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Backups: Is my data safe when EVERYTHING goes wrong?

By Matt Ballard | April 2, 2024
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What would you do if your data was gone, without any kind of warning? How would that impact your life or work? Catastrophes happen in life, often unexpected and uncontrollable. The loss of personal or business data could definitely be considered a catastrophe for most people. Natural Disasters The recent tornados that swept through our…

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What is HIPAA compliance?

What is HIPAA compliance?

By SandStorm IT | March 26, 2024
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What is HIPAA? HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 that was enacted by Congress and signed into law in 1996.  There are many provisions to HIPAA covering many items mostly dealing with health insurance and regulations on what can be offered and how. Additionally, HIPAA also details regulations about a…

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next-gen firewall

Why does my business need a next-gen firewall?

By Justin Oliver | March 5, 2024
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We’ve previously covered “What is a Firewall and Why do I Need One?”.  In this blog post, we will take a deeper look to see how a Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) can help protect your business. NGFW’s contain all the tried and true features of the firewalls before them but they also contain advanced functionalities.…

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VoIP Solutions in Memphis

How can VoIP be cheaper than traditional phone lines?

By Jeff Fowler | February 6, 2024
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Phone service is a big monthly expense for many businesses. Luckily, there is a way to save money on this overhead cost with Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP. VoIP is a phone service that uses the internet instead of traditional phone lines. This system can be much cheaper than a regular phone line, and…

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Is IT Consulting Affordable? There’s a Price Level for Every Budget

By SandStorm IT | January 15, 2024
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The IT consulting and implementation market is still growing with revenue totaling $68 billion in 2023, and it’s only expected to grow. Numbers like this one show that many business owners like you recognize the value in paying for managed IT services to keep their systems running smoothly and their data confidential. If you’re seeking…

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difference between Intel's i3, i5 and i7 processors

What’s the difference between Intel’s processors (i3, i5, i7 and i9)?

By SandStorm IT | January 8, 2024
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If you’ve been shopping for a new PC recently, chances are, you’ve probably seen a lot of “Intel i3” or “Intel i5” stickers on the PC, or somewhere on the packaging. These are Intel’s current line up of processors, the i3, the i5, i7 and the i9. It may be difficult to determine exactly what…

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software licensing

How can software licensing affect my business?

By SandStorm IT | December 27, 2023
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One of the biggest, and sometimes costliest mistakes that we see businesses make today is failing to consider the cost of software licensing when purchasing new hardware or software for completing business tasks.  These days licensing costs, for many, are a cost of doing business.  But what is software licensing and how does it affect…

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setup my office server with a domain

Why should I setup my office server with a domain?

By Josh Yarbrough | December 19, 2023
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At some point in your life, most of you reading this will be part of a conversation that drifts into the topic of security and someone will mention using a domain. It is usually a word thrown out there when the subject of workplace technology comes up. There is more than one kind of domain…

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endpoint Malware protection

Do I still need endpoint Malware protection?

By SandStorm IT | November 21, 2023
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If you’ve used a computer anytime over the past 20 years, you’ve probably been infected by a virus, malware, or some other malicious piece of software.  You may have been lucky and been able to get it cleaned off without much trouble or maybe you weren’t so lucky and lost data.  Think about today, what…

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Hardware/Uptime Monitoring

What is Hardware/Uptime Monitoring?

By SandStorm IT | November 14, 2023
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Hardware monitoring is a feature of the motherboard, sometimes as a separate chip on the motherboard, that monitors different aspects of the system. for potential issues. It can measure variables such as the output voltage of the power supply, the speed of the fans that are connected directly to the motherboard header, and the internal…

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