Any business, in order to operate without hassles, should invest due time in learning about the latest in the world of Information Technology. There is a host of technologies out there that can be synergized to scale further heights in terms of capacity. Cloud computing stands as one of the major technological facets revolutionizing businesses across the globe. It enables business owners to offer better services but with lesser investment in infrastructure. The computing tasks are not really performed in the personal servers or the desktops of the company but are rather implemented in huge offsite data centers. Although this technology has existed since decades, there are many small businesses that are not really aware of it. Thus they are also unfamiliar with the endless possibilities that cloud has to offer.
For company managers, sometimes it can be a bit difficult to grasp the concept of “the cloud”. A recently conducted survey demonstrates that nearly a third of them had trouble explaining cloud computing. What is interesting, on the other hand, is that nearly half of them also said the cloud would make them carefully rethink their IT strategies. Bearing in mind that the finance department has its particular needs, here are five steps that could help CFOs evaluate the benefits of cloud computing and enable them to build IT strategies in line with their business goals.
Solid state hard drives, called SSDs, have been around for a few years now. Touted as being more reliable and much faster than standard platter drives, these drives have no mechanical parts. The data is stored entirely on electronic chips that are similar to your computer’s memory cards. Computer memory is volatile; it loses the data when the computer is shut down. An SSD, however, retains the stored data. Because the data is manipulated electronically, higher throughput speeds are attained. And since there are no moving parts, the danger of physical hard drive failure from abuse, such as drops or bumps, is greatly reduced.
Depending on who you’re talking to, JBOD is an acronym for “just a bunch of disks” or “just a bunch of drives.” A group of disks is joined to form a single unit called a logical drive. This is done by the operating system or disk management software using a process called “spanning.” The entire logical drive is composed of all the drives and is given a single drive letter.
Cloud computing services, such as online file sharing, file storage and backup, have become very popular over the last few years. These online services give the home computer user the ability to quickly and easily share personal photos and home videos. The business computer user also benefits from the ability to access their files from any computer in the world, enhancing business mobility.
Ladies and gentlemen, please sit down because I am about to make a profound statement. Are you sitting down; are you ready? Here it is: stuff breaks. Additionally, mechanical things fail. Well, it is probably not that profound, but it is true. Even the most reliable companies will have problems with their products occasionally. However, it is comforting to know that reputable companies, like Apple, are willing to help their valued clients when failures arise.
Though computers are very secure and reliable, sometimes disaster can strike. Data collected over years of effort can be lost in a blink of an eye to hard disk failure or computer virus. Luckily, hard drive crash recovery may help save the lost data, especially if the individual or company has that data backed up online. Backing up data online has certain pros and cons which should be known before the services are purchased.
Seagate just announced their first 3TB drive for release later this year. However, in order to be able to use the whole space on the drive, a couple of hardware and software upgrades will have to happen, as the currently used MBR (Master Boot Record) on PCs can only address up to 2TB of data.
A change is coming into the hard drive market place this year, after planning has been going on for about a decade or so. The change in question? Raising the size of hard drive sectors from 512 bytes to 4096 bytes, or 4KB. Why is this important, and why should you care?
As a data recovery company, our data recovery experts get to see a lot of drives on a daily basis, and there are hundreds of models out there. Here are a couple of key aspects that help categorize drives.
When Seagate’s Barracuda series 7200.11 was first released, the firmware had a bug that could render your drive inoperable. Any time the drive went to sleep or the computer was shut off, there was a chance that the drive would not get back to a “ready state” and properly accept commands. At that point there is no way to get to your data without specialized tools.