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.
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.
Project management, version control, group calendars, no more duplicates… SharePoint offers the small business a lot more than fancy file sharing and often it’s free. Julian Jordan from London based IT support consultancy Network Fish shows them how to get the most from it.
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.
Many businesses are now using VOIP SIP connections to deliver IP telephony to user desktops or IP phones. However, until recently the popular low-cost Skype VOIP service hasn’t been compatible with SIP telephony, ?without using third-party tools like those from 3CX.
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