What is Cloud Computing

What is Cloud Computing

As a small business owner you need every advantage you can get.  Many business owners are turning to the cloud for this advantage.  Cloud computing can help small businesses grow at a faster pace while at the same time saving money. The concept is that you turn to other companies to store your data and to share software applications over the internet.  There are some risks involved, but it can make small companies grow bigger at a faster pace and save money. Uses of Cloud Computing Most companies use their own computers to store data.  If you have large amounts of data, for example a gaming company, your need for storage will outgrow your available space.  Many companies are opting for cloud computing rather than purchase additional on-site storage. Cloud computing allows companies to store data and only pay for the storage space they use. Think of this like your local storage facility.  You want a small storage area, you only pay for a small area, if you need more space, you upgrade to a larger storage container. Many hospitals are turning to cloud computing for software applications that streamline the admittance process. These programs can be accessed using a mobile device eliminating the need for tablets or laptops.  The staff has quick access to patient information right in their pocket. Revenue from cloud computing is expected to double by the year 2014. There are risks in using this new technology.  Amazon suffered a major shutdown due to cloud computing in April of 2011.  This raised questions on the reliability and security issues of using cloud computing.  You are...
Myrtle Beach Computers on Professional Data Recovery Services

Myrtle Beach Computers on Professional Data Recovery Services

There are several data recovery software programs out there that are intended to assist you with recovering lost data.  Even though they may be a big help with some cases, there are other times when they don’t do anything.  In the event of software programs not being able to recover your lost data, you can count on the professional services of Myrtle Beach Computers to be there for you. As we all know, the process of data recovery is very time consuming and requires quite a bit of technical prowess in order to recover the data that has been lost.  If the data recovery is performed in the wrong way, it can lead to the hard drive being damaged beyond repair, and quite possibly the information that was stored on the hard drive to be lost forever. Even though you may know quite a bit about computers and hard drives, data recovery is something that is best left to professionals such as Myrtle Beach Computers.  They have all the equipment and knowledge to recover files, without bringing more damage to the hard drive.  They can also recover any type of file that was on your hard drive, even preview the files before they recover them.  This way, they will be able to go over with you which files you wish to be recovered. Professional services can also perform the emergency boot media.  This method allows you to recover any data from computers that cannot boot into Windows (or any other operating system) due to a failure, virus, damage to the hard drive, or loss of data.  This is ideal...
Tips on Document Sharing

Tips on Document Sharing

If you have a need of document sharing with your associates or would prefer not to send files over emails, using the “Cloud” is the way to go. With so many threats with file attachments, this is one way to avoid being attacked by a nasty virus. I am sure that you have heard a lot about the cloud lately and we are not referring to the great summer days we are experiencing in Myrtle Beach these days. We are referring to the cloud that enables you to deliver computer services over the internet in real-time. This allows you the end user instant access to data, document sharing and applications from any device that has internet access including your smart phone. There are several online Cloud storage solutions and many of them are FREE – I vote for that! However, if you have lots of stuff to share – you will pay a small price for that extra storage. Dropbox is one of the most popular cloud storage services, it is simple to use and the free account gives you 2GB of storage. It will sync across multiple platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux) after you upload. Apps are available for iPhone/iPad, Android and Blackberry as well. Dropbox claims that your files are safe and encrypted but a recent lawsuit (see below in Dirty Tricks). Should you require more storage, you can pay $10/month for 50 GB or $20/month for 100 GB. Box.net provides 5 GB of free storage, with a file size limit of up to 25 MB. 25 GB will cost you $10/month and 50 GB costs $20/month. It...
Data Recovery Procedures

Data Recovery Procedures

Myrtle Beach Computers on Data Recovery Procedures No matter who you are, where you work, or what type of computer you use – your computer data is always as risk. With viruses, power surges, thunderstorms, natural disasters, human mistakes, and hackers around, the threats are always real. To be on the safe side, you’ll need to back up your files and keep doing it on a regular basis. In the event of your hard drive failing, you’ll need data recovery – which is the only option available. Before you travel down that long road of data recovery, there are some things to keep in mind. If you are using your computer and a program starts to act funny, you should shut things down immediately. You may also hear some very odd sounds as well, which is the first sign that your hard driving is working overtime. If you shut your computer down immediately at this point, you may prevent data loss from happening. If you don’t shut your computer down and allow the failing hard drive to continue running, it is only a matter of time before it destroys itself – which will ultimately result in the loss of data. If this happens, and you lose all of your data, you should never try to fix the hard drive yourself unless you know exactly what to do. At this stage, professional data recovery services aren’t just a luxury – they are something you must have. The process for data recovery is time consuming, and requires both tools and a clean work environment. Trying to repair a hard drive on...
Planning For Disaster With Computer Backup

Planning For Disaster With Computer Backup

You know deep down that consistent computer backup is the responsible thing to do and that one day it could save you from the chaos that would be caused with a major data loss.  But you keep putting off finding a reliable backup program and simply cross your fingers and pray that nothing happens.  With each passing day you are storing more and more of your company’s information, personal photos and other prized data on a hard drive that is vulnerable. Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to data recovery. In this post we will take a look at how your are neglecting important backup and then some simple strategies for your business or home computer. How You’re Neglecting Your Computer Backup Does this sound familiar? You use your computer every day to grow and operate your business yet you can’t seem to remember the last time you actually did a backup of your data. Maybe you have an IT person that does this for you from time to time or you are relying on an offline backup you signed for years ago.  You are really not sure how often the backup is happening, where the backup files are stored and if it will be there when you need to restore your data. What would happen in the event of a fire or a flood?  Is your data stored offsite where it is accessible? Many business rely on a periodic backup done to an external drive or CD which is then taken home by an employee.  The information on the drive is unencrypted but you are not concerned...