What is VoIP?

Posting Date: 12/28/2015  |   Filed Under: Internet, Technology  |   No Comments

voice over internet protocol VoIP imageVoice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, refers to technology that enables you to make voice calls using an internet connection rather than a traditional analog phone line. Often pronounced “voyp”, VoIP requires the same protocols that the Internet uses, or a set of rules used to allow sufficient communication. Therefore, it takes traditional voice signals and converts them into a form that is easily transmitted using the same protocols as the Internet. Even if you have analog telephone stations, the industry’s best VoIP providers can implement IP telephony so that your existing telephone equipment doesn’t become obsolete.

IP telephony (IPT) is similar to VoIP because it also utilizes Internet protocols to enhance voice communications. The basis of IP networking is solely built around Internet protocols, which directly support corporate, private, public, and wireless networks. Many organizations prefer using VoIP because it consolidates many locations – including mobile workers – into a concentrated network. VoIP also comes equipped with a plethora of telephony features such as door phone buzzer integration, music on hold, call routing, coaching tools, and support services that traditional analog phone lines lack.

VoIP not only enhances voice communications, but its services are interoperable, meaning that they work over any network. Along with being interoperable, they’re also portable, so VoIP can also enhance communication through any IP device like a computer or a personal digital assistant.

For any IP phone to communicate over a network, it requires a built-in network interface card (NIC). To allow any network device to properly function, it requires the NIC because it provides devices with a standardized physical, or media access control, so they can essentially communicate to one another. Along with having the NIC, a server is also necessary to run the software that’s used to regulate calls.

Servers are a key component to VoIP because it provides more speed, memory, and capacity than a traditional PC. Servers house the database that include the MAC addresses which correspond to all the IP telephone extensions that are assigned to each user. The number of servers necessary is all dependent on the size of the local area network (LAN), and the number of users.

If the size of the LAN increases, the number of switches grows. Switches provide a series of ports where all LAN-addressable devices connect, like computers, printers, and IP phones. For all network devices to properly function at peak performance, they must be physically connected to the LAN through a port on a switch.

Geeks On Call can help you increase the efficiency of your business’ communications. Now is an ideal time to reevaluate your business’ unified communications. Contact your local Geeks On Call office for help with VoIP and other technology solutions.

Face Off: Cloud Storage vs. External Hard Drives

Posting Date: 12/17/2015  |   Filed Under: Data Back-up  |   No Comments

Data can be stored in a number of different ways, but what’s most important is that it’s safe, quick, reliable, and affordable – if of course you need a lot of space. The cloud is revolutionizing the way data is stored and backed up, but there is still controversy as to whether it’s as affordable as an external hard drive.

External Hard Drive Benefits

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The external hard drive is a separate device that plugs directly into your PC or Mac, and stores copies of your files in one location. The beauty of the external hard drive is that they’re transportable, and in the event of your computer or network crashing, your information is safe.

As more solutions move towards cloud-based applications, the external hard drive may be seen as a dinosaur, but they’re far from it. External hard drives are durable, reliable, and a way of essentially ensuring your precious data while holding it in the palm of your hand.

Another benefit of the external hard drive is the associated costs. As a general rule – the more storage you require, the more money you’ll pay. External hard drive users pay between 10 and 50 cents per gigabyte of storage, but exceptions are determined based on the manufacturer and other outliers.

To improve the overall speed and performance of your PC or Mac, backing up your data to an external hard drive will prolong the life of your laptop or desktop computer. By backing up your data to an external hard drive, you’ll prevent a potential mental meltdown if your computer unexpectedly reaches the end of its life. When a laptop or desktop computer crashes, gets stolen, or lost in a potential house fire, all of the internal data will be lost forever.

Cloud Storage Benefits

Cloud storage is a revolutionizing how data is stored online because it allows users to become more versatile on how they backup and access their data. Through the cloud, users can also access their data across multiple devices and virtually anywhere they have an internet connection.

Benefits of the cloud include better file encryption, meaning users have the ability to pull data from any point in time, whether it is from one week or one year ago. As a perk, cloud storage services also provide 24/7 live customer service support representatives in case you’re ever in a bind.

