SQL 2005 End of Support


Dear Customer,2014 Systech Black
If you are using any SQL Server versions earlier than SQL Server 2014, it????????s time to consider upgrading to take advantage of groundbreaking improvements in performance. Support for the following versions of SQL Server has either ended or will end soon, which means no more security updates, increased maintenance costs, and potential compliance concerns.
How to Ensure Workstation Performance

In order to provide maximum function and performance of a corporate network there is a requirement to understand and implement standards. In this way, you can ensure not only performance but reach levels of stability, reduce overall issues, and limit the time spent troubleshooting when things are not right. The first thing to establish is a baseline. This baseline should cover the organizations most common requirements for computer workloads. So let????????s discuss some basic computer components:

New Office 365 Reporting & Monitoring

Systech now has advanced reporting and service monitoring/alerting capabilities!! This is still in the works but will soon be available as at an agreement addon providing you and your company with valuable insights into your Office 365 usage. These valuable insights will provide benefits for ease of management, making sure you aren’t exceeding or running out of storage, and being able to identify trouble users (excessive SPAM or malware), and more!

You Get What You Pay for – Office 365 Free Migrations

Beware of Free Office 365 migrations from other companies

When you’re deciding to get into an Office 365 plan, choosing the right company to help you with the migration is crucial. There are some who offer a free migration of data if you decide to purchase Office 365 through them, but that free migration is not what it seems. As with anything in life, you get what you pay for. Some ‘free Migrations’ make you use other services they provide with a contract that obligates you to them and only them for a set period of time. You are locked into that company and their, ???????Office support for 1 or more years??????? with no ability to migrate out data to a different platform in the future. Plus, you only get to choose the plans that they offer – not the full array of office 365 plans available. That means you will pay for services you don????????t need or want, or have to pay for add-ons. Most of these free migrations only give you a certain ???????free migration time???????, like 90 minutes, then you pay for any migration that takes longer than that time. Other companies offer you the migration information and tools for you to do the migration yourself, and that????????s their ???????free migration??????? that you receive. That means you have to modify your DNS records yourself from your other hosted email company into Microsoft. As well, you then would need to migrate each mailbox hoping nothing goes wrong – like data loss. Some ‘Free Migrations’ only migrate the mail in the Inbox and nothing else, like subfolders. You end up having to pay for any extra folders with emails, calendars, and contacts, and still have to use their support on their time. This is usually limited technical support of 1 hour per month. If you have an on-premise Exchange server, you still need to decommission it after the migration, so you don????????t have your business emails pointing to 2 different Exchange Servers. The ‘free services’ will have you deal with that on your own or have you pay a premium to accomplish this which will likely cost more than doing a proper migration from the beginning.

BYOD’s Impact on Security

The explosion in recent years of mobility solutions and ???????bring your own device???????? policies has had a big impact on small businesses. In fact, 52 percent of information workers across 17 countries report using three or more devices for work, according to research from Forrester https://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/Forrester_2013_Mobile_Workforce_Adoption_Trends_Feb2013.pdf 61 percent of workers mix personal and work on their devices.

On one hand, there are huge benefits for organizations and employees ???????? employees can be far more productive and work on the go with untethered access to the information they need. Business owners can also realize cost savings while reducing the time spent managing IT.  Yet, there are risks: namely, how do businesses protect confidential information from leaking outside of the organization when employees can access and store data in a multitude of ways across devices.

How to Be Safe – the Malware Lowdown

Malware is defined as malicious software downloaded to a computer without the knowledge of the owner. Some of these software types –  such as viruses, Trojan horses, ransomware, worms, spy ware, key loggers, and adware – can come from many different sources. It can be embedded in a PDF or word document, received in an email, downloaded through music files, or loaded thorugh other unreputable applications. Adware, a common type of malware, is typically received through ads on websites.

What Is Virtualization?

Virtualization in the IT world is the creation of a software version of hardware compute resources like storage (hard drives), processors, memory (RAM), and main/mother boards. These software-defined resources are used with a virtualization platform that looks at this software code and puts it together to create a virtual machine (VM). This VM acts as a traditional hardware-defined workstation or server and they do not realize that they are not physical machines. As opposed to putting together these physical components to create a traditional workstation or server, we put together these software-defined hardware components and create a VM. Once this happens we can then boot to installation media and install an Operating System just the same. The interaction with is the same as a physical machine with some added benefits. Since we are abstracting the hardware layer and dynamically allocating these software-defined resources we can now pool all the physical back-end hardware into, what I would call, hardware silos or hardware resource pools.

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