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UIS Newsletter 04/2010

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Cloud Computing Offers Cost-Effective Way to Improve Capacity

The next big thing in IT is here and it's called cloud computing. This new development is significant because it offers a way to improve your IT capacity without requiring any investment in new hardware or personnel. Cloud computing service providers like UIS Technology Partners rent out a portion of their server space, allowing your business to expand its storage and processing capabilities without the need for new equipment. The bottom line is cloud computing can save small businesses and nonprofit organizations a ton of money.

Cloud computing represents a major shift in how we all store information and run applications. Instead of hosting data and applications on individual desktops or on your company’s servers, everything is hosted on a “cloud” maintained by experts like UIS Technology Partners. Storage space, software, and other applications are available to your company over the internet. You only pay for the services and resources you use with no upfront investment.
 
Cloud computing offers a number of key benefits:
 
Lower costs –A high-powered computer or multiple servers to run applications or store data is no longer needed. As your company or organization grows, you can increase your capacity without buying news servers.
Reliable data storage – UIS Technology Partners has built an infrastructure with redundant features that ensure your data is safe and secure.
Improved performance – Computers in a cloud computing system are optimized to run faster because they aren’t loaded up with programs that slow them down.
Instant software updates – With web-based software, there is no waiting for the latest features because updates are provided instantly.
 
Small businesses and nonprofit organizations have enough to worry about without having to think about whether their servers will be able to handle growth or how to keep up with the latest technology. Cloud computing allows these organizations to focus on their core business while knowing their IT needs will be met.
 
Feel free to contact us to set up a free evaluation or learn more about this exciting new technology.

 


Spotlight on...

Spring Cleaning: It May Be Time to Get Rid of Outdated Computer Equipment

Spring cleaning is a good way to get rid of things you don't need or want anymore. The same is true for computer equipment. Do some spring cleaning at your workplace and evaluate your current equipment to determine if it's time to replace it.

If your computer system is running just fine, you may be wondering why you would want to replace it, especially if it can be expanded to add RAM (internal memory), internal or external hard drives and other peripheral components to upgrade its capabilities. But you have to consider one of the limiting factors - the CPU built into your computer

 

The CPU (the brains of the computer) has a defined set of processing speeds and functions. While technology has improved over time, so have CPUs. Unfortunately, CPUs are not interchangeable without redesigning the entire computer architecture.
 
The processing capabilities of CPUs have increased, and with that, so has the capabilities of the software that runs on them. This new software requires older computers to be compatible in order to run them and take advantage of the new features. Even if your company is not interested in the new features offered in updated software, software manufacturers usually do not provide support to earlier versions of their software if problems occur. In addition, your customers that do keep their software updated may expect your software to be compatible with their new versions.
 
The decision on whether to replace computer equipment comes down to business risk. When looking at your company’s critical business processes, keep in mind what equipment supports those processes and consider if that equipment is able to keep up with the growth and speed needed for the company to remain competitive. If the answer is NO, then it is time to replace your equipment.
 
Here are some general guidelines on the average lifespan of computer equipment:.
 
Servers                                                 4 years
Desktops                                             4 years
Laptops                                               3 years
Network Printers                                5 years
Switches, Routers, Hubs                 5 years
 
Recycling Older Equipment
 
Deciding to get rid of older computer equipment creates another issue – what do you do with it? Equipment that works can be donated to schools and other needy organizations. Equipment that is broken or no longer serviceable should be taken to an electronics recycling company, which will take your equipment at no cost. Some will even come to your workplace and remove the equipment for you.
 
When donating or recycling computers (servers, desktops, laptops) or cell phones, it is very important to remove all data from the hard drives and internal memory. Personal and sensitive information can be obtained from discarded equipment.
 
Most recycling companies have policies to remove and erase all data before disposing of the equipment. If you are concerned about your data falling into the wrong hands, UIS Technology Partners provides a service to clean and erase your data before the equipment is donated or recycled. Just ask your IT Consultant or call 408.414.5000 to schedule our Data Cleansing Service.
 
Here is a partial list of items that recyclers will take, but it’s best to check with the recycling company you plan to use:
 
Computers
Laptops
Monitors
Networking equipment
Industrial equipment
Keyboards
Batteries
Toner
Remote controls
Office phones
Test equipment
 
Here is a list of some local electronic recycling companies.
 
Company Name
City
Phone Number
Valley Electronics
San Jose
408.437.9929
All Computer Resource
Santa Clara
408.727.0120
Zak Enterprises
Santa Clara
408.746.0817
Tdr Electronic Recycling
Fremont
510.683.9622
Cal West Recycling
Hayward
510.342.5455
Green Citizen
San Francisco
415.287.0000
E-Cycle Environmental
Oakland
510.839.5000
Direct Computer Disposal
San Leandro
510.636.8676

 

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A: To create a shortcut on your desktop, for example to Microsoft Word, begin by clicking on the start menu. Find Microsoft Word, right click on it and select Send to Desktop, which will create an icon or shortcut to Microsoft Word.

 

To create a shortcut on your Quick Launch toolbar, start the same way. Click on the start menu, find Microsoft Word, and drag the icon to the Quick Launch toolbar. Make sure you see the + sign. If you don’t see the +, hold the control key while dragging the icon.

 

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Message from Paul Dorian, Founder & CEO

Welcome to the first edition of the UIS Technology Partners e-newsletter. We hope it provides you with information and tips that will help strengthen your business and answer some of your IT questions.

In this first issue, we are pleased to introduce the topic of cloud computing. UIS Technology Partners now offers cloud computing services, which allow your business to increase its IT capacity without purchasing new servers or hardware. UIS Technology Partners has built an infrastructure to support all your IT needs. Our cloud computing data center is located in a safe and secure world-class facility shared by industry giants like eBay and Yahoo.

Cloud computing is only one of the ways UIS Technology Partners is expanding. Our new Sales Director Scott Sarginson has helped to bring in a number of significant accounts, helping to grow our company. Scott is a seasoned veteran in the industry and brings an outstanding track record. We are excited to have him on board. He is already in the process of building a successful portfolio at UIS Technology Partners.
 
The most important part of our business is you. To make sure we meet and exceed all your expectations, a survey is now included with every resolved ticket. In the survey we ask a few simple questions about your experience so we can ensure we achieve the highest quality of service possible at all times. We appreciate, and take very seriously, your feedback. Please take a moment and let us know how we are doing. 
 
I hope you enjoy this e-newsletter, and please feel free to let us know if there are articles you would like to see or questions you would like to “Ask the Experts.” We want to make sure it provides you with information that is relevant and useful.