When it comes to cost, cloud services are going to be a bit more expensive than an external hard drive. Prices for cloud storage range from one cent to $10 per gigabyte of storage depending on the type of security, storage plan, and the level of support desired. Amazon is currently running a promotion on their Cloud Drive for unlimited online storage for one year for only $5.00 USD. Through Amazon Cloud Drive you’ll have unlimited storage for photos, documents, and other files, along with free apps for your mobile and desktop. Note that, after one year the Amazon list price of $59.99 per year will take full effect.

Your Best Bet

The cloud offers a range of plans to meet the needs of any user looking to backup a vast amount of data, so it is easily retrievable anywhere or anytime. External hard drives may seem like they’re going extinct, but that’s far from the truth. To ensure your data is fully protected, utilizing both storage methods is recommended. Having a plan, A and a plan B provides more security for your data because technology can fail. Using an external hard drive and cloud storage simultaneously is the best insurance for your data.

5 Ways to Protect Your Identity on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Posting Date: 11/17/2015  |   Filed Under: Security  |   No Comments

Along with all the eggnog and caroling, the holidays are a time to spend with your loved ones and bring in the new year with cheer. Besides watching reruns of, A Christmas Story, the holidays can also be stressful and distracting to ensure everything is finished on-time. So while you’re frantically shopping during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, protect your identity by following our five simple steps.

Electronic Bills

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Two of the most common sources of identity theft are credit card statements and the purchase/bank transaction receipt. We mindlessly throw these away, but to a potential identity thief they are gold – almost literally. These receipts contain codes that indicate the store the purchase was made at to the company that processes their credit card payments which can be used to easily phish for credit card information.

RFID Wallets

The method of obtaining your personal information has evolved to the point where an identity thief doesn’t even have to swipe or look at your cards at all. Radio Frequency Identification, or RFID, is a technology used to track sensitive data in many of our cards that can be scanned without even removing your wallet from your purse or pocket. Even before RFID existed, counterfeit readers existed that could pull or delete data from your cards simply by walking close to your wallet. RFID-blocking wallets, sleeves, or clutches exist to counteract this problem.  Many products will have a “faraday cage” and the specification it must have is, “electromagnetically opaque.” Not all wallets are created equal so finding the right RFID wallet that has the proper protection is key.
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A New Way to Conquer Productivity with BYOD

Posting Date: 10/29/2015  |   Filed Under: Technology  |   No Comments

BYOD and the Future

By now you may have heard the term BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) being thrown around your office, but what does it truly mean for the the next generation of corporate employees?

Keeping up with technological advancements is a task that IT departments struggle with on a daily basis to ensure security measures are tight and processes are streamlined. As Generation Y and Millennials become the face of the corporate world, we’re seeing a trend in empowering employees to bring their own devices to work. Employees utilize their own iPhone 6 to access emails or use their Samsung Galaxy Tab Active to give presentations during board meetings, but the common goal here is to achieve objectives in a simplistic way. Utilizing BYOD enables companies to increase employee productivity and satisfaction, while reducing overall costs associated with keeping up with technology trends. Geeks On Call and our network of I.T. professionals are here to help your business with this 21st century transition.

byod at work

According to MarketsandMarkets, “North America has the largest market share of BYOD adopters with 36.10 percent of the global market in 2011. That 36.10 percentile is expected to grow from $24.26 billion in 2011 to $58.6 billion in 2017.” Bringing your own device has quickly developed into a billion-dollar industry due to the allocation of costs associated with hardware, voice and data services.

Organizations and their I.T. departments need to fully understand any possible threats that may be associated with BYOD to ensure their office network is fully protected. As I.T. managers fiercely guard precious company data, business owners are pressuring I.T. to support the use of personal mobile devices to drastically reduce costs, while boosting employee productivity. A Cisco study found that, “workers are more productive using their own hardware; U.S. workers save an average of 81 minutes per week by using their own devices.” BYOD is becoming a staple in the corporate world simply because personal devices operate everywhere, while making collaboration a breeze.

Since most individuals use their devices only for personal use, incorporating them into their job may pose several threats. Most individuals will browse between Instagram, their email, and the local sandwich shop all at the same time. While doing so, they may accidentally click on a virus prone website or even use the same password to order Chipotle as their company network.

A large majority of smartphones have no antivirus protection, therefore cybercriminals will potentially have access to uncover weak spots in a network, capturing passwords, credit card information, and private company files. According to SecureEdge Networks, “35 percent of workers say they store their work passwords on their smartphones.” To avoid and prevent cyber attacks from personal devices used in a business network, every business needs to implement solutions in three crucial areas: network access control, mobile application management, and mobile device management.

