The Best Business Benefits of Cloud IT Solutions

the best business benefits of cloud it solutions
Migrating to cloud IT solutions can make your business safer, more future-proof, and more productive. Here are the best business benefits of the service:

Business Continuity

What happens to your business if you get hit by a snow storm in the winter or a hurricane in the summer? With cloud IT solutions, the answer is: not much.

Off-site backups are a great thing. They insure your business against physical harm in case something ever happens to your office. You can more or less remove business downtime from the equation.

Modern Security to Protect Against Modern Hackers

You need current technology to protect your business against current attacks. With cloud IT solutions, you’ll protect your business against data breach now and in the coming years. As the attacks become more sophisticated, so will the technology behind your service.

Flexibility Moving Forward

Who knows how much storage you’ll need in a few years? Alternatively, many businesses experience busy seasons in the summer or winter. With cloud IT solutions, you can always scale your plan up or down so you’re paying for just the right amount of storage. As your needs change, you can update your plan.

Mobile Employees

If your employees spend a lot of time out of the office, then you can let them access their files with cloud IT solutions. This also opens the door to who you can hire, since employees will essentially be able to work from home.

Collaboration

By storing your files and data on the cloud, you can make it easier for employees to collaborate. In general, the more employees work together, the bigger the projects they can complete. Cloud IT solutions make collaboration easy and practical.

Environmentally Friendly

Forget about buying traditional servers that take up lots of physical space. You can reduce your carbon footprint by getting cloud IT solutions and losing your servers. Prospective customers will appreciate your decision to protect the environment.

Cost Savings

Economies of scale make cloud IT solutions relatively cost-effective. This is the same reason why car manufacturers can produce affordable vehicles while it would cost a fortune to put one together yourself. Let the cloud services provider focus on IT while you invest in your core operations.

For more information about the benefits of cloud IT solutions, contact us today.

Enjoy the Benefits of Remote Support

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Enjoy the Benefits of Remote Support

Have you ever had one of those moments at work when your computer is just not doing what you want it to do? You are sure that if you were an IT professional it would only take you a moment to figure it out. But you aren’t. So instead you waste an hour of your time trying one thing after another, web searching for a solution, and still aren’t able to resolve the problem.

You are not alone!

This is a very common frustration with computers and technology. Large businesses generally have their own IT department. But what about all those small to medium businesses out there? Hiring IT support is a great solution and many IT companies offer remote support. The benefits of remote support are endless.

Remote support enables your IT company to remotely log into your computer and fix the problem as if they were sitting right there. It really is a sight to see if you haven’t experienced it before. It is like all of a sudden a ghost is operating your computer. Only it isn’t a ghost. It is an IT professional who can more often than not fix your problem. This saves both of you time because they don’t have to travel to you and you don’t have to wait for them to get there to be up and running again.

For more information about remote IT support in New York City and Long Island, contact us at AE Technology Group today. Of course we also offer on-site support when needed, but let us open your eyes to the wonders of remote support.

Best Options to Transfer Files From One Computer to Another

best options to transfer files from one computer to another

Transferring files from one computer to another has become a necessary and commonplace task.

Moving data between devices is as common as passing a printed paper to a fellow worker. In the early days of computing file transfers involved long and complicated processes. Today, most transfer methods are relatively simple. Indeed, choosing the best way to transfer files may be the most difficult part of the job!

Below is a list of the most common choices you have to transfer files from one computer to another. Included are the basic hardware requirements as well as the pros and cons of each type of transfer.

Some of these transfer methods are much more involved and complex than others, so be sure to select based upon the overall size of the data transfer you need. Generally speaking, the larger the amount of data that needs to be transferred, the more complex the transport process.

Bluetooth

Bluetooth is a great way to transfer small files wirelessly, without the need for any network or additional hardware or cables. All you need are two devices which include internal Bluetooth support. There are various versions of Bluetooth in various devices but they are all compatible with each other. Most cell phones, notebooks and tablets today include Bluetooth technology; however desktops rarely include Bluetooth support though it could be added with an expansion card. Be aware that Bluetooth is a slow process designed for file transfer between computers within 33 feet of each other.

USB Flash Drive

This is one of the fastest and easiest ways to transfer files between two devices. Both devices must have USB ports and you need one USB flash drive. Since most cell phones don’t have USB drives, transfer via flash drive is not an option. Once plugged into the computer, the flash drive shows up as an external drive where the files can be placed for transfer to the other computer. The only limitation is the capacity of the flash drive.

USB Bridge Cable

Transferring files via USB seems like a simple process requiring only a cable to interconnect the two devices. Unfortunately it’s a little more complex than that. A regular USB cable will not work for this type of file transfer. Instead you will need a USB bridge cable, which is a special type of USB cable with a small micro-processor built into the cable. From the outside it looks like a small box in the middle of the cable. These cables are widely available anywhere that computer accessories are sold. Of course, for this type of transfer the computers need to be physically next to each other.

