|How to virtualize for newbies|
Virtualization…the very sound of the word may have you excited about the new opportunities it holds, or your heart pounding in fear of a foreign technology that sounds far too scary. Whatever the case, virtualization isn’t going anywhere. Thousands of businesses are taking advantage of its ability to cut costs and free up office space. If you’re thinking about taking your first step into the exciting world of virtualization, read on. We have some tips that will make the transition easier.
The key to successful virtualization is to not virtualize too much too quickly. Choose one or two items you’d like to test out, and then give it a go. By only focusing on virtualizing a few assets, you’ll be able to accurately measure how much your business is benefiting from virtualization.
Once you’ve decided to make the jump into virtualization, here are a few tips to keep in mind.
Don’t virtualize for the sake of virtualizing
If you have 20 PCs running on an older operating system, but they are still producing results you’re happy with, it may be best to save your money and hold off on virtualization until you really have a need for it.
On the other hand, if you’ve been thinking about buying a new server, it may be smarter to consider getting a virtual server instead since the need is already there.
Understand the risks and challenges of virtualizing individual assets
Server, desktop and application vendors have unique and evolving licensing rules concerning virtualization. With vendor licensing audits becoming more and more frequent, you may be in for a major financial penalty if you’re not following the rules.
It’s been reported that one company saved $4 million in hardware expenses through virtualization. However, they lost $52 million for not remaining in compliance with the software licenses.
Try virtualizing more than one asset
If you start out only virtualizing your server and it doesn’t show immediate benefits, that doesn’t mean you should just give up on virtualization completely. The fact of the matter is that virtualization does save businesses millions of dollars every year in IT expenses, giving them a productivity boost in the process.
You can virtualize many physical assets of your business besides servers. This includes applications, laptop hardware, operating systems and more. All the virtualization process does is deliver these assets to you via the internet instead of having the physical product in your office. So if the server virtualization doesn’t work for you, maybe virtualizing another asset will.
Or it could simply be that your IT service provider is the real problem. Maybe you haven’t found the right virtualization vendor that works best for your business. The only way you’ll ever find out is if you don’t give up the first time you encounter a failure.
For more information about virtualization and how to effectively integrate it into your business, contact us today.
|How Apple made FaceTime and iMessage safer|
We have become acclimatized to ever-present threats to the security of the information and files we share and store online. But we all still want our data to be as secure as possible and, following high-profile breaches such as the celebrity photo leaks of 2014, if anything the issue of online security is even more prominent in our minds. Since those leaks took place, the security of Apple platforms has in particular been the subject of public scrutiny – it is therefore good news that Apple has now extended its two-step authentication feature to popular applications FaceTime and iMessage.
|How to plan for IT disasters|
Disasters, whether man-made or natural, can happen to anyone. While most people will admit this, a lot of us still have the mindset of “it won’t happen to me.” However, according to one study, storms and extreme weather alone have personally affected one-third of small business owners. And that doesn’t include other disasters such as earthquakes, fires or theft. So if you don’t want your business disrupted in the event of a catastrophe, it’s time to prepare for the worst. Here are a few ideas to get started with a business continuity plan that will ensure you are ready.
|Feline fueled social media privacy controls|
If you thought your Facebook feed already contained enough pictures of funny cats and other wacky memes, then you’re in for a treat. Fueled by increasing consumer concern about the impact of social media usage on individual privacy – which has already led to the growth of self-destructing image sharing apps like Snapchat – a new arrival on the app scene wants to take things in a different direction to guarantee your privacy. Its secret tool? Cat photos – specifically, bombarding Facebook with lots and lots of them.
|Protecting VoIP Systems|
One of the most important factors for a successful business is communication. With the advancement of technology over recent years, Voice over Internet Protocol has been devised to respond to people’s needs. Yet even with VoIP’s huge plus for convenience, the system is always vulnerable in the eyes of skilled data thieves. For business credibility, there’s nothing worse than having your secret deal with a potential buyer being eavesdropped upon. So how can you prevent this from happening? Deploying these strategies can help secure your VoIP system.