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Computer Fortress

Computer security is a very delicate subject because today, the world is being digitalized very rapidly as new technologies are vastly being distributed to the most remote places. Every business involves computers and they need to be safe and secure more than ever, because of the fact that all the important data is being documented and archived on pieces of hardware.

Essentials to shared computers

o For better access, most computers in an organization are linked via a network, which has to be protected by specially designed software. Now, computer security systems are used to protect data from theft, misuse, damage or any other disaster that can potentially harm stored information.

o Computer security is practically not needed if a given computer is not in a network connection or in any other way connected to other computers. Thus, when someone mentions “computer security” – most probably he or she means “computer network security”. For example, there is no chance your computer to become infected, if you don’t have an internet connection.

Privacy issues

One of the most important aspects of computer security is the privacy

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Why Prefer Onsite Computer Repair

Technology has become the world to us these days. It’s what we turn to for everything. And it can be extremely frustrating when the things we’re heavily dependent on, stop working all of a sudden. Whether you’re a student trying to finish an assignment on time or the head of the household trying to order groceries online because you’re busy, when technology fails us we get irritable. So what do you do? Unplug your PC, carry it all the way to the nearest computer repair centre in the midst of your busy schedule? And how do you know that the nearest computer repair centre is reliable and efficient? The answer to these questions is onsite computer repair.

It basically means that instead of you having to travel great lengths to find the best computer repair centre, you can call a technician to come and fix your broken computer and get it fixed within a span of 1-2 hours, where as a computer centre might have kept your computer for longer.

How do you decide whether to take your computer down

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How the Cloud Is Fundamental to Smart Mobile Computing

A large number of the apps that we all use on our mobile phones and tablets incorporate a variation of cloud computing in some sense, because many of them fundamentally rely on the idea that they are providing us with a packaged-up experience of what are essentially web applications. This approach to mobile apps allows the user to access an array of content and functions which they could not physically store on their mobile device. Therefore, cloud computing on mobile devices has fairly specific benefits for mobile users in comparison to users of PCs to the extent that cloud computing is core to the development of computing itself on such ‘smart’ devices, particularly since the launch of 3G networks and the ability to transfer data that that offers. What’s more, with the advent of the higher bandwidths of 4G upon us, the concept of maximising mobile data and processes within the cloud – and minimising the amount stored on individual devices – is only set to carry on expanding.

The list of the categories and types of applications that use and/or rely on cloud computing is extensive to say

The Point of Having Data Centres

I have often wondered what would happen to large corporate companies if they were to suddenly come across an incident whereby the building sustains a lot of damage meaning that all client data are lost and all of the expensive computing equipment are damaged. In instances whereby problems occur which are beyond the control of the staff or the company, there must always be a backup plan. In certain areas where there are natural disasters it goes without saying that this then is an imperative step for the companies located there to make.

Many companies and businesses will have heard of data centres and will be familiar with what they are used for. A data centre is quite literally a facility for holding data, computers, telecommunication equipment and storage systems. These can contain back-up power supplies, fire suppression, air conditioning for keeping the servers cool, environmental control and data communication. These fast became popular in use after the dotcom bubble. Companies became dependent on fast internet connectivity and continuous operation of the deployment of systems.

Some of the smaller companies began building their own facilities called Internet Data Centres (IDC) which helped with finding solutions for

What is an Inbound Call Centre Service

A calling centre is an office where a companies inbound calls are received or outbound calls are made. In other words, these are centralised offices used for the purpose of receiving and transmitting a large volume of requests by telephone. An answering service is operated by a company to administer incoming product support or information inquiries from consumers. Outgoing calls for telemarketing, clientele, product services, and debt collection are also made. In today’s society, calling centres are popular where many companies have centralised customer service and support functions. These employ many staff in customer service, sales, and support functions.

Call centres large offices are often staffed with representatives who either make or receive phone calls. A single office could have anywhere from a few dozen to hundreds of telephone staff – depending on the size of the call centre. Depending on the needs of the company, call centres can make either incoming or outgoing calls.

A contact centre is usually operated through an extensive open workspace for contact centre agents, with work stations that include a computer for each agent, a telephone set/headset connected to a telecom switch, and one or more supervisor stations. It can

How To Create A Cheap Media Centre

Why would you want a media centre for your house? Well if you watch a lot of films online or watch YouTube then a media centre can really save you a lot of money in the long run.

