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  • How to Perform an IT Risk Assessment for Your Small Business

    Building, managing, administering, configuring and maintaining IT infrastructure for a small business is a big job. Keeping everything up and running efficiently with as little downtime as possible is of paramount importance...Read More

  • Five Ways to Spend Your Remaining IT Budget Wisely

    It’s December — the final quarter of most fiscal years. Have you thought about how you’re going to spend what’s left of your annual IT budget? Unspent budget dollars at the end of the year can be lost easily...Read More

  • How to License Your SQL Server Software for Less

    As the manager of a company’s mission-critical data, it’s your job to build and maintain enterprise data in a way that is secure, easy to manage and beneficial to the overall business. At the same time, IT budgets continue to shrink, and you are constantly asked to do more with less...Read More

  • What Are the Benefits of Microsoft Office 365?

    Microsoft Office 365 enables small and mid-sized businesses to increase performance, collaboration and efficiency at an enterprise level — and all at an affordable price...Read More

  • Dell vs. HP: Choosing the Right Networking Solution for You

    Choosing the right networking solution for your business is a complex decision. The first step in deciphering the differences in Dell vs. HP networking is to understand the different layers in a network and how they operate...Read More

  • How Do I Know If I Need Managed IT Services?

    Have you considered managed IT services? Outsourcing something as important as IT can be a scary thought — but outsourcing IT isn’t your typical outsourcing arrangement....Read More

  • The Dell PowerEdge R630 vs. R730 — Which Is Right For You?

    Are you considering one of Dell’s new 13th-generation PowerEdge rack servers? These high-performing servers include extensive memory capacity and are ideal for large virtual infrastructure and data-intensive workloads...Read More

  • Which Workstation Works for You? T7810, T7610 vs. T5600

    Dell Precision workstations are among the highest performing workstations in the world, and they are fully customizable. Powerful enough to run all your professional applications...Read More

  • Finding the Right Automated Cloud Backup Solution

    When it comes to your business, data is everything. Today’s companies have more data than ever. Effectively, securely managing and protecting it is one of an IT department’s most important jobs...Read More

  • The Benefits of Dell EqualLogic SAN Storage

    The Dell EqualLogic line of iSCSI storage area networks (SAN storage) arrays gives businesses the ability to do more with less...Read More

  • Benefits of TIPS Contract for Public Education and Government

    National purchasing cooperatives provide a way for education and government entities to receive better deals on goods and services from leading vendors. .. Read More

  • Seven Benefits of a Strong MSP Partnership

    IT can be a real headache. Keeping up with the latest and greatest technologies, while ensuring your network is secure, is a big task for any internal IT department — especially those in small to mid-sized businesses with limited resources... Read More

  • Product Review: Cisco Meraki Switches for SMBs

    Cisco Meraki cloud-managed switches are the next generation of network switching for small to mid-sized businesses. And you can believe the industry hype... Read More

  • The Basics of Microsoft Licensing for Your Business

    Confused about choosing the right Microsoft operating system or software licensing option for your business? You're not alone. Microsoft licensing is a complex topic, and deciphering which option is the best deal can be a real challenge, even for the most seasoned IT professionals... Read More

  • Product Review: The Dell PowerEdge R720xd

    The Dell PowerEdge R720xd rack server is designed with the small to mid-size business owner in mind. This powerful, award-winning two-socket 2U rack server has ultra-dense internal storage... Read More

  • Mid-Year Review: The Best Antivirus Protection of 2017

    As the constant and serious threat of viruses, malware, spyware and ransomware continues to grow, it becomes more and more important for businesses and IT professionals to invest in a strong defense to protect critical information and assets... Read More

  • The Best Free Veeam Tools for Powerful Data Protection

    Ransomware is becoming more and more advanced, making it even easier for hackers to stage cyberattacks that encrypt files and force victims to pay big bucks for decryption keys... Read More

