Is Azure Backup as good as offline backup?

02. November 2017 Opinion, Technical 0
I am posing this question, not just for Azure Backup, but any cloud-based backup. Here’s the question: Is Azure Backup (or any cloud-based backup for that matter) as good as having an offline backup? The Benefits of Azure / Cloud Backup Certainly one of the biggest benefits of a cloud-based backup is that it is ...

The next evolution of SBS

31. August 2017 Business, Opinion, Technical 2
In a previous article, I compared two alternative deployments for a new kind of “Small Business Server” (being defined in this case as a network of 25 users or less). Microsoft used to have a widely adopted product for this market called Small Business Server, but since it has been discontinued after SBS 2011, and that ...

A tale of two solutions: Azure VMs vs. On-prem Server

03. August 2017 Opinion, Technical 1
I’ve been studying two different solutions to the same small business problem for a while now, and I think it is high time I finally published an article on it. I run into a fair number of clients who are interested in moving 100% of their services “to the cloud.” In other words, they want ...

Casual Cape Day: It’s About Gratitude

09. March 2017 Misc, Opinion 0
Three years ago, I decided to start a new holiday at my office. I got the idea from an old friend of mine back in college, who randomly put on a cape one day, and decided to declare Casual Cape Day. This kind of thing has been done before, so certainly there is nothing particularly original going on ...

What to do about cloud outages

06. March 2017 Opinion 0
Last week, Amazon experienced a major service disruption to it’s Simple Storage Services (S3). Here is their official (detailed) statement on the cause of the outage. As you probably heard, a lot of major online retailers and other companies who depend on these services were impacted. But what can you do about something like this, if your business ...

Benefits to keeping an On-Premises Active Directory Domain

23. February 2017 Opinion 0
I have seen an alarming trend in the small business market–as more and more companies offload their IT infrastructure to cloud-based applications and services (which is great in many cases), many of them are also starting to abandon older tools and platforms such as on-premises Active Directory. This I cannot agree with, for multiple reasons. ...

Resourcefulness, Initiative and Grit

29. December 2016 Opinion, Philosophy 0
When faced with some problem, most of us (let’s be honest) are habituated toward shopping for and purchasing some product that “solves” our problem. But the marketplace is not lacking in products. What is lacking, I believe, is spirit. When I was just a young boy, I thought that owning a new pair of sneakers would ...

How to Fall in Love with your Job: Always do your best

22. December 2016 Business, Opinion 1
Peter, most people don’t like their jobs. But you go out there and find something that makes you happy. –Office Space Even half a century ago, most people could not have connected with this movie as well as they do today. Memes from this modern classic can be found everywhere on the Internet, and people can instantly ...