All you need is a spare computer or laptop the smaller the better really, doesn’t have to be super fast just fast enough to play HD films like Blu-ray. You can buy a Blu-ray drive for half the price of a normal Blu-ray player! They are much cheaper, buy one and install it into your computer. A Blu-ray driver for a laptop might cost a bit more though.

DVD drives are really cheap for computers now and most laptops already have DVD drives installed in them.
If you want your media centre to play movies online or watch YouTube then you might see how close your TV and spare computer are to the router for the internet access. Keep in mind that if your router is wireless you can install a wireless card into your computer and most laptops come with wireless connection built in.

Once you’ve got your internet connection sorted and what type of disk

Controlling Your Media Centre PC

Controlling your computer from the couch is half the challenge when building a media centre PC.

Last month we looked at setting up a media centre PC, but there’s still work to be done. The key to a great media centre is the ability to control it from your couch as easily as you control your other home entertainment gear.

The first thing you’ll want to do is set your media centre to automatically log in to Windows when it boots up. You might also want to configure the media centre interface to launch automatically, so you’re ready to go.

As for controlling the computer from afar, there’s more than one way to skin this cat. The obvious solution is to opt for a wireless keyboard and mouse, but these can be rather cumbersome to use while reclining on the couch. A wireless trackball makes life slightly easier, but you might be better served by a lounge room-friendly keyboard with a built-in pointing device. There are a few to choose from, such as Logitech’s Wireless Touch Keyboard K400. You’ll find also smaller keyboards which fit in the palm of your hand, such as Logitech’s diNovo

Reasons To Have A Data Centre Disaster

Far too many new and small businesses are making the horrific mistake of not only not making a data centre disaster recovery plan a priority, but in some cases neglecting data centre disaster recovery plans altogether.

There are many reasons why a company may hold this opinion of data centre disaster recovery plans; perhaps they believe that a disaster is one of those things that will never happen to them, or maybe they feel that their business does not rely that much on soft data, and that a data centre disaster recovery plan is not practical. However, no matter what the reason, developing a quality data centre disaster recovery plan is always a warranted endeavour, and here’s why:

1. Assurance: You can be sure that customer as well as employees will greatly appreciate the peace of mind they will obtain by knowing that they and their information is protected against any sort of disaster. Your customers will rest easy knowing that the company they are loyal too plans ahead and can deal with any sort of contingency and that it is prepared for any problems that may arise. Besides giving your current customers a reason to

Important Role of Design in Data Centre

A right type of data centre infrastructure is very important to store abundance data. In old times these centres used to be huge computer rooms. Former computer systems were very complex to run and maintain. They were huge in size and needed high store rooms. The cooling system of those computer systems was hard to maintain, they needed a special environment in order to work properly.

Today special data centres have taken the place of huge computer rooms. It is the place from where all the communication and computer systems are operated. They need high end environment and infrastructure in order to run properly.

The data centre needs certain things to work properly, and these things are as follows:

· The cooling system: data-centres need high cooling systems, as the power needed in running systems is high, so it produces more heat. In order to avoid less efficiency these centres need high cooling system. Cooling system is important from the view of the security of centres. All the computers create more heat and this can lead to disaster if the cooling system is not up to the level of the heating system.

· Right

Why Is It Important to Maintain Hygienic Conditions in the Data Centre

Nowadays many companies are dependent on data room, server room and data communication equipment. The world wide web is synonymous with business in today’s world, due to the need to constantly communicate data effectively world-wide, which is why a routine data centre cleaning service is imperative.

It is important that data communication systems are stable with a nil failure rate. Routine technical cleaning of data rooms, server rooms and data communication cabinets lessens the danger of hazardous zinc whiskers occurring.

Zinc whiskers are little filaments that occur on metal surfaces that have been electroplated with zinc; they’ve also been known to arise upon wood and concrete core floor panels, plenum side of floor panels, the exposed metallic surface of pedestal or stringer pieces.They are often caused by inner stresses and strains suffered through the electroplating method in the engineering of the galvanised floor tiles implemented in elevated floors.

Zinc whiskers show up from the floor panel surface area and disseminate into the environment threatening sensitive computer hardware doubtlessly triggering short circuit issues in sensitive data hardware.

