IT Support Blog

Data Backup: Three Ways Your Staff Can Ruin Your Backup Strategy

Let’s say you have intelligently focused on ensuring your business has a strong data backup and disaster recovery plan. All your files, applications and servers are being backed up and you feel good about things.

If you are really on the ball, you have your data backup tested regularly so that you know your important files and applications will be available when you need them.

Protect Yourself Against Risk with your Network Backup

With the recent Toronto storm, your network backup, business continuity and disaster recovery plan is something you should definitely revisit.

The most important thing any IT person or company can do for you is to protect your data. If you have a strong backup, disaster recovery and business continuity plan, then you can feel safe the long term interests of your business will be protected no matter what happens.

The Most Important Things About a UPS

One of the best practices we insist on with clients is having a UPS device protecting their critical servers and network devices.

What is a UPS? UPS stands for Uninterruptible Power Supply.
It performs two critical functions:

Protects servers, network equipment and computers against power surges or blips which can damage hardware
Protects servers and computers in the event of a power outage by gracefully shutting them down.

A Lube, Oil and Filter for Your Network

Think for a moment about why you take your car in for routine maintenance. You know that if you don't get the oil and filters changed and a few fluids topped up that your car is going to have problems.

They may not happen right away but the longer you neglect your car, the more risk there is that something will go terribly wrong.

Three Great Apps for Your Tablet

Over the weekend I was thinking about the apps I use on my iPad that I’ve found most useful for both work and play. Here are three that I would recommend if you have an iPad or Android tablet (there are versions on Google Play for all of these as well).

1. Songza – I was introduced to this one over the weekend.

The Next Step in Blackberry’s Resurrection?

There’s good news this week for long-suffering Blackberry users who haven’t yet upgraded to the new Blackberry – a new model with a keyboard will be out by the end of the month.

I have spoken to many Blackberry users who are loyal to the once-popular Canadian device but haven’t yet upgraded because they’re either locked into a contract or they want to have the device with a keyboard.

Fewer Computers and More Tablets Being Bought this Year

2013 could be the year many people forget about their home computer and spend most of their time on a tablet device, according to a new survey by Gartner Inc.

On the corporate side, we’re seeing more tablets being used in offices across the GTA in addition to work PCs, however this study predicts that at home, consumers will be getting rid of their PCs altogether.

Do you need 8GB of RAM in your computer?

When I quote out computers to my clients, I ensure that they always have at least 8GB of RAM in their desktops or laptops. Several of my clients have wondered about this practice at TDCNet. I wanted to explain the reasoning behind our recommendation.

As applications get more and more advanced, they need more and more memory and resources in order to function efficiently.