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Oct
18

Everon announces it’s NEW Total Data Protection Plan.

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Latest technology in data protection, backed by Everon’s award winning support, all with off-site storage included and flat rate pricing.

Do you backup your data?

You rely on your computer systems to perform many of your business needs, from creating sales quotes to provisioning orders and storing vital data. Your internal processes are built around these systems and you store your customer and financial data on these systems. Can your business survive if this data and these systems are not available?

Data loss can happen to anyone.

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The Solution: The Total Data Protection Plan™ from Everon

A completed backup and disaster recovery solution to make sure your critical data is safe and secure and accessible when you need it.  
Now with flat rate, affordable and predictable pricing and off-site storage included.

Your business data is too valuable to leave its safekeeping to chance. That’s why the team at Everon has created the only data protection plan that exclusively meets the needs of small businesses, and is backed by our commitment to Remarkable Service™.

The Everon Total Data Protection™ Plan (TDP) is made up of three distinct features that make this the most complete and reliable server data backup option available to your business:

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1.  Hassle-free Local Backup that gives you the fastest way to recover files

  • Data backed up as often as each 15 minutes to Total Data Protection unit located in your office
  • No unreliable tapes; instead backing up your data to redundant hard drives
  • All data and applications backed up – no need for Exchange, SQL, or open file agents
  • Full restoration of files fast TDP monitored 24/7 by Everon
  • Full 3 year warranty on the Total Data Protection Unit.

2.  Quick Recovery™ Business Continuity Capability

Quick Recovery Business Continuity Capability enables the highest possible levels of business continuity in the event of an emergency.  If one of your servers crash, the TDP can quickly be provisioned to temporarily “take over” in place of the failed server, with all of your applications, data, and settings available within moments vs. the 1 to 3 days typical recovery time from a tape backup system (assuming the data is actually even on the tape, and assuming you even have a functional server to restore to!)

3.  Disaster Recovery Capability

Disaster recovery capability allows us to re-create your entire data history in the event of a true disaster and eliminates the cost and hassle of off-site tape storage. Copies of your data are kept off-site at two SAS70 Type II secure data centers in the United States.  In the event of an emergency that disables or destroys your local back up, offsite copies of your data provides for quick business recovery.

TDP eliminates the cost and hassle of off-site tape storage.  In the event that anything happens to your physical server room, the Everon team can virtualize your Servers from the remote data centers over the cloud; providing complete disaster recovery for your business.

No data protection service is complete without these three features – don’t leave your business exposed to the risks of an incomplete data protection plan!

Why Everon for Total Data Protection™?

The only small business data protection plan backed by hands-on service from a leading SMB IT management team.

Everon’s Total Data Protection™ Plan is tailored precisely to fit the needs of your needs so businesses both large and small can all enjoy the benefits of the most comprehensive and secure data protection in the market at the price point that fits your budget.

Regular, systematic and verified backup of your company’s files is absolutely critical. Our automated backup process virtually eliminates human error and equipment failure. Coupled with off-site file protection, your data security is ensured even in the event of system failure or catastrophic loss. All data is kept in military grade bi coastal facilities (SAS 70 compliant). Whether you are backing up for compliance, disaster recover or archiving, your data is easily accessible and always available whenever and wherever you need it.

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Every TDP flat rate monthly plan includes:

  • Proactive monitoring of your backups 24/7 with free support from our dedicated backup engineer support team
  • Frequent Backups- as often as every 15 minutes
  • Off-site storage in Bi-Coastal Data Centers included in your monthly cost
  • 3 Year Hardware Warranty
  • No Recovery Fees
  • Unlimited Agent Licenses
  • Device Seeding
  • Account Management
  • Flexible Upgrade Policy
  • On-site storage device provides fast server virtualization capabilities in the event of server failure
  • Flat Rate pricing with Off-site storage included!

