Monthly Archives: July 2018

What to consider when purchasing a computer

Purchasing the right computer for your business function needs is key for both productivity and reliability. Take into consideration these five tech specifications prior to buying a new computer:

Type

Employee function is a great way to determine what type of computer to purchase, since there are so many different options it is unlikely that an employee in the creative department would benefit from the same machine someone in the accounting department is using. Take into account what type of computer employees need, such as:

  • Laptop
  • Two-in-one
  • Desktop

Would they benefit more from a business grade computer or a consumer grade computer? Type of computer should be determined prior to moving on to the next specifications.

Operating System

Selecting the right OS is a big decision when a business is deciding on new computers for employees. It is common for people to say, “Stick with what you know.” However, choosing the best OS based on employee function is ideal.

  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Linux

An employee with more creative job functions may lean more towards Mac. An employee that works in accounting would be better off with Windows. Linux is less likely to be in a business environment.

Processor

With every new computer comes a new processor, they are updated yearly to increase speeds and provide more functionality for multitasking. The number of cores and threads determines the processor performance. The higher the number of cores and threads, the better the computer will perform. Employees who are rendering creative content would benefit from a higher processor with four cores or greater.

RAM

One of the most important parts of a computer, RAM usually ranges from 4GB to 32GB. RAM is essentially the computers working memory and helps navigate between tasks smoothly. Employees can usually get by with using 4GB but ideally, they would be performing every day functions better with 8GB to 16GB. 32GB is the best option for purpose-built machines.

Solid-State Drive or Hard Disk Drive

Both SSD and HDD do the same thing: boot the system, store data, and launching applications. However, the difference comes in terms of price, speed, and durability. SSD is a much faster, newer technology at a higher price point. One benefit about SSD is that does not contain any mechanical components, making it smaller and more durable. Due to being replaceable, an HDD may be a better option for employees working in a creative environment.

When collaborating with a managed services provider companies are able to pick out the most optimal computers for each employee. To learn more about how your business can benefit from managed services, please contact us today.

Disaster Recovery as a Service: Key Benefits

It is crucial for businesses of any size to develop a plan to recover data in the event that it is lost. Disaster recovery involves the tools, policies and procedures that allow the replication or recovery of vital technology that potentially could be lost due to human or nature induced technology failure. Disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) is a somewhat new service that allows any business who utilizes technology and stores data to continue to operate after an event that causes data loss.

Though backups are critical for disaster recovery, DRaaS is so much more. DRaaS begins with understanding and consultation of individual business technology framework including being compliant to industry specific regulations.  In the event of data loss, a replica of IT infrastructure is available, and any lost data must be restore in a timely manner. A disaster recovery plan is crucial for business life, which is why it is important to customize a plan to fit business requirements. Some key benefits to DRaaS:

Rapid Recovery

In the event that a business does face downtime, working with a disaster recovery provider will provide the backup and implementations necessary to get a business back on their feet. A customized DR plan allows DRaaS providers the ability to define each step to ensure a rapid restore. Predetermine steps allow providers the ability to help businesses back to their feet.

Resource Availability

Technology is always evolving, meaning disaster recovery plans must evolve as well. Based on resources available, a disaster recovery provider will create a plan based on company size, industry, and needs.

There are multiple types of disaster recovery: data center, cloud-based, and virtualization disaster recovery. Based on resource availability and business margins, allows determining the right DR solution to fit business needs is relatively straightforward.

Security

To implement a successful disaster recovery plan; a DR provider should audit the current security framework. While technology develops, it is important to monitor a disaster recovery plan to ensure the plan is up to par with current security technique. Monitoring allows providers to ensure businesses are taking the most up to date security measures, perform upgrades where needed, and keep all security appliances / applications up to date.

To learn more about DRaaS or to collaborate with a DRaaS provider, contact us today.

 

What you need to know about serverless computing

Serverless computing: a tech term that has been around for a couple years but is just now starting to gain awareness. So can computing be serverless? Well, computers need servers; serverless computing is a cloud computing based model where providers manage cloud-based servers for businesses who are then able to build applications without having worry about infrastructure. Here are some reasons why more companies are beginning to take the serverless route.

Fully Managed Services

One of serverless computing greatest advantages is that companies would no longer need to worry about renting, owning, or buying servers. With a serverless architecture, companies are able to work on applications and code rather than spend time configuring and maintaining their servers. A cloud services provider will manage the backend to ensure setup, maintenance, infrastructure, and capacity.  Fully managed servers allow companies to focus on developing applications and innovation.

Serverless Computing is Scalable

A serverless architecture’s greatest feature is the ability to automatically scale up and down based on developer needs. Without the worry of filling up space, applications can take off with the ability to scale up and down depending on popularity. Since there is the separation of developers and infrastructure, a developer will never need to worry about not having enough space for their application to flourish.

Lower Operational Costs

One of the biggest serverless computing advantages is the lower than average operational costs. Not needing to account for server maintenance, repair, and updating with drastically reduce operational costs for technology infrastructure. Allowing organizations to allocate resources elsewhere.

As developers are continuing to code applications, it is expected that the serverless approach will become standard due to higher availability and lower costs.

To learn more about serverless computing and its benefits, please contact CompuOne.

Consider VDI if you work in these industries

Virtual desktop infrastructure, also known as VDI, is a technology infrastructure that gives organizations the ability to be productive in various ways. VDI is a virtual infrastructure where operating systems are hosted on dedicated servers and different types of devices the ability to become a desktop or workstation just by logging on.  Here are some examples of industries would benefit from VDI:

Manufacturing

With the high volume of employees and rotating shifts in the manufacturing industry, VDI could be the perfect solution to ensuring every employee that requires access to a computer will have it. VDI allows businesses in manufacturing to manage many desktops on few devices. One device is shared by multiple employees, but VDI allows each worker have access to their own desktop, when their shift is up they will log out and the next person to use it can log in.

Healthcare

Due to data sensitivity and patient confidentiality, VDI is important to implement in the healthcare industry especially when an organization must be HIPAA compliant. Systems administrators can grant permissions to healthcare professionals depending on what is relevant to each professional. Each medical professional can view what pertains to their individual job clearance rather than the system as a whole. VDI allows professionals to use different devices across a variety of locations.

Financial

The financial sector is another industry that needs heavy data security protocol and VDI is one way of taking a step towards data security. Businesses in the financial industry should monitor and deploy VDI as it pertains to each individual employee as data security becomes a more pressing issue. VDI will ensure that employees are working in compliance to PCI and HIPAA from whatever device they are working from.

Education

One of the main reasons VDI is so popular in the education industry is the BYOD (bring your own device) policy, making it relativity simple for students and educators to connect to institution resources.  Since institutions usually have many users, the IT department can deploy VDI to make operations much easier. VDI allows IT personnel to update operating systems, software, and security patches all from one location.

VDI has many benefits to employers in several industries, whether your looking to tighten security and monitoring, have many devices, or have many users. To learn more about how your business can benefit from VDI, contact CompuOne.