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The more powerful your smartphone gets, the more likely you are to use it to store important business data. And that means paying closer attention to a couple of important storage security concerns.
The biggest hard disk on the market just got a lot bigger.
Mobile storage is a double-edged sword. Most small businesses can't work without the ability to take sensitive customer data outside the office from time to time.
Looking for a cheap, easy to use Web-based storage provider? If the number of companies now offering such services is any indication, you're not alone.
Storage resource management (SRM) sounds like one of those things that only an enterprise should worry about. But today, nothing could be further from the truth.
Two startups are both looking to make a big splash in the storage market. And if they succeed, the ripples are bound to reach into the SMB space before very long.
Guess who's coming to the cloud storage party? Nah, that's too easy. These days, it's harder to guess who isn't coming to the cloud storage party.
The idea of a "SAN in a box" might sound crazy. But a lot of vendors are making it a very practical approach for budget-minded SMBs.
Bigger desktop hard drives are on their way. But if you want to buy one, you'll need a lot more than just an empty slot in your PC.
Faster, smaller, and cheaper is the PC industry's favorite mantra. And when you're talking about laptops, the ability to pack more stuff into less space is an especially big deal.
What do you get when you cross traditional hard disk and solid-state disk technology? One of the most interesting desktop storage innovations in a long time.
One of the most persistent myths surrounding solid state disk (SSD) is that it just isn't reliable. Like most myths, this one started with a grain of truth -- but didn't end that way.
If you're a midsized firm looking for low-cost cloud storage, this has been an interesting couple of weeks.
When should your SMB use cloud storage? When there's a compelling business reason to make use of the technology.
If your small business runs Microsoft Exchange, you know that it can serve up its fair share of data storage headaches. I can't offer a cure, but maybe I can hand you a couple of virtual aspirin.
SharePoint 2010 is here, and that's a good thing. Unless, that is, you're hoping to slim down your company's data storage requirements.
External threats to your company's data get a lot of attention these days. But the internal threats can be just as dangerous.
SMBs today still have a serious problem with cloud-based storage. It's not the cost, and it's not the security.
Once upon a time, Iomega was not the first name that came to mind when I thought about SMB data storage. My, how the times have changed.
Data deduplication and cloud-based storage are a match made in heaven, especially for smaller businesses. Here's why.
It's time for yet another high-tech funeral. This time, the guest of honor is the good ol' floppy disk.
Think storage is cheap today? You ain't seen nothing yet.
If you're using a cloud-based storage service, uptime is a vital question. But getting a straight answer may be harder than it sounds.
RAID isn't dead -- not by a long shot. In fact, it is literally everywhere these days. That creates both risks and opportunities for small and midsized businesses.
Are solid state disk (SSD) storage prices finally getting reasonable? Absolutely -- as long as your definition of "reasonable" doesn't just depend on what the price tag says.
Many small and midsized businesses think network-attached storage (NAS) is a silver bullet that will slay their storage planning problems. Sometimes that's true, but often it isn't.
Compliance with credit card data security rules is a tricky business. Don't count on cloud storage solutions to make it any easier.
Many small businesses treat disaster preparedness as a "nice to have" item on their to-do lists. You don't have to look very hard to find examples of what can happen when you take that approach.
Your small business may stand the test of time, but what about your data? As existing storage technologies mature and new ones enter the picture, that question is just as hard to answer as it ever was.
A recent case study offers some insights into a useful combination for many small businesses: virtualization and blade servers.
A new study claims that Windows 7 creates serious performance issues for PC users. I'm not sure the authors are even asking the right questions here -- never mind their answers.
Virtualization security remains a major concern for many companies. While new tools play an important part in solving this problem, so does a straightforward, back-to-basics approach to server security.
How do management tools fit into your company's server virtualization strategy? If you can't answer that question, don't feel too bad -- you have a lot of company.
Good intermediate-level articles on server virtualization technology can be hard to find. One of the best series that I have read on the subject just added a new installment.
Ready to begin a server virtualization project for your small business? Here are ten questions to ask before you get started.
