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The End of Life: What the End of Windows Server 2003 Means for SMBs

Caroline McKee

Posted by Caroline McKee
Wed, Jul 15, 2015

On July 14th 2015, Windows Server 2003 reached the end of its very long life. The “End of Life” of Windows Server 2003 refers to Microsoft’s discontinuation of support for this now outdated platform, however many people do not realize the full impact this will cause.

According to Microsoft, Windows Server 2003 accounted for 39% of all Windows servers in use at the time the End of Life was enacted, with an estimated 9.4 million servers existing in North America alone.

So what does this mean for companies still using Windows Server 2003 as their primary server?
Read on to learn the risks faced by those who have not yet made the switch over to another server and  how to make the transition away from Windows Server 2003 as smooth as possible for your individual company.

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The Cloud Forecast for SMBs is (Mostly) Sunny

Robert Bruce

Posted by Robert Bruce
Thu, May 28, 2015

When the Pew Research Center issued a report on the future of the Internet and cloud computing in 2010, it speculated on what cloud computing might look like in 2020. Since we're about half way there so let’s see how those predictions turned out.

Here is an excerpt from the report:

“A solid majority of technology experts and stakeholders participating in the fourth Future of the Internet survey expect that by 2020 most people will access software applications online and share and access information through the use of remote server networks, rather than depending primarily on tools and information housed on their individual, personal computers. They say that cloud computing will become more dominant than the desktop in the next decade. In other words, most users will perform most computing and communicating activities through connections to servers operated by outside firms.”

The future has arrived at least five years early because the Internet of 2015 looks a lot like the one predicted for 2020. In fact, smart phones and tablets, the most prevalent cloud-based tools we have, surpassed desktops over a year ago, according to this news report.

Read on to learn about:

  1. The most influential driving forces of this rapid growth
  2. Big benefits for small businesses who adopt the cloud
  3. Cloud computing concerns those SMBs must address
  4. And more
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4 Security Features to Look for in a Cloud Services Provider

Robert Bruce

Posted by Robert Bruce
Tue, May 19, 2015

Cybersecurity has never been more complex. Today, it is not a question of if a breach occurs; it is simply a matter of when. And just about everyone thinks that it can’t happen to them, only the other guy. Small-to-midsized businesses (SMBs) are particularly prone to this syndrome, incorrectly assuming that hackers are only interested in large organizations. There are several reasons for this faulty logic:

  • Many SMBs think that their data is just not worth stealing
  • Cyber-attacks on SMBs offer low risks and high returns for criminals
  • SMBs are easier targets. Cyber criminals, like all crooks, look for the path of least resistance
  • Many SMBs have their guard down and don’t place security as a high priority
  • Most SMB security tools are no match against today’s attacks

 

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