January 24th, 2012

We trust you enjoyed the Christmas and new year period and got to enjoy some downtime with family and friends.

Calvert Technologies is fully back on deck and we’re already working on a number of projects with clients, ranging from server replacements and disaster prevention planning to office relocations and migration to Office 365.

The recent hot weather reminds us that it’s important to ensure you have adequate cooling for your business technology, even when you’re not in the office. So make sure you don’t let those servers cook when it gets hot. As resilient as today’s equipment can be, they still need adequate air flow and cooling in order to continue to operate reliably and efficiently.

It’s also important to make sure clean power is being delivered to critical equipment, especially if you are in an area that’s prone to blackouts or power fluctuations. When considering a UPS for a server need to ensure you buy an online UPS, rather than line interactive. The key difference (other than price) is the online UPS is always delivering power through the battery, so there’s no need for a solenoid to switch from mains to battery power in the event of power failure, as you have with a line interactive UPS. The time delay for the solenoid to switch over can sometimes be too slow for the protected equipment and it then shuts down ungracefully – something you’re wanting to avoid.

UPS batteries also need to be tested and replaced over time – anything from 12 to 24 months depending on the quality of the power being delivered to them. If your UPS has not been tested or had the batteries replaced for at least 2 years then it’s very important this is done, especially in advance of actually needing to rely on them during these hot times – contact us to arrange for this and get yourself some peace of mind.

The year ahead is looking exciting with plenty of projects already booked in and new technologies showcased recently in Las Vegas at the CES show. What’s certainly evident is the growth in the mobility space, with mobile phones becoming smart phones and people wanting to be able to communicate by email, Facebook, chat, Twitter, photos and more wherever they are. Before you embark on buying a new smart phone that you also want to connect to your corporate network, be sure to check with us to make sure it’s going to work as you might expect.

Enjoy this month’s newsletter – we get great feedback each month and if there’s anything in particular you’d like to see highlighted just let us know and we’ll do what we can. Stay tuned too for details shortly on our next free information sessions.

Here’s to a successful year ahead!

Calvert Technologies

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July 18th, 2011

Hi folks.

Welcome to this July edition of our newsletter. We trust you had a great finish to FY11 and are looking forward to an even better and brighter FY12.

The prospect of the Carbon Tax being introduced is generating interest with businesses looking to implement “greener” solutions that consume less power – most importantly with regard to equipment that is left operational all the time (this being servers and printers). This not only saves money but is also a great bit of PR – imagine being able to promote your “green credentials”!

If you’re using equipment that’s over 3 years old then replacing it not only means you have warranty support from the manufacturer, but also the newer equipment is a lot more power efficient and hence has lower running costs.

As an example, we’ve just replaced our aging colour laser fax with a new colour inkjet unit which boasts 50% less power consumption and consumables costs!

We also utilise virtualisation technology that allows us to use a single server to run multiple systems, saving us hardware costs and further reducing our overall power consumption. This then blends nicely into Cloud technology.

Clouds are popping up on more than just the horizon these days, with the Internet, newspapers and even television abuzz with people talking about “the Cloud”.

Given that this Cloud chatter is about more than just dust from a Chilean volcano, the first article that follows is a simple primer on what is this causing all this excitement.

We hope you enjoy this month’s articles. Feel free to share this with others and you can always find back issues by clicking here.

Next month we’re planning on some exciting news to share with you so stay tuned.

Calvert Technologies.

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July 18th, 2011

By Calvert Technologies Managing Director Dean Calvert

“Cloud computing” (or simply the “Cloud”) refers to using a computing resource that is located outside the four walls of your own building. In fact, the “Cloud” is not a new paradigm – consider the voicemail service for your mobile phone, your corporate website or even your webmail inbox. These are all examples of outsourced “Cloud” services where the product you use is located outside your premises.

But how can this Cloud technology help your business? The answer to this question is multiple choice. Benefits can include:

  • Greater access to feature-rich software without the cost and complexity of managing it
  • On-demand licensing of software-as-a-service to handle peak demand periods
  • Faster resolution of IT problems by eliminating local computer configuration issues
  • Improved recoverability capabilities from potential equipment failure
  • Quicker, easier and more reliable backups and business continuity processes
  • Improved productivity by allowing staff to access information when they need it from a range of locations and devices.
  • Less complexity in your computer network
  • Lower power consumption by reducing in-house equipment
  • Lower costs when adding new staff, especially those with hard-to-get technical skills
  • Lower on-going support costs
  • Less capital costs when upgrading equipment or lower financing requirements for major upgrade projects

The list goes on.

Despite many promises of “one size fits all” Cloud solutions, reality is never that simple. There is no “magic bullet” solution– what works well for another business may not be what your business needs. Your business has its own particular set of requirements.

Calvert Technologies can provide you with the advice, guidance and strategies to identify the Cloud solution that is right for your business – and advise on the appropriate level of security to keep your confidential information confidential! We draw upon decades of technology management experience and a network of global contacts to design and produce the Cloud solution that will work for your business.

If you’re contemplating the Cloud, and want to know how your business can benefit from it, contact us today. While Calvert’s solutions may be in the Clouds, our heads certainly aren’t!

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February 21st, 2011

You’d have to be living under a rock to have not heard about, or experienced personally, the recent tragedies that have been hitting Australians. Floods, cyclones, heavy rains, power outages, bush fires, extreme heat – even though these are all part of living in this amazing country, they don’t necessarily need to spell disaster for your business.

Whilst Adelaide has been untouched by cyclones and bushfires, we’ve certainly had our share of the other problems listed above. Calvert Technologies is glad to be able to report that most of our clients escaped any catastrophic loss or failure due to our implementation of sound disaster prevention and recovery systems.  Unfortunately the same can’t be said for many other businesses we’ve come across who could have saved themselves a lot of grief by implementing some simple, low cost, but very effective processes and products.

Take a few minutes now to consider what you need to protect in order to ensure your business can survive a disaster, and what sort of incident you need to protect your business from. Also keep in mind disasters don’t just hit during the work day when you’re present!

Some of the key points or losses to consider include:

  • Power failure
  • Flooding – either from rain or a burst water pipe
  • Toxic substance spill
  • No Internet connection
  • Key equipment failure – server, phone system, networking devices, payroll computer
  • Computer virus infection
  • Key application failure
  • Break-in and theft
  • Fire
  • Key personnel sick
  • Key personnel unable to get to work (perhaps their home or route to work is affected by disaster or an accident)
  • Data corruption
  • Data loss
  • The list can go on and on…

The combination of these recent events, and many people knowing businesses and families affected by these disasters, has driven home the importance of proper planning and preparation – and as a result we’re receiving a lot of enquiries from people wanting our assistance with ensuring their business is adequately prepared and protected. The solutions range from the simple installation of power protection equipment to complete re-engineering of networks to include a mix of on-premise and cloud-based solutions. There’s no “cookie cutter” solution though – it all comes down to what’s right for your business.

So how prepared are you?

To ensure your business, or that of someone you know, is ready to survive when disaster strikes please contact us and book a time for an initial discussion.

Remember it’s not a question of “if”, but “when”, disaster will strike.

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