One of my favorite apps that I use daily on my computer and iphone is called Dropbox. Do you want to be able to access your files from anywhere you are? Computer, web, phone, and or tablet? Dropbox is a cool app that allows you to do this seamlessly by simply installing the app on your computer, or your smartphone. Dropbox is cloud service that basically backs up any changes you make to a file no matter which device you’re using to access the file.
• 2GB of Dropbox for free, with subscriptions up to 100GB available.
• Your files are always available from the secure Dropbox website.
• Dropbox works with Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad, iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.
• Works even when offline. You always have your files, whether or not you have a connection.
• Dropbox transfers just the parts of a file that change (not the whole thing).
•Manually set bandwidth limits — Dropbox won’t hog your connection.
Another cool feature is file sharing. You can share folders and thereby documents so if you need to collaborate with someone, you all have access to the same file. Never be without your files again.
AT&T has begun to crack down on iPhone users who use apps like MyWi to tether their device to make a WiFi hotspot for other devices, like a laptop or tablet.
AT&T has notified some select users suspected of using unofficial tethering methods without paying for the service, that they will be automatically enrolled in a higher data package.
More info can be found here
Tests indicate that iOS uses multiple techniques to hamper performance of web apps launched from the home screen of an iPhone or iPad. Web apps launched directly from the Safari browser run about twice as fast as when launched from the home screen. Is Apple trying to force users to use the App Store, so they get their cut, by making web apps appear to perform poorly?
Read more here
For about 2 years now BVA has developed and tested an offering that allows organization the opportunity to move their physical servers off-site into the cloud. There are several advantages with this type of architecture that really helps business grow and increase their overall up-time and satisfaction. This offering is important for BVA as well as organization here in the valley. The days of replacing physical servers are over for the small to medium size businesses. It’s important to reevaluate your long term strategy so that it falls in line with what is going on in the technology world. Too many times do we see organization’s continue with the old-line of technology due to inexperience and lack of confidence in change. This offering that BVA has decided to adopt, truly leverages virtualization in a very robust and redundant infrastructure. This offering is housed at a local data-center that is a tier 1 facility. The virtual cluster/farm is roughly 40 physical servers hosts leveraging the VMware virtualization platform. This offering can provide a public and private cloud solution. Both solutions are very reliable and offer a 100% SLA on hardware up-time which is quite beneficial and worth the cost associated for this type of infrastructure architecture. This environment has redundant switches, firewalls, power, and bandwidth. There are three different ISP’s (Internet Service Providers) which allow true redundancy when it comes to back-bone connectivity.
The biggest difference between the two offerings is pretty straight forward:
- Public Cloud Server – a host environment that is a 40 physical server environment that is not dedicated to your organization
- Private Cloud Server – a host environment that is a 3 physical server environment that is dedicated to your organization
The cost is really aggressive and I feel its realistic for a small to medium size business looking for advanced IT solutions. Here is a great example of the cost structure because it is varied depending on the specifications needed via physical server.
- 2 Processors, 2GB of RAM, 250GB of 15k rpm Disks = $350/Month
- 4 Processors, 8GB of RAM, 250GB of 15k rpm Disks = $610/Month
- 4 Processors, 16GB of RAM, 350GB of 15k rpm Disks = $950/Month
FCC study has shown that the average bandwidth (internet speed) for consumers and businesses in the commercial sector was approximately 4 Mbps, which si higher than the previous year of 3 Mbps (2009). This interesting interenet speed article is located at