A Custom or an Off-The-Shelf Storage System?

A Custom or an Off-The-Shelf Storage System?

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Businesses of all sizes require storage systems for their important business files and data.

Choosing which type of storage system is ideal for your business can be daunting, but knowing the benefits of both custom and off-the-shelf storage systems helps narrow down the choices.

Whether opting for the cloud or for a local network storage offering, it’s good to know the main benefit of both custom and off-the-shelf storage solutions.

Custom storage system benefit: A custom storage system allows you to control the power of the CPU and the amount of RAM, meaning you can configure the power and speed of the storage system as desired, whereas off-the-shelf storage systems often comes preconfigured, without the ability to adjust specs.

Off-the-shelf storage system benefit: While a custom storage system gives you to option to tailor to your needs, off-the-shelf storage systems are more commonly optimized for responsiveness, and are better equipped to handle any issues and larger volumes of data. They are also less expensive.

For storing your business’ important data and files, both custom and off-the-shelf storage systems are advantageous, it all depends on your business’ specific storage requirements.

IntelliSyn is a Synology partner, which creates network-attached storage (NAS) that transforms the way users manage data.

Our IntelliServer service provides hosting and co-location services in state-of-the-art facilities. And, it’s backed by complete network administration, maintenance, and reporting that simplifies network, data, and application management.

Increase network efficiency, reduce your operating costs, and maximize your network uptime with IntelliServer.

Contact IntelliSyn today to learn more about the ideal storage system for your business.

How Often Should You Actually Back up Your File Systems?

How Often Should You Actually Back up Your File Systems?

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Data is the most valuable business asset. Many businesses would be left useless if their data was completely erased by incidents like cyberattacks or a natural disaster. Even system or hardware failures can occur, along with software corruption or human error.

Therefore, it is a must that you regularly back up your business data and files, but how often should you do it?

Important files should be backed up weekly, even every day if possible, manually or automatically. Everything else should be backed up monthly.

Many automatic backup options are available so that you can eliminate the stress of remembering and doing backups yourself. They also save you time, as manual backups can be extremely time-consuming.

IntelliSecure Data Backup and Protection services are designed to keep your data safe and accessible at all times. They go beyond basic transaction-based backup offerings to provide network backup for files, objects, and transactions. This includes complete backup and protection of your on-site files and folders, as well as your off-site data in virtual machines.

Contact IntelliSyn today to learn more about backing up your file systems for optimal data protection.

The Best Email Software for Small Businesses

The Best Email Software for Small Businesses

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Businesses of all sizes need to send and receive emails, but what software is the best — especially for small businesses?

Having email software that is easy to install and use is ideal, especially if it is customizable or comes with everything you need.

Check out just some of the popular options out there:

  • Gmail: With a user-friendly interface and an admin console for business users, Gmail is an effective email software for businesses of all sizes. And with all the added features for scheduling meetings and adding tasks, Gmail just might be right for your small business.
  • Microsoft Outlook: Outlook has a familiar user interface, and integrates well with social media channels. And its business packages (arguably the best for small businesses) offer everything you need to run your small business’ email.
  • Mailbird: For Windows users, Mailbird is often praised for its usability, and also has business packages to choose from to fit all your email needs. With a customizable interface and its integration with a range of apps like Whatsapp, Slack, and Twitter, it may be the ideal email software for your small business.

With so many different options out there for email software for your small business, you’re bound to find the one best suited for all your and your employees’ day-to-day email activities.

Contact IntelliSyn today to learn more about the right email software for your small business’ needs.

Even Huge Businesses Get Cyberattacked — Protect Yours

Even Huge Businesses Get Cyberattacked — Protect Yours

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Marriott, the huge hospitality chain, had its Starwood guest reservation database hacked near the end of 2018, with 500 million guests’ reservation information vulnerable. Names, passport numbers, email and mailing addresses, and even credit card details were taken.

