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Is Your Cloud Solution Actually a Money Pit?

Is Your Cloud Solution Actually a Money Pit?

The cloud has proven to be an extremely useful tool for the modern business. Not only does it provide anywhere-anytime access to applications, processing, storage, et al; it also delivers those products as a service, allowing you to budget for recurring costs rather than major upfront ones. This provides your organization with functional, supported, and secure computing environments that eliminate a lot of the support costs that traditional computing environments require. It sounds like a perfect scenario for small and large businesses alike, but things aren’t always what they seem, as a lot of cloud users have found that they have incurred several hidden costs by using cloud platforms. Today, we take a look at these hidden costs.

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Has Your Business Moved to the Cloud Yet?

b2ap3_thumbnail_cloud_computing_questions_400.jpgThe cloud is becoming a very important part of the modern-day business, and for good reason. It frees companies from the restricting physical nature of servers, desktops, and other hardware. In fact, according to Joe McKendrick of Forbes magazine, four-out-of-five small businesses will soon operate on the cloud.

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4 Reasons You Need to Virtualize Your Desktop!

b2ap3_thumbnail_virtual_desktop_400.jpgWhile desktop virtualization isn't a new thing, it is one that has been increasing in popularity for businesses over the past few years. It offers a lot more freedom with particular aspects of managing your technology, including increased reliability and security. While the physical problems of a desktop are taken care of, you'll also have the benefits of being protected from a sudden crash or wearing from old age.

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Spring Cleaning Could Save Your Business Money on IT!

b2ap3_thumbnail_green_it_400.jpgWith the coming of spring, many people are taking the opportunity to get rid of all of the stuff they don't need anymore. As time goes on, you accumulate all sorts of junk that you probably don't even know you have. Sometimes it's a good idea to go through it all and see if you really need it - especially for your business's in-house IT department.

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Download Apple OS X for Free!

b2ap3_thumbnail_osxmav400.jpgIn the midst of Apple releasing one hot product after another, it's easy to lose sight of what Apple's doing on the software side of things, like the October release of OS X Mavericks. Apple's new OS is loaded with great features, and the best part is that Apple has made their new OS available as a free download!

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3 Reasons Why Your Business Should Go Green

b2ap3_thumbnail_greeny400.jpgIn our environmentally-conscious culture, the business that can adapt, will flourish. Implementing green practices will ensure that your business is positively influencing your environment. Going green will not only contribute to the health of our planet, but will also contribute to the health of your business. Here are three reasons why your business should go green.

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Save 25% on IT Costs by Simplifying Your Network

b2ap3_thumbnail_network400.jpgIn the endless quest to save expenses around the office, there are many new products that make promises to save you money; sometimes, the easiest option to save money is to downsize. According to research from Gartner Inc., you can save 25% of your IT costs by simplifying your company's IT network.

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You Should Use Our Managed Services

b2ap3_thumbnail_MSP400.jpgTheres no illusion. No form of clever marketing or psychological advertisements. The answer is simple. We offer IT management services to businesses at low-cost flat-rates and profit from them. Here's the thing: You profit too!!

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4 Ways a Fax Machine Eats Your Profits

b2ap3_thumbnail_faxserver400.jpgThe year is 2013 and we, as humans, continually strive to make things smaller, faster, and more efficient. Gone are the days of the rotary phone and the computer processing unit that needed a 12-by-12 room to use. Now we can call our friends halfway around the world using nothing but our voice via recognition software. So why are you still using a fax machine?

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Turn IT Around

b2ap3_thumbnail_chxfix400.jpgSo your workstation is crawling along at a snail's pace and you've decided to call your local computer fixer-upper to take care of it. After hours (or days) of twiddling your thumbs, you get your computer back, only to find out that the problem was actually a result of your inability to manage the files. The computer didn't break; it was just infected with malware due to user carelessness.

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The Advantages of Business Technology

b2ap3_thumbnail_tech400.jpgAs stressful as it is to run a business, it does come with certain advantages. How cool is it to have a team of professionals working on your goals? Most people outside of the business world don't have this luxury. Technology designed for business is the same way; it comes with certain advantages that make business fun!

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Value in Predictable IT Support Costs

b2ap3_thumbnail_ValueIT400.jpgIf you conducted a survey of all the small business owners that you know on what their biggest problems are with their business, it wouldn't be all that difficult to guess what the most popular answer would be. A survey conducted by the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), sponsored by Wells Fargo, asked this very question. The most popular answer among the surveyed business owners was managing costs.

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3 Green Earth Day Approved Technologies

b2ap3_thumbnail_impossiblygreen400.jpgWhile it is unlikely that you were able to take off work this Earth Day as a paid holiday, you can still celebrate at work by taking steps to make your office a greener place. New technologies are designed to be eco-friendly; by upgrading your office with these three techs, you can help the environment by saving trees and energy.

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Bitcoins: the Official Made Up Currency of the Internet

b2ap3_thumbnail_BitcoinStacks400.jpgThe Internet has often been compared to its own country. Social media websites and online games make up cyber-communities that are bigger than some of the most populated nations. Taking us one step closer to the New World Order, the Internet now has its own currency called Bitcoins. While Bitcoins may not be right for your business, it does make for a unique investment opportunity.

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Our Four-Step Approach to Computer Repair

b2ap3_thumbnail_FixYourComputer400.jpgWhen a computer goes down, there are many different ways to get it up and running again. The challenge is finding the most efficient and cost-effective route to repair your PC. We have researched every PC repair method and have developed a four-step computer repair procedure that we believe is the best way to get the job done.

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You’ve Reached VoIP, Press 1 for Savings!

b2ap3_thumbnail_VoipPhone400.jpgIf your business is still using a traditional phone system, then you are paying more every month than you have to. By switching over your phone system to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), you can slash your phone bill by as much as 50-70%. To sweeten the deal, VoIP even has more features than a traditional phone plan!

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Slash Your Electricity Bill with Server Virtualization

The electricity bill is one operating expense that comes with a bitter taste. This is because you know that with a few tweaks to your operations your bill would be lessened; but where do you start? Turning off the lights and monitors at the end of the day will put a dent in your bill, but to see big savings, we recommend virtualizing your servers.

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4 Benefits of BYOD

Has your company joined the BYOD revolution (Bring Your Own Device)? Many companies did not plan for this, it just kind of happened as a byproduct from almost half of the public owning mobile devices. If your company has yet to make room for personal devices, then you will want to check out these 4 benefits of BYOD.

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Reach More People and Save Money Using Webinars

Depending on the nature of your business, some communication tools are more cost-effective than others. Judging which tools are right for your business means taking into consideration how many people you are going to reach with each tool. The best tools allow you to reach more people for less money, and using a webinar is one of the most cost-effective ways to spread your message.

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5 Tips for Saving Money on your IT

Saving a little on your technology can go a long ways, but cutting too many corners can lead to additional problems and expensive downtime. Here are a few ways you can cut costs without creating long term issues.

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