Backing up your data is only the first step.

When we ask a potential client ‘Who is responsible for managing your backups?’, far too often a blank stare is all we get in return. Business owners know they need to backup their data and may have invested time and money in a backup product but, many times that’s where it stops.

IT research company, Baroudi Bloor International, found that over 90% of small businesses that had a catastrophic data loss (hard drive failure that resulted in unrecoverable data) are forced to close their doors within two years due to the expense and effort required to try to recreate the data or loss of business due to lost information. Having a backup of your data is a minimum.

The next level of protection is ‘Disaster Recovery’ (DR). Not only do you need to backup your critical files by those files need to get off-site, away from your PC or server. If, heaven forbid, you have a fire in your office and the backup drive is sitting right next to the server, then your backup was in vain.

A simple solution for providing a DR plan for your data is running your backups to an external hard drive that is taken off-site nightly or weekly. It’s recommended that two or three external drives are used in a rotation so that your most recent backups are never in the same location as your data.

Better yet, is an ‘Online Backup Solution’. Software (such as IBackup) is installed on the machine to be backed up. The software copies the data, over the Internet, to a storage device hosted by a backup service. It runs on a given schedule and the data is automatically off-site and safe from any disaster. For the busy business owner, this solution offers the ultimate in DR.

There are several factors to consider when choosing a backup solution but, we’ll hit those later.

Just get your data backed up!!!

Right now is a GREAT time to buy new technology

Increase Productivity

     If your PC or laptop is more than 3 or 4 years old you are missing out on a lot of potential time savings.

     Multi-core processors are the norm now and they make boot-up faster, your applications open faster, and those multi-taskers that have 27 apps open at the same time will notice a perkier machine.

    Solid-State hard drives (SSD) are radically different than they’re older counterparts. With no moving parts, they can reduce boot-up and application startup times by up to 50%. They’re a bit more expensive right now but, you’ll make it up by getting more done.

     With the introduction of Windows 7, 64-bit processing has hit full-tilt. Without getting too ‘geeky’, applications utilize and share system resources better and performance gets a big boost. 64-bit systems can handle more RAM, as well, which can cut more time from your work.

Uncle Sam wants YOU – to upgrade!

     The IRS has given businesses several incentives for upgrading their business equipment – including their PCs, laptops and servers.

    Businesses can write off up to $125,000 of qualifying equipment purchases in 2012. This is commonly known as the Section 179 deduction. Under current law the maximum Section 179 deduction will decrease to $25,000 in 2013.

    Businesses that have little or no profit in 2012 can still deduct the cost of new business equipment through bonus depreciation.  Unlike the Section 179 deduction, bonus depreciation can create or add to a business loss. However, bonus depreciation only applies to qualifying property purchased and put in service on or before December 31, 2012.

     Obviously, every business’ situation is different and we highly recommend you check with your accountant to make sure you can utilize these deductions.

Quality will save you money

     Businesses rely heavily on their technology. Downtime, due to equipment failure costs a lot more than the replacement of the hardware. Cheap systems will fail sooner.

    PC Geeks only sells the highest quality equipment. Our PCs and servers carry a full three year, parts and labor warranty, included! We resell only Lenovo brand laptops because they are consistently recognized as the top in quality and reliability in the industry.

    Contact us today so that we can help you get the most out of your technology!

Getting the most out of your technology.

The title above reflects the gist of what PC Geeks is all about.

We LOVE small business and small businesses need every edge they can find to, not only survive but, to grow and thrive. Technology can be a huge differentiator. We strive to help our clients use their technology to it’s fullest. And, today, it’s more than just PC’s and software.

There’s online backups, email marketing, and cloud computing. Cellular phones and tablets. Electronic documents and social media.

In future entries here, we will share some of that info with anyone who happens upon it. There will be tips and tricks for Microsoft Office and Windows. How to be more effective with your email marketing and social media. Cool new gadgets.

Some of this info will be basic for many. Some may be more geeky than most can handle. But, that’s our clients – some are newbies, some could be working for us! That’s what we love about them!

Check back soon.