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3 Common Pitfalls Associated With Installation of Data Cabling Systems

With today’s business tasks becoming increasingly interconnected and data-driven, maintaining a reliable data network has become more important than ever before. A well-installed data cabling system will help support all your computers and other network devices such as printers, servers, HD TVs, fax machines and many more devices as you continue to expect 100 % uptime using your data cabling infrastructure. Here are a few common mistakes you should avoid before, during and after the process of installing a data cabling system for your business. Pitfall 1: Avoid blindly selecting a data cabling installer quoting the lowest price for their services Let’s all face it, data cabling is a highly technical and specialised trade, so it is prudent to look for a data cabling installer who can bring their many years of experience working on several different projects to your business, even if they charge a premium for their service. In many cases, the lowest bidder is usually the installer who is the smallest and holds the least experience in the data cabling trade. Before you choose a cabling contractor, carefully weigh the benefits and advantages they can bring to the table against what they will charge. Pitfall 2: Shortsighted pre-planning for the installation of the data cabling system Just like many other people, you expect your business to grow in the long run, but probably haven’t considered the significance of installing extra data cables to cater for future expansion needs and not just the existing data network devices. Once you’ve chosen a cabling installer, present them with a sketch of the various network devices you want installed. The sketch will visualize where your hub will be positioned and from where the data cables will run. During the installation of the data cabling system, bear in mind that creating extra capacity may cost more in the short run, but it is a cheaper alternative than having the cabling installer make another visit, say after just one year, to upgrade the system. Pitfall 3: Poor cable management Data cabling systems may look orderly before they’re used; data cables may be separated using data cable racks and run perpendicular from other cable systems such as electric power lines.  However, even the best data cabling system is of little use if you don’t have a proper management plan for all your cabling systems including electric power cables. A few months down the line, your […]

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4 Benefits of Moving your Infrastructure to the Cloud

Cloud technology is, without a doubt, one of the most significant advances of the last 10 years. Every day, more and more companies are moving huge sections of their business into the cloud and reaping the many rewards of doing so. There are many advantages to moving your infrastructure to the cloud. Here are a few of the best: Greatly Increased Data Security If you use a reputable cloud company and server-provider, you increase your business’s data security by a huge amount. First of all, you don’t have your own servers to worry about, so physical damage to your infrastructure is not a problem. Natural events (floods, electrical surges, earthquakes) can’t damage your data when you don’t house your own servers. As for the cloud company’s servers, they use a number of very extensive backup protocols to protect your data from unforeseen natural events. For instance, many companies have three separate backups, all in different geographical locations – the chances of all of them being damaged by a flood or storm at the same time are extremely low. Your business will have to worry about data recovery a lot less.  Save Money on Servers There’s another benefit that comes from not housing your own servers – you don’t have to buy and maintain servers! Servers are expensive, not only for the cost of the hardware, but for the cost of the staff whose job it is to keep them running. Not only are servers expensive to run, but anytime there is a problem with a server (and problems happen very often in large server rooms), a huge expense could be incurred simply to fix the problem. When you’re in the cloud, none of this is your problem anymore – your rates don’t increase when the cloud company’s server technician has to work overtime to fix a problem! Remote Access is Very Easy One of the most widely-advertised benefits of cloud technology is how easy it makes remote access. When your business’s data is all in the cloud, you can quickly and easily access it from anywhere in the world – all you need is an internet connection! This makes remote working that much easier – you don’t have to mess around with virtual desktops and all the issues that come with them (connection speed being the main one). Scalability Scalability is a problem all businesses face at some point – what […]

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Messy Child’s Room? Try Pinboards for an Easy Solution!

Pinboards are commonly used in offices to keep notes and papers off a desk and in plain sight, but they can also be a great solution for helping to organize a child’s room. Since many pinboards are available in a wide range of styles with a felt or fabric covering, they can be attractive while functional. Consider a few tips for using pinboards as a solution for that messy child’s room in your home. 1. Organising jewellery If your child has a big stack of jewellery that is always tangled and seem to be missing pieces, you might try a pinboard. This will get those jewellery piece off their dresser or out of their drawers, and off the counter of the bathroom sink, and keep them organized. To organize jewellery with a pinboard, use deep hooks or pins on which you can hang necklaces, bracelets and even earrings. Hang the pinboard up over a dresser, high enough so that longer necklaces and bracelets have room under the board and don’t cascade onto the dresser. Earrings that have a fishhook back can be set sideways on a hook or pin. For earrings with a post backing, cut a small plastic cup and pin one side to the board, and you can then use the cup as a little cupped shelf to hold these smaller pieces. 2. Accessories Items like scarves, belts and gloves often get strewn about a child’s room and can easily make it look messy and disorganized. You can get large pins and just pin a knit scarf or set of gloves to the board so they’re up off the floor. Loop a belt buckle over a large pin attached to the board, or drape the belt sideways over the pin. By attaching these types of items to the board, they won’t get tangled, kicked under the bed or otherwise lost in a child’s room. 3. School supplies A large hook at the bottom of a pinboard might hold a child’s backpack that he or she will need for the next day. You can also get your child into the habit of pinning up their completed homework or work that still needs to be done, so there is less risk of a paper being lost. A pinboard can also hold a calendar that sets out their schoolwork and due dates. You can also keep their desk more organized if […]

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