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Meg McCall

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Cloud services make IT teams more productive

Posted by Meg McCall on 8/16/16 2:00 PM


Talkin’ Cloud recently posted a blog featuring research from BetterCloud and 451 Research suggesting cloud applications make IT teams better at work. Excerpts from the blog follow.

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Topics: Cloud Computing

Sophisticated new malware, Project Sauron, discovered

Posted by Meg McCall on 8/10/16 10:04 AM

Kaspersky Lab and Symantec, two leading security providers, have discovered a sophisticated form of malware that went undetected for five years. It’s called Project Sauron, a reference to JRR Tolkien’s dark lord.

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Topics: Security

Tech trends that help franchises be more profitable.

Posted by Meg McCall on 3/29/16 1:00 PM

Franchises have grown up since the days of the first McDonald’s in 1955 and single-shop owners who could be their own boss right out of the box. Today, franchises are run by multi-unit owners and often they are multi-brand franchisees. Accordingly to FranData, multi-unit franchisees currently own 53% of the 450,000 franchise units in the U.S. and own 5 locations on the average. Franchising has become a lucrative and competitive business investment, and certain key technologies have the potential to help franchises gain advantage over the competition.

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Topics: Remote Backup, Cloud Computing, Security

What are the latest technology trends in health care?

Posted by Meg McCall on 3/14/16 2:00 PM

Technology is driving rapid change in health care. The growing adoption of cloud-based Electronic Health Records (EHR) is just one example. These records are more agile for health care practitioners and provide a more complete medical history. For consumers, they mean greater access to and portability of their health information. The number of EHR providers, such as AthenaHealth, Epic, AllScrips and GE Healthcare, has skyrocketed, in part, because these cloud-based platforms can be updated seamlessly and integrate well with other business systems.

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Topics: Cloud Computing, Security

Safe Harbor: What are the implications for data transfer between Europe and the US?

Posted by Meg McCall on 2/11/16 11:40 AM

Until October of last year, approximately 5,000 businesses self-certified that they would provide adequate protection of European citizens' data once it was in the US for processing, under the 15-year old Safe Harbor Agreement. That agreement has now been ruled invalid by Europe’s top court, leaving companies scrambling to figure out how to operate legal data transfers. Recent articles in the New York Times and Tech Crunch reported on the issue.

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Topics: Colocation

Digital West Expands Business Solutions Software Offerings with AdSmart Acquisition

Posted by Meg McCall on 12/30/15 11:30 AM

Digital West Networks, Inc., which provides commercial-grade Internet connectivity, colocation and cloud services to businesses, has successfully acquired AdSmart, Inc. AdSmart is a mobile advertising software platform for franchise companies that provides advertising solutions on mobile devices within a certain proximity of their local stores, shops or centers. 

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Topics: Digital West News

Are You Backing Up Your Data According to the 3-2-1 Rule?

Posted by Meg McCall on 12/15/15 9:33 PM

Oh data, how can I lose thee? Let me count the ways: viruses, power surge, theft, failed hard drive, physical damage, data corruption, and let’s not forget - human error!

We all know that important data should be backed up, ensuring that our data will survive in the event of a catastrophe, big or small. In theory, backing up is a straightforward process: copy all of your files to some other device, keep the backup somewhere safe, and use it to restore the data in the event of a problem. But is one back up enough? How, when and where should data be backed up, and how can you really be sure you are fully protected in the event of a disaster or data loss scenario?

Remote Backup Webinar RegistrationOne tried and true formula that can effectively address almost any failure scenario is called the 3-2-1 Backup Rule. The rule answers the questions above and provides further guidance for a establishing a comprehensive backup strategy.

THE 3-2-1 BACKUP RULE

  • At least three copies of your data
  • In two different formats
  • With one of those backups offsite

At Least Three Copies

Three different copies means your original data, plus two copies, stored in different places. (Different folders on the same hard drive or flash drive do not count.) Three copies of data ensure a much lower likelihood of failure. If the odds of failure on a single device is, say, 1 in 100, then the probability of failure

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Topics: Remote Backup, Cloud Computing

Digital West Expands Our Global Colocation Options

Posted by Meg McCall on 8/4/15 11:32 AM

Green_Datacenter_LogoWe're excited to announced that Digital West has partnered with the Green Group in Switzerland to offer colocation in three of its state-of-the art data center facilities: Zurich West 1, Zurich West 2 and Zurich North. Located in the heart of Europe, Switzerland is considered to be one of the best data center locations in the world due to its quality infrastructure, high level of legal security, economic and social stability, and comprehensive data protection.

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Topics: Colocation, Data Center

What is network peering and why would you want it?

Posted by Meg McCall on 7/20/15 11:33 AM

Digital West isn’t “reselling” the Internet, we are the Internet, and because of this we’re able to peer directly with large content providers. Peering is simply the exchange of traffic between two Internet networks. It allows us to directly hand off traffic between our customers and another network’s customers without having to involve a third party to carry that traffic across the Internet for us. Peering is different than IP transit, which is the more common way of connecting to the Internet. In transit, one network operator pays another network operator (usually a larger one like AT&T) to carry their traffic.

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Topics: Managed Network Services

How to Choose the Right Domain Name

Posted by Meg McCall on 1/23/15 1:00 PM

A domain by any other name would not smell as sweet.  Er, or something like that.

Your website is arguably your most important marketing tool, and choosing a domain name is not a decision to be made hastily. Your website and its accompanying domain name (a.k.a. URL, web address) represent your brand, and you’ll be plastering that domain name on practically everything moving forward: business cards, t-shirts, advertisements, your @email address, letterhead, you name it. Here are some tried and true tips for making sure you choose wisely!

STRATEGIES TO CONSIDER

Support Your Brand Message – Use your URL to describe what you do, if it’s not clear. If you own a family construction business called Heath & Sons, consider a domain name such as www.HeathConstruction.com.

Keep It Short and SimpleMuch of your business will come from word of mouth, so you want something easy to remember AND easy to spell – nothing that can be easily mis-typed.

Register as a .com – People tend to type in .com when they don’t know the ending of a domain name, plus it tends to sound more credible than other extensions (.me, .net, .info). Also, .coms tend to rank higher in search engine rankings.  Note: It’s still a good idea to buy up these other extensions so that others don’t buy them later and build competing sites.

Consider Search RankingsWhen someone searches for a product or service on a search engine, they type in key words or phrases. Sites like Bing, Google or Yahoo search through millions of records to find websites that correspond with these terms.  So, if you’re a canoe manufacturer, consider using that word in your domain name (i.e., www.CurtisCanoes.com).

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Topics: Web Hosting