VMware View Price Increase

The price of VMware View will be increasing by 10% on September 28, 2012. Therefore, if you have been looking to deliver virtualized desktop services from the cloud but have not pulled the trigger yet. Now is the time to do so. If you would like to learn more about VMware View or other IT management products, contact NMGI at (620) 664-6000.

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Microsoft Surface: What’s It All About?

 

Time will tell if the speculation that Microsoft’s Surface is indeed the “iPad killer”. The launch of Surface was met with mixed reviews; Microsoft’s Windows division president Steven Sinofsky’s demonstration showed Surface encountering issues surfing, playing games and smoothly playing media. Despite the frustration of a less than perfect first look, Surface still looks like it will live up to Microsoft’s hype.

At first sight Surface looks like the offspring of a laptop and a tablet. It is sleek and slim at just 9.3-millimeters thick with what Microsoft calls a “revolutionary” 3-millimeter keyboard/cover. The pressure sensitive cover magnetically attaches directly to the tablet. The integrated kickstand eliminates the need to purchase an additional cover with a stand. Built tough, Surface has a VaporMg casing that is made to protect the hardware inside and boasts a smooth finish.

At 10.6 inches the 16:9 widescreen HD display is large enough to share a viewing experience with a co-worker or friend. Surface is media friendly with auto-adjusting screen intensity and an SD card slot. Microsoft notes that Surface’s screen can be seen indoors or out. Surface is being promoted for use at home, in the office or on the go. Microsoft is calling the battery “great” but not revealing how long the battery actually lasts. Surface features a USB port for printing, charging your phone or sharing.

Surface will come in two different versions running different operating systems, one geared towards business clients and the other geared towards home users. The business version will run Windows Pro 8, and the home version will run Windows RT. RT is designed to run Metro Apps and will not be able to run full programs that Window’s users are accustomed to. However, those who have and use a Windows phone will find RT very easy to understand and use. Surface tablets that are running Windows 8 will offer a 42 W-h battery and options for 64gb or 128gb storage. The storage options for Windows 8 Pro models offer double the storage of RT models. Additionally the Windows 8 Surface is 13.5-millimeters in thickness, slightly thicker than the RT model.

Beyond tech, Surface has a fun side and has covers available in five vibrant colors. All in all, there are still many unknowns regarding Surface including ship dates and the all-important price tag What we do know is that Surface looks great and offers several standout features that may not make it the “iPad killer” but may make it a contender in the tablet market.

*Used with permission from Microsoft at Work

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FREE Data Protection Webinar with Randy Johnston

Randy Johnston50% Of businesses who lose data file for bankruptcy within 10 days!

How much revenue would your business lose if you lost access to your network data? Many small businesses without data protection services that experience catastrophic data loss never recover, even when the data loss is only for a day. From accounting records to company files, your business relies on having continual access to its data. According to research by K2 Enterprises, 50% of companies without a data recovery and system recovery plan, who experience a data loss of 10 days or more, file for bankruptcy immediately and 93% file for bankruptcy within one year. With a sudden halt to operations and subsequent loss of revenue, your operating expenses still continue. A comprehensive system recovery plan is a vital asset that ensures your business is not stopped in its tracks in the event of a disaster.

Network Management Group Inc. (NMGI) develops and hosts a wide variety of data protection services. In the event of a catastrophic server failure or natural disaster, our remote servers provide a backup of your server and can reproduce your data in as little as 10 minutes for files, 30 minutes for individual servers, and 24-48 hours for entire systems. Compare this to conventional backups, which may take several days for a full system recovery. This rapid recovery helps you resume business operations as quickly as possible and minimizes lost revenue
Remote backup is one of the easiest ways to protect your company’s data.

Don’t take chances with your company’s data. A fully integrated disaster recovery solution will give your company piece of mind. Network Management Group Inc. (NMGI) will host a FREE webinar that you are cordially invited to attend. In this FREE, informative data protection webinar, Randy Johnston, a leading industry expert will discuss topics essential for maintaining the success of your company and avoiding a potential disaster. Some of the many notable topics to be discussed include data protection, backup of server, system recovery, back up and recovery as well as many others.

