• iSecure Tip 6 of 12 Remember Physical Security

    A thief can snatch an unattended laptop from a desk and walk away in a matter of seconds. And a thief who has your laptop may have access to your files and personal information. A notebook lock won’t prevent someone from cutting the cable, but it can deter crimes of opportunity.

    If your data is in the cloud, your problem is mitigated.  If not, there are some solutions (the best being to get your data in the cloud).

    Kensington is probably best-known for its notebook locks; it offers an array of locks for laptops and desktops. Targus is a second vendor that specializes in laptop security gear, including one lock that sounds an alarm when someone tries to pick up the attached laptop or cut the lock cable.

     

    Prying eyes are a common security hazard. To prevent unauthorized viewing of your data when you step away from your desk, always lock your screen before leaving your PC unattended. To do this, simply hold down the Windows key and type the letter L. This will bring up the lock screen. To get back to work, press Ctrl-Alt-Delete, and enter your login password at the prompt.

     

    Another way to shield your screen is to install a privacy filter over the display. These filters fit directly on a monitor so other people can’t peer over your shoulder and see what’s on the screen. A privacy filter may be particularly useful if you work in an "open" office that lacks cubicle walls. Various companies sell these filters, including Targus, 3M, and Fellowes.

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  • AM3 and SDG&E Plan Cloud Computing Rebate Program

    AM3 Technologies is partnering with San Diego Gas & Electric to launch a pilot program which provides small and medium-sized businesses an immediate rebate for moving into the cloud. AM3′s cloud services features the virtualization of servers and desktops.  Previous SDG&E rebate programs have focused mainly on data centers and larger enterprises, virtualizing only servers and thus essentially excluding smaller companies.
     
    “With the ability to virtualize both servers and desktops by moving into the cloud, AM3 has created a new rebate market for smaller companies” notes Guy Hansen Senior Program Manager with SDG&E.  The energy rebate amount for a smaller company increases by almost 100% with AM3′s Cloud Computing Rebate Program.
     
    Stay tuned for the official launch.

     
  • Best of Both Worlds

    The Mac has always been one of the most sought after computers in the industry. They are powerful machines, but more importantly, it is a Mac, which means that it runs very smoothly with few problems. The clean look and superior design compared to PC’s have made it a favorite for students, designe and home users alike. However, the Mac has never been able to make real headway into the corporate world.

    Microsoft’s grip on the corporate market has kept Apple on the fringes. The vast majority of the corporate IT infrastructure runs on Microsoft operating systems. The Microsoft Office Suite and the Exchange email server have the monopoly on corporate communication. Additionally, the bulk of business application designers have designed their applications to run exclusively on Microsoft operating systems. So, if you are a Mac lover or want to become a Mac lover (because once you go Mac, you won’t go back), how can you make your Mac corporate friendly?

    The answer of course is cloud computing.  With your business applications and data in the cloud, you can run Windows 7, XP or 2000 (if you dare) and access it on your Mac easily and securely.  Not only can you run one virtual cloud desktop (VCD) on your Mac, but you can run multiple VCD’s for added flexibility and customization. Need or want Linux also, no problem. The cloud makes the Mac an even more powerful tool, by breaking down the barriers and allowing you to run the business software designed exclusively for Windows, virtually from your Mac. Now you can have the best of both worlds.

     
  • To Buy the iPad?

    To purchase or not to purchase the first generation of iPad?
         It seems that the excitement and reviews around the Apple iPad have been mixed. The Apple faithful and a lot of media are strongly supporting it and the PC faithful are watching from the sidelines to see how the launch and the product goes. So what is the future of the iPad? Should you go out and purchase the first generation? There are a few questions that must be answered before that decision can be made.

         So, what is the iPad? Well, believe it or not, the iPad is a tablet computer that may revolutionize the way we interact with the digital world and conduct our daily lives. The iPad will become as embedded in our lives, as the thoughts in our minds. We will pick it up as we start our mornings, to check email, read the newspaper and watch the news. We will use it throughout the day to conduct business, go shopping, and lead our personal lives. And, we will use it until we go to sleep at night, to watch television shows, watch movies and read books. The iPad is so functional and intuitive to use that it will become a seamless part of lives. Why is the iPad going to become such a huge part of our lives?

         Apple has designed the iPad to be very intuitive and easy to use. Many functions require just the touch of one button or the slide of a finger. It is also very lightweight and portable. And, it is a very powerful tool. The key to the iPad’s strength are not just the built in features, which are similar to an iPhone, but the Apps that are available. The thousands of Apps make the iPad an ever increasingly capable tool.

