The challenges of enterprise file storage

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File storage is a burgeoning problem and the one that isn’t going away anytime soon. Did you know that less than half of all corporate data is stored on file servers? The figure is 46 percent, with the remainder being stored on desktops, smartphones and tablets, collaboration systems, in email systems, and on consumer cloud storage services.

For many enterprises this is a ticking time bomb. Such fragmented storage holds a very high risk and threatens a potential failing in legislative compliance, legal hold and e-discovery with severe financial penalties.

Other business risks include poor decision making. If the necessary data is not available within the necessary time frame then there are chances that any decisions that are made without it will be the wrong decisions.

Although email is growing exponentially, most of the stored corporate data is in the form of files such as Word documents, spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, design data and other user generated content. Taking file storage and email storage together, while the majority of files tend to be stored on file servers that are managed by IT departments, many are stored on devices that are not controlled by IT, for instance laptop computers, tablets, smartphones, and consumer cloud services such as Google Docs either with or without the approval of IT.

While many organizations are adopting cloud based email archiving as a solution to their burgeoning email problems, fewer are turning to cloud based file archiving. Although email archiving is a natural place to enter the cloud, it is only one step in the right direction. In many ways it is illogical to have multiple archiving systems such as cloud based email archiving and IT managed file archiving. A much better approach is to adopt a single system that is able to manage email, files and every other form of electronic corporate data.

However the problems involved in achieving this should not be underestimated; file archiving can be more challenging than email archiving. A lot of the email resides on email servers, but files can reside on file servers, desktop computers, laptops and all other devices mentioned above. Although the ‘bring your own device’ policies adopted by many trendy organisations have their benefits, they have significant downsides too, and particularly in terms of the number of alternative locations for corporate data that should be archived.

According to an Osterman report sponsored by Mimecast, 37% of enterprise electronic data is in the form of email, 46% is stored on file servers; 12% on user desktop computers; 12% on collaboration systems; 10% on user laptops; 4% on tablets and smartphones; 2% on home computers; and 4% on a variety of other devices for instance on USB memory sticks.

Thus it is becoming increasingly clear that finding a complete archiving solution must be given high priority by enterprise boards which are otherwise risking stringent penalties imposed for failure to comply with regulatory requirements as well as facing potentially serious data security problems. Email archiving is a good start, but without file archiving it is less than half of the battle.

What You Need to Know Before Buying Computers for Stock Trading

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Buying a computer can be a challenge. Large corporations likely have an entire department dedicated to managing computer technology needs, but self-employed professionals like stock traders are on their own to decide which computer to buy. Here is what you need to know before buying computers for stock trading.

Decide what you need
This may seem obvious, but it is easy to start shopping for a new computer for stock trading without first knowing what your needs really are. The result can be a lot like visiting a new car lot with no clear idea of what you need in a new car. Without knowing the requirements for your stock trading system, you may end up being sold something that will underperform, thereby costing you money in missed trades, or you may end up paying more for the system than what you actually need today.

Stock trading requires a fast, reliable computer system. Consider what your current trading software application requires to operate smoothly, how many monitors you plan to use, and what amount of storage you will need. Technology tends to have a short usable life, so starting with an evaluation of your current system can be a good starting point to determine what kind of upgrades you need in your new system.

Knowing what you need in your trading computer system can save time, stress, and problems when it comes time to make the purchase.

Decide how you will finance
How do you plan to finance your next computer system? Will you be paying cash, using a credit card, or using a financing option like PayPal’s “Bill Me Later?”
Paying cash certainly has advantages but, depending on your financial situation, there may be tax advantages to leasing or deferring payment until a later date. Regardless of which option is best for you, it can save time and stress if you know in advance how you will finance the purchase.

Decide criteria for vendor selection
Once you have decided what you need in your next computer system and how you will pay for the purchase, it is time to compare offers from different vendors.
It is important to compare like with like when comparison shopping. The cheaper, off-the-shelf computer that looks the same on the outside as a specialized stock trading computer may have very different components. A vendor that specializes in trading computers will likely be a better fit than off-the-shelf computer vendor.

Similarly, compare the warranty and technical support offered by each vendor before making a decision. The computer that seems a little bit cheaper may actually cost more if you need to buy an extended warranty to make up for a limited warranty.

Find out more about what you need in your trading computer in this free buyer’s guide.