It is essential regarding any server room environment that the required procedures are utilised to deal with zinc

The Data Centre Arms Race

The following installments of this article look at the progress of this data centre arms race and a few of the new generation of large facilities that have been built across the world. There are, no doubt, some which would warrant a mention that don’t appear below because of a lack of available data, particularly regarding those run by online application giants such as Google and Facebook for purely their own use. Information is more plentiful for centres run as leased hosting and/or colocation facilities as they are looking to actively advertise their specifications.

When looking at the world’s largest data centres, there are a number of ways in which their sizes can be measured, including the scale of their operation, based on power consumption, the number of servers in use or the total digital storage capacity; or their potential capacity taking into account the number of units and total rack-space available in each facility including un-utilised capacity and potential space for colocation purposes.

This article focuses on the latter idea of capacity by comparing the floor space of each data centre’s buildings to get a scale of the actual facilities themselves rather than their technical

Knowing How a Data Centre Works

A data centre is an important and integral part of any company’s computing system. It is the building, facility, or physical place where all the computers keys components are stored. The size and components of a data center depend on many factors including the size and needs of the business. Important components found in almost any center include the computer’s mainframe, air conditioning to cool the computer system, backup power supplies, and security applications. The mainframe that is in this center might include customer’s accounts and information regarding their activities with the business. The importance of a secure and efficient center for a computing system can’t be stressed enough. Without the basics of the computing system properly maintained, how can a business run the right way?

The main function of a data centre is to protect and maintain the company’s information. Without this, a company risks others gaining access to their data. In this day and age, not having enough security is like throwing caution to the wind. Who knows what damage could be done if someone gains access to the company’s most important and valuable information? This is why the security measures implemented should be state-of-the-art

The Data Centre Arms Race

This trilogy of articles looks at the development of bigger and better data centres across the world. It considers what is driving this construction boom, some of the challenges it faces and examples of how it is being implemented.

For a number of years the buzz word in the IT industry has been “cloud”. The word represents a shift in way all of us access and carry out our computing needs with an increased reliance on the internet. The term has even crossed into mainstream parlance thanks to services such as Apple’s iCloud.

The idea behind cloud computing is that users can access computing resources, such as applications or storage space, on remote computers, via the internet rather than on local individual machines. The advantages are plentiful as consumers can access just the services they need as and when they need them (akin to traditional utilities) and from a multitude of devices and locations.

Many of us use explicitly labelled cloud services but the majority of those used, particularly in the private market, don’t necessarily prompt the same recognition. For example, the massively popular social media tools, Twitter and Facebook, allow us to share communications

The Data Centre Arms Race

The final part of this trilogy looking into the growth of data centre facilities around the world focuses on the existing power house of data centre construction, North America, in particular the US, and the emerging contenders within Asia.

US

There are currently thought to be five centres that are as large or larger than that in Newport, Wales and four of them are to be found in the US. The smallest of these is the NAP of the Americas data centre, located within the urban sprawl of Miami in Florida. Matching the Newport facility for floor space at 750,000 square feet, it is not only a key installation for both the US military and global DNS infrastructure, but is a vital hub for IT Operations in the south east of the US and Latin America beyond.

The next up the chain is the home of Twitter’s servers amongst others – the QTS Metro Data Centre in Atlanta Georgia – with a square footage of 990,000. The building which originated as a Sears distribution centre and, like many of the other contenders, was repurposed into a data centre, now houses its own substation to support

Automated Telephone Systems Allow Call Centres to Provide Reliable Services

If one thinks about it, one is liable to get a headache. The ability of computers to talk to and understand responses from callers seems a little too futuristic to be believable, but it is a reality today that has made the efficiency of call centres and the services they provide higher than could have been imagined 20 years ago. The fact is that automated telephone systems have advanced far beyond a simple recorded message, so much so that, in some cases, natural conversations can effectively take place.

The technology used is very sophisticated and very intricate, with the precision of voice xml used to provide an efficient interactive experience for callers. Of course, a core component in such services is the speech recognition software that is utilised by centres, with its ability to turn the spoken word into text a factor that allows the computer programming to work so effectively.

Obviously, it is a computer system that manages the response units in a centre and directs the conversations between callers and the computer voice. There can be a bank of thousands of possible dialogues based on the possible responses that a caller might have to

CNC Machining Centres

CNC machining centres (Computer Numerical Control) have been around for a very long time now and they have become the workhorse in many manufacturing environments. Capable of exchanging a wide variety of tools through the use of automatic tool changers, and controlled by precision ball screws driving all of the axes of the machine, these machine tools are capable of performing highly complex work very quickly as compared to manual machine operation.

