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Data and Disaster recovery

Posted & filed under Networking Solutions, News.

On our social media sites for the month of April we continued our 2015 pledge to bring together articles to educate on a topic a month.  Data and Disaster Recovery are topics near and dear to us and below is the collection of what we posted.

Data and Disaster Recovery

Always start at the beginning; what is the history of data backup? Do you remember floppy disks?

– Here is a 1 page summary of just how far we have come.

– Here is a general look at the topic of Data recovery

Data recovery and data security are big expensive things. Take a second and think about what losing your data might cost you?  Here is one of many possible calculators out there (please sit down before you read…)
Lifehacker published a clictastic list of links to all things data recovery, if you have some time, give it a read

 

Bottom line is that data is what your business is based on, you wouldn’t leave your office door unlocked – do as much for your data.  We are certainly here to help, we can evaluate, advise and assist and remember; an ounce of prevention.

 

During the month of April we also curated some other articles of technology interest that we are archiving here;

 

Our Friends at Microsoft

Hot tech April 2014 news  – good bye Explorer, hello ? (codename Spartan…) Guess we have to wait and see.

 

No month would be complete without checking in on Google

Checking in on the google car for your future minded entertainment ~
Some reasons why everyone wants to work for Google

and before you watch TV on Google provided internet give this article a thought…


‪#‎google‬ ‪#‎workplace‬ #‎selfdrivingcar‬ ‪#‎technews‬ ‪#‎technews‬ ‪#‎microsoft‬ ‪#‎browser‬

‪#‎data‬ ‪#‎disasterrecover‬ ‪#‎lifehack‬ ‪#‎datarecovery‬ ‪#‎data‬  ‪#‎recovery

 

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Virtualization and Microsoft Azure

Posted & filed under Software.

Cloud computing is one of the things we specialize in but we want you to also know what is going on in the world of Virtualization.  We often employ Microsoft Azure and for the month of February we featured a variety of articles on the topic on our social media platforms; Facebook and G+

Below is a compilation of these articles, over time technology will surely change but most are a good roundup of the basic information.

 

What is Microsoft Azure

First lets start with the link to the Microsoft home page.  Right from the horses mouth

Next here is a comparison to other leading platforms just so you can compare apples and apples.

AWS V Azure

 

Can forget to mention that Google and Microsoft are BOTH players in the Virtualization world. Here is a little ‘debate’ between the two

and on the day I compiled this roundup, another very in depth review of Azure by By r of InfoWorld

Here is a bit of Azure history and headlines as of 2015;

Fresh tech news story from early 2015 about Azure partnership with Chief to continue the evolution of Azure.

Given the tech news cycle, this article from March 2014 is definitely ‘old news’ but good history of the name change from “Windows Azure” to “Microsoft Azure“.

A little tech reading , Microsoft is a busy bee with more improvements and changes to make things easier with Azure.

Microsoft Azure announced some improvements in February 2015. Got BIG data? They have a solution

 

Thats it for now, follow us on Facebook or G+ for our weekly discussions of tech topics and technology news

 

‪#‎microsoft‬ ‪#‎azure‬ ‪#‎chief‬ ‪#‎technews‬ ‪#‎google‬ ‪#‎virtualization‬  ‪#‎information‬ ‪#‎cloudcomputing‬ ‪#‎virtualcomputer‬ ‪#‎sql‬

2015; first PGP tech roundup

Posted & filed under News.

Welcome to the new year!  We have been continuing to curate news and content for you on our Facebook and G+ site weekly and here is a listing of what we have been talking about.

We started the year with a retrospective by Google with the top searches of 2014

Thanks for a wonderful fact filled 2014 Google!

 

Followed by a fun prediction tech list for 2015 and then a look at how theory lags practice for technology most of the time.

 

New this year is a theme for the month.  Some educational articles, some news, something to make you think.  We want PGP to be a source for community and education as well as taking care of any of your network, cloud, or IT needs.

January we focused on MALWARE; Malicious software.

The unciously named little bugger that just the name sounds insidious.  There were no shortage of articles and no doubt this isn’t the last we will talk about it in 2015…

 

Education;

Here is a good graphic and article about the types of malware;

chart by BullGuard Security Centre

A review of the top malware removing software for your personal computer.  Remember, if it gets hot, call us!

 

In the News.

Not a day goes by without something… here are a few that captured our attention

In the news early Jan the bug that google found; Microsoft claims is insignificant. Moral of the story; keep your updates updated

Malware is a sneaky thing, sometimes even in mainstream MMO League of Legends . Run your scans (or let us…)

Malware does not just spy on you, sometimes it has you ‘do’ things that might be harmful to your career if IT is watching (and IT is always watching)

malware is used by spies, real spies… 

Android phone users, please check your phone!

