Bay Area Systems, Inc. providing yet another crucial service package helping to keep small business IT environment running in top form and like a well-oiled engine. Starting December 15, 2018, Bay Area Systems, Inc. is offering select new customers a complimentary office network, website vulnerability security scan and review. Bay Area Systems will use industry leading tools to help examine and identify network security holes; vulnerable practices and setups that could make your network easy to target and attack by hackers, review firewall, VPN and other setups in your network. Aiming to provide the entire business with the most secure yet efficient IT operation environment, condition for business expansion, as well as checking existing backup, replication and disaster recovery setup and solutions.
Is your office 365 data safe?
Microsoft Office 365 has been increasing popular amount small businesses as a one-stop solution for handling small businesses email, file, storage, and collaboration needs. However, when everything is in the cloud, but the office Internet line is out of service, and you have a deadline to send out documents, meet a court date, or documentation requirement where you simply need to print out the document, sign it and mail it, what are your options?
Bay Area Systems, Inc. are fully aware of and anticipating the needs for small business owners in the San Francisco Bay Area, and we are launching a new service to provide reverse and second copy data backup for Microsoft Office 365.
Major vulnerabilities from design flaws in processors have been identified from leading chipmakers: Spectre and Meltdown, are capable of hacking and accessing extremely sensitive data on the silicon chips, and the flaws affect majority of personal computers and small company servers.
Bay Area Systems, Inc. are fully aware of the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities, and launched a free on-site analysis service to San Francisco Bay Area small businesses to help analyze potential impact and address concerns of small business owners.
Small business typically has IT environment that is essential to keeping the business running efficiently and profitably. The Information Technology environment typically started on something simple, and expanded over the years as the business grew, resulted in many “duct-tape” or “Velcro” solutions. Without a proper infrastructure, the IT environment very likely would not handle expansion of the business; neither would it integrate with modern technology. From data encryption standards, smart phones, tablets, new laptops, new and more powerful versions of software, to modern operating systems for PC, Mac, online browsers, local on-site backups, online backups, virtual server environment, etc. Each of these require careful planning, thorough architecture and design of the IT environment in order to operate seamlessly. Such setup is also crucial in minimizing data loss, disruption of business operation by virus or ransomware, and work efficiency of the entire company. In the news were hospitals putting off years of IT infrastructure review and upgrade, and they were still feeling the negative effect months after they were hit by ransomware attacks. Small businesses typically do not have the architecture and setups of a hospital, thus making recovery effort even more difficult, and sometimes impossible.
Adequate infrastructure, backup, and disaster recovery is also part of compliance for HIPAA and/or HITECH, where a small business might be required to be compliant when contracted with customers in the law, healthcare industry, government agencies. Adequate security, both in terms of physical and electronic access of the server(s) and server environment, should be thoroughly reviewed to adhere to company policies and protocols and be certified for compliance.
Given today’s Internet connectivity options, speed, and virtualization technology, having proper on-site and off-site data backup and disaster recovery setup is within small business budgets. All it needed is a proper review and potentially re-design of the IT infrastructure to accommodate the proper setup to ensure business operation and business continuity. Bay Area Systems have helped many small businesses implement a clean, straightforward, efficient and cost effective IT and server environment to take advantage of all the modern as well as required backup, replication, and disaster recovery solutions available.
Starting February 1, 2016, BayArea Systems will begin offering support for Microsoft Office 2016 suite of applications. Newly launched, Microsoft Office 2016 offer small businesses a suite of powerful tools that can increase productivity, provide easy and clear data keeping and analysis, presentation functions, as well as online collaboration capabilities. Small businesses have utilized the de facto standard of Microsoft Office suite of applications for decades, and BayArea Systems have been on the forefront of testing, analysis and support of Microsoft Office for many years. BayArea Systems have been involved in upgrade planning, deployment planning, integration and migration planning, as well as providing actual implementation of installation and training to San Francisco Bay Area small business owners.
