed Items
by Stephanie Faris at Sunday, 22 June 2014 19:44

A server move can be a grueling, complex process, but it doesn't have to be. With careful planning and testing in advance, business users can enjoy a seamless experience with no downtime. When handled incorrectly, applications and data can be inaccessible for days, even weeks, leading to lost productivity and user frustration.   In the […]

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What To Look For In Choosing a Datacenter
by Shawn Simon at Friday, 13 June 2014 10:50

  Article written by: Wes Hogarth   Technology has exploded at an extremely rapid pace, especially over the last couple of decades.  With this explosion in technology, there has been an extremely high demand for IT professionals with varying skill-sets (System Administrators, Network Architects, Database Administrators, System Engineers, IT Managers, and IT Consultants just to […]

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How Moving to the Cloud Impacts Your In-House IT Department
by Stephanie Faris at Friday, 06 June 2014 16:16

Cloud computing is increasingly becoming a way of life in most enterprises, with more than half of organizations turning to the cloud for growth. All of this change has information systems personnel nervous, as they see the need for software and hardware support dwindling, from the network level down to the desktop.   But cloud […]

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Server Moving Company vs. General Moving Company
by Michael Godek at Thursday, 05 June 2014 14:28

When hiring a server moving company, find a proactive firm with the IT solutions that you need for a successful relocation project.  National Computer Warehouse Services has the professional skills and expertise for any server or computer moving project.  NCWS can manage and facilitate any relocation project no matter the scope.  We use protective security […]

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Data Center & Server Room Safety Awareness
by Michael Godek at Wednesday, 09 April 2014 15:04

  Data center & server room environments will have heavy IT equipment that needs to be relocated, so data center & server room safety awareness is critical in day to day operations.  Moving IT equipment can be challenging and may cause injury if the equipment isn't moved properly.  In order to prevent any harm, proper […]

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Truck Security and Data Center Relocation
by Michael Godek at Thursday, 03 April 2014 12:29

When hiring a data center relocation company, it is important to find the right vendor with the experience and professionalism that will make any relocation project successful. Vendors with dedicated services, equipment, and trucks are the safest and securest companies.  There are many things to take into consideration when searching for that perfect vendor.  One […]

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Insurance and Data Center Relocations
by Shawn Simon at Thursday, 03 April 2014 11:53

  As a sever moving company we would like to think our 12 year history of no loss service is another example of our excellence.  The reality is that insurance for any data center move is essential.  Now assurance and insurance are both different, and insurance and data center relocations go hand in hand.   […]

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Data Center and Server Moving Experts
by Shawn Simon at Wednesday, 26 March 2014 00:55

    NCWS is the data center and server moving experts, and have been trusted by our clients for their moving needs for over a decade. Our highly skilled moving teams have handled hundreds relocation's that include the shipping of valuable computers, servers, photocopiers, scanners and various other electronics. We are computer movers trusted to […]

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Securing Seminar and Conference Equipment in an Unknown Environment
by Michael Godek at Tuesday, 25 March 2014 00:56

  Securing Seminar and Conference Equipment in an Unknown Environment, written by Michael Godek.   When moving or hosting a seminar or conference, knowing your surroundings is critical to protect your equipment from theft and damage. Securing Seminar and Conference Equipment in an Unknown Environment is critical.  Entering an unknown setting can be overwhelming if […]

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Processes Involved In Cleaning a Data Center
by Shawn Simon at Tuesday, 18 March 2014 14:37

There are many process involved in cleaning a data center. Here, we're going to focus on the sub floor and ceiling rather than all the other surfaces and equipment in a server room. Not only does the surface of the sub floor and ceiling need to be cleaned, it's a good idea to apply an […]

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How do I need to pack IT equipment when it is being moved?
by Shawn Simon at Wednesday, 12 March 2014 23:51

What should our company consider when moving servers & IT equipment when it's physically being moved?  How do I need to pack IT equipment when it is being moved?   When a company is moving its IT equipment, servers, switches, and other equipment there is an important element that is often overlooked when everything else […]

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Tips on hiring a capable and successful server mover
by Shawn Simon at Tuesday, 04 March 2014 16:18

We are the sought out server movers for many reasons, but one of the most important reasons is such a simple statement our clients say about our server packing methods.  Our clients offer feedback, and always seem to say “You package and move servers the right way”, or “This is the right way to move […]

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National Computer Warehouse Services remembers Hurricane Sandy in Manhattan, by Michael Godek
by Michael Godek at Friday, 25 October 2013 11:55

