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August 8, 2018

We know updates are annoying. They pop up at inconvenient times and remind you that you need to shut down and restart your machine. Who has time to shut down a machine in the middle of the workday? However, these updates are crucial to your virtual security. The software companies sending you those updates have entire departments dedicated to finding problems and security flaws in their products. They test and patch, correct mistakes, and then release them in the form of an inconveniently timed, annoying pop-up.

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July 27, 2018

Today, Friday, July 27th is System Administrator Appreciation Day. We don’t mean to be bias, but this is probably the most important holiday of the year. SysAdmins handle all of your computer, network, and technical problems. Without SysAdmins, printers would never work, computers would never stop displaying error messages, and that conference room projector would still be in its box, waiting to be setup!

We at Network Alliance wanted to take a minute to say thank you for allowing us to be your SysAdmins! We love worki...

July 13, 2018

Last time, we discussed getting serious about your passwords. You’re not using your grandmother’s name plus three digits any more, right? Good. Now, let’s move on to another daily routine you’re not taking seriously. Your browsing. No, I’m not talking about your browsing history (side note, please clear your browser history now); I’m talking about the websites you visit. Here are a few smart steps you can take to prevent data br...

June 26, 2018

I studied network security in college. My early 20s were filled with tech-related acronyms and rooms full of computer fans. Day in and day out, my teachers, some of them former government technology professionals, preached security. We discussed firewalls, Intrusion Detection Systems, certifications…we never stopped learning about advanced security systems used all over the world to protect information. Now that I’ve been out in the real world for a while, I realize that they didn’t talk enough about one additional security component: People. People are the weakest point of any network infrastructure. So, I’m here to toughen you up...

June 12, 2018

Over the last few weeks, we’ve  described the differences among datacenter ratings and why, if you truly value your data, you’ll want it to be at Network Alliance’s Tier 4 datacenter. The final part of our in-depth look is a big one: Physical security. What good is all that redundancy (full fault tolerance!) if you don’t have physical protection? You can have two of everything—network cables, server, and power supplies—but it doesn’t matter if Joe (or Jane) Smith can walk in off the street and get to your data!...

May 31, 2018

A nice weekend of disconnect for many of us was ruined by an urgent bulletin from the FBI. Over 500,000 routers have already been infected with Russian malware. The malware seems to be aimed at hardware used in small businesses and home networks. The official list of infected devices includes NETGEAR, Linksys, and Mikrotiik routers, but even if your wireless router isn’t listed, we recommend following the FBI’s steps anyway. It’s always better to be safe, and the list of infected routers will only grow as more information becomes available.

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May 30, 2018

Just about every piece of information about you is transmitted digitally. As we all know, government can take some time to catch up to what is happening in the world of technology. A good example of this is the General Data Protection Regulation, a new set of terms that came in to effect for all European Union countries on May 25, 2018. The purpose of this new regulation is to “empower all EU citizens data privacy and to reshape the way organizations across the region approach data privacy.” While the regulation was crafted by the European Union, it applies to all companies “processing and hold...

May 8, 2018

Your data is mission critical. Without it, you can’t work, and if can’t work, your business loses money. So, why take chances and leave your data at the mercy of a single internet service provider with one IT guy to unlock the closet door down the hall if something goes wrong? You could have full connection redundancy, 99.995% uptime, and armed guards protecting your data at Network Alliance’s Tier 4 datacenter. Today, we’re going to dive in to the connection side of things!

You already know that a Tier 4 datacenter can’t be take...

April 30, 2018

It’s April 30, and we’re having an office party with cake. No, we’re not celebrating a retirement or engagement. We’re celebrating the World Wide Web’s (WWW) birthday! On this day, way back in 1993, CERN put website software in the public domain. Just take a look at the first website to see how far we’ve come in 25 years! Entire generations have grown up with websites and now, as adults, we don’t remember life without them. The world has become a more connected place over the last quarter century.

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April 19, 2018

Tier 4 datacenters have at least two of everything. From servers, switches, and firewalls to generators, hard drives, and power outlets, there can be no single point of failure in a Tier 4 datacenter. All this equipment creates a lot of heat, the enemy of electronics. Those spinning disks need fans to absorb the heat and push it away from the equipment. Cooling is one of the biggest expenses a datacenter has. A Tier 4 datacenter isn’t exactly the most energy-efficient building out there, but you’ve already heard again and again that you can’t cut corners to achieve the highest tier rating.

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