How Do I Virtualize Thee? Let me Count the Ways

So just what is virtualization anyway? That’s hosting all your IT in the cloud, right?

Close, but no. The Webopedia definition of virtualization in business is “the partitioning of a physical server into smaller virtual servers to maximize server resources.” This definition gets it right, but Paul Mah discusses even more specific ways to virtualize for PCWorld.

  1. Backup Security – taking a VM (virtual machine) copy of a server is extra insurance against hardware failure, enabling a business to get back on track with a recent image and saving the business’ bacon.

  2. Testing Testing 1 2 3 – Testing out internal services like Wikis or other projects in development on virtual machines makes great business sense. Isolating works in progress that could gum up the works with VM’s instead of taking chances or buying more hardware gives you more options with less expense.

  3. Two for One – Get double duty with mobility and security when you use remote desktop protocol with VM’s. This allows your employees to connect with their work virtually instead directly to their desktops, protecting your systems while still enabling mobility.

Ask about Group One IT Consulting services and how we can help you with virtualization needs and opportunities that protect your business, save you money, and help you innovate.

What You Get By Hiring IT Companies Providing Cloud Services

Do you wish to bring down the workload of managing the IT setup of your company? Are you facing problems managing the server hosting and software applications that are running in-house. In such a situation you need to approach IT support companies that provide cloud services. You can avail a lot of benefits by outsourcing some of the IT management function to a separate company. So, by moving to a cloud computing system you can easily reduce the costs of managing the IT department. So, instead of purchasing expensive systems and equipment for your business, you can control the expenditure required for server management and maintenance through outsourcing.

Through this you can easily scale up or scale down your operation and storage needs very quickly. It will definitely suit your requirements and also offer a great deal of flexibility as your businesses needs are ever changing. So, instead of purchasing and installing expensive upgrades yourself, your cloud computer service provider will be handle all of it for you. This will give you more time to concentrate on other important aspects of the business. Protection of the company data and systems is an important part of business continuity planning. In situations of a natural disaster, power failure or any other crisis you can have a proper backup in place by opting for cloud services. Through the particular system you can have the data stored in the cloud which ensures it is backed up and protected in a secure and safe location. Getting back to the normal business process will be very easy for you after the disaster has passed by. So, you can easily access your data again quickly which helps you in conducting the business as usual. This way one can minimize any downtime and loss of productivity.

Through cloud services your business will have the ability to communicate and share more easily outside of the traditional methods. In a condition where you have project work going on at multiple locations, you can use cloud computing service to give employees, contractors and third parties access to the same files stored at a central location.

Come to Group One Consulting one of the most reputable IT support companies in Sacramento. You can contact us to know in detail the services that we specialize in.

Group One Launches our New Website!

 We’re proud to announce our new website at! Our goal is to provide our current clients the best support possible, and with our new site, we make it easy to get that support from us. Our current clients can log into our site and access their tickets and submit service requests quickly and easily. We also provide all of our tools for getting quick remote access when working with one of our technicians.

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Microsoft Office 2010 now available to Consumers!

I might have already tweeted about this a day or two ago, but I wanted to be sure that I posted this to our website along with a link that explains more.  Welcome Office 2010 which we have been using inhouse since the Beta hit the web late Novemeber I believe.  A few notes regarding Office 2010:

If you are an Outlook power-user you will find the new grouping feature in Outlook 2010 to be such a time saving tool when working with e-mail threads.

The ribbon toolbar at the top hasnt changed much which is great for training reasons.  If you were familiar with the ribbon in Office 2007 then 2010 will be an easy transition.  Microsoft has now standardized all of their Office products with the new ribbon.  From Word to Excel, Power Point, Sharepoint Designer, and Project to name a few.  This will greatly reduce the learning curve when it comes to using these applications. Here is a link to some of the changes:


Chris Wiegman- Principal and Sr. Systems Engineer

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