Technical Specifications:

  • Bare Metal Restore
  • Data Deduplication & Local Compression
  • Secure Linux Based OS
  • ZFS Snapshots
  • Message-Level Exchange Recovery
  • Granular SharePoint Recovery
  • Advanced File Level Restore
  • Instant Off-Site Virtualization
  • VMDK/VHD Export
  • Instant On-Site Virtualization
  • Screenshot virtualization of Backups

To learn more about our Total Data Protection or to watch an informative webinar on how our TDP can help your business click here or email us today at [email protected]

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Oct
27

Let’s talk “cloud-computing”! Free Webinar Nov 2.

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I’m sure you’ve heard the buzz around “the cloud”.  But what does it all mean?

What is the “Cloud”?  This term has taken the IT world by storm over the last few years.  It generally has a very broad meaning but understanding how to best utilize the cloud can mean a significant savings for your business while also streamlining your IT solutions.

We’ll help sort through all the terminology and applications for “cloud computing” in our webinar, led by Michael Cooch.

Cloud Computing for Small Business

Wednesday November 2, 2011, 1:00 p.m. EDT

In this half hour discussion you’ll learn:

  • What is cloud computing? 
  • What are the major benefits?
  • What are the risks to be aware of?
  • Which applications and services are best in the cloud?
  • How does cloud computing save you money?
  • What is hybrid-cloud computing and what are the benefits?

Click here to register today!

We are also offering a special FREE Cloud Computing Assessment ($499 Value) where we will provide an analysis of your current technology solutions to see when a cloud option may make most sense.  If you decide that you’d like us to help you move to the cloud we’ll also give you $100 OFF any cloud implementation project.  Click here to sign up today.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!

Thank you,

Everon Technology Services

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Mar
29

Short-step-plan to launching a new small business

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Although popular belief may beg to differ, starting a business is not any of the following:   Impossible, “foolish” in this economy, OR “Only a good idea for seasoned business men.” You also don’t have to break the bank or put yourself in debt forever to get started on your journey. Thinking about the possibility starting a small business? After reading these five quick steps, you may be closer to your dream that you think…

1. Decide what type of entrepreneur you are - Do you get a rush from the mere idea of running your own business, or is there a certain type of work that you’re passionate about? For example, do you love taking care of animals or working with your hands, or do you mainly just want to be your own boss and in control of your own days? If you are passionate about dogs and love exercise, a dog walking/sitting company may be a route to look into. If it’s the freedom you’re in this for, but aren’t overly passionate about one certain type of work, do your research. Assess your skills, and see what types of companies are doing well in your area. Do your research. Don’t forget to consider franchise opportunities!

2. Use your connections - Write a list of all the people you know. Start networking and letting the world know about your upcoming business idea. Discounts and introductory offers can apply to almost every single kind of company you can imagine - so be creative. Start thinking NOW about how you are going to get sales in the door later. Getting these juices flowing in your mind early will save you from a slow start ($$)  later. Also, look into approaching investors for your company - even if this only means having a few simple conversations to test the waters for now.  You don’t have to single handed-ly foot all the money for  your start-up costs alone, in fact few business people do.

3. Win the business plan battle - Once you know exactly what type of business you are going to go after, make sure your plan is clear and that you’re prepared to ask for money. If you don’t seem confident that you’ve done your homework and know what you’re getting yourself into, then the lender will know that. Your financial analysis is very important. How much will you need? Where will you spend it? How much profit can you expect to make in the first year? What are your operating expenses? Be prepared to properly answer all of these questions — along with more! If you’re not very confident in your business plan writing skills, seriously consider consulting a specialist to help you.

4. Develop concrete company mission and other plans- You’re almost ready to roll. Make sure you get some fundamentals down in writing on paper for your new company. Decide what you’re going to do about healthcare for your workers, time off, etc. Write a mission statement for your company, and decide what kind of culture you will foster there. The environment of your organization is a crucial element of your success, so make sure you’re ready to start off strong as soon as you hire your first employee.

5. Open your doors - Once you’re ready (and you never may fully feel “ready” - but once your ducks are all lined up,) then open your doors for business. Don’t cut corners on important things like business tools and supplies, in the end it will only end up hurting your efforts. Hire skilled employees who you feel you can trust and get out there!

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Feb
22

5 common technology traps- Don’t fall in!