On October 26, 2012, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency as one of the most powerful storms in United States history approached the Northeast.  By October 28, all flights throughout every international airport in the New York metropolitan area were cancelled and all services provided by the MTA were suspended. Major […]

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by Shawn Simon at Wednesday, 09 October 2013 12:49

As the world gets more and more dependent on the knowledge economy, there seems to be a corresponding and exponential rise in the need for seminars and conferences to brainstorm on new ideas, elucidate new thoughts, challenge norms and traditions, etc. In other words, learning in this type of environment has moved beyond the academia. […]

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The Ins and Outs of Data Center Security
by Shawn Simon at Wednesday, 18 September 2013 10:11

A business—especially the bigger ones, requires a data center to manage and protect information which are relevant to their business's operations. The data center is the business's facility which houses their computer systems, electronic files, storage systems, telecommunication systems, backup power systems, environmental controls for the offices and buildings, security systems, and the like. Without […]

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Why Data Centers Have to Keep Running and Operational
by Shawn Simon at Thursday, 29 August 2013 16:41

Corporations and business enterprises create information that needs to be stored every day. They need more power to continue to store as much data as possible and keep operating. It is not enough to store information inside the actual location which is why collocation of data center hosting solutions is critical. It is doubly important […]

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Data Centers – We Can't Live Without Them, and Can't Disrupt
by Shawn Simon at Saturday, 17 August 2013 16:31

Data Centers – We Can't Live Without Them In today's high-tech world of information and technology it would be impossible for most of us to function in our day to day lives without some form of information interaction  that is digitally transmitted and stored in any number of locations.  Data centers are an integral part […]

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Why it is Important to keep your Data Center or Server Room Clean, and Equipment Organized
by Shawn Simon at Monday, 17 June 2013 22:00

Data center or server rooms are an important component of companies, organizations and agencies. It serves as storage for important data such as information on employees, clients, projects and many other details. Transactions, finances and the like are also stored in the data center. Thus, it is very important to organize data center files to […]

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Secrets to a successful data center or server room relocation
by Shawn Simon at Tuesday, 28 May 2013 22:12

Secrets to a successful data center or server room relocation   One of the most difficult challenges a data center or server room manager has is hardware relocation.  Depending on the size of the staff, even the smallest of hardware relocations have roadblocks.   The great thing about our technology today, is often times a […]

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Old fashion pride and work ethic
by Shawn Simon at Wednesday, 22 May 2013 13:25

Old fashion pride and work ethic   We don't necessarily want to judge another person or company, but when you see the obvious you can't help but to have an opinion.  There has been many times we have been working with a partner and thought in our heads, “what wow factor.”   But more often […]

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Your Data Center Relocation, A to Z
by Shawn Simon at Wednesday, 22 May 2013 10:31

Your Data Center Relocation, A to Z   There are many pieces of the puzzle that a person will need to put together to create a complete picture.  The picture is obviously being able to successfully move your data center or servers.   Here is our check list to set a correct path for your data center moving […]

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Data Center, Server, and Computer Relocation – “The physical, right to the point”
by Shawn Simon at Wednesday, 22 May 2013 10:29

Data Center, Server, and Computer Relocation – “The physical, right to the point”   A couple Excedrin's later you are past the pre-planning, planning; but what about the less thought about… the physical moving of equipment.  Server moving has many elements involved.   Your servers and equipment are now ready to be physically moved or […]

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Common Mistakes in a Data Center Relocation
by Shawn Simon at Wednesday, 22 May 2013 10:03

Common Mistakes in a Data Center Relocation   Data center relocation is normally complicated, and full of twists that IT technicians may not consider on a daily basis.  This is why when moving servers there has to be much more consideration and planning. But is planning enough for it to be successful? Certainly not, unqualified […]

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Common drawbacks of Data Center Relocation
by Shawn Simon at Wednesday, 22 May 2013 09:56

Common drawbacks of Data Center Relocation    Data center relocation is an essentially tough task to be carried out properly as burdened with possible pitfalls. Therefore, making transition to a new location might not be fruitful and could be a bad experience. Therefore, to prevent something happen wrong, the company should know what possibly could […]

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May's Data Center Relocation Tips
by Shawn Simon at Wednesday, 22 May 2013 09:18

Any kind of move or relocation has proven to cause significant anxiety and stress to anyone involved.  The kind of relocation that is most critical, however, is the one involving server relocation of data centers, because any misstep by you or by the computer moving service can mean data losses and critical business disruptions that […]

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