Category : Cloud

Storage and Backup Products that Save the Day

Nasuni Cloud Storage – Leveraging the cloud as a primary storage component, Nasumi Cloud NAS combines local storage controllers and cloud storage to provide global access to data with local performance. The only file system of its kind that can scale from hundreds to hundreds of billions of objects without any degradation of performance. If your company is having trouble taking on highly data-intensive projects because of limited storage capacity that is costly to upgrade, NAS is the right solution.pic

DataCore’s SANsymphony-V – This software-defined storage option maximizes IT infrastructure performance by virtualizing storage hardware in a universally compatible format. The SANsymphony-V software runs on standard x86 servers, providing one set of common storage services across all storage devices even allowing communication between unlike storage devices. Customers and IT techs rave about the increase in performance and especially the 75% reduction in storage costs. “[It] meets our replication needs — replicates all critical data between two data centers. Also provides rich SAN capability.”says David Blaisdell, assistant IT director at the New London, NH, college.

Intermedia SecuriSync – Backup and File sharing with Intermedia SecuriSync is made easier by providing real-time backup and point-in-time restore for PCs and Macs. When data is the core of your business, you need to be able to retrieve and analyze data without delay. SecuriSync provides both consolidated file management and continuous backup of documents, while securing access to sensitive data. Going beyond read-only access, employees can edit documents from mobile devices without having to worry about version control. Real time backups give users the comfort of being able to easily restore corrupted files.

CloudBerry Managed Backup – This flexible and cost effective solution allows the user to choose the storage providers as well as provides remote management capabilities. For small to mid-sized businesses this is the perfect option. Cloudberry provides all of the benefits of cloud based storage, scalability, reliability and security but at a size attainable for small businesses. Backups are made both easier and less costly.


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Microsoft OneDrive raises the bar for cloud storage

Microsoft OneDrive Cloud Storage The Microsoft OneDrive, otherwise known as “device cloud”, is available free of charge for anyone who has created a Microsoft account. Included are 5 GB of free storage, easy access to media files, folder syncing, documents, as well as playing and viewing capabilities in addition to simple storage.

Similar to the iCloud for iPhones and iPads, OneDrive allows iPhone, Android, and Windows phone users to automatically upload photos to the OneDrive camera roll. Combining online storage and syncing into one device, One Drive offers a new convenience for Microsoft users who had to previously deal with separate storage and syncing services. Windows 10 has allowed OneDrive to grow as a built-in capacity. If you utilize other technology platforms OneDrive is compatible with Windows 7 and 8, Mac OS X, iOS, and Android.

 

PROS-

Excellent photo viewing and slideshow capabilities.

Clear interface.

Works with Windows phone, Mac, iOS, and Android.

Easily retrieves any file from a PC.

 

CONS-

Storage offerings shrinking according to a recent release from Microsoft.

Not a share target for Windows 10 apps.

 

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DirSync on a Domain Controller – Now you Can…

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The Active Directory Sync tool [DirSync] can now be installed on an Active Directory Domain Controller (DC).  You must fist have to install version 6553.0002 or newer. The process of installing DirSync on a DC is mostly the same as for deploying it normally. Keep in mind that the administrator installing the tool will need to log-off and log-on again after the Installation Wizard is complete and before the Configuration Wizard is run. This additional step of logging off and logging back in is necessary to ensure that the Directory Sync tool is installed using the least privileges possible on the DC.

If you forget to follow the above process, the Configuration Wizard will return an “Constraint Violation Error” error. If you face this error, simply log off and log in again and you will be able to proceed. Note that the recommendation is still to deploy DirSync on a member server rather than a DC as it will install FIM 2010 R2 SP1 and SQL Server 2012 Express SP1 by default, which can add overhead to your DC.