Machining centres, not to be confused with other types of CNC equipment such as grinders or lathes, are available in horizontal and vertical spindle styles. Typically horizontal style machining centres will be provided with a rotary 4’TH axis table (either positional or in more complex cases with a full rotary axis) whereas vertical machining centres will often have the 4’TH axis feature as an option.

Generally designed to perform milling, drilling, boring, and tapping functions to form raw materials such as steel or aluminum into finished parts, machining centres can be found in a variety of sizes from as small as a drill press up to very large boring machine styles. These machine tools have complex computer consoles that are programmable and once programmed

When Choosing the Right Media Centre Computer

Like desktop computers, there are a wide range of choices when it comes to buying a media centre computer. In essence they a built the same way and share the same components as desktop computers, but they fulfil a different role. The ideal media centre must have tons of hard drive space to store all your favourite content, must have a Blu ray drive and decent visual output and mustn’t look out-of-place under your TV. Here are a few things to look out for when looking to buy or to build

1. The case

When choosing your case, you need to ask your self just one question, would this look out-of-place in my lounge. The media centre traditionally sits under the tv with the DVD player, sky box and games console, so having a big beige box as a computer may spoil the image. There are plenty of different options on the market at the moment, with designs ranging from small black boxes to sleek brushed aluminium units.

2. Large hard drive

One of the great things about having a computer is the fact that you can have massive amounts of storage. What’s better

The Thriving Enterprise

A call centre is a centralised workcentre, of a business enterprise engaged in telemarketing services, that answers incoming telephone calls from customers or that makes outgoing telephone calls to customers. Call centres are generally set up with [powerful computer systems that most typically include a computer, a telephone set (or headset) hooked into a large telecom switch and one or more supervisor stations. It has been proved beyond doubt that a single large call centre is more effective at answering calls than several smaller centres. The issues in a call centre are generally statistical in nature and is centred around the probability that an arriving call will be answered by an available and appropriately trained person. The real challenge here is the task of forecasting the call arrival rates and then scheduling the number of staff required on duty at particular times of the day. The centralised office concept attempts to rationalise the company’s operations and reduce costs, while at the same time a unified, glossy front office is presented to the outside world. The call centre option works beautifully for large companies with a large, distributed customer base.

Apart from providing vital infrastructures, the main challenge

Benefits of Data Centre Co-Location

Introduction

Data centres fall strictly in the business to business arena so the term data centre is therefore alien to the majority of the general public. Data centres are effectively large computer rooms or facilities dedicated to the accommodation of computer and networking hardware and associated telecommunications equipment. Data centres provide guaranteed regulated power supplies, hardware and network security and internet connectivity. They are usually located separately from the main business headquarters and can be owned by the business itself or by a 3rd party specialist service provider. Co-location and co-location hosting are terms used to describe the location of equipment for multiple clients within the same data centre. The huge growth in the demand for co-location services over the last couple of decades has been fuelled by the increasing reliance of businesses on mission critical IT systems.

Here are eight of the most compelling reasons for a business to outsource the housing and management of its computing facilities.

1. Cost savings
In house computer hardware often occupies precious space in prime office locations with rents at £50 per square foot per annum being commonplace in London. Locating computing facilities remotely allows this prime space

History of the Data Centre

The Beginning of the Computer Era – A Dedicated Room

While the data centre as we know it was perfected during the dot com boom of the late 1990s, data centres actually have their roots in the earliest beginnings of the computer era. Early computer systems, which were huge, room-sized machines, required a lot of space and a controlled environment. The complexity of operating and maintaining these machines also led to the practice of secluding them in dedicated rooms.

Computer security became a consideration during this era. These early computers were incredibly expensive, and many of them were used for military purposes or important civilian business ventures. A dedicated room allowed businesses and organizations to control access to the machine.

Another factor influencing the trend toward separate computer rooms was the need to keep systems cool. Early computer systems used a great deal of power and were prone to overheating. Dedicated rooms could be climate controlled to compensate for the tendency to overheat.

These early computers required a multitude of component-connecting cables, and these cables needed to be organized. This led to the creation of some of the data center standards we know today.