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Are Hybrid Solutions Best For Data Protection?

A business without data is dead. It just can’t go on. How can a business run, more so, thrive if there’s loss of data.? All kinds of businesses rely a lot on data. No matter what kind of business it is, it relies a lot on data. That’s the reason why businesses should take care of their data.

Businesses are well aware of the fact that IT environments generate data that needs effective storage technology and data recovery technology like backup and disaster recovery. This applies to all kinds of businesses regardless of the size (SMBs, SMEs, Large Enterprises).


Unfortunately, some businesses don’t put too much importance on data backups. Even worst, they don’t have a disaster recovery plan in place.

There’s no excuse for lack of data backups. Whether a business is big or small, it should have a reliable process to back up data. That way, they can always get back their data in case of an emergency.

A solid disaster recovery plan includes a reliable backup system. The problem is, some businesses don’t want to invest in it. They think it’s just too expensive.

So, why are SMBs, SMEs or startups reluctant about purchasing and setting up these technologies? It’s the price tag on them.
IT infrastructures tend to be very costly and besides these CapEx costs, there are OpEx costs to them as well. An IT infrastructure requires maintenance, power, cooling and teams that manage and maintain them.


A disaster recovery plan does not have to include costly IT infrastructures. There is a more affordable option for small businesses.

Instead of pushing IT environments into the corner, businesses can opt to setup value products and support their IT environments. There are a number of technologies available that can make this happen …


Small businesses can consider backing up to the cloud. There are cloud service providers that don’t even require their clients to set up any kind of IT infrastructure. Once the business is signed with the …

A More Practical Way To Recover Data From Ransomware

Ransomware is scary. It’s a computer virus you’d want to stay away from. If your computer isn’t protected, it’s going to be pretty hard to stay away from it.

Sad to say, the most common remedy to this particular virus is to pay an exorbitant fee to get back your data. That’s ridiculous! Why should you have to pay for your very own data?

Unfortunately, that’s the way it goes. Once your computer is infected by ransomware, everything in it is held hostage. If you think that’s totally surreal and it can’t happen to you, well, think again.

Every 14 seconds, a new business is targeted by ransomware — a virus that holds its software systems or data hostage until a ransom is paid for their safe return.


The last thing your business needs is to be in the mercy of hackers. You simply cannot afford to have all your confidential data turned over to a bunch of crooks.

If your computers have not been infected by ransomware, then good for you. However, that does not mean that you’re going to be spared from it at all times. Your computers can still get infected. You just don’t know when.

It’s just very unfortunate that businesses have to pay to get back their data. They don’t really have much of a choice, do they?

Once businesses are hit, they have 2 options: Pay hackers to return the data, or pay ransom-busting startups to recover it.


Even if you don’t resort to paying the hacker, you’re bound to spend a lot as well.

But, according to a new ProPublica report, those 2 options are often the same: Most “high-tech” data recovery startups merely pay the hackers behind the scenes — and then pocket the extra fees.


While ransomware recovery companies offer a valuable service to help you in times of trouble, you would still have to pay. In most cases, you would have to pay a lot.

The business model is simple: Ransomware

Team Collaboration Conflict? How To Successfully Collaborate Among Your Team

Collaborate Among Your Team

The old saying is; “there’s no “I” in team holds true for businesses too. Collaboration is an important attribute for your team because it insights creativity and can be a productive tool. More importantly, collaboration is an indication that your team is prepared to work towards the same goal. The following blog post gives you six helpful tips on how to improve your business collaboration among your team. 

How To Improve Business Collaboration Among Your Team 

Set And Reinforce Team Goals 

When your team is in line to collaborate, it gives them a clear understanding of who is leading a project. If your goal is a successful project, you have to know the role that everyone on the team is set to assume. Utilize team meetings to delegate roles to your team members. There should be someone in charge of the meeting and someone taking notes for later reference. 

Team Responsibilities 

Now that your roles have been assigned, team responsibilities is your next goal. Your team should know what their duties are on an assigned project and the specific explanation of when those responsibilities need to be accomplished. Assigning team responsibilities is a very important goal for your entire team. Delegating team responsibilities will cut down on project confusion and work towards the assurance that any project will be done on time. 