As cybercriminals continue to eat away at our “smart” devices, network access control (NAC) is the next best defense in securing the BYOD realm. Precious company information such as intellectual property must be roped off from general device access, and secured in network regions through passwords and thick encryptions.

In the event that a device is lost, stolen, or the employee is terminated, there must be a policy that governs how the company retrieves all of their data from the employee’s personal devices. Even if the device is not company owned, firms should agree in advance with employees that they must surrender their devices while only company data is extracted.

By organizations understanding the benefits and potential risks associated with BYOD, they’ll be able to develop the most appropriate decisions that will essentially help increase employee productivity and satisfaction, while also reducing the costs and threats associated with adopting technology trends.

Keeping Up with Technology

Geeks On Call is here to assure you that your security and infrastructure are stable enough to manage BYOD at your organization. If you need further assistance on how to successfully implement BYOD, please don’t hesitate to contact your local Geeks On Call office. One of our technology professionals will be happy to assist you in learning more.


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CNBC: http://www.cnbc.com/id/47498441

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Danger Ahead If You Are Still Using Microsoft Server 2003!

upgradeOn July 14, 2015, Microsoft ended support for their popular Server 2003 product range. The original Server 2003, the Small Business Server and updated Windows Server 2003 R2 are included in this end of support process. These Microsoft products support file and printer sharing, centralized desktop application deployment and secure Internet connectivity. Each of these products were aimed towards the small to medium-sized businesses.

Since Microsoft ended its support for Server 2003, they will no longer provide software patches or issue security updates. This is the case for any version of Server 2003. Continued use of Server 2003 constitutes operating your business on a dangerously outdated piece of equipment. It is no longer serviced and the manufacturer no longer provides parts for this product. You are putting yourself and your business in jeopardy if you continue to use this product and the risks will only escalate over time.

Why Would Anyone Continue to Use Server 2003?

Do you understand the risks of continuing to use Server 2003? Geeks On Call encourages you should take this situation seriously or your business could be negatively impacted resulting in significant consequences. You should consider the following information as you make your Server 2003 migration plan.

  • Compliance Issues: Continuing to use a non-supported software can result in compliance issues leading to the suspension of certifications. Your business can be seriously impacted via public notification of the organization’s inability to securely maintain its computer systems. This situation places customer information at risk and creates compliance problems for your business. This is turn will lead to legal issues that can seriously damage your business’ reputation. Is it worth it?
  • Security Risks: Security threats to your business should be one of your biggest concerns. Without the security provided by an updated operating system, both your personal and business data is vulnerable to spyware and harmful viruses. It’s very likely that malicious viruses will be unleashed when Server 2003 is no longer supported by Microsoft.
  • Upgrade Expenses: Everyone worries about costs and expenses. If you think an upgrade will be too expensive, then we suggest you think again. Most likely, the upgrade will cost less than the problems that will arise if you don’t upgrade.

What Are The Alternatives to Server 2003?

  • Office 365 –Microsoft offers a cloud hosted version of much of the server software product. Additionally, it can function with the full range of Office software that includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Email Outlook. Plus, if you subscribe via a monthly service structure you can avoid purchasing new hardware and also minimize on site running costs. These costs include rent, security, electricity and air conditioning.  A smooth migration to Office 365 requires professional technical management and ongoing administration, but IT support can more easily be outsourced.
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 – Windows Server 2012 R2 delivers a long list of improvements compared to Windows Server 2003. It’s a steep learning curve to move directly from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 R2. Users are advised not to make an interim upgrade to Windows Server 2008. Back in January 2015, that product was also removed from mainstream support. That isn’t a solution.
  • Microsoft Azure –Microsoft developed Azure for IT integrators to host their server infrastructure centrally and control locally. Then software applications can be deployed and more easily managed on an individual basis.

Geeks On Call advises you to take this situation very seriously. If you need help developing a migration plan, Geeks On Call’s technology professionals are here to help.

Are You Ready for Windows 10?

Posting Date: 07/21/2015  |   Filed Under: Technology, Tips  |   No Comments
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Microsoft will be releasing their newest Operating System on July 29, 2015. Perhaps you have noticed a Windows 10 notification on your current system and wondered about it? Now what? What does it all mean and what should you do?

Microsoft announced that computers running Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 after July 29. This upgrade is free, plus the offer is available over the next 12 months.  Users who are eligible will receive a system icon and popup on their screens.