Microsoft released their latest Windows 10 Operating System and providing non-enterprise license users free upgrade from Windows 7 and Windows 8. BayArea Systems have been actively involved in beta-testing, release candidate testing of this new and advanced Operating System from Microsoft. Windows 10 brings many new features, and much faster and smoother experience for users upgrading from Windows 7, and in general is a much more stable system than Windows 8. BayArea Systems have been at the forefront of testing Windows 10, and is providing expertise, advice, and consultation on upgrades and migration of workstations from previous Windows platform. Read More
Starting July 14, 2015, Microsoft will no longer issue security updates for any versions of Windows Server 2003. Windows Server 2003 has been running since 2003, and well served the purposed for the past 12 years. As both hardware technology and software capabilities grew tremendously in those 12 years, small business owners can take significant leap forward by upgrading to Windows Server 2012 R2 and utilizing much faster CPU from Intel and AMD, larger memory capacity, solid state drive (SSD) technology, and best of all, virtualization technology native to Windows Server 2012 (Hyper-V) to allow new computing power to help businesses operate much faster and more effectively. Microsoft released Windows Server 2012 Server Operating System in late 2013, and it has been a proven platform with much improved stability and capability. BayArea Systems also have much experience testing Hyper-V and running multiple virtual servers as well as workstations under Windows Server 2012. Bay Area Systems have been at the forefront of testing the latest Windows Operating Systems, and is providing expertise, advice, and consultation on upgrades and migration of workstations from Windows Server 2003.
For small business owners, computers and applications are most often mission critical to the business operation, accounting, and communications needs. Each major upgrade or migration must be carefully and thoroughly planned out, with questions such as whether the existing application will function on the new server operating system, how sharp is the learning curve on the user interface and operation, how to quickly get working with the basic functions, whether the new operating system will integrate with current networking environment and servers, as well as running compatible virtual servers under Hyper-V.
BayArea Systems have fully tested and deployed Windows Server 2012 server solutions to solve customers’ growing needs for new, powerful, advanced computing systems to serve as file server, print server, database server, as well as email server such as Exchange Server 2010 and 2013. BayArea Systems will provide careful and thorough analysis of customer’s current information technology (IT) infrastructure, generate roadmap to migration, and point out potential issues and/or obstacles.
The combination of cutting-edge, professional services of BayArea Systems, along with experience and knowledge of most current as well as previous Windows operating systems, including many versions of the Windows Server operating systems, provide our customers with a powerful tool in keeping office computing infrastructure in top shape, with smooth interaction both inside and outside the office, secure access to critical office data, and ease of transition into the latest and greatest technology, which directly translate into increased productivity, greater efficiency and effectiveness in communicating with colleagues and clients, and provide a positive experience and return on investment.
Microsoft Corporation is a multinational computer technology corporation that developed the Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2012 server operating systems.
BayArea Systems has partnered with Business Applications Performance Corporation (BAPCo) to provide independent benchmark testing on desktop and mobile platforms.
BAPCo is a non-profit founded since 1991, comprise of Western Digital, Intel, Lenovo, Dell, HP, Acer, Microsoft, Samsung, Toshiba, etc. that aim to develop and distribute a set of objective performance benchmarks based on popular computer applications and industry standard operating systems. Governments all over the world use BAPCo benchmarks to assist in product purchasing decisions. Since 2004, BAPCo has worked with Governments to produce the best tools in the industry to help make informed purchasing decisions as part of the tender process. The BGN (BAPCo Government Network) brings together this collaborative effort and expertise in one unified program.
BayArea Systems is proud to be selected and certified as one of the independent benchmarking labs, and the only laboratory in North America. BayArea Systems can provide benchmark testing on SYSmark 2012, SYSmark 2014, MobileMark 2012 as well as MobileMark 2014. Benchmark testing options include rapid result posting within seven days of receiving the product to be tested. BayArea Systems will independently set up the test environment and condition on devices to be tested, install benchmark testing tool and the corresponding testing suite to provide to proper testing iterations, as well as standardized environment for mobile devices battery drain tests on MobileMark. Desktop systems are tested on SYSmark, and results are available within one week on expedited services.