  • How Virtualization Makes Hardware Support More Important Than Ever

    Hardware virtualization has become very popular in many IT organizations. Not only is virtualization of all — or at least some — of your infrastructure more cost-effective for your business, it's also much more efficient... Read More

  • Product Review: Microsoft Touchscreen Laptops

    Microsoft Surface products are a great choice for anyone looking for a thin, powerful Windows laptop or hybrid tablet/laptop with state-of-the-art touchscreen capabilities. These products offer the power of Intel Core processors, up to 1TB of storage capability and up to 16GB of memory, so they can serve as replacements for high-end laptops... Read More

  • Making the Complex Simple With Aventis Systems' VPS

    For organizations that simply can't afford to be down, a virtual private server (VPS) not only provides peace of mind, it can be a real lifesaver... Read More

  • Five Key Benefits of Aventis Systems' Partnership With Bitdefender

    Small and mid-sized businesses aren't immune to cyber threats. Though they need the same security monitoring and management as larger enterprise companies, SMBs often lack the budget and IT resources to manage a first-class security platform... Read More

  • Where to Invest Your Federal Agency IT Dollars Before the End of the Fiscal Year

    As the end of the federal fiscal year approaches, it's important for agencies to invest their remaining IT budgets wisely before September 30. As you determine what to do with those remaining dollars, consider these key tips on where to spend—and perhaps more importantly, where to save—before budgets reset on October 1... Read More

  • Education Reinvented: All-in-Ones Are a Key Investment in Schools

    As schools continue to introduce more and more technology into the classroom, All-in-One PCs are gaining in popularity. An All-in-One (AiO) PC is a self-contained desktop computer and monitor built into one sleek design. Without all of the cords and cables required by a traditional PC (AiOs have built-in speakers, wireless keyboards and mice), AiOs take up less space and... Read More

  • Four IT Certifications That Are Really Worth It

    Certifications are a hot topic in the IT industry, but they aren't easy to get. Attaining top-tier certifications can be time-consuming and expensive, leaving many wondering if they are really worth it... Read More

  • VMware vSphere: Licensing, Pricing and Packaging

    In today's increasingly complex business environment—complete with growing IT security threats and the need to support multiple new and existing applications—most companies have already made the move to some form of server virtualization... Read More

  • Where to Start With Storage: Understanding SAN, NAS and DAS

    In the past, storage solutions were fairly simple. If you had a PC, direct storage was likely already built into your machine. But today's enterprise storage options have become significantly more complex... Read More

  • Product Review: The HP ProLiant ML30 Gen9 Tower Server

    The HP ProLiant ML30 Gen9 Tower Server was designed with the SMB market in mind. This compact, affordable server is powerful enough to support your business today and flexible enough to easily scale as your company's needs change... Read More

  • Slaying Your IT Dragons With a Spare Kit and Onsite Support

    In our industry, few things are more terrifying than system failures and the associated downtime. According to an IDC survey, infrastructure failures cost Fortune 1000 companies an average of $100,000 per hour. That number jumps to $500,000 to $1 million per hour for critical application failures... Read More

  • Product Review: The Dell PowerEdge R630

    Aventis Systems top-selling product, the Dell PowerEdge R630, is a dual-socket 1U rackmount server with a compact design that belies its expansive capabilities... Read More

  • The Value of Big Data in Higher Education

    For years, the corporate world has been analyzing, sharing and leveraging the power of big data. From predicting consumer behaviors to targeting buyers and improving customer experience, companies are using a robust analytical understanding of consumers to better meet their needs... Read More

  • Take Your IT to the Next Level (Without Breaking the Bank)

    IT infrastructure and equipment is an expensive, yet critical, operational component of any organization. Balancing strict IT budgets with the need to keep up with increasing performance demands is especially difficult for small and mid-sized organizations... Read More

  • 4 Ways to Maximize Operational Efficiencies in Your IT Environment

    In the IT world, we like the latest gadget, the newest service and the coolest hack. The time required to make sure we’re getting the most out of what we already have isn’t always the most exciting part of our job... Read More

