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Palindrome Consulting has been serving the Hollywood area since 1999, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Looking to make your business cloudy?

IT has become an essential component of business. Without systems that meet business needs, a company will likely fail, or certainly struggle to stay in the black. As such, IT spending is predicted to reach USD$3.7 billion in 2013. Much of this spending will be on improving existing systems and adoption of cloud services. Is your company looking to get a little cloudy this year?

Here are five things you should ask cloud service providers when looking to make the move to the cloud.

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What exactly is server virtualization?

One of the biggest tech trends of the past two years is the topic of virtualization. This is a wide ranging topic that covers issues such as digitizing aging phone systems, moving programs off of hard drives and into the cloud, as well as taking existing servers and creating digital counterparts that have many benefits to users. While virtualization is a buzzword, many users are still fairly unclear about virtualization especially in relation to servers.

Here is a brief overview of server virtualization, when you should use it and what you should look for in a virtualization solution.

What exactly is server virtualization? In a nutshell, server virtualization is the practice of taking physical servers and digitizing them into virtual ones. In truth, this isn't a fully virtual solution; your servers will continue to be on a physical server, just in virtual format.

Modern virtual solutions run multiple systems - commonly called instances - on one existing server. Traditionally, servers were inefficient especially when it came to use of physical resources and hardware - much was left under utilized. Virtualization ensures that use of physical resources and hardware are maximized, leading to users getting better value from servers.

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How to successfully find a great VA

There are many different ways you can virtualize your company. Many companies virtualize the easier tech related functions like desktops, telephone and sales. Virtualizing systems like these are great at making specific jobs easier, however they don’t make it easier to stay on top of things. That’s why busy managers and entrepreneurs hire assistants. Don’t have a PA, or the budget to hire one? Take steps to hire a virtual one.

A virtual assistant (VA) fills the role of a traditional assistant but is just not physically present. Many roles, like replying to trivial emails, finishing presentations, writing or even answering your phones, can all be done through the computer. If you’re interested in virtualizing your assistant here’s five steps that will help you find the perfect assistant.

Step 1: Think about tasks you don’t like You’re not a superhero, there is always something, maybe many things, that you don’t like doing. Over the course of a week jot down what you do each day and whether you like/dislike the task. Beyond that, if you think someone could do it better, jot that down as well. At the end of the week, look over the list and see if you have to do the tasks yourself, or if you can outsource them. The tasks you can outsource can be given to your VA.

Step 2: Look for a VA Once you can justify a VA, start looking for one. Reach out to your network and see if your colleagues have assistants, and if they can provide you with a recommendation. Beyond that, consulting with organizations like the ivaa.org can return some great VAs.

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Virtualize your company and benefit

One of the hottest small business technological trends of the past decade is taking infrastructure and systems and transforming them from physical to virtual. Nearly every aspect of the office from employee onboarding through document management is now done on computers. The next step is to take these computer based systems off our physical computers to virtual environments.

In technical circles, the process of virtualization is the creation of a virtual copy of something actual like a server, network or storage device. Virtualization allows one device to run as more than one device. Running Windows on your Mac, or partitioning a physical hard drive into smaller sections that each act as a separate hard drive are examples of virtualization. In general, there are four types of virtualization:

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Virtualization Could Pay for Itself

Many companies realize the benefits of virtualizing their systems, and some have even started the process. In the current economies around the world, businesses are looking at ways to save money and streamline processes. A recent report on virtualization found that some organizations achieved investment returns of up to 269%. Read on to learn more.

What is Virtualization? Virtualization is the creation of a virtual computing environment, where one hardware system can run multiple virtual environments. Common types of virtualization include servers, storage devices, or networks. The benefits of virtualization include lower costs, improved IT management, and reduced energy consumption.

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