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Moving your IT in Boston - White Paper

Posted by Alyssa Steen Fri, Mar 25, 2016

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Relocation can be one of the most exciting, and at the same time one of the most stressful, events for any business. Whether it is an expansion of office space, a cost-efficiency move, relocating to gain a new market, finding a new location to suit your upgraded materials, or even more simply, to improve the quality of life for your company, there are many factors that contribute to the motive behind moving. In an article written on Entrepreneur.com they mention, “The U.S. Census Bureau reports that approximately 40 million Americans relocate each year, and the U.S. Postal Service processes about 38 million change-of-address forms annually.” Done correctly however, moving doesn’t have to be a negative experience.

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Topics: NSK Team, IT Project Management, relocating your IT

Spiceworks Surveys IT Experts, Outputs 2015 Budget Report

Posted by Philip Tang Fri, May 01, 2015

Spiceworks, a professional network linking together over 6 million IT experts and 3,000 tech vendors, recently released their 2015 IT Budget Report.  The report is comprised of survey results obtained from over 600 IT experts in Spiceworks community. Heeding the collected data could serve as excellent background knowledge for future IT project management going forward.  

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Topics: IT Project Management, IT Services

Organizing your Switch Rack and Cleaning the Server Room

Posted by Cathie Briggette Fri, Jan 16, 2015

An organized switch rack makes a huge difference when you are tracing and replacing cables within your server room.  It also makes it much easier when removing hardware, and most importantly increasing airflow.

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Topics: Managed Services, IT Project Management

Legal Advice For IT Professionals

Posted by Tue, Jan 13, 2015

Even though it may be your job to handle sensitive information, how you handle the data is just as important as how well it is secured.

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Topics: Data Security, IT Project Management

NSK Insider: Jason Masterson - IT Consultant, Field Services

Posted by Cathie Briggette Wed, Dec 31, 2014

Jason Masterson joined the NSK Inc. team in September of 2013 working with our group of IT consultants focusing on field services. Jason attended Northeastern University, graduating in 2003 and has always had an interest in technology starting at a young age; Jason has always had a drive to learn more in the field.

Jason can be described as being reliable, honest and dependable. Jason describes his position as an IT consultant as monitoring client networks and services, solving client issues as they arise, recommending and implementing futures upgrades and solutions.

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Topics: NSK Team, Managed Services, IT Project Management

The End-of-Life for Small Business Server is Here: What Can You Do?

Posted by Ben Olcott Mon, Dec 29, 2014

As you may or may not know, the end-of-life date of Windows Small Business Server 2003 is July 14, 2015. This means Microsoft will be terminating services for the line, services that provide crucial security updates and patches. This termination will be akin to the Windows XP termination this past April: XP can still run on desktops, but the product is off the shelf both commercially and in terms of Microsoft’s internal support; vulnerable, it is a security disaster waiting to happen and generally will not pass regulations. The problems in upgrading a server are similar but far bigger, and the popular mad-dash-switch strategy is not feasible for companies relying heavily on fully-operational 24/7 server activity. The whole infrastructure of a system, in many cases carefully built up over years, needs to be reworked – and this takes time, time that can be born only out of ample foresight. Though the end-of-life for the Small Business Server 2003 is a year away, the question must be asked now: what are we going to do about upgrading?

 (Image courtesy of blog.zensoftware.co.uk) 

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Topics: Cloud Computing, Managed Services, IT Project Management

Office 365 - Moving onto the Cloud - Part 1

Posted by Davide Palumbo Fri, Sep 19, 2014

In previous blog entries, the expression “cloud” has often been used, and as it has been already stated, it refers to a friendly way of describing web-based computing services that are hosted outside of an organization. This means that when an user has been provided with cloud-based services, the entire IT infrastructure is located outside its property, and hosted and maintained by a third party. This brief description allows me to introduce you to Office 365 as guest of honor of the following set of articles. In fact, Office 365 information storage, computation, and software are located and managed remotely on servers owned by Microsoft. Many services you use every day are a part of the cloud, and since its infrastructure is located online or "in the cloud," you can access them virtually anywhere, from a PC, tablet, smartphone, or other device with an Internet connection.

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Topics: Cloud Computing, Microsoft, Disaster Recovery, IT Project Management

Series 3 - Making Your Server Migration Happen

Posted by Ben Olcott Thu, Aug 07, 2014

So you’ve gotten your head around cloud lingo, and you’ve identified which type of server migration works best for your company’s needs. (If you’re here and you haven’t yet considered these things, check the blog posts hyperlinked in the preceding sentence). All that’s left to do is prepare your company for the migration. This is, of course, easier said than done and unique to every office. NSK is here to offer some general ideas and considerations for your move.

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Topics: Cloud Computing, Managed Services, IT Project Management

Why Mobile Device Management for BYOD?

Posted by Cathie Briggette Mon, Aug 26, 2013

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Topics: Mobile Device Management, Managed Services, IT Project Management

Hurricane Sandy Computer Helpful Hints

Posted by Cathie Briggette Mon, Oct 29, 2012

As Hurricane Sandy approaches the East Coast and a good portion of us (including myself) have a ton of work to do before month end, I wanted to share some Tips on how to protect your work during a hurricane. The biggest concern is loss of power. Whether working from home or in the office the main cause of lost data and frustration will be loss of power, power surges, etc. here are some suggestions to avoid having to do the same work twice.

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Topics: Disaster Recovery, Managed Services, IT Project Management