• Category Archives Hardware
  • Small Business: Why Do I Need a Server?

    Physical Servers/Cloud Computing Options

    If you’re a small business owner with 5 or more computers, it’s time to consider investing in a server or cloud server application. Some of the reasons you should consider a small business server:

    • keeps your data secure and organized
    • will help you run your business more efficiently and professionally
    • email solutions
    • internet connectivity
    • internal Web sites
    • remote access
    • mobile device support
    • file and printer sharing
    • backup and restore

    This video highlights one small business owner’s decision to invest in a server for the first time.

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    Pendasi consultants have 40+ years combined experience in all aspects of server consulting and server room management. We have designed, implemented, and maintained server applications for small businesses, medium size businesses, as well as data centers for Fortune 500 companies.

    Pendasi Business Server Room Consulting located in Scottsdale, AZ and providing physical and virtual options to Phoenix area businesses.


  • 10 Away From Office Smart Phone Apps

    Communication is critical to small to medium size business (SMB) success. Technology of the twenty-first century has become completely integrated into business interaction.

    Smart phones and tablets have given business owners the opportunity to leave the office without losing efficiency or productivity.

    This video from a family run business highlights 10 great apps to use while you are on vacation. These apps are also tremendous when you are not on vacation, but merely away from the office. Although the video speaks of the iPhone apps, the majority are now also available for android.

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    Pendasi Business IT Consulting assists business in setting up systems to use wireless technologies to drive our clients growth, improve our clients profits, and increase our clients competitive advantage. Located in Scottsdale, AZ and serving the entire Phoenix, AZ metropolitan area.


  • Server Room Relocation

    Moving a Server Room is a critical task. The Server Room is at the heart of your enterprise and it’s a complex, interconnected array of equipment, software, data and cabling that drives your business and powers every aspect of your Server Room operations.

    Choosing Pendasi to handle your Server Room move will provide you with 40+ years combined experience of comprehensive planning, and technical skills required to achieve a successful Server Room Migration.

    Some of our Server Room relocation services:

    •     Basic Rack Move
    •     Equipment ransportation
    •     Cable Management
    •     Project Management
    •     Disaster Recovery Planning

    Pendasi Server Room Moves located in Scottsdale, AZ and handling moves to the entire Phoenix, AZ metropolitan area. Pendasi will also coordinate nationwide server relocation.


  • Disaster Recovery. Do You Have A Plan?

    How Critical Would Data Loss Be To Your Business?

    Did you know that for companies without a disaster recovery plan and who experienced a major loss of business data:

    • 43% never reopened,
    • 51% closed within two years,
    • 6% usually survive long term

    How much of your IT budget is allocated to IT disaster recovery planning? The norm for large companies is between 2% and 4% with some being as high as 8%.

    If your main server goes down in the middle of a busy day, have you thought through the following:

    • What just happened?
    • How do I diagnose the problem?
    • Is there someone that will be on-site quickly that I can rely on?
    • Is there a backup to that person?
    • Are all of the passwords available to the person dealing with this emergency in case they need them?
    • Is there proper documentation to understand my systems quickly?
    • How long will it take to get replacement hardware?
    • What is the procedure for restoring backups, has it been tested?
    • What happens if my building burns down?

    Disaster preparedness is essential to any modern business. As IT becomes more integral to our business, making sure that we can handle problems that will inevitably arise can make a significant impact on our success. Proper planning, documentation and preparation can make the difference between a major problem taking a couple hours to solve and taking weeks. It can make the difference between getting all of my data back or having lost a significant amount of vital information.

    A Disaster Recovery Plan is an essential tool in preparing for the unexpected. Not only will this plan contain in one place all of the essential information needed in a crisis, but it also becomes a tool to think through the possibilities, design your systems and test scenarios. Pendasi will work with you to through this process. From making sure you have the proper documentation to making sure we have qualified staff available 24/7 to help you in case the unthinkable happens.

    Pendasi Business IT Consulting providing disaster recovery planning located in Scottsdale, AZ and serving the entire Phoenix, AZ metropolitan area.

    Mymanagedbackup out of Georgia has a very revealing page on direct effects of data loss on small to medium size business (SMB). mymanagedbackup data loss statistics

    IBM provides insight into small to medium size business (SMB) risk management in their 3 part video series. Watch Video


  • How Secure Is Your IT?

    There is no such thing as complete security. A look at recent cases at Sony, Lockheed Martin and Wikileaks show us that even the most security conscious companies cannot guarantee security. Instead, security is a sliding scale – all we can do is reduce risk. Taking prudent steps to make your infrastructure secure can go a long way towards mitigating the risks.

    In addition to our own security, businesses may be subject to regulation related to their information security. HIPAA and HITECH are these regulations in the healthcare industry. Keeping a patients data private and ensuring its integrity while making sure that this information is available to those who legitimately need access is critical to an efficient, effective, and trusted healthcare provider. We are familiar with these and other data security regulations and can help you ensure compliance.

    There are many technologies Pendasi is capable of deploying and supporting: Firewalls, Anti-virus software, encrypted communications, secure backups, securing physical access etc. But at Pendasi, we believe that security is more than just implementing a technology. Security is constantly on our minds as we recommend, deploy and support solutions. Finding the right balance between security, cost and ease of use can only be done by conscious effort and years of experience.

    This security awareness video by was developed to promote simple changes in behavior that will strengthen the security of information.

    Pendasi Business IT Consulting providing business network security. Located in Scottsdale, AZ and serving the entire Phoenix, AZ metropolitan area.


  • Server Installation and Maintenance

    Servers play a critical role in your IT infrastructure. They host your applications, store your data and provide critical services such as email, web hosting and collaboration. Server hardware and software decisions play a major role in the success of technology in your business. In the current environment there are many choices available, each with their pluses and minuses. In addition, configuring and maintaining of these servers can have major impacts on issues of fault tolerance, security, ease of maintenance and longevity. Pendasi has consultants with decades of experience making these choices and setting up servers and server farms. Let our experience work for you.

    Hardware

    At Pendasi, we believe in working with proven vendors with a reputation for reliable hardware. Each of these vendors will uniquely configuration options that enable their servers to be installed correctly and quickly. Our consultants are experts at understanding, configuring, and maintaining these systems and taking advantage of these options, the benefits of which are to provide better configured systems, quicker installation times, better reliability and lower maintenance costs. Understanding your needs and the capabilities of the hardware allows us to recommend solutions that meet your needs at the lowest cost. Proper installation and maintenance will ensure lower balance of system costs for the lifetime of your servers.

    With the recent advances in hardware virtualization and cloud based services, we are now able to design systems with lower cost, higher performance and better reliability than ever before. At Pendasi we can aid in understanding and deciding which of these technologies might be right for you.

    Software

    Most business now have needs for both Windows and Linux servers. In some cases, your applications will dictate the server software they require. In others, you will have the choice. IT vendors can no longer specialize in just Windows or just Linux. At Pendasi we have experts in both. We have experience and knowledge in Windows from NT to Windows Server 8 and from Windows Small Business Server to large Windows Domains. We have experts in Exchange, SQL Server, IIS and SharePoint. In the Linux world we can experience installing and maintaining Linux software from multiple vendors and providing myriad services such as web servers, database servers, application servers, and firewalls.

    Pendasi Business IT Server Installation and Maintenance located in Scottsdale, AZ and serving the entire Phoenix, AZ metropolitan area.