  • The Value of a Complete IT Solution

    When it comes to IT solutions, your options are nearly as numerous as the digits in pi. New vendors and products enter the market daily, and navigating the ever-expanding marketplace can be challenging. What brands of servers and... Read More

  • NAND Flash Storage: The Basics

    Flash storage is on the rise and with it new innovations. One of the biggest being the development of the world’s first 512 Gb 64-layer 3D NAND chip by Western Digital. This development really packs a punch in terms of higher storage capacity in smaller form factors...Read More

  • Should Your Government Agency Use a Hybrid Cloud?

    Cloud computing has come a long way since J.C.R. Licklider introduced the concept of an “intergalactic computer network” in 1969. Licklider imagined that one day, everyone would be interconnected through a universally accessible data network, a concept very similar to what we call “cloud computing” today... Read More

  • What’s Your Backup Plan? Best Practices for Data Backup

    As the folks at World Backup Day put it, “Don’t be an April Fool. Backup your files on March 31.” They estimate that over 30% of people have never backed up their data, which is pretty scary when you think about how much of our lives — calendars, photos, documents, movies, and more — now lives in the digital realm... Read More

  • Should Your SMB Use Virtualization Containers or VMs?

    Since the advent of affordable virtualization technology and cloud computing services over a decade ago, IT departments large and small have embraced virtual machines (VMs) as a way to lower costs and increase efficiencies... Read More

  • 7 Tips to Manage Conflict from a Position of Leadership

    Conflict in the workplace is inevitable, and it is often difficult for executives to determine the best way to manage conflict from a leadership position. Read on to learn seven essential tips for CEOs to manage conflict... Read More

  • The Lowdown on HP Care Packs

    Many IT pros have experienced a headache, or two, or more due to HP care packs and changes to them over the past year or so. Read on to learn more about HP care packs and how you can find some headache relief... Read More

  • 4 Reasons Why SMBs Need Remote Desktop Services

    When it comes to infrastructure management, it is common for small-to-midsize businesses and organizations to wonder if solutions suited for large enterprises will also suit their unique needs. In this blog article we address how the Windows Server role called remote desktop services, or RDS, is suitable and very beneficial to SMBs... Read More

  • 3 Ways Symantec Endpoint Protection 14 Takes Security to the Next Level

    Network security concerns continue to grow as zero-day threats become more commonplace. Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) provides superior protection, high performance, and an orchestrated response to take endpoint security to the next level for businesses and provide resource relief to IT managers... Read More

  • How McAfee Antivirus Plus Leads the Way for Consumer Security

    Finding the right antivirus software for your needs can be a challenge,especially when it comes to tablets and mobile devices. Intel Security, powered by McAfee, understands these issues and has developed a product line to meet those needs. The backbone of this product line is McAfee Antivirus Plus... Read More

  • The Essential SMB Technology Gift Guide for the 2017 Holiday Season

    As we usher in the holiday season, and close out 2016, it’s time for small-to-medium-sized businesses to examine their technology needs and utilize their remaining budgets to take full advantage of enhanced offerings and upgrades. This is the perfect time of year to put new hardware in place to ensure businesses are running smoothly and efficiently in 2017... Read More

  • UX vs. CX - Which is More Important to CEOs?

    User experience (UX) and customer experience (CX) are both vital to business success, but what are their differences and which is more important from a CEO’s perspective?... Read More

  • 4 Reasons Refurbished IT Hardware Benefits the Education Market

    Refurbished IT equipment provides various advantages to different industries. Some organizations, such as those in the education market, have unique requirements that refurbished hardware suits perfectly... Read More

  • Top 3 Reasons Government Agencies Should Upgrade to Windows 10

    In this article, we cover the top three reasons why government agencies should upgrade to Windows 10... Read More

  • Why Proprietary Processes Matter to CEOs

    A proprietary process can be defined as a business process unique to a company. In the competitive landscape for professional and technology services, it is critical for businesses to define their process differentiators to standout from competitors, enhance branding, and improve consistency of process... Read More

