New Year’s Resolutions

With the New Year come New Year’s resolutions. Inevitably, working out and eating healthier will be on your list. This resolution will not only help you personally but professionally as well. According to a study of European workers polled by VieLife, those with a poor nutritional balance were reported as being 15% less productive than those with a good nutritional balance and those with poor nutrition scores reported 50% more sickness absences per year than those with good scores. While you may know what you want, you might not know where to start so I’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks to help you stay active at the workplace this year:

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Happy Holidays

FNTS would like to wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season. May the new year bring you health, happiness, and spectacular success.

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Are you ready for the play-offs?

With the new year and the BCS playoffs both right around the corner, I am reminded of a great memory. It will be remembered for the rest of my life. One of those, “once in a lifetime” events, in which I will never forget being there, witnessing it first hand, feeling the rush of adrenaline and pure jubilation, and hearing the thunderous roar of the crowd!

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Disaster Recovery or Risk Mitigation?

One of the first questions I get from most prospects is “What does FNTS provide for Disaster Recovery?”  The answer is: a lot.  But let me digress before tackling the answer in detail.

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Giving Thanks

As Thanksgiving approaches, it always prompts me to reflect on what I am thankful for both personally and professionally. Within my professional career at FNTS, I am so thankful for our clients and the relationships I have with each and every one of them.  Getting to know our clients is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job, and having a relationship with some of our clients that date back to 1996 when FNTS first opened our doors is really humbling.  It really provides so much more meaning and value when you take the time to know the people you are working with, what drives their business, and how we can help them reach their goals and objectives.

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Ready, Set, GO!

As we pull out onto the track for the final race, I am beginning to realize one of the main characteristics of a successful sales person:  competitiveness!  We line up just like NASCAR racers heading into the final heat, anxiously awaiting the flag to drop.  This is the third heat and there isn’t as much laughing as before – this time, it’s serious.  The prize?  No, not millions of dollars or trophies, something simpler: pure bragging rights on who within the Sales team earns the fastest track time and wins the race!

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The Extreme IO Test (Part 2 of Not All Solid States are Equal)

As a follow-on to a previous post “Not all Solid States Are Equal”, we test one purpose-built all-flash array to see if the hype surrounding this technology is truly justified.  There are several purpose built flash arrays hitting the market today – Nimbus Gemini, Whiptal Invicta, Violin 6000, and many more.

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Veterans Day

When I was 19 the last thing I ever wanted to do was join the military. The thought of going to war and possibly losing your life is not very appealing to many folks.  Back home, I wasn’t enjoying college life but didn’t want to work in a factory or foundry like so many of my high school friends.

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Spooked by Technology

To keep with the theme of fear it seemed appropriate I write this week’s blog too since it is so close to Halloween.  Halloween, once referred to as All Hallows Eve, was celebrated by lighting bonfires and wearing scary costumes to ward off roaming ghosts.  Today it has evolved into more social gatherings, costumes and sweat treats, marking the beginning of fall, shorter days and colder nights.

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Scared to Step into the Cloud?

On a recent business trip to Chicago we took a break in our day to play tourist and went to the Sky Deck on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower, formerly named Sears Tower.  It was a rainy overcast day so visibility was not ideal but it was a great opportunity to see the Windy City from 1,353 feet in the air.

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PCI and Cloud: How to Safely Store Cardholder Data

Many of you may be a little nervous about placing cardholder data in the “Cloud”.  Don’t worry-this is a normal and welcomed concern.  In February 2013, the PCI Security Standards Council released an Information Supplement titled PCI DSS Cloud Computing Guidelines.  This supplement provides organizations guidance if they are going to be placing cardholder data in the “Cloud”.

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Dark Wings, Dark Words

Westeros: a fictional place set in a fictional time resembling medieval Western Europe. The differences between modern and medieval times are infinite, but one basic technological advancement comes to mind; one that could change who ultimately wins the Game of Thrones . . . email. Draped in their chains of knowledge, maesters (ancient doctors who treat with leeches and scholars who study magic) delivered messages using specially trained ravens. How would events unfold if email could be used? Let’s look at how email can save us from the “king’s justice,” losing our heads – literally and figuratively.

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Not All Solid States are Equal

As a follow-on to a previous post “The Evolution of Disk Storage”, we discover there’s more than one type of flash technology to choose from.  Depending on the intended use and workload requirements, there are three flash technologies widely adopted and being deployed:

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Infrastructure-as-a-Service

Working with a myriad of companies from different industries, it is fascinating to discover why they adopted cloud and infrastructure-as-a-service. Commonly, companies want to focus on its capital and technical resources, business initiatives and growth projects. They do not want to put time and energy into computer hardware and day-to-day support needs

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