The Business

Hardware Recycling: Making money from green

Dealing with end-of-life hardware can be a burden for it consultants, but managing recycling and trade-ins for clients provides a business opportunity, as well as a chance to help the environment.

   
The BusinessThe Business Resources

Leasing Tax Breaks

The main reason companies lease high-value equipment is to spread the cost and to preserve capital. But there are also tax advantages to leasing equipment.

   
The Business

Partner Focus: Robert Epstein, Microsoft

A good working relationship with Microsoft is often the lifeblood of any IT consultancy or reseller business. Microsoft still sells the vast majority of its products through the channel, but recent moves into cloud-based services have led some firms to worry that Microsoft might bypass them, and sell directly to SMEs.

   
SecurityThe Business

Getting ISO27001 Certification

The requirement for information security certification is spreading from large organisations to small ones. What’s involved, and do you need it?

   
Server

Dell Remote Access Controller 6

iDRAC6 and Dell Management Console combine into a powerful remote server management tool.

   
SecurityNetwork

Secure Remote Access with SSL VPNs

What to look for when choosing an SSL VPN appliance for small business customers
Secure sockets layer (SSL) virtual private network (VPN) software has been around for a long time, but it is only relatively recently that is has been delivered on dedicated hardware appliances that specialise in hosting remote access, with many of those devices aimed squarely at the SMB market.

   
Server

SQL Server Alternatives

We’ve talked mostly about SQL Server mainly because Microsoft has focused not just on enterprise level BI, but also on the needs of smaller companies. David Hobbs-Mallyon, SQL Server product manager, claims: ‘Right from the start, Microsoft has

   
Network

Network monitoring is good for business

What you need to keep customer networks running; free network management tools perform basic tasks on smaller networks but pay-for tools give you more data and customisation options.

   
Security

Dealing with a Data Breach

It’s the call no-one wants to get: your client has experienced a data breach, and is worried that customer data may have leaked from the business. It is your job to fix the problem as best you can, and give the client peace of mind. There are four key steps in incident management.
   
Business Continuity

Protecting against power issues in a small office takes more than picking a UPS

Protect computers from power problems and you can extend their working life as well as avoiding downtime and possible data corruption. Losing data on a laptop or desktop is bad enough, but losing a server to a power surge or power cut can be much more severe, potentially even a threat to the business. Losing a mail server or a major database can lead to serious data corruption that will take you time, perhaps even days, to resolve. During that time, your customer’s business is being impacted, and even if they’ve ignored your advice they’re likely to blame you, so you need to explain the danger and convince them to protect their systems.

   

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