         With all its strengths, though, the iPad is not a perfect device. Since the iPad is an Apple product, it is limited to Apple-approved software and most people do not use Apple software exclusively to conduct business and their personal lives. However, there is an answer to this issue; Cloud computing. Through the use of the WiFi and 3G capabilities (3G models will be available in late April) you can escape the confines of the Apple-only world. For example, if you are a subscriber of the AM3 Cloud Service, the iPad can give you access to all the applications and services that you use to run your business and non-Apple lives, right at your fingertips. The AM3 Cloud Service opens the door to the world outside of the iPad. Ironically, this is the real future and power of the iPad–anywhere, anytime access to your business and personal applications and data.

         So, back to the real question; should you purchase the first generation iPad? Absolutely. Cloud computing is the future of all computing and the iPad is the device that will take you to the cloud via WiFi or 3G.

    -Neil Podvin
    AM3 Technologies

     
  • Mobile Internet Access

    Sure… the AM3 Cloud supports the iPhone, Windows Mobile, Blackberry for email access.  More importantly, if you want to access your cDEsktop (cloud desktop) from your mobile device, you can.  Run full-versions of Microsoft Office, Quickbooks, Lacerte, Timeslips, Abacus or any other application you run in the cloud from wherever you are.  Print documents back to the office.  Truly free yourself from physical confines and embrace cloud computing and the freedom it provides.

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  • Protect Your Tax Information

    With Tax Season upon us, you should be asking yourself, "Does my tax person secure my data?"
    If you were to ask that question to your tax preparer, more than likely he or she will answer you with, "I don’t know," or, "No."
    Either answer is scary and you should insist that your information is safeguarded against identity theft.  Think about it, your tax information: social security number, bank and financial information, addresses and telephone numbers are all essential data identity thefts look for.  Most small tax offices don’t know about or think they can’t afford basic security measures.
    It is no way to start the New Year being a victim of identity theft.  Ask you tax preparer what they are doing to secure your most sensitive data.

    Posted via email from AM3 Technologies

     
  • Announcement

    AM3 Technologies is proud to announce the addition of Fred Noble as a Business Development Manager.  Fred brings over 25 years experience in selling and marketing computer, software and networking infrastructure solutions with companies including DEC (now part of Hewlett Packard) and Motorola. He holds both BSEE and MBA degrees and says about  joining AM3, “I am excited to be part of the AM3 Technologies team as I see the enormous potential that cloud computing  has to increase organizational efficiencies and productivity while improving our environment.”

    Al Muller, CEO of AM3 Technologies, says, "Fred will be a valuable add to the growing Sales and Marketing side and will significantly help AM3 reach its sales goals over the next 24 months."

    Posted via email from AM3 Technologies

     
  • Giving Thanks

    AM3 Technologies wishes everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving.  We would like to give thanks to our families who continue to support our efforts in making AM3 Technologies the leading provider of cloud computing to the SMB and enterprise markets.  Its been a tough year for everyone and it looks like things have turned a corner as some of our recent wins indicate. We are thankful to all of our clients who believe in our service and continue to refer business to us, which is invaluable and greatly appreciated.

    Have a Great Thanksgiving!

    Posted via email from AM3 Technologies

     
  • Contract Award

    AM3 Technologies has been awarded its largest contract to date.  AM3 will be providing a Fortune 100 client (to be named later) an internal cloud that will provide them millions of dollars of revenue-generating services while saving them over $600k in hardware costs. A great way to finish what can only be described as a slow year.

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  • What Is Cloud Computing?

    Cloud Computing — What is it?  Its basically the way most computing is going to be done in the near future.  Instead of buying and managing computers, people and businesses will use a cloud service to provide them the computing resources they need.  Since its a service, you can add or subtract what resources you need and only pay for what you use. You can think of cloud computing as you would electricity from the power company. You pay for what you use.
    For example, say a small business needs 5 desktops computers and one server.  A single desktop averages about $1000 and a server $4000.  So this small business needs to fork out $9000 just to get started.  That price doesn’t include all the security patching, Anti-virus and overall management of those systems—not to mention the cost to power them all.  Cloud computing would allow the small business to defer those costs and only pay a service fee for the computing resources they need.  It is a much more affordable solution.

    Posted via email from Al’s posterous