Don’t leave your company’s future to chance!
Register for your free, no obligation data protection webinar today! http://www.nmgi.com/backup

You can also call (620) 664-6000 for immediate help!

FREE Data Protection Webinar with Randy Johnston

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Is your business prepared for an emergency?

Disasters happen. Is your business ready?

Preparing for an emergency is a key factor to business continuity after a disaster. Wherever the threat comes from – whether it’s physical, virtual, network failure or cybercrime-related – it’s important your business is equipped to deal with the problem.

In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor estimates over 40 per cent of businesses never reopen following a disaster. And when we consider these potential consequences, it’s important you have a disaster preparedness plan ready. In creating such a plan Cindy Bates, Microsoft US SMB Vice President, recommends you consider the following: [Read more…]

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Disruptive Technology

Disruptive Technology

Can you make it to the end of this article without getting distracted?

I admit, in writing an article advocating less technology, I feel as sheepish as Anheuser-Busch must feel in posting the “Enjoy Responsibly” tag at the end of one of their million dollar Super Bowl commercials. But this problem of office distractions has been gnawing at me since Outlook began popping up email notifications some 10+ years ago. Ding! Hey, there’s another one… [Read more…]

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Why You Need a Managed Services Provider

Information technology (IT) systems are expected to meet high standards of operation, while offering 24/7 availability, security, and performance. In today’s environment, you have to keep pace with the constant changes in IT, performance demands, and pressure to deliver competitive IT functionality. To meet these challenges, many organizations consider outsourcing their IT activities to be an attractive option.

What is a Managed Services Provider?

A Managed Services Provider (MSP) lets you delegate specific IT operations to them. The MSP is then responsible for monitoring, managing and/or problem resolution for your IT systems and functions. [Read more…]

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5 Steps to Create and Execute a Technology Plan

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As an owner or business executive have you ever contemplated your business objectives and come to realize that your technology is in the way of your plans?

 

Have you had a great idea about improving business operations or productivity and found out that you just don’t have the right computer systems, or that it will cost a ton of money to upgrade? Would you like to know what the new trends are and how they could benefit you?

Technology planning helps answer the above questions and many more that you may not think to ask. The primary goal of a technology plan is to support your business plan objectives and to keep productivity and compliance issues front and center. Here are the five steps in creating and executing a Technology Plan.

HAVE A VISION

This is where your mindset needs to be on the vision for your company as a whole.

First, picture the business as you want it to be, paying no mind to technology – just the business. Out of this exercise will come ideas of how your business should perform as a whole.

Do you see what you want your staff to be able to do, what roadblocks or bottlenecks you want to be eliminated, what job function you would like to see automated, etc.?

Thinking about it this way takes the actual technology (hardware, software, etc.) out of the picture and gives you an infinite number of possibilities to get where you want to go. This will give you a better idea of what you need to do.

EVALUATE WHAT YOU HAVE

Now get together with your IT provider or your CTO (Chief Technology Officer) and draw out exactly what systems you have. This should be a visual representation of your systems and processes. The document should provide comprehensive details regarding the systems, versions, Internet Service Providers, security, and risk related to hardware and software age, as well as compliance with regulations.

MAP YOUR ROUTE

There may be many ways to get to your planned destination. Technology changes rapidly, but that gives you options you may not have had even just last year. Considerations for which path you should take need to include your budget, your risk tolerance, legal compliance, anticipated company growth or contraction, and necessity for change.

This is where your CTO or IT provider will present you with all of the technology options for how your business can get from your current position to your vision.

BUILD THE PLAN

Building your plan is a simple matter of understanding the goal and putting budgets and dates together to execute the plan. A solid technical architect is required to design and compile the appropriate solutions that meet your expectations. The design process should include a hybrid of all technical options available.

START THE JOURNEY

The actual execution of a technology plan can be challenging to say the least, but it should not be so frustrating that you wish you had not started the process. A good technical team will be able to make the transition relatively painless.

 

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Post written by Courtney Kaufman, Marketing Manager of Accent Computer Solutions, Inc.

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