Law enforcement is involved and continues to support the investigation into how and who exactly carried out this cyberattack — one of the biggest cyberattacks of personal data ever.

Cybersecurity is more important than ever before — for large businesses and small — as hackers get smarter and attack in new ways.

Small businesses are even more vulnerable to attack as their security is often less intricate and not as complete as larger businesses. And as mentioned above with Marriott and its hack, even more-intricate and complete cybersecurity solutions can be infiltrated, making an all-inclusive cybersecurity solution essential.

Eliminate the risk of cyberattacks with scalable, turnkey IntelliSecure managed security and unified threat management (UTM) services.

Get complete security services tailored to your unique business environment with IntelliSecure. They allow you to take advantage of the latest technologies and industry standards without the associated infrastructure, management, and support costs.

With IntelliSecure, you get:

  • A complete, turnkey security solution
  • Proactive security monitoring
  • Secure, encrypted, remote administration
  • Comprehensive support, including security patches and updates, as required

Protect your business’ data from all kinds of cyberattacks with IntelliSyn’s complete, scalable IntelliSecure services.

Contact IntelliSyn today to learn more about how IntelliSecure will protect your business from hackers.

Why You Should Keep Your PC’s Drivers Updated

Why You Should Keep Your PC’s Drivers Updated

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Computer drivers allow your computer’s hardware components to function, communicating with each individual hardware piece so they work together seamlessly.

But when they aren’t up-to-date, your computer will be slow, potentially full of bugs, and exposed to cyberthreats.

For those who frequently install new software and devices to their computers, updates are especially needed to help maintain the best computer performance and eliminate the fear of viruses.

And when there is a significant number of users, hardware can become overcrowded with files, making regular updates essential to organize and remove outdated files.

Update your PC’s drivers on a regular basis to ensure your computer runs at its peak performance and remains healthy.

Eliminate all worries when it comes to updating your computers with IntelliOffice. IntelliOffice simplifies the process and gets you up and running fast with an end-to-end, turnkey business network in a box. It’s a hassle-free service built on the latest hardware and software from the world’s leading manufacturers and developers.

With IntelliOffice, you get desktop-to-cloud managed office services including installation, ongoing management, maintenance and support for all hardware, software, and cloud networking elements.

Contact IntelliSyn today to learn more about the benefits of updated drivers for your business computers.

The Importance of Having a Good Computer Monitor

The Importance of Having a Good Computer Monitor

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Computer monitors have a huge impact on the quality of the graphics displayed to your business’ employees,  regardless of if they’re designing something or not.

Bad monitor quality can also have a negative impact on a person’s eyes, affecting productivity and overall efficiency.

And often — and especially with small businesses — employees do more than just their job requirements, frequently becoming part-time designers or developers by accident, as part of their project needs them to dabble in others’ jobs.

With this comes the need for good computer monitors with displays that are true to color and graphics to ensure color and detail specifications are met.

Proper monitor resolution and calibration are important and should be sought after, no matter who is behind the screen or the task.

Don’t allow any material to leave the office if subpar and off-the-mark due to poor-quality computer monitors.

IntelliOffice simplifies the process and gets you up and running fast with an end-to-end, turnkey business network in a box. It’s an end-to-end, hassle-free service built on the latest hardware and software from the world’s leading manufacturers and developers — so you can eliminate the worry about having the right equipment, and monitor, for your business.

Contact IntelliSyn today to learn more about the ideal computer equipment for your small business.

Happy Holidays 2018

Happy Holidays 2018

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2018 is coming to a close, and IntelliSyn would like to wish everyone and their families a happy holiday season.

We’ve had a busy 2018, and we look forward to continue working with current and new clients in 2019.

As a reminder, our service desk will be closed from Dec 24-26, and will return to normal hours on Dec 27 and 28.

We will again be closed from Dec 31 through Jan 2, 2019.

Clients with 24/7, after-hours, and emergency service level agreements are not affected and may continue to contact our service desk via email or phone call to receive support.