Author Bio: Eddie Z. – Since the day he took his first Apple II apart, Eddie Z has been obsessed with making computers more powerful and more functional. At the age of 18 he started working on Wall Street filling out paper charts and since then has learned to combine his passion for building computers with stock trading. The result is his company, EZ Trading computers, where he sells custom PCS and blogs regularly. Find him on Google+.

You Don’t Pick Up Any Docks. Grab These Striking iPhone Docks!

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Haven’t you seen electronic equipment which holds phone in a stylish way? I personally got fascinated by one of these docks where phones’ rest on comfy and sure I got one at my office just soon. Okay. Once a while, I steal good ideas from my sister. So this time it was the dock. But it was good, most of my colleagues rounded near at the first glance itself, my dock where my iPhone finds itself happy right next to my palm. Being choosy pays, we get attention; or look at this case. I did spend time to get the one for me, not any ‘random picks’ came across some which are striking and indeed serves best. Okay, so I thought why not share it up here for those iPhone dock seekers! Obviously there are many manufacturers around, most of them flooding designs sometimes hard to choose the right ones from the pile. Here I bring you my best picks.

Have you observed people find it frustrating to undock their phone? ElevationDock strips off all your irritation with its new technology dock system. The dock is precisely engineered from solid aluminium and of course flaunts in exclusive finishes setting its foundation firm on quality standards. You don’t have to work with two hands while undocking. Undocking is just cool as it’s done breezy by low friction connection on the solid metal construction with flimsy rubber feet. So have doubts whether the dock affects the sound quality? ElevationDock makes iPhone sound great than when it’s just laid on desk as the FaceTime calls and speakerphone boost up phone’s acoustics. The dock fits the cord secure with its all-metal lightning adapter.

Sense+ iPhone Smoke Detector Dock
Got any idea by the name? Yes, the dock indeed alerts you of smoke. The perfect help solution at your workplace or home as it detects the presence of carbon-monoxide or any related smoke with its in-built smoke and carbon-monoxide gas detector. Sense+ dock sets off an alert in case of emergency on the connected iPhone Sense+ app. If there is no response the app could connect to emergency numbers 911 in U.S.

Belkin Charge+ Sync Dock
The iPhone 5 dock got built-in lightning connector, allowing perfect docking even when wrapped in a protective case. Belkin Charge+ Sync Dock provides hands-free charging and syncing even for iPod touch, iPod nano tagging it more of a compatible device. It comes in smooth painted aluminium finishing fitted with four-foot hardwire USB cable and works well with an existing power connection. Enjoy hands-free docking on Belkin Charge+ Sync Dock.

iHome iDL45
An awesome pick I say, iPhone-docking FM clock radio can offer you fresh musical start from your iDevice as the day breaks. You can tune it your favourite station too. What more exciting of this iPhone-docking system is, it got USB charging port which can be used for charging and even plugging any non-lightning built gadgets.

iPhone 5 Lightning Dock
Attractive hardwood furnished lightning dock would fit perfectly your iPhone 5 on the move. If you wish to go for a dock with no additional attachment, iPhone 5 Lightning Dock looks perfect for your desk or nightstand. Its compatible on a “caseless” iPhone or a case protected one. The lightning connector is neatly engineered inside the dock and works well as iPhone positions upright.

iLuv Aud 5
Okay so here’s the one I bought. Aud 5. I love this one much as music. iLuv brings to market Aud 5 which is serious of its acoustics. It got for me crystal clear output as everyone wants, on its full-range speakers and passive radiator. The dock system is quite eye catchy with its exquisite looks and touch controls attached on the top. iPhone neatly docks on the iLuv Aud 5 which is equipped with built-in lightning cord. This one is just comfy for my iPhone on my space.

Computer Tips: Format a Flash Drive

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When you are going to format your flash drive, then you should keep in your mind that your data file should be smaller and it can be stored in the flash drive well after formatting as well. Even, you have to decide how many file you will store in your flash drive. It is observed that the flash drive are available in the different sizes like 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB as well. Therefore, you have to manage your data files in this sized flash drive accordingly.

You should also keep in your mind that when you are recording your data in the flash drive, you should break a single big file into the different parts. Therefore, you will able to write in the flash drive at ease. One thing you should remember in your mind that you should always first quick formatting for your flash drive. After that, you can do the full format for the flash drive. This approach will guarantee the clean formatting of the flash drive. Actually, it will give a clean recording of your data in the flash drive.

