A Little Bit About Windows 8

Much of the tech press has reported about Windows 8, although it has only recently come out. This is great for you, as you can find out a little of the ins and outs before you use it. One article we found especially interesting was one written by InfoWorld’s J. Peter Bruzzese. It covers several intriguing features about Windows 8. We have highlighted a few below.

The charms bar

Windows 8 comes with a side navigation bar called the charms bar. It becomes visible on the right side of the screen when users click or swipe there. Once it’s visible, the bar allows users to take advantage of an array of shortcuts. Users can click or tap the “Settings” option and then click on “Power” to put their computer to sleep. The charms bar has settings for searching, sharing, and switching to the Windows 7 desktop.

Retrieving lost files

What’s worse than losing a file? Not much when it comes to computing. Fortunately, Windows 8 can help. The operating system comes with a new way of saving copies of files that lets users obtain previous versions if their current file is lost or damaged. This feature works in much the same way as does OS X’s Time Machine utility.

Windows on the go

If you are on-the-go a lot, you will like this nifty feature. Using the Enterprise Edition of Windows 8 users can capture their entire Windows environment and store it on a USB drive. This enables them to take it with them and pull it up on a PC that uses Windows 7 or 8.

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Avoiding Outages With A Computer Support Company

One thing that operations managers loathe is network downtime. Downtime at the office can be explained as a scenario wherein operations simply cannot continue. One of the top reasons that businesses generate downtime is the failure of IT technology, specifically computer equipment. For instance, in the event your office’s email servers stop working then interoffice communications would usually cease. Even simpler, printer malfunctions can lead to downtime whenever you wait for jammed paper to clear up.

Thus, companies are often in the lookout for methods to to curb the downtime. One solution they might implement to remedy the issue and to prevent issues from reoccurring is to contact an IT services company, such as Las Vegas computer service company Dolomite Technology. Computer support firms can assist you solve the problem you may be facing.

24/7 support

Frequently, breakdowns take place in times when individuals are not actively monitoring the problem. This might occur late into the shift and can often cause troubles the very next day. If your monitored by a computer support company to provide you round the clock service, then you would not have to hold off until the very next day to detect or even fix the problems.

The computer support company can easily monitor your systems regardless of your own company’s staff are present. This would lead to a quicker response time than having to wait until the next day, avoiding the lengthy down times that managers hate. The computer support company can immediately begin to take action to resolve the issues once they are identified regardless of what time of day they are found.

Knowledgeable Experts

Another common cause of downtime is the assessment and investigation that is caused whenever a concern is discovered. Usually activity is stopped as IT experts might need to complete a thorough review of exactly how the issue emerged.

By getting in contact with a computer support company, you’d be in a position to bank on their IT technician’s professional understanding of how to handle the assorted computing devices and the nuances around them. As a result investigation and assessment time is greatly reduced.

The help of a computer support company’s team of professionals streamlines the time required for a solution to your computer problems.

Fast access to parts

Lastly, a computer support company can have a far wider network from which to access replacement parts and accessories for the busted equipment. Usually, in-house purchasing would need to go to a single supplier and pray that they’ve got the parts that are required on your fixes.

A computer support company as a partner will have more options and more contacts to call on should it be necessary.

An Insight on FortiOS 5

FortiOS 5 is an advanced Firewall Security System providing three times “MORE”: security, control and intelligence. Designed to fight the latest threats the firewall has to face, it is an on-device heuristic engine based on the behavior analysis of each network’s client device. The information provided is specific, enabling the identification of systems that are compromised or subject to latent attacks.

The AV cloud-based services that FortiOS provides come with a sandbox for operating systems and with a database for botnet IP search. The AV database signatures are recommended by a superior industry, making the firewall’s latest malware search unbeatable.

Build as a top-class operating system, the 5th generation’s target is to completely secure devices, providing last-minute performance and protection. Its cooperating services are meant to see attacks before they happen and to improve the mitigation and visibility of the latest threats.

The FortiASIC incorporated processors increase the FortiOS 5’s performance, accelerating the hardware’s response for the multi-threat low-latency security. It is known that this firewall’s protection and performance is unmatched.

Furthermore, the Security Firewall reduces the costs with protection and the workloads of the IT staff. While underplaying the challenges of configuration and development and choosing new virtual or physical appliances for FortiGate, the system enforces a unique policy of security in order to match the environment and simplify the entire process.

Some of the specific features of the FortiOS products are:

  • the Analysis of the Client Reputation;
  • the incorporated sandbox;
  • the personalized policies for the security of each device;
  • the inspection of the traffic encrypted with SSL;
  • the prevention of data loss (DLP);
  • the web filtering;
  • the control of the network’s endpoint access (NAC);
  • management from a central device;
  • higher availability;
  • numerous updates;
  • secure access for the guest account,
  • antivirus;
  • antispam;
  • management of the vulnerability;
  • optimization of WAN;
  • security for VoIP and virtual domains.

With over 150 features added, the new FortiOS 5 is the solution all enterprises can adopt in order to be well equipped and to defeat the latest threats, to protect their network against the large amount of potentially harmful applications.

Thanks to its three “MORE” ingredients, the firewall offers higher security and defeats more threats. The feature analyzing the client’s reputation provides specific information on any device that can contribute to the system’s defeat. It also has more control over any BYOD environment and mobile device, having specific security and accessing profiles based on device type, group, usage or location.

Last but not least, the FortiOS 5 is more intelligent, applying automatic policy acceptance based on role for guests or users following the location point, the data or the profile of the application. Enhanced analysis and reports provide another intelligent feature, allowing the network’s administrator to closely inspect every user, device, application or threat.

Announced along with three other features, FortiAnalyzer 5.0, FortiClient 5.0 and FortiManager 5.0, FortiOS 5 addresses enterprises searching for a high management solution for their network infrastructure and devices, avoiding threats, breaches, dead-points, all without considerable efforts and without a large amount of time spent.

For more information on how you can get Fortinet Products or Services, please call Dolomite Technology toll-free at 1-855-365-6648.

Introduction to Cloud Computing – Definition and General Characteristics

There has been a lot of talk about the concept of cloud computing recently, as many businesses “move to the cloud”, adopting a set of new types of scalable technologies that have significantly enhanced the speed and quality of their online services, while also offering many other benefits, as well.

But What Is Cloud Computing Exactly?

Cloud services generally represent the delivery of hosting services (both hardware and software) through a network. The network is usually the internet itself, as represented by the term “cloud”. There are three main aspects that set them apart from regular hosting services:

  • They are extremely flexible, being provided according to the needs of each user at any given time;
  • Because the services are managed fully by the provider, the user will only need a computer or mobile device with internet access in order to use them;
  • Cloud services are typically sold on demand, either by the minute or by the hour, depending on each individual user or company’s demands.

Currently Available Cloud Types and Models

There are three main cloud service types available, which, set apart from several others, are the most important categories offered by cloud computing providers: Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS).

Apart from these, other cloud service varieties may include storage-as-a-service, data-as-a-service, API-as-a service, security-as-a-service and more; each of these are specially designed to provide different types of products and architectures on demand, usually regardless of organizational or geographic factors.

A cloud can also be categorized as either private or public. Private clouds represent proprietary networks that supply services to a limited number of people, while public cloud services are typically offered by providers through the internet to any potential clients.

Clouds have become an extremely broad market recently. As a result of the further SOA innovations that are constantly under way, combined with an increased speed and quality of internet technologies, the interest in cloud services is likely to continue rising in the future.

Now that you know the basics of cloud computing, stay tuned for more in-depth info, as there many important details you need to learn about to understand the full potential of such a service.