Top IT Trends for 2015

Top IT Trends 2015

For many years, we have been bringing you our Top IT Trends predictions for the technology that will change our business and personal lives. This year our Top IT Trends have an emphasis on business economy and productivity. We have seen a dramatic increase in the investment businesses are making in their IT systems. Technology advances have been incredible over the past few years, but this year we are focusing on the technologies that will help fuel your business growth in 2015. Business is back in 2015. The US economy is growing and IT is fueling the growth by bringing productivity, efficiency and modern ways of doing business. If you haven’t reviewed your IT system for upgrades and improvements – 2015 is your year to get into the Cloud! Cloud Productivity – If you are not in the Cloud, what are you waiting for? It will save you money, make you more efficient, productive and well … [Read more...]

Voted Best of Gwinnett for the Sixth Year in a Row

BOG 2014

For six years in a row, the readers and editors of Gwinnett Magazine have identified LAN Systems as Best of Gwinnett in the Best IT Service category. Each year the magazine opens the competition to selecting the Best in Gwinnett from over 30,000 Gwinnett County businesses.  It is no small feat to be selected among the many nominations. As a technology company and service provider, LAN Systems is committed to providing IT services and solutions that make sense for growing companies in the wider Atlanta and North Georgia area.  Today, IT is required to maintain a competitive advantage in any industry and the more a company utilizes IT for its daily and strategic operations, the more benefit is received.  Not long ago, companies struggled with implementing an IT infrastructure that would not consume more than it delivered, but now IT is an essential part of a thriving business.  IT makes … [Read more...]

Disaster Recovery Plans don’t have to be complicated

Disaster Recovery

The hardest part of a Business Continuity / Disaster Recovery plan is getting started. The task can seem overwhelming because there are so many details in so many places. But don’t let the complexity stop you. Even if you can’t put together the entire disaster recovery plan at one sitting, tackle the largest risks. Start with manageable questions: Who should I contact in case of a disaster? Have contact information for key vendors, insurance contacts and key clients. Do my employees know how to contact me and each other? Keep a list of employees with mobile numbers. Do I have a contingency plan for working remotely? Cloud solutions are easily implemented for remote work, communication and presence management. Can I access my important company data? Data can be made available in the cloud with different levels of security. Can I rebuild my … [Read more...]

Modernizing the 3-2-1 Backup Strategy

Data Backup

Arguably, maintaining a good backup of computer data is the most important task of the system administrator. In the early days of business computers, we made sure to label, rotate and verify tapes so that if the worst happened, we could restore from tape and be up and running quickly. It was suggested to have a tape for each day and store in a fire-proof vault preferably offsite. This is where I first heard the rules of the 3-2-1 backup strategy. A backup strategy has to be robust enough to recover from disaster, but simple enough to give a reliable archive. It is easy to discuss the choices with computer professionals because we understand the technology, but the opinions on how to execute a backup plan are as numerous as the number of experts that you ask. The perfect backup plan is one that is executable and verifiable. The 3-2-1 plan offers an easy to explain, easy to assemble … [Read more...]