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Three Reasons the Big Guys are a Lousy Choice for Backup and Monitoring Solutions…

For decades the IT Industry as a whole has been dominated by giant multinational corporations who, for the most part, are hell-bent on being one-throat-to-choke for the Global 2000. What does this mean for small & medium enterprises, or SMEs? It means that the Big Guys, as I collectively call them, have less and less relevance in the SME world, particularly as it relates to my sweet spot, the storage and backup sector. Herewith are three inconvenient truths about the Big Guys in the SME market.

IBM offers both monitoring and storage

In the last three years, if you bought a storage and/or backup solution from one of the Big Guys:

  1. You didn’t get a better product.
  2. You didn’t get a better price.
  3. You didn’t get a better customer experience.

What you did get, in exchange for all this, is a modicum of security that your vendor will still be around when you wake up tomorrow. But how much is this really worth, especially in the modern era that I call the Great Leveling of The Playing Field (see below), where new best-of-breed storage and backup vendors are launching and attaining legitimacy in the marketplace at astounding rates? Due to the Great Leveling, it simply no longer makes sense for SMEs to do business with the Big Guys.

The Opposition Responds

Oh the Big Guys will protest mightily, believe me. They’ll trot out all kinds of slideware and other marketing drivel about “converged infrastructure” and the benefits of dealing with a single vendor. If you are currently tied to one of the Big Guys, ask yourself a couple of questions:

How many applications am I required to use in order to manage this supposedly “converged infrastructure”?
How many platoons of vendor people am I required to deal with in order to keep this “converged infrastructure” running?
See my point? If you are already running separate applications to manage servers, virtualization, network, storage and backup, why the hell is it acceptable to buy mediocre solutions at high prices from a vendor who treats you like a number on a spreadsheet?

The Great Leveling of the Playing Field

I like to use Wormly for monitoring services instead of the big guys (AWS, Azure, IBM etc)

The IT industry is finally reaping the benefits of the mantra that it has been repeating to business customers for decades: technology levels the playing field. Nowhere is this more evident than in the storage and backup sectors. Capitalizing on fundamental advances in technologies such as Flash memory and multi-core processing, well-funded new vendors have rapidly emerged from start-up phase and begun tearing large chunks of market share away from the Big Guys.

In upending the three inconvenient truths about the Big Guys, these emergent fast-growth companies:
1. Offer a MUCH better product.
2. Offer a MUCH better price.
3. Offer a MUCH better customer experience.

For SMEs this is cause to celebrate. These advances in storage and backup are enabling the entire IT infrastructure to become faster, less expensive to operate, and MUCH simpler to use.

What is a Firewall?

Unless you have been hiding under a rock for a long time, you will have had some exposure to the Internet and the wonderful world of computers in some way. The world has become increasingly more technological and more connected in its advancement. This also means an increasing threat in cyber security, as everyone has witnessed with the Russian hacking attempts on the Democratic National Committee.

There are lots of ways to ensure you and your gadgets are protected, ranging from the extremely simple to the hard core complex solutions. If you aren’t one to spend a lot of time and money on complex security systems, then at least make sure you cover the basics by installing a firewall.

A firewall is like a tech wall that filters data coming in and going out of your computer or smartphone so that you are protected from viruses of hackers that want to access your data. Make sure you activate the firewall in your Windows installation or download one from an app store.

If you aren’t sure how to install one, get someone to help you out. Don’t skip it as this is a basic requirement for internet security.

Wayback Machine Downloaders Reviewed

It’s safe to say that when you’re considering backing up or restoring a website, you have a fair amount of choice when deciding on the website or system you need to complete the work. Whether you’re planning on scraping the web archives for that favourite website from your youth, or are seeking to rebuild the website you’ve lost after a traumatic loss of data. This can, of course, be caused for a whole load of reasons. Whether a missed hosting fee has led to your site being shut down, or that you have been targeted by a particularly cruel hacker, it’s a huge relief to know that there are ways of retrieving what you’ve lost – even if it comes with a fee.

One of the more accessible products is called the Wayback Machine, which provides you with the opportunity to recover lost websites and documentation by running an automated system that ‘scrapes’ the web archive at a set date and URL. By downloading the files that make up your website, it doesn’t take a web developer qualification to give you the ability to rebuild your site from the bottom up.