  • How Dell 13th Gen Servers Benefit Government Agencies

    The upkeep of legacy systems can be an expensive IT cost. In the federal government sector, more than 75 percent of IT budgets are spent keeping old systems running. Because of this staggering spend, more and more government agencies are prioritizing IT modernization to maximize their budgets...Read More

  • Minimize Downtime with Spare Parts for Your Server

    One of the simplest ways to prepare for hardware failure is to keep critical spare parts, such as processors, memory, and hard drives, on hand at your facility. Spare parts are necessary to make a quick repair... Read More

  • Microsoft Office 365 Migration Quick Tips

    Microsoft Office 365 has become a popular platform for cloud applications for small and mid-sized businesses. If you’re considering moving to Office 365, here are some quick tips... Read More

  • Why the Hybrid IT Model is the Best Solution for Education Technology Requirements

    Education technology leaders face unique challenges when trying to meet their requirements, satisfy stakeholders, and stay within limited budgets. Read on to learn how the hybrid IT model allows education organizations to meet these complex requirements by taking advantage of both on-premise and cloud models...Read More

  • What's New with Veeam Backup Essentials v9?

    Now is the time for SMBs to consider Veeam for their virtualization backup solution. Discover a few of the features Veeam Backup Essentials v9... Read More

  • What You Need to Know About Windows 10

    If you haven’t upgraded to Windows 10 yet, here are five reasons to consider making the switch... Read More

  • CEO Perspective: Encouraging Persistent Improvement

    Promoting a culture of continuous improvement is a popular topic in the professional world. In a nutshell, a culture of continuous improvement is a constant drive of process improvement in the workplace.... Read More

  • Reduce Network Complexity and Operation Costs with Juniper Networks Virtual Chassis Technology

    Juniper Networks Virtual Chassis technology helps address the growing complexity and operation costs of organizations’ networks. Read on to learn how Virtual Chassis technology simplifies networking operations and architecture, increases scalability and performance, and decreases operation costs...Read More

  • Hard Drive Comparison: SAS, SATA, and SSDs

    If you’re looking to boost the performance and reliability of your system, your hard drive is the first step. Hard drives are critical to system functionality...Read More

  • Spending a Little Now, to Save a Lot Later: Three reasons why opting for the server you really want provides the most value to government IT teams

    With shrinking budgets and more demands placed on IT personnel in the government sector, IT staff and contractors that are shopping for new infrastructure often feel as though they must do more, with less. ...Read More

  • Benefits (and Disadvantages) of Office 365 in the Government Vertical

    Office 365 is a pay as you go monthly subscription offered by Microsoft. Do the hidden drawbacks of Office 365 outweigh its benefits? In the government space, concerns of privacy and information accessibility still continue... Read More

  • VMware Product Review: vSphere Essentials, Essentials Plus, and Standard

    Among the innovative products from VMware is the vSphere suite series, specializing in cloud computing. The optional features in the vSphere suite include... Read More

  • CEO Insight: 5 Benefits of Hiring Diverse Talent at SMBs

    Prioritizing workplace diversity is paramount for small and medium-sized businesses... Read More

  • Tech New Year's Resolutions

    Just as 2015 brought unprecedented technological innovations, 2016 is guaranteed to bring changes to business technologies that will enhance your bottom line, and increase productivity... Read More

  • Top Tech Trends for SMBs in 2016

    2015 was a great year for small businesses, technologically speaking. Take a look at what we’re predicting for small businesses in 2016... Read More

  • Hardware Recycling, Donation, and Buyback Programs

    Today’s recycling, donation, and buyback programs are making it easier than ever to dispose of unwanted technology equipment...Read More

  • Dell PowerEdge Server Comparison

    Whether you are expanding your network or launching a small business with entry level server needs, it can be beneficial to have a general understanding of different types of Dell servers, their specs, and their recommended uses...Read More

  • 2015 Tech Recap

    As 2016 is just beginning, it is time to take a look back on the biggest tech trends (and flops) from 2015...Read More

  • Tech Spec Roundup: Dell N-Series Switches

    Dell has taken aim for the low cost networking market with less-expensive, easy to use models...Read More

  • 10 Tips for CEOs - Go from Being a Boss to a Leader!