Formatting process
Just keep in your mind that the formatting of a flash drive is an art. Therefore, you should understand it well. Rather, you have to learn the formatting skill and it cannot be learned in the quick succession as well. The reason is that nowadays, the computer operating systems are changing the format in the different ways. Therefore, the synchronization between the hardware and the software is very much distinguishable as well. Actually, you have to keep watch always on these developments at the regular interval. The well-known operating systems like Windows, Macintosh, UNIX, Linux, DOS and so many as well. Therefore, all these operating systems have a different formatting process.

Moreover, you have to learn it according to your needs. The reason is that if you do format your flash drive in the right direction, then your data will be record well in this way. You can do formatting the flash drive in the two ways. One is through PC and another is through the device in which the flash drive will be used. When you will format the flash drive, then you should maintain the rhythm like first quick format and then full format if require.

If you do format the full formatting your flash drive first, then it may stop formatting due to the irregular file reading in the computer. Rather, it happens due to the undisclosed internal mechanism of the software and hardware synchronization as well. After completing the formatting process, the removal of the flash drive from your computer is crucial. The reason is that if you remove the flash drive from the computer USB port without abiding the guideline, then it may damage your flash drive as well.

As far as the capacity is concerned, the flash drive with the larger capacity will take the long time for formatting as well. Therefore, you have to select the right formatting process accordingly. One thing you have to consider that if you are in hurry for formatting in the large capacity flash drive, then you have to do the quick formatting process.

File System
When you are starting to format your flash drive, then you should consider the file system of the formatting well. The reason is that it will make your flash drive more flexible for writing the data in it. Moreover, you will see that there are the different types of the file systems like NTFS, exFat and FAT32. In the most of the cases, you will follow the FAT32 system. The reason is that it will make your flash drive to work in the most of the computer operating systems. If you follow the NTFS system, then you will face some problems in some operating systems. Actually, this file system is widely used for the computer operating system installation as well. Therefore, you should always use the FAT32 for your flash drive.

Allocation unit size
The allocation unit size for the flash drive will give you the opportunity to make it more operable. Therefore, you should follow the 32KB level for your flash drive. The reason is that it will make your flash drive to write all the data you provide in all different computer operating systems as well.
Therefore, you should make use your flash drive in such a way that it can write the data in the right way and it can read in any computer or device as well.
About The Author: Andrea is a writer/blogger. She loves writing about technology, gadgets and social media. She contributes to hometone.

Digital: The New Future of Comic Books

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Times are changing, and as our world continues to go digital so do some of our favorite pastimes. With the creation of eReaders, it has become easy and convenient to carry your favorite novels, magazines and newspapers around in your pocket.

Now this ease of access is extending to the world of comic books. All of our favorite superheroes are now readily available at our fingertips. It’s an exciting advance in technology for those who find pleasure in a good graphic novel.

The digital comic book is no longer the future; it is the here and now and already widely available. Thanks to new and upcoming computer software, it is easier than ever before to take those colorful panels we know and love and provide them in a digital format for eReader distribution. Thanks to such advances, artists can take their work to places they never have before, and breathe new life into an industry recently revived by our human hunger for superhero movies.

Going digital not only inducts a wealth of new fans into the fold, it also allows for long time fans and collectors to experience comics in a new way. You no longer have to risk the wear and tear of your favorite print editions; you can now pick them up in the form of a tablet, laptop or even a smartphone and read them whenever and wherever you want. This allows your immaculate paper copies to stay pristine, while you still get the pleasure of enjoying them.

You can also experience new characters, story arcs and up and coming artists, which you may never have done before when shopping for traditional format comics. In many ways, the digital format is democratizing artistic output in all mediums, allowing underground authors and artists to publish and market their own work.

Because of the availability of the digital comic book, you can now also pick up books for free or relatively cheap. The lack of printing costs means that many new artists and writers can put volumes of their work up for people to experience for minimal costs, gaining them fans and allowing them do more with future work. You can even get an entire series of comics for free, which is sure to keep some people reading and asking for more.

Digital comic books, unlike their print counterparts, can be easily accessed anywhere through many different devices. These days you can use your computer, eReader, mp3 player and even your smartphone to access your digital libraries. You lose none of the integrity, as the art is just as sharp and resolute as it is in print, and you save money and time. No longer do you have to worry about spending top dollar in a store to get what you want out of a comic book.

Change is hard, but in some cases change works. This is one of those cases. Whether you are new to the world of comics, or someone who grew up pursuing other worlds through the eyes of superheroes, this is for you.

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