Understand Your Team Goals 

Eliminate problems for your team and the organization by setting goals. In order for your team to be successfully on board with your goals, they must be given straightforward instructions. Don’t leave room for your team goals to have constant changes. If need be, don’t hesitate to readdress your goals with your team. 

Have A Plan For Conflicts 

Nobody likes to hear there’s a problem and that’s perfectly understandable because conflict can cause issues that need to be addressed or cleaned up. The truth is, “nobody likes to clean up the mess.” However, the right amount of conflict can leave room for issues that need to be addressed and motivate healthy competition among …

3 Ways a Mini-Multigig Provides a Big Boost

New Compact
Multigigabit Switch Adds Big Boost for High-Performance Use Cases

Ruckus Networks (now part of CommScope via acquisition) just introduced a compact multigigabit switch, the ICX 7150-C10ZP. It’s a small form factor 10-port switch, all of which are multigigabit ports. The new multigigabit switch has two ports that support 1/2.5/5/10 GbE and the other 8 are 1/2.5 GbE ports. The switch also includes two 1/10 GbE SFP/SFP+ port for uplinks and stacking. Its Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) budget is double that of our 1 GbE compact switch – and can deliver up to 90 watts of PoE per port. The switch is fanless for silent operation, making it ideal for use in classrooms, offices or retail environments, as well as in a switch closet (with the optional rack-mount kit).


When I first heard about the new switch, I scratched my
head, wondering why this switch might become popular. Upon further
consideration of the requirements for multigigabit connections, I see now that
this switch has some extremely interesting prospects.

Multigigabit connectivity, 2.5 GbE and 5 GbE over standard
Cat 5E (or Cat 6/6A) Ethernet cables, is just now starting to gain interest and
popularity. Some of the high-end Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) and most of the new Wi-Fi 6
(802.11ax) wireless access points coming to market over the past year have
multigigabit Ethernet ports.

While these new APs are capable of more than 1 Gbps
throughput, this rate is generally only required when there are large numbers
of data-intensive, or video-intensive, users. The top scenarios for this are in
large public venues. We see high demand for Wi-Fi 6 access points and
multigigabit switches in arenas, convention centers, auditoriums, ballrooms and
stadiums. These customers have been early adopters for Wi-Fi 6 APs and our
high-end multigigabit switches.

We’ve also seen a steady increase in sales of our
multigigabit switches, although many customers and reselling partners are still
on the fence as to whether it’s worth the investment to upgrade their
infrastructure from the current standard 1 GbE switches to multigigabit. It’s
particularly …

Federal Specialization rewards Ruckus partners

There’s a lot of excitement on our federal team lately about the new Federal Specialization in Ruckus’ Ready Partner Program. The Specialization program is a recognition of Ruckus’ most important industry partnerships for improving wired and wireless services within select markets, now including federal.

Federal Specialization

In the federal space, we are especially fortunate to have
strong, mutually beneficial partnerships with organizations that leverage Ruckus’
industry-leading solutions for network deployments. Federal contracting is
complex, and it’s not for everyone. Through our decades of service, we have
learned who has the staying power and expertise for delivering Ruckus solutions
to federal agencies for the long-term, as well as those who are simply dabbling
in the space.

The Specialization Program formalizes our already-strong
relationships. Many of these have grown organically over the years as we’ve
honed our partnerships around common interests, complimentary expertise and
resources, the use of the same governmentwide contracting vehicles, and
dedication to the federal customer and mission. These are the founding
principles for the new partnerships we look to forge through this program as
well, focusing on organizations that meet the following criteria:

  • Prime holder on one or more Government Wide
    Acquisition Contract (GWAC) vehicles, such as the GSA Schedule, SEWP, ITES or NETSCENTS
  • Dedicated federal sales, marketing and technical
  • Office located within 50 miles of Washington, DC
  • Campus edge networking experience

Trust and respect are the backbone of these partnerships,
just as with the federal customers we serve. The program rewards our partners
with exclusive access to FIPS/TAA and E2 SKUs – ensuring a secure supply chain
– exclusive partner events, training, and joint business planning and review
sessions. The certifications are especially important as federal agencies work
to defend their supply chains against cyberattacks, a threat that grows
exponentially when dealing with uncertified products.