Microsoft is moving to a “Windows as a Service” model with this latest release. This means that your new operating system will be updated regularly, plus you will never need to go through another major upgrade like this again. Windows 10 will be Microsoft’s last Operating System although this OS will continue to be upgraded and development will be ongoing.

Windows 10 Arrives on July 29, 2015

Immediately after July 29, 2015, users will receive notification regarding eligibility for the upgrade. However, the real question is should you upgrade? Many industry experts are very confident about the stability of Microsoft’s new operating system. Through Microsoft’s Windows Insider program, end-user testing has been unprecedented.  Feedback from a significant number of these professionals has already gone into the development of this product. With that said, none of this guarantees that your upgrade will go smoothly. Remember, all software upgrades come with a degree of risk.

Suggestions Regarding Windows 10

Our general recommendation is to initially hold off on this upgrade. We suggest that users wait to upgrade until there is a sufficient number of worldwide users testing the new OS. This is a sensible precaution so that any bugs that slipped through testing will be addressed.  There will be a consensus on performance after a few weeks of the initial upgrades. Remember, there’s no rush because the free upgrade offer will be available through July 29, 2016. Some of your applications or peripherals may not work properly with this upgrade. Software and drivers will need to be updated by many manufacturers to ensure their products are compatible with the new OS. For example, QuickBooks has been identified as a potential problem as Intuit does not have Windows 10 on their list of supported Operating Systems.

Windows 10 is also introducing an entirely new browser called Microsoft Edge, which replaces Internet Explorer.  This promises some challenges and compatibility issues with the web based applications you are already using. This is another reason to wait it out for several months before upgrading to the new OS.

Should You Upgrade to Windows 10 – Now or Later?

Windows 10 is considered to be a blend of the best of Windows 7’s look and the enhanced applications with the multi-device functionality from Windows 8.1.  Consider the following reasons for waiting to upgrade:

Better Performance:  Decidedly faster boot-up time while also offers better hardware acceleration. Plus a host of other tweaks means that the general navigation feels faster. Mobile device battery life lasts longer because the power management has also been improved.

File Management: Some of the most commonly used tools are utilized in finding and managing your files. Efficient file management is fundamental to any good operating system. A new Share ribbon now makes it much easier to move files between different apps. Tasks such as copying and moving are grouped into one window for easier file management. Transfer speed is shown in real time plus operations can also be paused, where previously they could only be cancelled.

Search Features:  Windows 10 greatly enhances Windows 7 search features. Useful search functions quickly look for matching programs and documents as you type. It also provides quick access to core features and chosen programs. It’s both effective and simple. Users can click on a search box that also separately displays Windows Store apps and a web search. Results are now presented in a more organized manner.

Sleek Design: If you were reluctant to move to Windows 8.1 because you didn’t like its look, then you may be very happy with the update. Windows 10 delivers flat windows and bold colors, but retains the old comfort of the Control Panel and Computer Management interfaces that still uses the old icons

Touchscreens and Tablets: Windows 10 really is a vast improvement over Windows 7, and this is especially true for operations on touchscreen devices. Windows 10 works smoothly across a range of devices, making it much easier to switch between a desktop, hybrid laptop and a tablet.

Cost: We don’t know the cost of a standalone copy of Windows 10, but the big news is that it is free when you upgrade from either Windows 8 or 7 during the first year of Windows 10’s availability. Remember, if you decide that Windows 10 really isn’t a good fit for you, you can always return to your previous version of Windows.

Give your local Geeks On Call office a call and request a consultation to evaluate your specific situation and how this upgrade will affect you.

Data Recovery Services Can Save the Day in an Emergency

If you are using a laptop, a desktop or a mobile device, you are involved in creating, processing, communicating and managing data. If you are employed by a large corporation or if you own a small business, you are involved in the protection of important data that seems to be continuously expanding.

Large Accidents and Tiny Disasters

It it’s for your business or your personal household finances, it’s always important to be proactive about protecting your data. Assuming you are using a tested and reliable backup system, unfortunate accidents can still happen. Even if you go through life following the Good Scout Motto of “Be Prepared,” at a moment’s notice an unexpected accident can occur. Data storage devices such as hard drives, memory sticks and smart phones can sustain real world physical damage.

