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Basic Tools Needed For Small Business Backups

Many small business owners overlook the need of keeping multiple regularly updated and synchronized copies of a businesses data. In fact majority of them wait for a disaster to strike before they partaking any back up measures. Unfortunately, by then it is already too late. To avoid such situations, we will introduce the basics tools offering small business back up solutions.

1. Portable Storage Drives
One of the most important technologies to be ever invented were external storage devices. They come in different physical and memory sizes. The choice ranges from flash disks, pen drives, memory sticks, compacts disks to hard disks. Once you’ve acquired the device of personal choice, its time go choose the preferable back up utilities. All operating systems come with a default tool. Functionalities of such utilities include configuring external drives as centralized network backup points. If by any chance you don’t wish to use the default utilities, plenty others can be easily acquired from open source or proprietary software platforms.

2. Backing Up On The Cloud
Another backup tool available at the disposal of a small business is the cloud. Numerous platforms such as Amazon, CX, Drop Box, Sky drive, Carbonite and many others offer superb storage solutions. You are only required to subscribe for the services at a fee determined by the space you need. The other requirement is constant Internet connectivity, to facilitate uninterrupted data synchronization.

A cheaper alternative to web based clouds, is a LAN(Local Area Network) cloud. This can be easily set up on a local server using softwares like S3 and Citrix CloudStack among many others.

Now the big question at this point is, which set of tools are best to serve the needs of a small business? Many experts would advice using both, a decision I strongly agree with. This because one will serve as a fail safe alternative for the other in case of any technicalities

If you have any comments or question, please drop us a line or contact us.

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How To Work Together on a Document with Google Drive (with video)

Online Collaboration is easier then ever, thanks to tools like Google Drive. There is no need to email files back and forth all day. If you wish to work together on a document with a remote co-worker for example, all you have to do is:

1. Head over to Google Drive

2. Create or Open an existing document.

3. Click on the Share button on the upper right corner and invite your co-worker.

You’ll see all the changes and edits in real time. In my opinion Google Drive is way underutilized in today small businesses. Give it a try and you’ll see productivity increase for sure.

Take a look at the short tutorial and let us know what you think.

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6 Collaboration Software that Small Businesses Need

Small businesses need collaboration software to ensure that there is a smooth flow of communication within the organization and an excellent way of sharing information. Most businesses today rely on teleworkers and contractors to keep their business going.

Collaboration software will enable a company or organization to have the following:

1. Smooth and fast transfer of accurate data
2. Well-managed projects
3. Easy and fast access to important data and documents when employees or partners need them
4. Better flow of work
5. Improved handling of invoices

Nowadays, there is collaboration software that are purposely made for small businesses. Using the cloud platform, pricing for the software is based on the number of people who are going to use it. Organizations with few employees will spend less than those that have many employees. Read more

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5 Ways to Make Your Business Work Smoothly in the Absence of Microsoft Small Business Server

Small businesses have been relying on Microsoft Small Business Server for their day-to-day operations. This server can be used by a maximum of 75 people, and combines several applications to come up with all-in-one business solutions at a price that is highly affordable. It has all features frequently used by businesses and it helps them operate smoothly. It has Windows Server 2008 R2 and Exchange 2010, SharePoint Foundation 2010 and SQL Server2008 R2 Express.

Unfortunately Microsoft decided to go on a different route with their Server 2012 platform and left out some important components like Exchange. Business owners, employees, and clients were dismayed by this move and they were faced with the question of how to go on operating smoothly without the all-in-one Microsoft Small Business Server. Read more

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Dropbox Alternatives: 3 Best Options For Your Small Business Needs

These days, it’s absolutely important that every business have a medium for securing sensitive business data and records as the loss of such data can ruin or affect the smooth operations of these businesses. All such issues  have become history thanks to the evolution of cloud computing and storage systems which has made it easier for anyone to store and backup their files on servers hosted within the internet and which can be easily accessed from any part of the world as long as you’re connected to the Internet.

Dropbox is one cloud storage service provider that has revolutionized this industry in terms of how information can be shared and this has been of immense benefits to several small businesses. It has completely eliminated the need for expensive physical infrastructures usually used for storage. Read more