At Ruckus, we pride ourselves on our commitments not only to
our customers, but also to our partners as we define ourselves as a partner-driven
organization. These relationships are important as, together, we bring collaborative
solutions from industry experts to the federal …

Distributed Fiber Networks: Comparing Point-to-Point Fiber Cabling and PON for Commercial Buildings

It’s no surprise that distributed fiber architectures are gaining popularity in the building. As networks grow to include all types of devices including audiovisual, security, building operational technology, IoT and wireless, there are advantages to pushing your network edge access out closer to the endpoint devices. Some reasons are:

Fiber Cabling

Density – Hotels, schools, and hospitals generally have dense zones or areas of networked devices. Installing high counts of copper cabling to a telecom room up to 100M away may be less efficient than installing fiber to a small network edge switch in a guest suite, classroom or patient room.

Multiple Networks – While all types of devices and
systems are connecting to the network, not all businesses choose to manage them
as a single network. There are various reasons for this, ranging from security
to employee and departmental structure, to roles and responsibilities.
Installing fiber from an equipment room for the specific system to a network
edge switch located near the system’s endpoint devices may provide an efficient
way to manage and control access to networks.

Space – As the number of devices and systems
increases, existing telecom rooms will become crowded but designing larger rooms
may not be feasible. Distributed fiber networks using point-to-point (P2P)
fiber optic cabling reduce the space needed in dedicated telecom rooms and
capitalize on using non-occupiable space in ceilings and walls.

One of the challenges
to locating switches outside of telecom rooms has been the growing demand for
PoE and the lack of dedicated circuits with power backup throughput the
building and ceiling spaces. As a standard practice, telecom rooms are
outfitted with dedicated power and UPS power backup to ensure switches stay
online and the critical devices they are powering stay operational in the event
of a power interruption.

But for
switches outside the telecom room, DC power microgrids can solve the problem. DC
microgrids allow you to install bundled power and fiber cables from your main equipment
or telecom room to each switch or endpoint. The power conductors are powered
via …

Faster R-CNN Object Detection with PyTorch

In this post, we will cover Faster R-CNN object detection with PyTorch. We will learn the evolution of object detection from R-CNN to Fast R-CNN to Faster R-CNN. This post is part of our PyTorch for Beginners series 1. Image Classification vs. Object Detection Image Classification is a problem where we assign a class label […]

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Change And Reset Password On Your Mac Computer

Need to change your Mac password? If you need to, don’t worry. You can easily do it.

Changing your password from time to time is important. It actually is a good practice to change your password regularly. Of course, you just have to remember it. If you forget it, there’s still no reason for you to worry. You can easily change and reset your password on your Mac computer.

Here’s are the simple steps that can help you change the password in your Mac computer.

If you know your password, you can login to your account and reset it with a few easy steps.

1. Log into your Mac.

2. Open the Apple menu (the Apple logo at the top-left of your screen) and choose “System Preferences.” You may also have it pinned to your menu bar (it’s a gray gear).

3. Click “Users & Groups.”

4. Select your user account on the left of the box and click the padlock in the bottom left to make your changes.

5. Click “Change Password.”

6. Enter your current password, your new password (twice) and a hint to help you remember your password (don’t make it too obvious). Click “Change Password” to complete the process.


Changing password is a lot different from resetting it. To say the least, the latter leaves you clueless as to what your password is. You really have no idea what it is but you shouldn’t worry about it. You can always reset your password but before you do so, keep this in mind.

Before you attempt to reset your password, check that you’re typing the correct upper and lower case letters and that Caps Lock isn’t turned on. Your password field may also have a question mark, which will display a password hint when clicked.


It’s not just your mom or grandma who usually forgets passwords. Everybody forgets passwords. When you do forget yours,  you can refer to these simple steps to reset.

There are two ways you …