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KT Connections has been serving the Rapid City area since 1997, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Monitoring Your Network Traffic Can Help Your Business Stay Secure

Monitoring Your Network Traffic Can Help Your Business Stay Secure

When it comes to your network security, there is a lot your company can do to take it seriously. However, one thing that a lot of organizations neglect is actively monitoring their networks for things that don’t quite make sense. Why is it so important to monitor your network, and how can you make sure that it happens in a way that is proactive for your company?

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Are You Monitoring Your Servers?

Are You Monitoring Your Servers?

The most common question asked about server maintenance is how to keep them running smoothly and effectively for many years. Two of the not-so-obvious answers are temperature and humidity. While maintaining these environmental conditions is critical to server uptime, it is vital that—when temperature or humidity rise—you know about it before it’s too late. Let’s consider the importance of monitoring your servers.

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Is Big Tech Getting Too Big?

Is Big Tech Getting Too Big?

Some businesses have caught lightning in a bottle with the advent and overt use of the Internet. These companies now read like a who’s who of technology: Amazon, Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft. These companies are now some of the most lucrative in the world and there has been some very serious questions if they’re using their positions at the top of tech in unethical ways. Today, we’ll take a look at “Big Tech” and debate whether or not something has to be done to break up these companies before they become too powerful to fail. 

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7 Ways To Cool Your Server Room

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However, while there is considerable attention paid to data breaches, there is data which suggests that at least 30% of your data loss will be due to environmental factors affecting your server room. Factors such as high temperatures, static electricity, and even humidity can wreak havoc with your servers. In other words, the common elements you rarely think about, if left unchecked in your server room, can have a devastating effect on your business’ survival.

In 2013, Microsoft’s email services Hotmail and Outlook were offline for nearly 16 hours. A routine firmware update to their servers failed to install correctly. This failure caused an unexpected and rapid increase in server temperatures which was high enough to trigger their safety protocols, shutting down the services to prevent them from being damaged by the heat. The result of which was a massive loss of access to email services for millions of people.

Think about that for a second: Microsoft is one of the most - if not the most - significant software and hardware vendors in the world, and they lost their services for 16 hours because their servers got too hot and shut down. One more thing to consider is that Microsoft has the resources to toss at any problem they have, doing whatever is necessary to get up and running. However, the average SMB doesn’t have that type of brawn. Instead, they have to be smarter and more nimble on their feet. Don’t hope for the best, plan for the worst and ensure your business’ future. In this case, providing your server room has been designed with best practices in mind.

The industry standard for the recommended temperature range for a server room is between 64.4ºF and 80.6ºF. Don't forget about humidity, which can cause its range of issues to your equipment. The relative humidity of your server room should be between 45-50%. Take a moment to check your server room temperature, and if the temperature is regularly above the mid-80ºs (you do have a record of this information, don’t you?), you need to begin temperature remediation steps now. Constant exposure to high temperatures can shorten the lifespan of your equipment or even cause it to fail instantly. If it can happen to Microsoft, you know it can happen to you.

Here are some best practices to control the temperature of your server room, if you find it is operating in the higher temperature range.

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Managing and Maintaining Complex Networks

Managing and Maintaining Complex Networks

IT is extremely important for not just enterprises, but small businesses as well. IT administrators are able to save businesses a considerable sum just by monitoring and maintaining network infrastructures. By carefully looking after systems, downtime can be reduced, leading to more resources being available for other purposes. Of course, considering the fact that an organization’s network can quickly grow far beyond expectations, this task becomes much easier said than done.

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