What is Instant / Rapid VM Recovery?

September 29th, 2016

Rapid VM Recovery

Virtual servers, particularly Hyper-V ones, offer several distinct advantages over physical servers. One of the biggest benefits is being able to perform a Rapid VM recovery.

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Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Launched! Try It Out Now

September 27th, 2016


Today at the Ignite conference in Atlanta, Microsoft officially launched its latest server operating system, Windows Server 2016. Eager to try it out? You can download the evaluation version here.

Microsoft also announced at the conference that Windows Server 2016 will be on the October price list. Volume licensing customers will be able to download fully licensed software at General Availability in mid-October.

The evaluation period will last for 180 days. Check out our article on some of the neat things Windows Server 2016 has to offer.

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What Is an Incremental Backup?

September 23rd, 2016


Performing an incremental backup is a key function of any good backup software. But not everyone knows what an incremental backup is right away, or how powerful they are. Read on to learn how you can simply store your business’s data without succumbing to data bloat.

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12 Ways To Make Your SysAdmins Love You

September 20th, 2016

SysAdmins love these things.

Looking for ways to make things easier on that handy IT guy or gal in your company? Just follow these easy steps to be the apple of their eye!

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Australian Office Closed Friday 30th September 2016 for Grand Final Day

September 19th, 2016


Our Australian Office will be closed for the Grand Final Day public holiday in the state of Victoria, Australia, on Friday 30th September 2016.  As a result, our APAC Sales team will be unavailable, and Technical Support services will be limited for Australian customers on this day.  However, US Support and Sales will continue to operate as normal.

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What to look forward to in Windows Server 2016

September 14th, 2016

Windows Server 2016 features

In software years, three years or older is ancient. And age is not kind to it. Software limps towards the finish line, riddled with compatibility issues and security exploits. The more famous and crucial the software—like a Windows OS—the greater the weathers of time.

It’s no wonder, then, that Windows thought it was high time for a new Windows Server to be released—especially since it hasn’t seen a major upheaval since 2013. Enter Windows Server 2016—a fresh breath of air for modern servers everywhere.

But apart from software age, is it change for change’s sake? We list some of the neat features of this soon-to-arrive software and why it will be worth its while for your business.

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Business E-mail Compromise: Keeping Your Business Safe from BEC

September 12th, 2016

BEC shadow CEO

Be really careful when you next get a message from your CEO, even if it’s from a legitimate address. It may not be from who you think it is.

Over the last year and a half, small to large businesses have been hit hard by Business E-mail Compromise (BEC), also known as ‘CEO fraud’.

BEC scams commonly involve targeting specific employees of an organization that appears to be from their CEO, asking for a wire transfer of funds to a nominated recipient. If you’ve got a Chief Financial Officer (CFO), they’re most at risk of this sort of scam.

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Microfluidic Cooling: Will future server chips be water-based?

September 7th, 2016

Microfluidic Cooling and Water

Almost every tech lover has heard of Moore’s Law: that computer power doubles every two years at the same cost. But these days Moore’s law is under threat—we can’t seem to upgrade our microchips any more while keeping them cool.

“Water”, someone thought, “is the solution to keep anything cool.” We’ve had water-cooled machines for ages, but the water runs next to your components. Now, DARPA is looking at making chips that have water run through your CPU. It’s called Microfluidic Cooling, and it may be the future.

Think that’s amazing? It’s already proven to dissipate five times the heat flux found on the surface of the sun.

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The Costs of Not Having Backup and Recovery Software

September 6th, 2016

Risk of not having Backup and Recovery Software

People are asking the wrong question. And it’s been going on for quite some time, particularly in the higher echelons of business.

The question shouldn’t be “How much is it going to cost to buy this backup and recovery software for our business?” What it should be is “How much are we going to lose if we don’t get it?”

The answer? A lot. If you’re a Sysadmin that asks to get proper backup and recovery software and is turned down by management, get it in writing. Because when the chips fall and the business loses, you don’t want to be blamed for taking that gamble.

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Free Switching from VMware to Hyper-V; Microsoft’s Big Bid

September 1st, 2016

free VMware to Hyper-V switch

Thinking of switching from VMware to Hyper-V? Microsoft is breaking out all the stops to poach their competitor’s customers, even offering free licenses to Windows Server Datacenter.

With Microsoft’s imminent release of Windows Server 2016, scheduled for September with its new per-core licensing, it seems Microsoft is trying to get as many converts before the new product release.

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