It’s an annoyance when those small accidents happen. While small accidents are a nuisance, major disasters are just that – a disaster. Remember when unpredictable weather recently pummeled Texas? Within two weeks, the Lone Star state went from drought conditions to being hammered by epic rain fall that culminated in vast flooding. These shocking floods violently swept away homes, businesses and the lives of many citizens. The Governor declared 37 counties in Texas as disaster areas. At Geeks On Call, our hearts go out to everyone impacted.

Try Data Recovery Services from our Partners at Flashback Data

flashbackdataWhile a back-up system is your first line of defense, sometimes it’s no match for fires, landslides, tornados, floods or earthquakes. Even if it’s far less dramatic, human error and hardware failures are a huge problem and actually account for 75% of all data loss occurrences. The Gartner Group, the leading experts in data loss, state that only 6% of small business survive after a major loss of computer records. Geeks On Call can help you and your business get back on your feet by recovering your data with help from our partners at Flashback Data. Flashback Data is an international industry leader in accredited data recovery services.

Flashback Data offers the following specialized data recovery services:

  • Hard drives are becoming less common in laptops. Now that external storage devices are in greater use, your data is at a higher risk due for being dropped and damaged.
  • Flashback Data specializes in flash-based technology. Problems such as deleted files, file system damage, corrupted partitions and physically damaged devices can be rescued by their expert recovery services.
  • Flashback Data offers recovery services for notebooks, PCs, tablets, digital cameras and MP3 players. Don’t despair, Flashback Data can recover your damaged image and audio files.

Geeks On Call Can Protect You and Your Data

If you experience an unexpected data loss accident, there is still hope. Geeks On Call is now working in partnership with Flashback Data to retrieve what you feared was lost forever – your priceless data.





Technology Gifts for Moms, Dads and Grads!

giftsThinking about a special gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or Graduation Day? You can’t go wrong with the gift of technology! The number of choices in technology is simply overwhelming, so let Geeks On Call help you with some suggestions.

Ready to Update That PC?

How about Microsoft’s Surface 3? Perfect as a replacement for a PC or large laptop. The HP Omen is a real workhorse that is also perfect for the gamer in your family. The HP Stream 11 is another great choice as a super affordable mini-laptop that covers the basics. It also offers a very long-lasting battery.

How about a Tablet?

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 is considered a top of the line choice. So good in fact, it’s the first tablet capable of fully replacing a laptop. For Android fans, consider the Google Nexus 9. It’s considered one of the best tablets on the market. The Lenova Yoga Tablet 2 features a cool digital pen and utilizes a cool device called AnyPen and Sony’s Xperia Z4 rugged road warrior tablet is ideal for the accident prone user!

Make Someone Happy with a New Smartphone!

At the moment, the top choices are the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy Note 4. If your giftee is an Apple fan, the iPhone 6 is great. Both the iPhone 6 and the S6 have developed incredible new cameras. Plus these slim and trim designs have great processing power. If you are on a tight budget, the HTC One M9 or Motorola’s Moto E, are good products available at affordable prices.

Very Entertaining!

Who wouldn’t love to receive Google’s Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player? Start enjoying your favorite online movies, tv shows, photographs, websites and music via your TV. Simply plug the device into any HDTV and control your entertainment selections from a Smartphone, tablet or laptop. How about some new headphones?  Sennheiser Momentum is at the top of the list. Bose offers Quiet Comfort 25 noise cancelling headphones and SoundLink Bluetooth headphones and speakers. Another gift suggestion is Bluetooth speakers from Bose, Sony, UE Megaboom, Jawbone or Logitech. All good choices and very entertaining.

Give the Give of Fitness!

Trying to send a message to a family member about their wavering commitment to health and fitness? Who wouldn’t appreciate a cool gift such as the Fitbit Charge HR, Jawbone UP3 or Apple’s Watch Sport? If you are considering a Smartwatch, Apple’s Smartwatch is a crowd pleaser. Also, take a look at Moto 360 that runs on Android. Another popular choice is the Pebble or Pebble Steel that runs on both iOS and Android. What’s not to love about that?

If it’s a new smartphone, tablet or laptop for a job-seeking graduate or a computer upgrade for your business, Geeks On Call can help.  Don’t hesitate to contact your local Geeks On Call office and one of their technology professionals will be happy to help you.


Why Fly When You Can Skype?

