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Have you heard of Cloud

Posted by Cathie Briggette Fri, Sep 09, 2016

Have you heard of cloud storage or perhaps cloud computing, but always wondered what it was exactly?  It’s possible that you have seen it somewhere before, perhaps in an advertisement or on the packaging of a new computer or tablet device. Chances are none of them explained exactly what cloud computing and cloud storage in particular does.

Let’s start with the basics, what is the cloud? Contrary to the word and image, it’s not in the sky, but is a series of large supercomputers with near limitless storage capability. Until recently, users had to rely upon the memory capabilities of their devices from computers to phones. Storing information could soon fill the device up and cause its performance to drop. The cloud allows users to store their documents, photos, and videos on a secure server somewhere else instead, freeing up memory for improved performance.

To learn more about cloud storage and why it is a safe and reliable option for your data, check out this new guide how cloud storage works and how you can access the same data on a wide range of devices.

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Topics: Cloud Computing

Cyber Security Buzz Words

Posted by Alyssa Steen Tue, Mar 01, 2016

A few weeks ago, I published a post on here describing the top 4 tips to stay safe on your computer based on the advice from the IT professionals here at NSK Inc. However, knowing the basic tips doesn’t necessarily mean you are able to grasp all the concepts, and the jargon, involved with the IT world. When it comes to cyber security, there is an almost endless list of terms for things to look out for. At NSK, we know that it is our job to help make that endless list seem less daunting, while also ensuring that you feel well informed. Cyber security is one of the top priorities at NSK and with cyber crime becoming more mainstream as time goes on, it is incredibly important for both us as your IT professionals, and you as our customers, to understand the threats at hand. So without further ado, here are the terms you need to know in order to “speak cyber.”

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Topics: Cloud Computing, Managed Services, cybersecurity, data storage

The Distinction Between Data Backup and Business Continuity

Posted by Cathie Briggette Mon, Feb 29, 2016

Written by Brandon Garcin on Feb 29, 2016 6:00:00 AM on Continuum MSP Blog

Believe it or not, the first data backups were made on paper. Dating back as early as the 18th century, the “technology” was used in the form of paper tapes constructed from punch cards to control the functions of automated machinery such as textile looms. The concept of these cards was then further developed by IBM in the early days of data processing, where data input, storage and commands were captured using a series of hole punches.

IBM Archives:   https://www-03.ibm.com/ibm/history/exhibits/storage/storage_350.html

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Topics: Cloud Computing, Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity

My Laptop Got Stolen -- How to Protect Your Device and Information

Posted by Andrew Sullivan Wed, Aug 26, 2015

"Someone strolled into our four-story, Class-A professional building, then into our second-floor office suite and stole my primary business computer -- an Apple MacBook Air -- right off my desk."

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Topics: Cloud Computing, Disaster Recovery, Apple

Virtual Desktop Implications Redefine the "Personal Computer"

Posted by Dillon MacInnis Wed, Aug 05, 2015

Navigating your desktop on a display monitor without a computer tower in sight is becoming easier and easier to imagine. It can be a strange sensation to realize that the base units that have defined the experience of purchasing a new computer is slowly becoming a feature of the past, but the implementation of virtual desktops suggests a movement in this direction. The greatest question in this context, however, asks how far we are traveling in a direction towards a client device with no local computing power. As we migrate more and more components of computing processing to on-site servers and off-site clouds, what is left at our desk becomes less material. Even our laptops are requiring fewer physical features beyond the display screen. While network capabilities must remain integral, our understanding of the constitution of our “personal computer" becomes less static. Instead of purchasing a computer based on its processing power, storage, and ports, users will purchase a cloud package with particular storage and processing features as well as a client device with selected display and network traits. Of course, this is difficult to say with certainty, but the exploration of changes in client devices and cloud technology can be grounds for constructing reasonable expectations.

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Topics: Cloud Computing

Disaster Recovery as a Service Highlights IT Development

Posted by Dillon MacInnis Fri, Jul 10, 2015

With cloud services developing so rapidly that it seems as if every new application and platform is being sold “as a service”, it appears that business information systems are slowly being freed of the risk that is associated with keeping hardware and data on-site. As one might expect, disaster recovery is evolving as a result of cloud services to such an extent that disaster recovery itself has become institutionalized as a service. The driving movement of Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) coordinates well with a business that is using several cloud services while also allowing them to have their own applications and data integrated into the DRaaS providers system. Although this service is similar to life insurance in the sense that stakeholders likely hope to never have to take advantage of its function, DRaaS acts as a proof of concept that the virtual migration of a business’s information system to the cloud can change collective operations altogether. Furthermore, a service such as this that is truly effective may change a business’s understanding of what a disaster means.

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Topics: Cloud Computing, Technology Improvements

The Beginner's Guide to Amazon Web Services

Posted by Cathie Briggette Thu, Jul 02, 2015

BY UDEMY.COM

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Topics: Cloud Computing, Managed Services, Technology Improvements, Cloud Security

The right cloud technology for all stages of your company's growth

Posted by Cathie Briggette Tue, May 12, 2015

You’ve got big plans.  You need technology that can grow right along with your business. You can have it all:

  • power
  • agility.
  • freedom to work the way you and your team work best.

 

The only constant is change, especially when it comes to the technology we use to help run our businesses. And the pace of that change is constantly accelerating, whether as a result of major innovations like cloud computing or the impact of economic events. 

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Topics: Cloud Computing

The Cloud - What it is.. What it does.. Should I get it?

Posted by Cathie Briggette Mon, May 04, 2015

The Cloud – What it is…. What it does… Should I get it?

Cloud computing, by definition, refers to the on-demand delivery of IT resources and applications via the internet with a pay-as-you-go pricing model.  There are many reasons why businesses are investing in the cloud, some of the reasons are financially motivated, while others address technical concerns. 

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Topics: Cloud Computing, Disaster Recovery, Data Security

Tape Backup or Cloud Backup... Which One To Choose?

Posted by Cathie Briggette Thu, Apr 23, 2015

With perpetual increased proficiency in cloud services (storage, file sharing, etc) I find it peculiar that, when it comes to backup recovery, some people and businesses alike are still hesitant to exploit one of the cloud’s greatest assets. Remember that ancient method of data backup and recovery, the one involving those rectangular pieces of plastic with that delicate magnetic strip? What were those things called again? Oh right, floppy disks. Do they even still make those? One of the longstanding debates when it comes to backup recovery is whether to use tape or disk backup; but the question I’m asking is, “Why use either?”

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Topics: Cloud Computing, Disaster Recovery