    As you approach 2016, it is important to evaluate the impact you have on your employees... Read More

  • Review of Veeam Products

    In this post, we'll take a look at Veeam Backup & Replication and Veeam Backup Essentials, two offerings that help meet the data protection needs of modern organizations... Read More

  • Three Must Haves in a Cloud Provider

    Like so many things in the world of IT, your success in the cloud depends heavily on the vendor you choose to support you. Use these tips to make an educated decision regarding your cloud provider... Read More

  • What You Can Learn from the White House Security Breach

    Too many businesses and organizations simply assume that they are immune from cyber attacks. Small and mid-sized businesses may assume they are too small to draw the interest of hackers... Read More

  • Customer Loyalty is Crucial to the SMB Bottom Line

    How do you quantify the value of customer loyalty?... Read More

  • 10 Benefits of Virtualization for Small and Mid-Sized Businesses

    While server virtualization is certainly not new technology, perhaps you have ignored it up until now, assuming that its benefits only apply to large enterprises... Read More

  • Should Your Business Invest in Cloud Computing or In-House Virtualization?

    When it comes to deciding whether an organization should choose cloud computing or in-house virtualization, there is no cut-and-dry answer that’s a perfect fit for every business... Read More

  • Hardware and Software Tricks to Save Money on IT Labs

    The subject of technology labs can trigger spirited discussions among IT professionals as there are a multitude of opinions about the most efficient setups... Read More

  • PowerEdge R720 vs. PowerEdge R730 [Infographic]

    Deciding on a new server for your small to medium business? There are a lot of models to research and many specs to sift through... Read More

  • Product Review: Optiplex 3020 vs. Optiplex 7020 vs. Optiplex 9020

    The Dell Optiplex family of desktops provides a reliable and cost-effective option for businesses of all sizes... Read More

  • Questions You Should Ask When Buying Refurbished

    Buying refurbished IT hardware can be a great way to cut down on your organization’s expenditures and free up funding for other purposes... Read More

  • Does Your Product Really Matter?

    Before starting a business, every entrepreneur wonders if his or her product matters and can withstand market fluctuations... Read More

  • How Your IT Department Can Become More Eco-Friendly

    We are living in a society that is more environmentally conscious than ever before. There are real, concrete benefits to creating a more environmentally friendly IT department... Read More

  • Dell PowerVault MD3420 Provides Performance, Flexibility, and Business Continuity

    In this post, we'll review the Dell PowerVault MD3420 SAS Storage Array, which can be an attractive storage option for organizations of all sizes... Read More

  • Storage Comparison: Performance vs Budget in the HP MSA 2040 & MSA 1040

    In the SMB world, HP has been a consistent industry leader in offering innovative engineering in flexible, reliable, and manageable storage systems... Read More

  • 5 Steps to Implement Company Structure in the SMB Environment

    Executing company structure with a limited number of employees is a challenge, and certainly a learning process... Read More

  • Best Practices for Integrating a New Server

    If your company is considering a server upgrade this summer, there are a number of roadblocks and challenges you'll have to overcome in order to make sure the server is integrated with no major issues... Read More

  • 5 Ways to Maximize Your IT Budget for the 2015-2016 School Year

    It's important that school systems do everything they can to stretch their IT budgets as far as possible... Read More

  • OEM vs. VAR Warranties

    Understanding your warranty options before you make a purchase decision is crucial, but also can be difficult... Read More

  • Windows 7 vs Windows 8.1 for the SMB

    Let’s take a look at how these compare to determine which option is best for your business... Read More

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