20 Jan 2015 at 23:28, Darren Pauli

Start the year off right and look and see if you are protected.  If your computer is your business…. how about you make that our business to make sure your are protected?

Tech Roundup – Q4 2014

Posted & filed under News.

We spend most of our time either helping customers in person, via the cloud, or on Social Media.  Weekly we try to highlight educational, interesting, and fun articles via Facebook and G+, this keeps us sharp and is a complimentary service to any and all who would like to follow us.

 

We also like to make this spot an archive for those articles.  Feel free to peruse October, November and December (so far)~

 

A Big trend this year is to get kids into code.  Even the President is doing it!  Here is what we highlighted the Hour of Code

image credit WWW.i-programmer

12/8  starts the #hourofcode Look for events all over the world.

Looks like our friends at Google are getting in the coding-holiday spirit with a Santa Tracker to help inspire young coders.
For the FROZEN programmers out there, here is one to inspire your kids.

 

 

 

 Everyone loves tech news and here are our picks for the quarter

Lost your keys/phone/wallet? There is an app for that, and, a device to tag those important things that looks like it will actually work. Something for your christmas list maybe….

During Thanksgiving week we were still on the job highlighting this cool new plugin (like an app for your computer). It is something to be “Thankful” for because while many of the things we browse for might be forgettable, sometimes you truly need to go back and find that exact page that had all the info…

Google, we have not talked about you recently, what do you have for us?

Everyone has data to back up, even providers of fine over 21 beverages. Pernod Ricard went from a decentralized to a centralized backup that offers remote, offsite and secure data storage.

DropBox – this might feel like a free way to use the cloud but buyer beware; Your data might not be safe there….

New from TechCrunch; Microsoft is branching out to container support. More proof the cloud is on their mind.

 

 

Social media isn’t just about news, its about answering some of the basic questions;

We are often asked “What is IaaS?” There isn’t a simple answer, but, our friends at IBM have a good explanation. What you should as is “Is this good for my company?”

In honor of Veterans day we posted a great link to ‘vets in tech‘. PGP is founded, owned and run by a Vet –

Are you Hip to HIPAA? IT security is twice as important when protecting personal health data so today a 2 for 1. Here is an article on some of the updates to HIPPA and the HITECH detailing how IT plays a role.

 

#ITdisasterRecovery  #datarecovery #news #databackup #tile #gadget #technews #frozen #programming #google  #hourofcode

#plugin #technology #education  #IBM #Cloud #microsoft #cloud  #dropbox #itsecurity

Microsoft 10 and our tech roundup

Posted & filed under Software.

Hot news this first week of October; Microsoft announces not just a new OS, but,  it is jumping straight to 10.  Integrating more, getting it right, and simplifying was just such a jump they felt it was +2 to 8!

 

photo credit http://www.theverge.com/

Back on 9/24, a nice confirmation of what we already knew, Forecasters are still showing the cloud, and, outsourcing services as a strong continuing trend. This is good news for us, but, also gives CIO’s more time for innovation when the more mundane is off their mind…

Check out our “why PGP” section and see “why” the cloud can work for you

Always updating the best methods, on 9/17 we posted some Office356 pro tips for the install/update ‘cycle’ including links in the article to more information on how-to.   It might be easier for us to handle that for you 😉

 

9/10 – The new iPhone was announced this week!.Exciting launch of a new generation of smart phone always brings us back to the pros and cons of BYOD (Bring your own Device). It is ranked high for employee productivity and satisfaction BUT without a good policy for security it is a big risk too. Here is the full study by CISCO and here are the Key Findings;Fullscreen capture 9102014 124415 PM.bmp

 

 

9/3 Keeping on top of Microsoft – from earlier this year they announced Office for iPad and 365 but the message we love to see is that Microsoft is completely backing cloud technology.

 

8/27

School starts next week so time to think about a fall spruce up for your laptop. Aside from checking in on your software, malaware and virus updates, spend a little time cleaning your laptop up

credit Intel Free Press

 

8/20

A more technical (but not too technical) posts on  SaaS – Software as a service. Here is a great current article on the subject

 

8/13

Are you still sitting at your desk?  Mid Aug we recommended that you might try standing, not another fad diet but a great way to sneak in a bit of exercise into your day .

 

(Image via Ramsey Beyer)

8/6

When things are true they just keep getting talked about. Article today about managed data backup that feels like we wrote it.