Backup: Locally or The Cloud

Are you backing up your data? If not, you should start immediately. There are different forms of backup consisting of both local and cloud backup. Local backup is when you copy your data to a flash drive or an external hard drive, an onsite server or even a network attached storage device. This method of backup is usually more expensive up front but in the long run it pays for itself – call it insurance for your data. The other method is cloud backup. With this method you have a backup agent on your machine that talks to a datacenter somewhere that’s not onsite. This datacenter can be anywhere in the world where there is backup solution provider. This method is typically a monthly cost, depending on the size of data you are backing. To determine what backup solution to pick you should consider the importance of your data and if something was to go bad how fast will you need it. Best case scenario you combine both local backup and cloud backup to some capacity. For example, if you’re only backing up locally and your business was to catch on fire or even if someone broke in and took all your machines, how would you recover your important data? You can’t at that point.  However, if you backup all your data and machines in the cloud you’ll most likely be able to recover that information. If you leverage both methods you can back up everything locally and pick the data that’s important to the operation of your business to backup to the cloud. You’ll save more money and...

What is the Internet of Things?

You’ve probably heard the term before as the advances in technology continue to grow. The Internet of Things often time seen as IoT is literally what it sounds like, things with internet. Pretty much anything with power and internet or WIFI capabilities. The Internet of Things include everything from cars, to lights, air conditioners/heaters, headphones, washing machine, refrigerators etc. the list goes on. It also applies to components of machines as well so the jet engine of an airplane or even the controller of an HVAC unit, could have internet access. Some cars have LTE capabilities equivalent to your cell phone.  So where is the internet of things headed? Eventually your alarm clock will ring in the morning and be able to communicate with the coffee machine to get the coffee brewing. Or if you’re out of town and someone needs something from your house you can unlock the doors from virtually anywhere. The possibilities are literally endless. You will soon start seeing smart cities as well which will help reduce waste and improve efficiency in things such as energy. You will start to see smart construction on buildings where if there is damage the infrastructure has sensors that will communicate out to the proper personnel, so they can fix it. You get the idea however, with this great opportunity and advancement comes great responsibility. You can imagine what bad things could happen if someone let’s say hacked your car or your light system or even the engine on an airplane. As the IoT continue to progress and advance the need for security is only going to grow larger....