Archive for the ‘Industry Trends’ Category

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Sep 9, 2014
The age of big data has just given us an accidental insight in the wake of a recent significant earthquake in California.  It turned out that data points from fitness trackers out in the public indicated how many people were awoken during the 3am Bay Area quake. That was a little bit of a peek into the future of the internet of things and an even bigger peek into how big data can open to doors to unexplored insights. Now, the finding that an earthquake… Read More
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Sep 4, 2014
At some point in our lives, we’ve all gone through some online account creation process and created a password.  Frequently, we’re required to choose a password that includes something like at least one capital letter, one number, et cetera.  The stricter the criteria, the more layers of security we think we’ve added to our passwords. However, that’s not actually the case. The math behind password security To understand why, let’s do some math. (It will be really simple, I promise.) One method of attempting to… Read More
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Sep 2, 2014
Whether you’re an internal IT department for an enterprise, or an internet-enabled business, there’s a good chance that you’ll encounter the classic “build versus buy” decision for your data center services. That is, building-out a facility of your own, or buying services from a leading technology provider instead. When considering whether your operations may require their own data center or whether you can gain a greater value by leveraging a hosting provider, you must first begin by evaluating your needs. Are you streaming video? Running… Read More
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Aug 28, 2014
Security is hot topic on the internet right now and it’s only getting hotter.  In recent years, attacks ranging from simple “script kiddies” to complex, state-sponsored organizations (here’s a detailed report on one of them) have only increased.  The only way to keep a server or environment completely safe from internet-based attacks is to uncable it, and put it in the back of a closet.  Sadly, studies have shown that websites hosted on servers sitting in the back of a closet without an internet connection… Read More
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Aug 12, 2014
As prevalent and sophisticated as IT security threats are today, one of the most significant threats doesn’t involve writing complex code, spreading a virus, or launching a denial of service attack. As attackers have known for a long time, one of the potentially most effective attacks is social engineering, the art of manipulating people to gain access or information to something the attacker is not supposed to have. This type of attack may be low-tech, but it’s just as dangerous as any other major threat,… Read More
Emil Sayegh
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Jul 24, 2014
We’re well into 2014 and it’s amazing to me that more organizations don’t have a clear cloud plan. Too many people are still confused or afraid of the “C” word.  But here’s the thing: There are real dangers in not having a cloud strategy, AKA a well-known cloud plan for your IT environment.  Every company should use cloud for something, but not necessarily everything!  The various general use cases for cloud computing are hopefully well-known by now.   End of the Hype Cycle The hype… Read More
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Jul 22, 2014
If you could eliminate 45% of your abandoned carts by making one simple change, would you do it? It depends. If the “one simple change” is a cheap, pop-up gimmick, scamming your customers or breaking your competition’s legs, probably not. But what if it’s as simple as finding better hosting? Statista conducted a study to determine the top reasons why customers abandon their carts, and according to their findings: 24% of shoppers abandon their carts because the website crashed 21% of shoppers abandon their carts… Read More
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Jul 16, 2014
It’s time for IT professionals to come to grips with the fact that managing your own servers comes at too high a price. Once you add up costs such as server maintenance, data security, physical security, downtime prevention and backup, it’s far more expensive than what you’d expect. And if you think that’s bad, don’t forget to factor in the most expensive part: Distraction from your core mission of growing your company and business. Every minute spent on managing your IT is taking time away… Read More