WiFi

Transferring files to devices connected to the same wifi network is relatively easy. Simply enable sharing of the folder where the files you want to transfer are located. The other device will then have access to the folder and will be able to copy files located within the folder. The limitation for this process is of course the requirement for both devices to be connected to the same wifi network. Speed wise, you are limited by the speed of the wifi connection.

Ethernet Crossover Cable

Connecting via the Ethernet or network port is a fairly simple process. You do need a special network cable (crossover cable) and you need to enable file sharing in whatever operating system you are using. And of course, both devices must have ethernet ports to which the cable is connected.

DVD

Another easy transfer method is via the use of DVDs. Of course, both devices must have DVD recorders to record files and read them. Recording or “burning” the files unto the DVD disc is as easy as dragging your files to the DVD drive. This is one of the better methods to transfer files, especially larger files. The DVD will also serve as a backup should anything happen to your original files.

Cloud

This is a similar concept to wifi file transfer, except that you are using an off-site internet location to place the files you are copying. There are many e-mail service providers (Hotmail, Google) that offer free space for data storage online. All you need to do is upload or transfer your files to that location and then download them using the computer you want to transfer the files to. This is a great option for machines out of normal reach, in another city or country.

Email

Saved the best for last. As long as your file size doesn’t exceed your service provider’s limit per e-mail, you can simply e-mail the files you want to transfer and then download them in another computer.

So there you have it, a short summary of how to transfer files from one computer to another. Most of these are simple, do it yourself processes and some require a network infrastructure of some sort.

At AE Technology Group we specialize in developing and implementing simple solutions to address your technical needs. Please feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to make computing an easier part of your business.

How to Backup Data to the Cloud

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We’ve heard a bit of confusion concerning how to back data up to the cloud. In this blog we’ll walk you through the process to show you how simple it really is.

First, you’ll need:

  • A set of data
  • Cloud storage
  • A willingness to take the next step

That’s really all it takes to backup data to the cloud. If you’ve already covered all the prerequisites, then we’ll move onto the first step:

Create a Plan

It’s possible, yet unwise to just start backing data up to the cloud without having a clear plan. We strongly recommend against it.

When you create your plan, you need to discuss various topics, such as:

  • How much cloud storage you need
  • What data you’ll back up to the cloud
  • Who will be able to access the data in your cloud
  • Where your data will be stored (with reference to a data center)

Do you see why you need a plan now? If you just randomly back data up, you’ll have to deal with these issues when you’re not ready for them.

Organize Your Data

After you create a plan, you need to organize your data. The reason for this is that you need a way to find information in your cloud easily. If all your files are scattered, then presentations will be mixed with videos and income statement spreadsheets will be mixed with digital brand designs, etc. You can avoid this mess by organizing your data first.

Back Your Data Up

Now comes the fun part. After you’ve created a plan and organized your data, you can back it up to the cloud.

Don’t be worried if you find this to be the easiest step. Assuming you prepared your data properly, backing it up is relatively easy. Just follow the directions provided by your cloud provider.

Set Up a Backup Schedule

Unfortunately, you can’t just stop there. It wouldn’t make sense to back your data up and never do it again — unless you just want to have old data in your cloud.

The good news is that you can set up a backup schedule so you don’t have to do everything all over again. Automatic backups ensure that your data is always up-to-date in case you need to restore it.

To talk more about backing data up to the cloud, or anything else, please contact us. Thanks.

Using IT Outsourcing in New York When You Need a Project Done on Weekends

using it outsourcing in new york when you need a project done on weekends

IT outsourcing is a popular option for companies now thanks to consultants having superior knowledge about the latest IT issues and technology. It’s no different here at AE Technology Group, where our team of IT consultants give you the best solutions for your company.

We do this through the act of prevention, but we’re also there to provide solutions, including using the cloud for disaster recovery, plus management of your network and other devices.

What happens, though, when you have a project that needs saving in the cloud on a weekend? If you currently rely on your own IT team, most likely they don’t work the weekends, causing a dilemma other than paying them for overtime. While that sometimes works, you may need a team who’s always there, 24/7. When you have decent IT management and consultants working for you, they’re always there to help you through any issue or project underway.

We understand when a project needs finishing during deadlines, and it may mean 11th hour work on a Saturday or Sunday. Rather than paying extra for your IT team to work overtime, our team is there to migrate your project to the cloud.

This brings a level of efficiency you won’t always find in all IT consultants. Even better, we work in the background so your employees won’t know we’re there. The last thing you want is any chance of disruptions while doing a cloud conversion.

The same is true of our management solutions for your network and desktops. We work silently in the background while preventing issues and helping your company work more efficiently. With our IT management working behind the scenes, we’ll also provide tools necessary for scalability when you start feeling growing pains.

Contact us here at AE Technology Group to find out more about our IT solutions. Don’t let your vital project go by the wayside when a deadline approaches on a weekend.