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 ...

How to enable 2-factor or multi-factor authentication (2FA or MFA)

27. April 2017 Technical 1
Enabling a second factor for authentication is an important (and often very easy) thing to do.  Usually this can be accomplished in just a few clicks for most websites and cloud services. It is highly recommended that you take the time to do this, especially for any accounts that are tied to online banking, financial institutions, and ...

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. ...

Get Rid of My Servers!

02. May 2016 Business, Opinion 0
If the cloud is supposed to be so great, then why do so many small businesses still have servers? It is a fair question. The truth is, you probably do not need to maintain servers on-premises, but that doesn’t mean you won’t still want to. The majority of small businesses (the “S” in SMB) have very similar ...

The Cloud is Faster Because it is More Iterative

28. April 2016 Business, Productivity 0
It is perhaps no surprise that many organizations have been adopting cloud and mobility the way they would have adopted a new server upgrade in the past, but that’s not quite right. We have been trained to take changes in larger leaps and bounds, and less often. In the cloud, there cloud be several new features being released into ...

Why we tend to focus on IaaS Solutions

29. February 2016 Opinion 0
IaaS is an area of extreme interest to SMB customers, probably because it is the easiest way for them to translate what they are accustomed to working with (e.g. on-premises servers) into a cloud-based equivalent. In other words, for better or worse, we are in the habit of thinking about our applications and workloads in terms of the ...

What is the Azure Cloud?

25. February 2016 Opinion 0
It would be quite literally impossible to list all of the Azure-based products and their corresponding feature sets, since the list would be out of date as soon as I hit “Publish.” Microsoft is constantly releasing new features into Azure everyday–some are all new products, while others build on existing ones. Therefore, we have to break ...