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Technology is undoubtedly a double-edged sword. While it can save us time and money, it can also pay us pack for those conveniences in frustration and “do-over” time… and then some! Be smart about the types of things you use technology to simplify, and also identify the shortcuts that you shouldn’t allow it to make for you. Some shortcuts and mistakes can prove unforgiving. Unfortunately, so can some old habits. Read on to find out how to protect yourself from common technical mishaps.

1. Storing everything in your smartphone, and then losing it - A big no-no for most business people. If you’re like most of us, you store everything in your smartphone. Losing your phone most likely means losing sensitive information such as credit card info and maybe even bank account numbers or private development plans for your company. How to reverse a big blip like this?  Well, I can’t get you your phone back, but I can tell you about password-protecting programs such as MobileMe for iPhone. Programs like this allow you to erase contacts, notes and more in your iPhone remotely. Talk to your smartphone provider to explore the security options for your phone, before it’s too late.

2. Working directly off of an attachment - Your boss sends you a document to collaborate on via email, so you open it, roll up your sleeves and begin plugging away. Seems so quick and easy, doesn’t it? You could spend hours revising that document, and then save the file and forward the message along with the revised attachment back to him. You’d probably assume you’re all set. But  don’t be surprised if he emails you back, asking where your edits are. Although you can see your edits on your end, that’s not always the case once you send it to someone else. To be safe instead of sorry, don’t just open the attachment, download it to your own computer and/or server, then make your edits and hit save, attach the new file to an email, and then send it back.

3. We’re just not compatible - Working off an older version of Windows? No problem. Just be sure to install the Office Compatibility Pack too, so everyone you do business with can also continue accessing your files. This will help to keep your files viewable/usable for all involved parties. Also, converting your file to a PDF usually does the trick.

4. Trusting batteries that haven’t been recently used - This one is classic. You flew across the country to give an inspirational speech to Girl Scouts in the middle of the woods at an outing, and you haven’t used your laptop since you left home, so you know it’s fully charged. What you forgot to consider was that sometimes electronic devices have a way of turning themselves on. Make sure you test EVERYTHING that uses a battery hours before you need them, preferably while you still have time to do something about it if need be. When possible, reverse batteries in devices where this is an option when traveling to ensure they don’t get used up accidentally. Simply switch them back the right way when it’s time to use them.

5. “I don’t need to buy Antivirus, I am careful online and know what I’m doing” - In this day and age, EVERYONE needs antivirus. Hackers and phishers are criminals who make ruining your life via the internet their number one priority. You can do everything right, avoid all the “wrong” types of websites, and still be a victim. Pay the small price of keeping a current version of a trusted Antivirus software running on all your machines. Trust me, it’s well worth it. To find if you’re currently doing enough to protect yourself online, please contact your IT provider.

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Dec
01

Postponing retirement may increase your well being

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Most people who we know work a long, hard life in order to save up so that they can enjoy the finer things later on, right?  I recently read an article that got my mind spinning in the other direction.  Many Americans in their 60’s and 70’s  even are postponing retirement … and some claim that they  never want to retire!

You may read something like this and assume that this new trend would be mostly, if not completely,  be due to our country’s current economic state, smaller “401″ k’s, and the depleting social security pool. It was interesting to find that for most, this is not the main case.

Today, many older people claim they’ve become accustomed to working hard their whole lives tend to get bored or feel meaningless without their careers. For many, work has become an integral part of one’s identity. Some find themselves returning to the workforce merely months after hanging up their hats to relax year round in Florida on a fishing boat.

A sense of identity is not the only big perk that can result from prolonging one’s career. It has been proven to keep one’s mind sharper and also keep depression at bay - two things are directly correlated to living longer and healthier lives, especially with age.

If you’re considering packing up your briefcase once and for all, just make sure you’ve thought about it for a while first.  I am not, by any means, saying that working into your 70’s is right for everyone. If you’re nearing retirement age, you just might want to consider all your options. Maybe it’s a better fit for you to go part time or something before cutting work out of your life completely. Some like to transition more smoothly into retirement. By listing out the things that are most important to you and visualizing what you want our of the rest of your life you’ll be better armed to make the right retirement decision for you.

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