Google Gets Final Approval to Purchase Motorola Mobility

Google Gets Final Approval to Purchase Motorola Mobility

Yesterday Google received final approval to purchase the Motorola Mobility Group which was has been held up by China.  The purchase will cost Google 12.5 billion dollars.  It is likely that the deal can close as early as this week.  According to the Wall Street Journal, Chinese antitrust regulators only green-lighted the deal this weekend under the condition that Google continues to make the Android OS widely available to all Smartphone makers – not just Motorola – over the next five years.

 Google owning a mobile device manufacturer and being the developer of the Android Operating System puts them in the same unique position that apple has enjoyed for many years.  It will be interesting to watch how Google’s relationship with other mobile device manufactures change over the next few years.

Posted by Jack Gerbs in Recent Posts, Wireless
New Alarm Panel Features

New Alarm Panel Features

Should you consider getting a new alarm system? There are many exciting features available on new alarm panels such as email or text messages to let you know when the alarm is armed and disarmed. If you forget to arm it, you can activate or even de-activate the alarm from a remote location. With a new thermostat connected to your alarm system, you monitor and make changes to the heating and cooling of your business or residence when you’re away. This is especially helpful during inclement weather.

Partitioning is another great feature that lets you divide up the alarm panel into sections that can be controlled separately. If you have an area like a server room or wine cellar, we can install a keypad by that room on its own partition. The separate partitions send out notifications so you know when they are being accessed, and that data can also be logged.

New systems also have the capability to monitor and send text or email messages based on monitoring any one or multiple sensors in a very granular fashion.  For home use this might be helpful to monitor the activity of an older parent that is living alone.  You can monitor an internal sensor between certain hours to make sure there is activity in the house, or to make sure your children made it home from school. All these features plus video monitoring that can be viewed from your mobile phone or tablet are now available.

Posted by Jack Gerbs in Physical Security
Are you too small for server virtualization?

Are you too small for server virtualization?

Are you too small for server virtualization? There are many reasons to virtualize a server, but for a small organization, it comes down to resiliency.  If your organization has only one server and you are running Microsoft Small Business Server, you can still virtualize your server with no additional cost.  Virtualization provides the ability to easily transport your entire SBS server to a new hardware platform.  This could be handy if you experience a serious hardware problem and need to bring in a replacement server that is not identical to the server that went bad.  Once the new server has the basic virtualization environment created the SBS server can be placed on the new hardware platform and you are up and running.  The only downside to creating a virtualized environment for a small business is a little bit of added complexity that is well worth the effort. 

Another benefit that is not often taken advantage of is the ability to take a snapshot of your environment.  With a snapshot, you can quickly restore the server to a previous state.  This is handy if you are doing a major upgrade to your software and something goes wrong.  The snapshot feature lets you roll your system back to just before you attempted the updates, essentially creating a safety net. The only downside to creating a virtualized environment for a small business is a little bit of added complexity, but is it is well worth the effort.

Posted by Jack Gerbs in Small Business, Virtualization
Not all phone systems are created equal.

Not all phone systems are created equal.

Not all phone systems are created equal. That being said, most phone systems on the market today will all have the same basic features and capabilities.  So what makes them different? The biggest difference is how they are connected within your office or building. VoIP telephones require power from either a wall adaptor at each phone or from a power over Ethernet data switch. Since they are connected over the data cabling, distance is limited to 100 meters.

Traditional telephones (digital or analog) are powered by a telephone switch usually located in a central equipment room. These telephones will have greater distance capabilities often up to 2500 feet and they do not require special cabling or network hardware to operate.

The good news is that Quanexus offers solutions that connect analog, digital and VoIP phones on the same system. Another great feature is the ability to connect multiple offices together and or place phones at the homes of teleworkers.  This enables better workflow and reduced operating costs.

Posted by Terry Watson in Telephone Systems