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How Microsoft Azure Cloud Solutions Can Help Your Manufacturing Enterprise Maintain Its Competitive Edge

Executive Summary In 2020, public and private cloud-based solutions are set to surpass traditional data centers in terms of overall spending. In 2017, nearly two thirds of spending went toward private cloud solutions like Microsoft Azure. Cloud usage exploded in 2017,...

SPK Earns Place on MSP 501 List of Top Managed Services Providers in the World

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif., Aug. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- SPK and Associates, LLC (SPK) is excited to announce our recent award as one of 2019's 501 most elite Information Technology managed service providers in the United States.  The Channel Futures /...
How to Deal with Single Points of Failure: People

How to Deal with Single Points of Failure: People

There are things in every system that if they fail will cause the entire system to be crippled. These single points of failure can be hardware based, software based or even people based. If a problem occurs in these sensitive areas then an entire business can grind to...

How to Deal with Single Points of Failure: Software

How to Deal with Single Points of Failure: Software

In our series looking at false economies that place your business at risk, we have considered the dangers of leaving system administration and maintenance to engineers and looked at the single point of failure risks associated with hardware. But hardware isn't the...

How to Clone from a Large Hard Disk to a Smaller Hard Disk

How to Clone from a Large Hard Disk to a Smaller Hard Disk

Most of the time that I'm asked to do a clone of a computer, it's usually restoring an image onto a brand new computer which saves me hours of setup work and configuration. In fact, my very first blog talked about how I deploy user workstations using Clonezilla. There...

9 Ways To Repurpose an Underperforming Laptop

9 Ways To Repurpose an Underperforming Laptop

In a recent post, I discussed how to resolve 3 common (yet significant) issues with a broken laptop. Chances are, even if the issue is fixed, your computer may not run as well as it used to. But all hope is not lost. Say for instance you have an old 1.2ghz Celeron...

How to Resolve 3 Common Laptop Issues

How to Resolve 3 Common Laptop Issues

For many of us, having old hardware laying around means clutter for the desk or maybe an investment that you're not quite ready to dispose of. Maybe you have a laptop that a child stepped on or was damaged when you "accidentally" dropped it. Whatever the reason, old...

6 Reasons to Use VMWare Workstation for Prototyping and Testing

6 Reasons to Use VMWare Workstation for Prototyping and Testing

Why would the average engineer want to create and use a virtual machine on their laptop or workstation? After all, usually an engineer has a perfectly good machine to work with, right? That may be true. Perhaps the engineer may even have access to more than one...

Speed up your Website with Limelight

Speed up your Website with Limelight

Today’s clients are global -- and today’s content is rich. Without adapting to the use of modern tools, dynamic content can slow down the performance of your website, frustrating your potential customers. The problems of hosting international sites are well known:...

Netlist Flows between Mentor Graphics and Cadence Applications

Netlist Flows between Mentor Graphics and Cadence Applications

Looking for a way to jump between applications? Here’s the first of many workflows I use for going between applications. I’ll continue this series with DxDesigner -> Allegro PCB Editor next week. DxDesigner -> PADS Layout Open your project. In this case, I’m...