The testing suites from BAPCo use real world applications to provide a more realistic view of performance on devices, unlike synthetic benchmarks which only focus on limited aspects of a system. BAPCo aim to foster the creation of meaningful benchmarks in an applications environment. BAPCo benchmarks are based on software packages commonly found in retail computer software stores. Using benchmarks based on business applications allow users to conduct evaluations of systems handling real world workloads and environments. The resulting test results provide meaningful and relevant data for evaluating systems and performances.
For almost a decade, BayArea Systems has provided cost-effective computer systems and network support and services to small businesses all around the San Francisco Bay Area. BayArea Systems has become a pioneer in providing custom technology solutions that are efficient, cost-effective, and improve bottom line of small businesses. BayArea Systems’ business model is based on their passion to provide the best customer service experience in the industry, and building long-term business relationship with their customers.
Microsoft released beta version of Windows 10 in late 2014, and it brings many new features such as support of virtual desktops, improved command prompt, improved Aero Snap feature, integration of holographic representations with the companion HoloLens glasses and Windows 10’s HoloStudio app, (users can now create 3-D objects with their voices and gestures and then print them on a 3-D printer), new 3-finger gestures, selective synchronization of local contents with OneDrive, “Task View” and “Search” buttons on Taskbar can now be hidden, the ability to run Windows Store apps in desktop mode, new options added to Settings, plus a new search bar, availability of the classic Control Panel in Settings, along with a new web browser. Altogether nearly 7,000 improvements and fixes.
Windows 10 is designed to work equally well with tablets as well as with traditional desktops with keyboard and mouse, supporting hardware from tablets, netbooks, laptops, desktops, and even home entertainment center. Although the final version of Windows 10 is still months away, having a platform for testing will allow companies to try out new features, as well as test existing application integration.
Bay Area Systems’ Virtual Machine Testing Platform solutions can be implemented via secure Virtual Private Network (VPN) to provide the ultimate security and encryption. Only key strokes and mouse pointer movements are sent via the remote desktop session, instead of transferring files and data, further reducing risk of sensitive data transmission being hacked.
Bay Area Systems have fully tested and deployed many Hyper-V Virtual Machine solutions to solve customers’ growing needs of accessing office computing environment from multiple locations, as well as cost saving as they no longer need identical sets of workstations and software to use at each location. Efficient use of more powerful computing environments also ensures a much better performance, lower cost of ownership, and higher return on investment.
Bay Area Systems is providing small business owners in the San Francisco Bay Area assistance with Microsoft’s end-of-support for Windows XP; as well as offering Windows 7 and Windows 8 upgrade and migration solutions.
Starting April 9, 2014, Microsoft will no longer release updates to Windows XP, and neither will provide Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP. Windows XP has been running since 2002, and well served the purposed for the past 12 years. As both hardware technology and software capabilities grew tremendously in those 12 years, small business owners can take significant leap forward by upgrading to Windows 7 and even Windows 8.1 by utilizing much faster CPU from Intel and AMD, larger memory capacity, and best of all, solid state drive (SSD) technology to allow new computing power to help businesses operate faster and more effectively. Microsoft released Windows 7 Operating System in late 2009, and it has been a proven platform with much improved stability and capability. BayArea Systems also have much experience testing Windows 8 and 8.1 workstations and tablets. Bay Area Systems have been at the forefront of testing Windows 7 and Windows 8, and is providing expertise, advice, and consultation on upgrades and migration of workstations from Windows XP. Read More
Starting March 1, 2014, BayArea Systems will begin offering assistance to healthcare providers that deal with protected health information. This includes covered entities, anyone who is providing treatment, payment and operations in healthcare; as well as business associations, anyone with access to patient information/data and provides support in treatment, payment and operations; all subcontractors, and business associates of business associates also need to be in compliance. The HIPAA Privacy Rule (also known as electronic protected health information ePHI)pertains to the saving, accessing, and sharing of medical and personal information of any individual; the HIPAA Security Rule are standards to protect health data created, maintained, transmitted electronically. Read More