Understanding IT Lifecycles: Is it Time for New Hardware?

Understanding IT Lifecycles: Is it Time for New Hardware?

Every business wants to get the maximum possible return on its investments, and IT is no exception. With that in mind, it might sound counterintuitive that it’s sometimes necessary to replace hardware that isn’t broken. After all, what’s the point in buying new hardware when your current systems still seem to be working properly? Surely, that’s a terrible waste of money.

Virtualization from Microsoft gets faster

Virtualization from Microsoft gets faster

Microsoft isn’t always the first company that pops into mind when talking about virtualization, but it does offer one of the best solutions in the industry. In an ongoing effort to compete with companies like VMWare and Amazon Web Services, Microsoft has released a massive upgrade for its virtualization platform — and it’s totally free!

Azure: Microsoft’s virtualization platform

As a full-service cloud solution, Azure is a secure and flexible data center that businesses of all sizes can benefit from.

Differentiating Groups, Yammer, and Teams

Differentiating Groups, Yammer, and Teams

Yammer, Outlook Groups, and Microsoft Teams have plenty in common. They’re all Office 365 tools designed for sharing files and communicating with colleagues. So what differentiates each from the other and when should you use them? Here’s a quick rundown to help you decide.

Beware of the Meltdown and Spectre patches

Beware of the Meltdown and Spectre patches

Installing security patches is usually such a humdrum task that even the most inexperienced users handle it. Unfortunately, that has not been the case with the Spectre and Meltdown fixes. This time around, we recommend you skip installing the update and let an IT professional handle it for you.

Which Top Cybersecurity Trends Will Affect Your Business in 2018?

Which Top Cybersecurity Trends Will Affect Your Business in 2018?

As if last year wasn’t bad enough in the world of cybersecurity, we were barely a few days into 2018 when the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities were found to affect almost all modern computing devices manufactured within the past 20 years.

With 2018 already well on its way to be shaping up as another terrible year for data breaches, it certainly pays to be vigilant.

Hardware flaws affect browser security

Hardware flaws affect browser security

In the first week of 2018, security researchers announced that modern computer processors have a fundamental flaw called Spectre. If exploited, hackers could gain access to systems that store confidential information. And the most vulnerable to these attacks are outdated web browsers like Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Edge, and Firefox.

Gear up your network equipment with UPS

Gear up your network equipment with UPS

During a power outage, responsible business owners use emergency power to keep desktop computers from unexpectedly shutting down. While that’s certainly a good strategy for keeping machines operational and preventing data loss, there’s something else you can do to ensure that your staff remains productive while weathering a storm: uninterruptible power supply (UPS) for networking equipment.

Introducing the new Refresh logo!

Introducing the new Refresh logo!

Big news! As we enter our 20th year of business, we’re releasing an updated brand identity, which includes a new logo, colors, and font. You’ll see the new look anywhere we’re out in public, like our website, Facebook, and Twitter; very soon you’ll see it in all of our portals, as well.

Spectre and Meltdown vs. virtual desktops

Spectre and Meltdown vs. virtual desktops

On January 3, 2018, two hardware flaws were announced that affect nearly every computer sold within the last 20 years. Every virtualization service available relies on vulnerable computers, but you needn’t worry — almost every vendor has already protected your virtual machines.

Google Search tips you need to know

Google Search tips you need to know

What will we do without Google? Sure, there are other search engines out there; but let’s face it, Google has left its competitors in the dust, thanks to its speed and ease of use. What’s more, the search engine is packed with advanced search features that make life a lot easier.