Take the European/Russian http://www.waybackmachinedownloads.com and the more US-centric http://www.waybackmachinedownloader.com/en/. Operating on a policy of less talk, more action, both sites provide the user with the ability to pop in a URL, pay the bill and watch as the system unleashes its bots into the web archive to find the files you need. It’s easy, it’s functional and actually very reasonably priced.

I would say that the US Wayback Machine Downloader site comes across as far more professional in tone, with some extremely smart, crisp lines and clean colour palette. The high level of support articles and dedicated tools to convert the downloaded files directly into a WordPress site are so unbelievably useful it hardly bears thinking about using any other site. When you’re looking at a mere $11 per domain (after the first, naturally), it seems possible to resurrect an entire catalogue of lost work – maybe even a career’s worth!

Wayback Machine Downloader also offers a handful of free tools, such as a plagiarism checker, privacy policy generator and – unbelievably – a logo generator! This isn’t just a website for restoring lost websites, Wayback Machine Downloader seems to be the first place to go before setting off and building your own website.

Wayback Machine Downloads, on the other hand, feels like a much more amateur site. Yes, it offers the same scrape-and-recover system at a comparatively cheaper €9 per URL, but it appears to lack the level of support and articles that come with the US-site. With the garish orange hue, it has the appearance of a children’s television show, despite having mostly the same text and imagery as the US site.

The two sites seem suspiciously similar, though aiming at vastly different audiences. Personally, so long as they exist, I’m a happy man – and if you’ve spent as much time producing content on the internet as me, you will be too.

Learn Your Hashtags Manner

 

Hashtags popularity is definitely taking over the internet world and has become an integral part of the whole social media experience. Since twitter introduced it back in the 2008, the former ‘pound sign’ was never the same again.

Now people hashtag as many as they can in any gadgets they have. Facebook also has already jumped in the bandwagon and supports hashtags. And even on other social networking sites that doesn’t support hashtags, people are still using it too. However, no matter how great we want our hashtags experience would be, some hastags are misused and can be so annoying for your friends, fans and followers. Most people who are guilty of breaking the hashtags etiquette are marketers but sometimes, even ordinary people do break the rules. Mind your manners! Here are some hastags etiquette you should bear in mind.

#donotstringtoomanywordstogether

You can put multiple words together but don’t put too much (it’s just not an unpleasant sight) and be sure to omit spaces if you do and capitalize the first letter of each new word to make it easier on the eyes.

#do #not #tag #every #word #you #think #of

I know some pictures and statuses are hard to describe in one hashtag so sometimes you have plenty of them. But please not too many hashtags in one post please. This is common in Facebook where there is no character limit.

dont jump on a trend without actually relating your post to the topic

Marketers are the ones guilty of this. Just because you want to spread your brand awareness doesn’t mean you should include a tag surrounding the latest celebrity gossip.

Avoid overusing descriptive synonym tags at the end of a post

#my2cents #idea #thought are the same in meaning. So you dont need to add all of those hashtags. It seems messy and unnecessary.

History of Ruby and Ruby on Rails

Most people know what a ruby is but not the programming kind and there is a reason for that. Ruby was developed way back in the early years of 1990′s by a Japanese programmer who wanted a no fuss programming language for use in the now emerging web application development area.

Ruby is a pure object-oriented, has simple syntax and to sum up all the advantages it’s darn easy to use. The only problem, it was open-source when a time when the giants ruled the net. Then came Rails, now that was when things started cooking, for suddenly there was a ruby framework that worked hastening the development time 10 times making development a breeze. Its main virtues; less software and convention over configuration allows small programs with a punch that is easy to maintain.

Ruby on Rails

Ruby on Rails (also known as RoR), a brilliant product of the Rails core team, is an open source (free to use & modiy) web application development tool (or framework). It gives the power, even to an amateur, to develop professional grade web applications for his website.

The concept of Ruby on Rails was developed in 2004 by David Hannson, a programmer (now a partner) at the firm – 37 signals. He was developing the project management tool “Basecamp”.

Ruby on Rails was released as an open source development tool in the year 2005. In th year 2006, Apple Inc declared that RoR will be distributed along with the Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard), an year later, the name ‘RAILS’, the logo and the tool itself was trademarked.

The version 2.3 was released in the year 2009 whereas the latest version is 3.07 which was release in April 2011. The advanced features of RoR like templates & engines aid in developing various types of applications for purposes like video sharing, e-commerce, online libraries, social networking and so on. The advantage in using RoR is that, though the tool itself is based on the Java interface, one does not need to be a master of Java script. One can actually develop the application faster through Ruby on rails than building it using core Java.