Posting Date: 04/22/2015  |   Filed Under: Technology, Tips, Uncategorized  |   No Comments
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shutterstock_171075893-300x200Ugh, air travel. It just keeps getting worse and worse. The combination of over-sold flights, cramped seats, lost luggage and weather delays have made business travel more frustrating than ever. Luckily there are great video communication alternatives to expensive and time-consuming business travel.

Microsoft Introduces Skype for Business

Each month, over 300 million people use Skype to communicate with long-distance family, friends and colleagues. Microsoft announced in 2014 that they were updating Lync, their business communications “chat” app. The update product is known as Skype for Business. It’s based on Skype’s design yet draws on many of Lync’s features. Here’s what you can expect from this new Microsoft business product that is scheduled to be available in April 2015:

  • Skype for Business features enterprise-grade security, compliance and IT control.
  • Users can search for and connect with anyone in the Skype network. Users can connect with others who are either inside or outside the same organization. Just use Skype’s directory to contact any user on any device.
  • Skype for Business doesn’t require any new hardware. Current Lync users can easily update to Skype for Business Server within their datacenters. For Office 365 users, service is easily available via the online version of Office.
  • Skype for Business is integrated into Microsoft Office and has built-in features that deliver IM, voice, video calls and online meetings.

Skype for Business – Give it a Try!

If you have used Skype only for family-friendly holiday chats with long distance family members, you might want to try video business conferencing. Plus, if you have been using Lync, it’s time to upgrade to Microsoft’s Skype for Business.

Geeks On Call can help you learn more about video conferencing or help with the deployment of a new product, Contact Geeks On Call today and one of their technology professionals can assist you.

Risky Business: Is Your Business Using Unsupported Products?

Posting Date: 03/10/2015  |   Filed Under: Security, Technology, Tips, Uncategorized  |   No Comments

GOCBlogAfter Microsoft XP’s demise last year, we hope that you followed the migration guidelines and are no longer using Microsoft Windows XP or Microsoft Office 2003. If you didn’t follow through on those important upgrades, you have a problem on your hands. If your business is using Microsoft Server 2003 your problems are about to get even more complicated. Continuing to use unsupported products such as Windows XP, Office 2003 and Server 2003 can be a risky business with dangerous consequences.

Don’t Ignore Microsoft Server 2003′s Deadline

Server 2003 is scheduled to join the Microsoft legacy list on July 14, 2015. Ignoring this deadline is not an option. Here’s why:

Compliance Issues:  The Department of Homeland Security’s Computer Emergency Readiness Team has been issuing alerts about the demise of Server 2003. Just the mention of Homeland Security indicates that this is an issue of major concern. Enterprises that are subject to regulatory obligations and are still running Server 2003 after July 14 are in danger. Any organization not meeting standard compliance requirements can face the suspension of certifications. This can lead to non-compliant issues and legal peril that can damage your business’ reputation.

Security Issues:  Homeland Security has issued warnings that continuing to run Server 2003 after the deadline will leave your business open to elevated cybersecurity risks. Your business’ data and customer information will be at risk to viruses, hackers and spyware. Don’t become a victim of cybercrime by leaving your most valuable assets at risk.

Upgrade Expenses: As a business owners, don’t try to save money by neglecting an upgrade. This is not the place to trim costs. You could end up dealing with problems that are significantly more expensive than the cost of an upgrade.

Consider Alternatives to Microsoft Server 2003

Windows Server 2012 R2 offers a long list of improvements over Server 2003 such as including better scalability, security, new operational roles and more.  Avoid Server 2008 because that product already reached the end of mainstream support in January 2015.

Office 365 is Microsoft’s cloud hosted version of Office applications that is offered as a subscription service. The subscription format means you that won’t need to upgrade your Office products in the future. The subscription format enables a monthly or annual subscription fee that offers access to the latest version of the products you need.

Azure is Microsoft’s hosted server product developed for IT integrators. Azure enables applications and software to be deployed on an individual rather than a collective basis. A hybrid of Office 365 and Azure can be an alternative for industries that have developed applications that are reliant on 32 bit technology.

Avoid Risky Business!

Are you the owner of a small to medium sized business and are still using Microsoft Server 2003, Windows XP or Office2003? If yes, we strongly encourage that you take immediate action. Continuing to use unsupported products can place your business in serious jeopardy. Geeks On Call can help you understand your migration options. Contact Geeks On Call today and one of their technology professionals can work with you to develop an upgrade strategy.