Google is gunning for Facebook -- again. Will its efforts really build a better mousetrap, or will they simply make a mess out of Gmail?
Many small businesses that deal with PayPal do so because they don't see any viable alternatives. In some cases, however, I wonder if these companies are really aware of the risks they are taking.
A year ago, many SMBs were still asking, "what's virtualization?" Today, it's a very different situation.
Chip designer ARM's chief executive says that netbooks are the future of computing -- and the future doesn't need Microsoft. Is he onto something here, or is he just blowing smoke?
How many virtual machines should you run on a physical server? If your answer is "as many as possible," it might be time to take a step back.
A recent agreement involving three major IT vendors is good news for companies with lingering concerns about virtualization security.
Many IT professionals are relieved that the worst of the recession appears to be over. Their help-desk colleagues, however, don't share their optimism.
So, which virtualization product is absolutely, positively the best option for running Windows on a Mac? Sorry -- you didn't really think the answer would be that easy, did you?
A new review takes a look at two of the most popular applications designed to give iPhone users remote access to their desktop PCs.
Want more proof that there is a downside to social networking? Look no further than the latest nitwit banking industry scheme to determine your creditworthiness.
Virtualizing your company's database servers can be an especially tricky process. Here are some tips on what to do -- and what not to do -- in order to get the results you want.
According to a recent survey, most SMBs are prepared to let employees work from home. Unfortunately, the employees themselves often see the matter differently.
When a company employs server virtualization, the rules of the software licensing game can change dramatically. In this case, what your IT staff doesn't know can definitely hurt you.
Over the past few weeks, several vendors have released new or updated remote access tools of particular interest to Mac users.
A new survey offers some insights into why companies are -- or are not -- jumping on the server virtualization bandwagon.
Desktop remote access tools are an important part of a company's telecommuting strategy. But even if they are the stars of the show, they still need a strong supporting cast.
Treating server virtualization as a miracle cure for your IT department's management headaches is a big mistake. And treating it as a cure-all for an IT budget crunch is a recipe for disaster.
If you're a Windows Remote Desktop user, then sooner of later you're likely to hit a glitch during a remote access session. Here are a couple of the most common issues, along with pointers to quick and easy fixes.
The FTC is taking a closer look at how cloud computing service providers handle data privacy issues. Is this really a step in the right direction, or another bureaucratic exercise in futility?
Sometimes, there is just no substitute for a face-to-face business meeting, even if it means traveling across the country. Or is there?
As we enter 2010, Intel's Nehalem processors are sitting pretty in the server market sweet spot. For SMBs, this is good news for a number of reasons.
If your SMB goes looking for a remote support provider, you'll find plenty of options. But in this case, bigger definitely does not equal better.
Looking for a portable hard drive? Here's a pointer to a review roundup that can help you pick the right model for your small business.
Server virtualization was one of the hottest IT trends in 2009. Unfortunately, in the race to keep up, both vendors and their customers may be overlooking important security concerns.
Wondering how remote access technology can benefit your company's bottom line? Don't forget to factor the potential tax benefits into your calculations.
Data storage vendor Kingston recently warned customers of a flaw in several of its secure USB drives that could allow an attacker to access sensitive information.
Does virtualization really make sense for small businesses? Some experts doubt it, but I'm reluctant to offer any simple answers to this question.
Is it possible to use Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection technology with Windows 7? As always, that depends upon which version of Windows 7 you're talking about.
According to the BBC, the first mobile phone version of Firefox is only "days away" from release. In reality, however, most mobile users at small and midsize companies will be in for a much longer wait.
We all know that quality solid state disks (SSDs) are just too expensive for small businesses to afford, right? Not so fast.
Over the past couple of weeks, I slogged through the usual endless series of storage-related "best of" and prediction articles. Finally, here's one that is actually worth sharing.
Windows 7 includes a new remote support tool that is potentially very useful -- if you know about it.
The Web is buzzing over Microsoft's defeat in a major patent lawsuit involving its Office software. How will this affect your business? With very few exceptions, it won't.
