How to Know When Your Small Business is Ready for a Server

first_imgMay is Small Business Month. Dell is celebrating Small Business month with a 4-part small business series discussing hot trends in small business. Stay tuned for next week’s piece or view last week’s virtual reality piece.I work with businesses that are just getting started or just hitting a period of growth every day and one common frustration among passionate owners is servers: what they are, when they are needed, and how to go about getting one.It doesn’t need to be overwhelming to know when your small business is ready for a server. If you use two or more computers to share scanners, information or internet access, a small business server will benefit you. Servers not only make things simpler, they boost your business security and productivity.Before servers became widely available, only large organizations were able to afford servers. Today, servers are easy to implement and affordable. Servers store, process, manage and send data 24/7.Here are signs that your business is ready for a server:You store important data and files that should be protected from unauthorized access, loss or corruption in two or more computers.Accounting programs and customer relationship management software are needed to communicate with vendors and customers.Managing several versions of a single file is necessary for business operation.More than one computer need to share internet access, fax machines and other office equipment and resources.A central communication system is needed to share information with clients, staff and vendors and organize group meetings.You want to access your computer files from anywhere without any problem, backup important files on several computers or restore previous versions of files or files that were accidentally deleted.Employees need to share software tools.Control access of employees to files and dataIf there are times when you cannot access your files or shared resources, you have trouble finding information quickly, you want to protect your files from malware and viruses or there’s not enough storage space, you should consider installing a server.How a Server Will Change your Business OperationsImproved PerformanceA server allows you to share and access information and resources anytime and anywhere with no effect on performance. It can serve as the main storage space for the latest file versions. You can configure it to arrange and manage network resources. Anyone can get the required resources whenever they need it.SecureServers can help you control your staff’s access to data. You can control who has access to what, keeping private information from unauthorized personnel. A server can manage and secure computers on the network from one location, so you can have peace of mind.It also allows you to create a backup of your files from a central location, allowing you to resume normal business activities if disaster such as storms hits your area.Centralized UpdatesA server can update every computer on the network at the same time. You do not need to open each computer and install the updates one by one. With a server, you save time and money in the long run. You can configure the server to guarantee safe, remote access to software applications and files.  This allows you and your employees to work anytime and from anywhere.A properly installed and maintained server will improve your productivity and keep your company safe and help you succeed.last_img read more

[The Source Podcast] Database Solution Update with Sam Lucido

first_imgThe Source Podcast: Episode #95: Database Solution UpdateAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Don’t miss “Dell EMC The Source” app in the App Store. Be sure to subscribe to Dell EMC The Source Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play and visit the official blog at thesourceblog.emc.comEMC: The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini) What does Hyper Converged mean to your data base platforms? Licensing, performance, protection? Where does Software Defined Storage fit? Sam Lucido (@Sam_Lucido) stops by with the details this week on Dell EMC The Source Podcast.last_img read more

Driving Digital Access for the One and the One Billion

first_imgIn many areas around the world, the lack of reliable, affordable electricity has been one of the biggest barriers to providing technology access to students. In some cases, schools cannot keep the lights on and power a computer lab simultaneously.One program that Dell Technologies has initiated to help break this cycle is our Solar Learning Labs, which seek to close the learning gap by partnering directly with Computer Aid International to deliver computer labs built in converted, well-ventilated shipping containers, powered by solar panels and our technology. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:00Loaded: 8.26%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.This is a modal window.RestartShare We launched the first Solar Learning Lab in Nigeria in 2014 and currently have 20 labs in six countries (South Africa, Nigeria, Morocco, Kenya, Mexico, and Colombia) providing nearly 17,000 students with access to digital technology. This does not include the countless members of the local communities who also have access to the labs. More about the Solar Learning Labs:The labs use a combination of solar power, energy-efficient Dell Wyse technology and air-cooled servers. Our team members volunteer to work onsite at these labs to install equipment and provide training to teachers.Under the instruction of Dell Technologies’ local youth learning partners, the Solar Learning Labs teach students basic computer skills, graphic design, robotics, and coding, in addition to life skills and entrepreneurship in some communities.These labs not only impact local students, but also benefit whole communities by giving them access to quality learning experiences, reliable power, and a local internet service, which is paid for and maintained by Dell Technologies.Earlier this month we announced our Progress Made Real 2030 plan which is grounded in the belief that technology and data combined with the human spirit are the positive forces capable of creating change. The plan includes moonshot goals which will help us propel our social impact commitments over the next decade. As the vice president for global strategic giving and social innovation, I was personally invested in the creation of our Transforming Lives moonshot goal which is this: With our technology and scale, we will advance health, education and economic opportunity initiatives to deliver enduring results for 1 billion people by 2030.When talking about our work with initiatives such as the Solar Learning Labs – it’s important that we do not forget about the one in one billion. So how do these labs help the one? Providing technology access to one young person will give them the skills they need to seek out job and life opportunities. If you look at the multiplier effect of nearly 17,000 students with these increased opportunities, the impact of that access will be passed on, supporting their families, becoming active members of their communities and ultimately helping to grow their local economies.Now, what if we could grow these labs from 20 to 100? This ambitious thought led us to work with Computer Aid International on a crowdfunding approach to scale the program and help them deliver 100 Solar Learning Labs by 2030. Dell will continue to provide the technology required for each lab, but in order to deliver digital skills on this larger, more wide-reaching scale, we will need to engage others to support the expansion of this proven program.Today is Giving Tuesday, a generosity movement that unleashes the power of people and organizations to transform their communities. Put simply, it’s a day that encourages people to do good. On this day, as our team members look for ways to give back, they can support this crowdfunding initiative by donating to Computer Aid to ultimately scale the Solar Learning Labs. And through our employee match program, in which Dell will match donations to eligible charities up to $10K USD per year per employee, they can make an even bigger contribution to helping to scale the Solar Learning Labs and support digital access for underserved youth and communities.We know that getting to one billion is an ambitious goal. We also know we can’t get there alone. It requires strategic collaboration with nonprofit groups like Computer Aid, local and national governments, our partners and customers, and others who share our values and sense of purpose. It’s a tall order but one we’re ready for. We truly believe technology has the power to transform lives. Please join us.For more information on contributing to Computer Aid, please visit read more

COVID case at Australian Open hotel cancels play at tuneups

first_imgMELBOURNE (AP) — All competition at six Australian Open tuneup events scheduled for Thursday has been called off after a worker at one of the tournaments’ Melbourne quarantine hotels tested positive for COVID-19. Officials say 520 people who quarantined at the hotel before the tennis, including players and coaches, must isolate until they test negative for the illness caused by the coronavirus. The Australian Open is scheduled to begin Monday. Victoria state premier Daniel Andrews called a late-night news conference to announce the case and urge anyone with symptoms in Melbourne to get tested. Andrews doesn’t expect any disruptions to the Australian Open.last_img read more