Data Backup

Aug 25

Consider IT are pleased to announce that we have now become authorised resellers of the Google Apps suite of communication and collaboration tools for businesses.  Google Apps brings simple, powerful communication and collaboration tools to organizations of any size – all hosted by Google to streamline setup, minimize maintenance, and reduce IT costs.

With Gmail (including Google email security, powered by Postini), Google Calendar, and integrated IM, users can stay connected and work together with ease. And, using Google Docs and Google Sites, which include word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and website creation tools, they can share files and collaborate in real-time, keeping versions organized and available wherever and whenever users work.

“The Google Apps Reseller program will help us provide Google Apps to users of businesses in Edinburgh and the surrounding areas.” Said Stuart Gilbertson, Managing Director, Consider IT.

Jan 17

Sook Shin lost the 13-inch white MacBook, that contained years of research on prostate cancer, last Sunday after thieves smashed the window of her car, and made off with the laptop. Data on the machine was not backed up, nor was it encrypted.

Shin told News 9: “I’m devastated…”

Consider IT’s Views:
Making sure that your computer is backed up is important to keeping your information safe and saving you money in the long run. Having to start over when your computers crash and you have no backup is far more expensive than simply paying for the security that comes with having effective backup in place. This is one area that cutting corners is not a good idea.

Jan 05

The computer age has brought many wonderful conveniences, but along with those conveniences come some unexpected issues. One of the biggest issues is having something terrible happen to your computer and losing everything. For those who live in Scotland one of the best moves they can make is to enter into an IT support contract Edinburgh style. This will give you the support you need if and when technology takes you for a run for your money. Knowing that your information is safe from harm is a big weight off your shoulders.

The unexpected is one of the biggest reasons that computer users of all calibres should have backups of all of their important files and programs. This will ensure that if something happened the person would be protected.

Oct 11

Fed up of hearing your IT Support provider talking about DAS, NAS, and SAN and not having a clue what any of them mean? Our quick overview gives you a real, down-to-earth example of each.

The most common type of data storage system, DAS (Direct-attached Storage), ranges from disks inside servers to USB drives. This is a cheap and easy storage method, but has drawbacks. DAS can only be utilisied on a single server adn you will usually be left with lots of unused storage space as a result.

USB storage devices are not currently fast enough to be used for major server related tasks and should only be considered for archiving or backing up data.

One benefit of DAS type sotrage is the ease of configuring them in a RAID (a way of ensuring redundancy between multiple disks and/or merging them to form one big disk space).