Chances are good that you have never heard of Intel's vPro technology. If your company relies upon remote support technology, it's time to get acquainted with it.
The USB 3.0 storage market continues to expand, with LaCie introducing a new RAID storage device the incorporates the new high-speed standard.
Can Verizon infuriate its Blackberry users by shoving a "preferred" search provider down their throats? Yeah, there's an app for that.
It is one thing to believe that your company has a workable business continuity plan in place. It is quite another for that actually to be the case.
A new scam involving remote support software recently surfaced in the United Kingdom. Before you snicker at just how gullible the victims appear to be, ask yourself whether your company's PCs are vulnerable to precisely this sort of attack.
Is tape dying as a long-term storage medium? It depends upon whom you ask -- although it is significant that this is even an open question.
This week, Project Honey Pot identified its one billionth spam message. Find out what it has learned from that torrent of junk email -- and what you can do to make its efforts to stop spam even more successful.
A seedy little story involving some luckless restaurateurs, Romanian hackers, and a ham-fisted software reseller might not sound relevant to your small business. Think again.
EMC has been promising great things for its new storage-tiering technology. Now we'll get to see how it plays with the company's customers.
Dell is once again beefing up its Linux-ready offerings -- including one that the company bills as the "world's smallest fully functional commercial desktop PC."
The early reviews for Thunderbird 3 are rolling in, and most of them give Mozilla's updated email client a big thumbs up. Whether business users will notice is another matter entirely.
Worried that a flu outbreak will put your small business on life support? A remote access solution can help to keep affected workers productive -- while also keeping them safely at home.
Want to take a closer look at the work in progress that is Google's Chrome OS? A new InformationWeek hands-on preview is worth a closer look.
Can technology alone enable your company to stay ahead of its data storage demands? In many cases, the answer appears to be no.
There's a good reason why Sun's VirtualBox has been downloaded more than 20 million times over the past couple of years: High quality at an unbeatable price. And the latest version takes yet another big step forward.
Worried about your cloud-based data going up in smoke? If you're the paranoid type, a new online service aims to deliver some peace of mind.
Think your new SATA solid-state hard drive is hot stuff? There's a new kid on the block that will make it look like a relic from the storage Stone Age.
I come across lots of "X Number Of Things You Should Know About Linux" articles. This one has a rare and special quality: It's actually useful.
Today, there are still vast differences between NAS and SAN technology. According to one expert, however, that gap may be closing quickly.
So -- you stay in touch with Google Mail, edit Google Docs, and surf the Web with Google Chrome. You're curious about Google Voice and intrigued over Google Music. Is it just a matter of time before you're carrying a Google Phone?
Can software that allows you to run Windows software on a Linux system also expose your system to Windows malware? In practice, the answer appears to be no.
Addonics is selling a nifty little network attached storage enclosure that could be just the ticket for SOHO users.
The Senate is considering two bills designed to revamp federal consumer data-privacy rules. But anyone who thinks these bills represent a wake-up call has already been sleeping way too long.
A company is producing archival-grade DVDs that it claims will last 1,000 years. It's a catchy marketing claim, but can the underlying technology really serve a useful purpose?
The Web is abuzz with reports that Google is practically giving away loads of online storage. But the hype is far more exciting than the reality.
Is Firefox currently the Web browser most likely to stick your PC with a dangerous security vulnerability? Only if you believe headlines written by people who really should know better.
Chomping at the bit to pick up your new Droid? Before you pull the trigger, check out a round-up of the latest reviews, along with some deals that could save your company some money.
Sometimes, it's the little things that can save your company a bundle of money. Creating your own network cables is a perfect example.
You're already familiar with file compression technology. Now meet its big brother -- data deduplication -- and learn how it can save your company a ton of money.
There has been a lot of confusion and hand-wringing lately over Ubuntu's new Software Center feature. Some of this is clearly Canonical's fault, but some of it clearly is not.
Would you do business with a bank that forces you to take needless security risks? According to many Linux users, that is exactly what Citibank wants them to do.
Two long-awaited new technology standards promise to reshape the small-business storage market. But how long will it take for them to deliver the goods?