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Is It Time To Move Your Business To The Cloud?

By Jim Reams|March 29th,2018|Cloud Services,Disaster Recovery|No comments

If your business handles a lot of data and you’ve been around for a while, it’s likely you have hardware like servers and routers to handle all that data. And you might be wondering, as those servers reach capacity again, if it is time to move to the cloud. Here are a few things to consider about making such a move.

Budget

clouds as sunsetIt is likely that moving to the cloud will save you money in the long run. Keeping and maintaining a data center is expensive. And you have to pay for everything you buy, whether you use it or not. With cloud services like Amazon Web Services (AWS), you can find plans that let you pay for only the storage you use. And you don’t need to have expensive IT professionals on staff full time. You can leave that up to your Network Services company.

Scalability

A lot of businesses have fluctuating needs when it comes to data management, like retailers who have a spike in sales during the holiday season or an education data company that has spikes during testing periods or the beginning of the school year. Using the cloud lets you easily scale up and back depending on your needs so you only pay for what you use.

Security

You may have heard something like, “there is no cloud, it is just someone else’s computers.” Well that’s true if that someone else has those computers in a secure locked-down site with closed circuit cameras, 24 hour security, and limited access by only a few people. Legitimate cloud services providers make sure they have the latest in security in place to protect your data and keep it away from unauthorized eyes.

Disaster Recovery

Natural and man-made disasters rarely give you advanced warning to properly backup your data. By having your business based in the cloud instead of hard drives and servers in your office means that in the event of is disaster like a fire or flood, your business can carry on without much of a hitch.

Increased Collaboration and Productivity

In today’s world, emailing documents with different chronological versions or sharing them on a flash drive has gone the way of pagers and DOS. Using collaboration tools like Google Apps for Office lets your team collaborate in real time, including version tracking and commenting. Live chat apps like Slack and Google Hangouts make it easy for team members to work remotely.

There may be some growing pains at first when you decide to go with cloud migration, especially for people who are resistant to any kind of change. But if you’re seriously considering it, then it is probably time to make the move.

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Virtualization, Storage Solutions and Unified Communications Joins Half Geek-Half Human Family

By jjrosen|August 19th,2013|Atiba Behind the Scenes,IT|No comments

Atiba Network Services, LLC (www.atibanetworkservices.com) has announced the hiring of Sr. Network Engineer Brian Coulter.  He joins the Atiba family from NFIB where he worked as a Sr. Systems Administrator on a variety of projects such as: server virtualization, datacenter optimization, Microsoft Exchange migrations and Cisco administration. Coulter joins Atiba’s strategic IT team that delivers customized managed services solutions to clients.

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5 Tips To Keep Your Mobile Data Safe and Secure

By WillD|August 11th,2013|Mobile,Security|No comments

by JJ Rosen

Remember the classic old-school wallet chains? There are still a few around. The idea was to keep your wallet protected from would-be thieves with a chain attached between your wallet and belt loop.

Today, although it’s bad to have the contents of your wallet stolen, having the contents of your smartphone stolen is even worse. And unfortunately, the “wallet-chain approach” will not help — a thief does not even have to physically steal your smartphone or tablet to get its contents. Unlike your wallet, a mobile device’s contents can be swiped wirelessly via viruses and hacks, creating additional opportunities for cybercriminals to steal your sensitive information.

From both a personal and business perspective, our mobile devices are central information stores containing confidential information on whom we communicate with, what we say, where we go and what we buy. Theft of your mobile device’s contents, either physically or electronically, can have dire consequences. Aside from the risk of identity theft, most of us have all kinds of confidential business data buried in emails and documents stored on our mobile devices, exposing us to significant impact from theft.

Given that mobile devices are in many cases supplanting laptops, it’s safe to assume that more and more confidential data will be placed on our mobile devices.

The best cybersecurity starts with proactively managing risks without hindering productivity.

There are some important best practices to follow when it comes to your smartphone and tablet that will allow you to balance the productivity gains of having your important data in the palm of your hand with keeping that information secure.

Here are five tips to keep your mobile data safe and secure:

• Turn your home screen password on. About three in 10 mobile device users are not using any password at all. The first step in mobile device security is activating the password feature of your device. Any password is better than none, but depending on your device, ideally use a password rather than a PIN and make sure it’s not easy to guess.

• Install a mobile security app. The newest security apps include virus protection, remote lock and erase capabilities, lost-phone finders and privacy protection features that can keep your data safe. Check out Lookout for Android platforms and Find My iPhone for iOS platforms.

• Be cautious when using public Wi-Fi. If you don’t have a secure connection, avoid doing any online banking or shopping, and be careful not to access any websites or corporate resources that require you to log in with a password. Investigate using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) on your mobile device to keep your connection secure.

• Keep your device up to date with the latest patches. Most phone/tablet updates address security vulnerabilities, so it is important to always accept and install them and be proactive by making sure your device is running the latest and greatest operating system.

• Keep your phone out of jail. “Jailbreaking” and “rooting” are techniques some users leverage to bypass a device’s limitations. This also bypasses many of the device’s security features, making your data more vulnerable to theft.

With any computer-based system, there is always a trade-off between security and productivity. Proactively following these basic tips will allow you to use your mobile device the same way you use your laptop while keeping your data safe.

Call/Email Atiba Network Services  today to discuss your Mobile Security 615-353-1921 ext 200  |  network@atiba.com 

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