• Business Continuity

    Sponsored feature - The Paperless Office – what’s stopping you?

    Over the years, the phrase ‘Paperless Office’ has become something of a distant dream to many businesses.
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  • Business Continuity

    Failover, not fall over - how to keep running when the hardware fails

    Failure is not an option in business and redundancy is the solution. You can offer customers systems that keep running when the hardware fails. Server failure used to mean widespread panic and a scramble to find backup tapes and a spare server to restore onto. Inevitably this meant business interruption, user frustration and even data loss. Recovering from a backup can take hours; even planned maintenance can take the server down during business hours leaving users unable to work. Today there is no excuse for this situation.
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ServerBusiness Continuity

Recovering from mail server disasters

If your best client were to lose their mail server and the emails on it, how crippling would that be? Most businesses both large and small depend on email. If a company relies on email, you need to have the tools and techniques ready to solve their problems for the day disaster strikes.

   
ServerNetworkBusiness Continuity

Rebuilding a NAS appliance RAID array

Disks fail, and RAID arrays need rebuilding. Be prepared for the worst – and keep your clients’ data safe.

   
Business ContinuityThe Business

Setting rates: should you charge the same rates to all IT clients?

Probably the stickiest moment in agreeing a new piece of work is the one when the client asks, “What do you charge?” The natural temptation is to say, “As much as possible.” How do you really decide on a price?
   
Business Continuity

Sponsored feature - Would the last person out please lock the door

Security is only as strong as its weakest link.
With office space at a premium and ever increasing regulatory demands on retaining information, businesses have had to become more ‘inventive’ when finding somewhere to store their paper filing and archives.
   
ClientBusiness Continuity

Recovering and protecting data on Mac and Linux desktops

Make sure all of your clients’ computers have a backup plan, whatever operating system they run.

   
ServerBusiness Continuity

Setting up Windows Home Server in the office

The stay at home server turns out to be the little server that could, with plenty of business friendly features.
Even the smallest business will find a server useful, whether it’s just for sharing files and connecting them to the Web or delivering applications.

   
Business ContinuityThe Business

How to write an IT service-level agreement

A service-level agreement manages expectations and improves communication when you’re starting your relationship with a customer as well as when things go wrong.

 

 
   
Business Continuity

Sponsored feature - The Paperless Office – what’s stopping you?

Over the years, the phrase ‘Paperless Office’ has become something of a distant dream to many businesses.

   
ServerBusiness Continuity

Virtualising SBS in the SME: choosing a hypervisor and planning a virtual infrastructure

Virtualisation is a powerful tool. You can use it to consolidate multiple applications on a single piece of hardware, or use several different operating systems at the same time. Often seen solely as the province of the enterprise data centre or the development lab, virtualisation is rapidly becoming a powerful tool for the SME as well, providing new routes to disaster recovery, and helping future-proof legacy applications.

   
ServerBusiness Continuity

Install Virtual Server 2005 R2 with our 16 step tutorial

Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 is a good introduction to the world of virtualisation. It’s a free download, and it’ll run on most current hardware — and will support a wide range of legacy and current guest operating systems.

 
   

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