Happy Holidays!

– Chris Stratton
CEO, and President (Canadian Division)

How to Prepare Your Office for Winter Holiday Closure

How to Prepare Your Office for Winter Holiday Closure

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Winter holidays are just around the corner, and you’ll want to prepare your office for when you take time off to ensure your business data and files are secure while you’re gone.

There are a few things you should do before you close your office for holidays, even if it’s just for a day or two.

Here are a few of the essential things you should do to safeguard your office while closing it up for the holidays:

  • Cybersecurity: Implement proper cybersecurity measures for your devices and networks so your data and files will be protected while you’re gone.
  • Updates: Before you go, update all your devices, and enable automatic updates while you’re gone to come back to fully optimized devices.
  • Backups: Back up your important business data and files so that if there are any issues while you’re gone, your data and files won’t be corrupted or lost.
  • Power off: Turn off devices that don’t need to stay running. It will not only prevent any data or file corruption or deletion while you’re gone, it will also save you money.
  • Disconnect: For devices that don’t need internet connection, disconnect them. Being disconnected from the internet will eliminate any chance of internet-sourced cyberattacks.

With your office being protected by these holiday closure essentials, you won’t have to worry about your data and files while you’re away.

Contact IntelliSyn today to learn other ways to protect and prepare your business while away on holidays.

2019 Cybersecurity Trends to Watch for

2019 Cybersecurity Trends to Watch for

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Every year, new cybersecurity threats emerge, and it’s best to stay on top of them to ensure your business data and files are protected.

Get ahead of the curve and make sure your business is protected from current and future cyberthreats.

Here are some of the cybersecurity predictions for 2019:

  • Blockchain technology: Blockchain technology will become a more popular solution for cybersecurity issues. The use of credit cards will decrease and blockchain tech will take its place, using cryptocurrencies and promoting privacy.
  • Hackers: Hackers are going to get better, and will be aiming to exploit dark web weaknesses by being steps ahead of those trying to prevent them. They will also become less traceable.
  • Data breaches: Data and information breaches will become more difficult to defeat as perpetrators become more skilled and knowledgeable of the system. More devious and complicated types of cyberattacks will emerge.
  • Cyber insurance: Cyber risk insurance will be more sought after now that cyberthreats are becoming more intricate and difficult to defeat.
  • Cyber laws: Cyber laws are expected to be implemented and tightened to decrease hacker activities, especially as hackers attempt to discover loopholes for new forms of exploitation.

Ensure your business data and files are protected from all expected cyberthreats to come with IntelliSecure. IntelliSecure managed security services keep your network and data safe from desktop to cloud.

IntelliSecure Data Backup and Protection services are designed to keep your data safe and accessible at all times. They go beyond basic transaction-based backup offerings to provide network backup for files, objects, and transactions. This includes complete backup and protection of your on-site files and folders, as well as your off-site data in virtual machines.

Contact IntelliSyn today to learn more about protecting your business from future cyberthreats.

Having a Backup System Is Essential — No Matter the Season

Having a Backup System Is Essential — No Matter the Season

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With the winter holidays on their way, most businesses are thinking of time off and, subsequently, making sure their business files and data are backed up and safe while they’re gone.

While of course the winter holidays are a great time to have a backup system in place, remember that, no matter the season, backups are essential to keep your business data secure and free from corruption or deletion — all year round.

Backups protect your business data and files from being the only copy in a singular place. And having only one copy that is susceptible to all kinds of cyberattacks is not the wisest.

IntelliSecure Data Backup and Protection services are designed to keep your data safe and accessible at all times. They go beyond basic transaction-based backup offerings to provide network backup for files, objects, and transactions. This includes complete backup and protection of your on-site files and folders, as well as your off-site data in virtual machines.

This ensures your data is always protected and simplifies business continuity planning.

Contact IntelliSyn today to learn more about backing up your business data and files for security.