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Microsoft’s Lync with comes with a variety of benefits that businesses can take advantage of such as Full Enterprise Voice Functionality .This could make internal and external communications more efficient and more effective. This is now Microsoft’s server platform for unified communications. Lync ties instant messaging with real-time presence, information, voice communication, ...

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The term cloud computing is thrown around a lot these days. But the question is, 'what exactly is cloud computing and how can it benefit your business"? Picture this scenario. You are an executive at a large corporation. One of your many responsibilities includes making sure that your employees have the correct software and hardware they need to be able to do their jobs. These ...

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Have a disaster recovery plan Perhaps the most neglected aspect of IT is the actual implementation of a coherent Disaster Recovery (DR) Plan. In fact a recent report by the independent research organisation, Data Recovery Preparedness (DRP) Council found that a surprising 73% of companies failed to implement adequate DR management plans. Companies without DR management plans ...

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IT failure is costly for any business. Besides time lost on work, employees can become demotivated, customers seek business elsewhere and it is expensive to resolve. According to ZDNet, the global cost of IT failures is a staggering $3trillion. (Click here to view the article.) This equates to 4.7% of global GDP and represents the loss of employment for people affected by busi ...

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Cloud computing is an innovative way to get an edge on competitors and reduce costs. It is also intrinsic to a well designed Data Recovery Plan. However, there are serious legal implications for businesses that choose to store sensitive, legally protected data using cloud technology. Ignorance of these can easily see a business losing more than it gained. Confidentiality of Da ...

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Windows 8.1 represents an improvement on Windows 8, which radically changed the direction of Microsoft’s operating system to that of a tablet-based future. Most of Windows 8.1 changes are small, yet they significantly improve user interaction and make for a more personalised operating system. Upon logging in, users will be presented with the Start Screen, as in Windows 8. How ...

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Businesses have many options to choose from when connecting their on premise Ethernet network to the Internet. Copper, ADSL, optical fibre and the National Broadband Network are but a few. This article provides a to-the-point overview of each solution. Asymmetric digital subscriber line Better known as ADSL2+, this uses the existing copper wire of your phone line to deliver h ...

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In the ever-growing realm of cloud computing, virtualisation and managed and hosted IT services, organisations are faced with the big question: should we leverage hosted services or should we expand on existing in-house IT infrastructure? Although at first glance, building, operating and managing an in-house IT Infrastructure seems to be the obvious, reasonable and cost effect ...

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As any IT practitioner can attest, server virtualization empowers businesses to become more agile and resilient across the board, from the IT department to the bottom line.  The technology transforms bare-metal hardware into a dynamic platform that lets administrators address their users’ needs far more easily and effectively than any traditional solution. Desktop virtualizati ...

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There was a time in the not-too-distant past when the laptop was regarded as THE gadget of choice for most company executives, professionals, business owners, and even students. After all, what’s not to like about it? A laptop packs computing power, storage capacity, connectivity and functionality in one compact and portable device. But it only took the entry of the tablet for the laptop to lose some, or should we say, much, of its luster.

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