Single sign-on for to the Cloud

Single sign-on for to the Cloud

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Have the ability of signing in once for all web-based applications is valuable.  All we have is passwords for everything, email, personal and business applications, document shares…. The number of Web services will only increase, and keeping them all straight and secure things s only going to get worse. Trying to manage all these individual passwords is a major problem for security. Many end users cope by re-using their passwords, which exposes all sorts of security holes. One solution is a single sign-on (SSO) tool to automate the logins of enterprise applications and also beef up password complexity, without taxing end users to try to remember dozens of different logins. What is exciting is that there are several products now combine both cloud-based software as a service logins with local desktop Windows logins, and add improved two-factor authentication and smoother federated identity integration.

How to protect your iCloud | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

iCloudAfter some high profile “hacks” over the weekend, people are asking how they can protect themselves and the photos they take with their Apple device.  Here are a few steps you can take to make things more secure…however, your best bet is to stop taking pictures you don’t want anyone else to see with your phone!

1-      Turn off Photo Stream

  1. With this on, every photo you take is being uploaded to iCloud

2-      Change your password regularly

  1. Also, use a different password for your different accounts

3-      Enable 2 step authentication

  1. This requires that you enter your password and a code sent to your registered device before making account changes.

 

Good Luck!

SimpleNote-The Free Note Taking App

For those of you who like to take notes or keep track of items SimpleNote is a cool cloud based note keeping app.  I use it on my iphone as well as on my pc and mac.  It stores your data, and you simply have to login wherever you are to access your information.  You can share lists, post instructions, or publish your thoughts.  Your notes are backed up and if you need to go back to something you can easily do so.  You can search your notes quickly and easily.  There are phone apps for both iOS users as well as Android users.  What’s more important… its FREE! 

Windows Intune

Users always on the go? Having a hard time managing remote workstations? Need to ensure updates are installed on mobile workstations? Want to push apps to remote workstations? Well look no further, try Windows Intune. I recently came across a client that had many mobile users and we were having a very tough time managing them and ensuring they are up to date. What I came across was Windows Intune.

Windows Intune is essentially a cloud based management system for remote workstations. It gives you the ability to monitor antivirus activity using Windows Intune protection, as well as a web based update console that is much like WSUS on Windows server. It’s a very simple and easy project to use if you have many remote workstations. It literally took me about 10 minutes to get it setup and I was pushing agents out to the workstations. It even sent me an email alert when a computer detected malicious items on one of the PCs.

Furthermore if you sign up for Windows intune which is about $7 per workstation per month, you are given the ability to install Windows 7 Enterprise on your workstations. Microsoft essentially gives you a volume license key for the enterprise software for each pc using Windows Intune.

So if you are looking for an easy way to manage remote systems that never connect to the domain, I would recommend trying Windows Intune.

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Googledrive vs Skydrive – Cloud Storage

There are A LOT of cloud storage options available today. How do you pick the one that is right for you? I have tested a variety and have come the conclusion, at least for me that Skydrive and Google Drive are the best on the market.

Skydrive offers your 7GB free storage, where Google drive offers you 5GB. Now Skydrive is a Microsoft application that can link to your Windows Live account which links to your many of your Microsoft apps. Google drive links to your gmail account and integrates well with linking everything to that account.

Skydrive: free space is 7gb, file size limit is 2gb, there are various premium pricing available

Google Drive: 5GB free space, 10GB file size limit, Premium pricing is $60/year for 100GB.

Bottom line, they are both great, just depends on the amount of data you plan to use. Each allows you the capability to share your data with other users.

How Secure is your Dropbox?

On April 15th, Tech Republic ran an article of interest to those of you dealing with network security. Blogger Michael Kassner’s article “Dropsmack: Using Dropbox to steal files and deliver malware” detailed his discovery at this year’s European Black Hat convention of a presentation made by penetration tester Jacob Williams. Williams’ presentation was titled “Dropsmack: How Cloud Synchronization Services Render Your Corporate Firewall Worthless”. In it, he describes how he was able to spear-phish the CEO of a client company and access the CEO’s Dropbox account. From there, even though he could not read the files inside directly, he was able to install malware to them to be synchronized down to the CEO’s workstation, where they could cause damage or seek out data to send back out. The malware uses the Dropbox synchronization service as a “Command and Control” (C2) channel. Chilling reading!