Office Technology – Drobo array a partial back-up solution

I’m paranoid about data loss. I’ve seen years of accumulated information evaporate in a moment – fortunately not mine. Zip, tape, and floppy drives that could never be read again when the hardware died or technology simply marched on. Hard drive crashes. Software corruption. Power outages or IT server maintenance at the most inconvenient times. Lightning strikes. I once crashed tandem main-frame computers because my spreadsheet file was ‘too large’ when I hit ‘save’ (BP sent everybody home for the...

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Cloud Experiences 103

We did indeed, finally, thankfully, get rid of our exchange server – and moved several systems to The Cloud: e-mail, accounting, and back-up. We are very happy with all of our researched choices for software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers. There are lots of cloud back-up offerings, but we went with SpiderOak because of their zero knowledge encrypted platform – they don’t even have a record of your password! While all six (6) of our computers are accessible to one another, the best part is the “synchronized” folder on every computer....

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Cloud Experiences 102

We did indeed, finally, thankfully, get rid of our exchange server – and moved several systems to The Cloud: e-mail, accounting, and back-up. We are very happy with all of our researched choices for software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers. We couldn’t wait to dump QuickBooks – and are now saving over $100/month! We looked around the globe for a cloud accounting solution and settled with Xero out of New Zealand. Partly because they have a whole whack of add-on collaborators: CRM, E-commerce, Payroll, POS, inventory…all synchronizing...

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Cloud Experiences 101

We did indeed, finally, thankfully, get rid of our exchange server – and moved several systems to The Cloud: e-mail, accounting, and back-up. We are very happy with all of our researched choices for software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers. We registered with Microsoft 360 for our virtual e-mail exchange service. Our e-mail easily synchronized between our desktops, laptops, and smart-phones. Out IT consultant liked it so much he signed up! There was a brief one-day outage early on, but that was it for the first year. One hidden kicker: be sure...

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