Saturday, 8 March 2014

The Right Tool for the Right Job

In today's day and age space is one of the largest commodities, especially for growing businesses.  To find space to store all the tools and day to day products used within your business can some times be challenging.  However, when implementing computer systems and architecture the right companies come up with intelligent solutions that make sense.  Solutions like the Lenovo Tiny.  The Lenovo Monitor and Tiny combination provide a unique set of features.  Reduced space with increased productivity.  The ability to combine devices and provide services and options that businesses have not had  previously.

The Tiny provides clients with several options:
  • Multiple Monitor Display Capability
  • Solid Security and Management Tools
  • USB 3.0 Functionality
  • Extensive Flexibility
  • Processing Power

The Tiny's flexibility combined with it's unique mounting options and connectivity to technology presents businesses with solutions to age old problems. 

 At PolarData we are using this product in combination with our Managed IT Services to bring extensive value to our clients.  Money invested in solid, stable hardware that has an excellent warranty and the ability to deliver the computing services in the associated environment combined with long term maintenance and performance.  Checkout some of the other product and services PolarData Professional IT Services recommends and why clients choose PolarData.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Search Engine Optimization

Search Engine Optimization otherwise known as SEO is a science and an art.  There are some clear initiatives in creating and maintaining a web site that is truly SEO friendly.  At PolarData we like to proceed with a calculated plan of action and clearly document your websites current position so we can measure and identify progress moving forward.  By following strategic steps we are able to assist companies in improving their search engine positioning and ultimately achieve their goals.       

If you are interested in increasing the visibility of your website while getting clear results then contact us today.  Our goal is simple, provide our clients with improved conversion rates with better results while directly improving the long term growth and goals of our clients website.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Ice Cream Anyone?

Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is one of the latest and greatest versions of the Android platform for phones, tablets, and more. It provides ease in multitasking, notifications, and customization.  Most importantly it provides new methods of communicating and sharing data. 
Why is this important?  What does this have to do with business?
Well, the Operating System is used as mentioned above with devices that enable users to have power and portability.  Tablets and smart phones now have almost endless capabilities through the various applications available.  Ultimately tablets and smart phone devices represent the present and future in unified communication and data sharing.
In my experience with this type of technology I am seeing massive improvements to the capabilities and usage of portable devices.  I was extremely interested in comparing the Mac iPad to the Android Tablets.
Here is some of the data I have found provided by an article in Technologizer.
Then there’s Comscore’s MobiLens study, which attempts to measure the smartphone platforms used by everyone in the U.S. over the age of 13 — not just ones sold recently, but everything. The numbers it released this month are pretty similar to Kantar’s.


That’s the U.S. — how about everywhere?
Worldwide, all those companies making Android phones sell a lot more units than Apple sells of the iPhone, says IDC. In the fourth quarter of 2012, Android had more than 70 percent share, vs. 21 percent for the iPhone.

And tablets?
Tablet shipment data is harder to come by than data for phones, and the most recent specific numbers by platform I could find were IDC’s full-year estimates for 2012, which it released on December 5 of last year. They had demand for 7″ Android tablets adding up to a decrease in the iPad’s dominance — but iOS still remained the most popular tablet operating system.

Either way whether you are a Mac person or an Android person you can definitely see the benefit in using these devices.  More and more businesses are using these devices to provide flexibility and advantage in organization, efficiency and data sharing and management. 
The reason I started this blog off with “Ice Cream Anyone” is because I am trialing the Samsung Note 8 and using that operating system, and I am truly enjoying the use of this product. 
Please let me know your thoughts.

Friday, 26 April 2013

How would a security breach affect your business?

Statistics and internet data show that only a small portion of security incidents occur as a result of planned and targeted attacks, while most service outages are due to a lack of effective security and control measures. Now more than ever keeping your data safe has become mission critical. Data such as business communications, product inventory, billing, sales, and internal process and procedure.
Here are some critical questions that require honest answers:
1.            Do you have an acceptable usage policy in your office?
2.            Do you have email, antivirus, user, password, remote access policies?
3.            Do you have a reputable firewall, remote access appliance?
4.            Do you monitor intrusion detection?
5.            Do you have a secure wireless solution?
6.            Do you have content control and security?
The last question is where we started.  How would a security breach impact your way of life and your business?  What would you do if all your client data was lost, stolen or advertised on the internet?  Make the right choice and consider your future security requirements today.
Call us to schedule a meeting to discuss how to address your network security.

Monday, 15 April 2013

Growing Pains?

Two sources of massive consumption.  Two areas of continued growth.
Your data, your power.

1980 – The world's first gigabyte-capacity disk drive, the IBM 3380, was the size of a refrigerator, weighed 550 pounds (about 250 kg), and had a price tag of $40,000( $111 thousand in present day terms), 2.52 GB

2005 – First 500 GB hard drive shipping

2011 – First 4.0 terabyte hard drive shipping

I think we can all agree with the growing requirement to process and store data so also is our need to provide power to the various devices we use.  As an example, in a medium sized business alone we need power for our modem, firewall, switches, wireless access point, server, and monitor.  Power is not only used to provide the ability for our devices to function but it is also used in an emergency capacity with UPS systems.  Prevention of power surges, data corruption and the problems that go with “dirty power” can result in big losses.  At PolarData we are working closely with our business partners to not only find solutions that are applicable today but long term solutions that make technical and financial sense.
We recommend several solutions for data storage, backup, recovery and protection.  Contact us today to discuss.