Author: David Shelley

Windows 10: Three Things You Should Know | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

windows 10 logoAs Microsoft continues to prepare for the release of Windows 10 in 2015, there are a few things that you should know as soon as possible.

First, don’t spend your time searching for Windows 9. Microsoft made the decision to skip a version number, claiming that the number nine was simply not big enough to do the new version justice.

Second, Windows 10 will see the implementation of a new, persistent Start menu, which can be resized and filled with Live Tiles depending on user preference.

Third, be assured that compatibility issues will be minimal. Microsoft is conducting extensive testing with more than a million users having tested the OS already.

The Best Home Wi-Fi Unit on the Market? | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

Consumer routers tend to operate a great distance behind their enterprise counterparts. After all, most home Wi-Fi units are not expected to perform at fast speeds across large distances. However, Linksys’ new router gives you enterprise-grade features at home.

The Linksys WRT1900AC offers a familiar-looking blue and black box, but the features beneath the surface are far from traditional. Using a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, four removable antennas, and 802.11ac support, the WRT1900AC gives you unparalleled performance and range.

In addition, remote access and a brand new Network Map feature allow you to administrate your home Wi-Fi from anywhere with an internet connection.

Powerful Web Filtering with Sophos | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

sophos web filteringWhenever data comes into or out of your network infrastructure, it is exposed to considerable risk. Unfortunately, this threat is hard to mitigate when your users access data both within and outside of your network.

Sophos offers a robust web filtering solution that goes wherever your users do. With the Sophos Secure Web Gateway, all web traffic is inspected in real time, with up-to-date intelligence gathered from SophosLabs. In addition, Secure Web Gateway provides granular customization, allowing you to apply the appropriate policies depending on your business and local restrictions.

Perhaps best of all, Secure Web Gateway integrates fully with Sophos’ Endpoint Protection, keeping your users protected wherever they go.

Cisco AC Wi-Fi is the Future | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

cisco ac routerAs the global internet infrastructure continues to improve, the demands placed on Wi-Fi access points are higher than ever. Gigabit Wi-Fi, known as 802.11ac, takes performance of wireless internet signals to the next level.

Cisco offers new routers with 802.11ac support. As a result, users can take advantage of higher transfer speeds thanks to more intelligent channel bonding and denser signal modulation. In addition, wireless hotspot and service providers can support a higher number of simultaneous clients, using multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) support.

As Cisco describes in its recent white paper, 802.11ac is the next-generation of Wi-Fi, making wireless internet more accessible and faster than ever before.

Why Cloud Desktop-as-a-Service Will Succeed Where VDI Failed | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

cloud desktopIn an attempt to minimize hardware costs, many enterprises took advantage of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). With operating systems and desktops hosted in virtual machines, the cost and complexity of managing hardware could effectively be removed.

VDI was just the beginning. Now, Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) provides an even easier, more affordable and more flexible solution.

With DaaS, businesses can pass responsibility for managing and monitoring virtual desktops to an outsourced provider. And the lack of physical hardware and connectivity inside an organization makes it easier to scale solutions up and down according to demand.

As the cloud has matured, DaaS has become a valuable proposition that looks set to succeed where VDI failed.

Citrix Virtualization – Pros and Cons | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

When it comes to virtualization, there are many solutions to choose from. However, Citrix virtualization is an effective way to deliver applications, with some unique advantages over competing solutions.

Between XenApp and XenDesktop, you can deploy all your applications and desktops as a service. As a result, your users can access the software they need to stay productive, wherever they are and on any device. Citrix solutions also offer outstanding compatibility for streaming key Citrix applications.

One limitation is that Citrix virtualization is largely confined to environments and clients supplied by Citrix. While this suits the majority of users, it will potentially limit the portability of your solution.

Leveraging the Dropbox Cloud for business | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

dropbox logoWith more than 300 million users worldwide, Dropbox is well-established as a leader in cloud backup and sharing services. However, recent months have seen the company establish itself as an intelligent choice for enterprises.

Dropbox for Business offers the convenience of a solution built for consumers, with the unique features enterprises require. The service uses strong encryption to keep data secure, with the availability of two-step verification. In addition, device management and remote wipe functionality are both available through a simple governance interface.

Dropbox also offers comprehensive extensibility, connecting to Microsoft Office, Customer Relationship Management platforms, and more.

Office 365 Email Spam Filter Upgrade – Exchange Online Protection | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

<img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-4384" src="///" alt="Office 365" width="300" height="103" />Tired of the non stop emails you get with special offers and newsletters? Office 365 has upgraded their spam filter so you can fine tune it to recognize these annoying emails and mark them as spam. The Exchange Online Protection security engine in Exchange Online that allows Office 365 admins to make changes to fine tune the spam requirements. The emails are ranked on a scale of 1 to 9, the lower the rating the less likely it is to be categorized as spam. The options to help decide which number you message is on the spam list is by stating if the email has an option to unsubscribe, how many complaints the email has generated and lastly if you signed up for the mailings. Microsoft is getting ready to put out the improved email management tool, admins that want to activate it as soon as possible can request it from the account team with Microsoft. For more information please click on this link.

Six iPhone Apps To Make Your Life Easier – New iPhone Apps | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

The new year is fast approaching, are you looking for an easy way to get organized and more efficient? Check out these six apps that help you with scheduling, fitness, task management, etc. The first app is the Timeful app that is not only free but helps you find the time to do things you want to do with your busy schedule. The second app is the Mailbox Android app that makes processing email easy and gives you the ability to “snooze” messages. Third is the Johnson & Johnson 7 Minute Workout app for fitness lovers with limited time. You can choose workouts from their workout library and this app is highly recommended for business travelers. Fourth is the Asana iPhone app which is a task management and work flow management app. The perfect app for the on the go iPhone users, the droid version is in development as well. The fifth app is Evernote which is an easy way to take notes and the new feature allows you to chat with collaborators in real time. Lastly is the EasilyDo app which does a little bit of everything. You can add your address book, post “Happy Birthday” on your friends page, text a friend or co worker if you’re running late. This app even tells you the the location of your packages when you get an email with confirmation number. If you would like more information on these apps click on this link.

How To Setup Mac Mail on Office 365 – Apple Mail | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

AppleMailSetupIf you are a Mac owner and have the OS X update that comes with Mac Mail on Office 365, keep reading for instructions on how to set it up on your computer or laptop. The process is very simple, first you open your Apple Mail. If you have not already set Apple Mail up a wizard will pop up and guide you through the setup. Once your Apple Mail is setup you will need to add a new account. Go to the Mail menu click on preferences, then on Accounts. You will then see a plus sign at the bottom of the list that will allow you to add a new account. Under the “Add Account” box type in your name, full UMB email address, and your UMB password. Then click continue. Mail will then set you up for an Exchange account by finding the server online, if it does then you are done with the setup! If Mail cannot find your server then you may need to set it up manually. Make Exchange your account type and access the document How to Determine Your Exchange Server Address. For more information click on this link.