GadellNet Blog

Server 2003 End of Life

May 25, 2017

Nearly two years ago, Microsoft stopped supporting Windows Server 2003. At that point, the program was 11 years old and it was simply time to turn it out to pasture. Microsoft sent out end of support notifications, had countdowns going for end of support, and instructed users on how they could migrate and why it would be worth it. Even with all of these warnings, many users are still running on Microsoft Server 2003, two years after the last security patch was issued. Running Windows Serv [...]

Is Cloud Storage Right for You?

May 23, 2017

Many people are still mystified by “the cloud” and where your data actually goes if you’re using cloud storage. Put simply, cloud storage is online data storage and is a scalable way to store, access and share your data. Buying and maintaining your own storage infrastructure is a thing of the past once you migrate to the cloud. Migrating to the cloud sounds like a cumbersome process, but the migration itself isn’t bad. There are many benefits to cloud storage to be had, no matter the [...]

WannaCry Malware – The Aftermath and Beyond

May 16, 2017

By: Brad Hettenhausen, Director, Consulting and Cyber Security Services IT Security is hard. It's time-consuming and costly, and after all of that, it's hard to know how protected your organization truly is. After another rough week in the industry, I wanted to reflect on the state of events and the landscape in general. Some details from the incident: WannaCry (also known as WannaCrypt, WannaCry, or WCry) was widely deployed and destructive. And yet, experts don't regard it as well- [...]

Disaster Recovery: Your Plan should be a Priority

The stories are in the news. We see them almost weekly. A simple mistake or incident leads to a data disaster. For a small business, lost data can be an overwhelming blow.  Whether caused by a natural disaster, a fire, human error, hardware malfunction, or a phishing scheme, if your data is gone, your small business simply cannot function. 40% of small businesses that experience 3 or more days of downtime fail within 35 months. Small businesses are at a greater risk for data loss. Cyber [...]

Mobile Device Management: Letting Data walk out the Door

May 10, 2017

You wouldn’t let an ex-employee walk out the front door with boxes of documents, would you? Of course, you wouldn’t. You probably wouldn’t even let a current employee walk out the door with boxes of documents, especially those containing sensitive information. They could be lost, stolen, or otherwise, end up in the wrong hands. It could put your entire company at risk, plain and simple. So, why do you let them walk out the front door with their unprotected mobile device? Think about [...]

Rapid Resolution: the Next Level of IT Support

May 4, 2017

Managed Service Providers work to stay one step ahead of the ever-changing tech needs of their clients. This has taken many forms, even over just the last 14 year since GadellNet has been in business. From cloud storage to mobile device management, something new is always bound to make its way into your office as tech evolves. Rapid Resolution offers that next level of IT support and customer service. The best part is, if your Managed Service Provider is already in place and adding this servi [...]

Data Breaches Cost More Than You Think

April 27, 2017

In the last couple of years, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights has become more aggressive in enforcing HIPAA regulations. Besides being catastrophic for your business and your public image, data breaches can also lead to stiff fines from the Office for Civil Rights.  Check out this article about Metro Community Provider Network’s email phishing incident, and how it led to the discovery that they had not performed proper risk assessments.  They w [...]

Measuring the Impact of Instructional Technology

April 25, 2017

A few weeks ago, I was asked to outline my thoughts on evaluating and measuring the effectiveness of an instructional technology program. Measuring the impact of professional development, as a whole, is a knotty problem, but with more and more districts investing in dedicated FTE positions for job-embedded, just-in-time coaching, the question is relevant. Sooner or later, the school board will be asking questions like, "Have we met our goals? Is the program still relevant? Is there still an enve [...]

Tech Strategy for Success

April 19, 2017

The business strategy in place for your small business is vital to your success. This is likely a plan you put a lot of though, resources, and heart into. It’s the road map to your future with the keys to how you plan on outdoing the competition, growing, and better serving your customers. Your business strategy encompasses your vision, includes strategic objectives, the play by play tactical plan, and took you a lot of research to finish. You’re proud of this strategy and where it will take [...]

5 Ways Tech can Save your Small Business Money

April 12, 2017

Any small business owner knows that technology can be expensive. Technology can also pay off, especially in the long run, by creating significant savings. Different technologies will save your business money in different ways. The latest and greatest offering instant savings and increased cash flow is not always the best way to go, however. Choosing the right technology for your company means evaluating your priorities to make sure the technology meets your operations and budgeting require [...]