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Jan 9
2018

How TekTegrity is addressing Spectre and Meltdown

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By John Lim, CTO

As you may have heard, there are two major security vulnerabilities in the wild coined Spectre and Meltdown.  These two vulnerabilities may impact computer, phone and tablet processors dating back to 1995.  TekTegrity is working with major technology vendors to immediately address this situation.

What is TekTegrity doing for you?

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Dec 15
2017

Your Log Has Something to Say to You

John Lim, CTO

By John Lim, CTO

When it comes to tech, most of us don’t have the need to look too deep into the systems we’re using. We go about the day using the system in place and don’t have to think twice about what’s going on under the surface.

But when something goes wrong and all of a sudden a server goes out or a system crashes, we hope that there are some precautions and hidden tricks up the sleeves of our IT company.

Enter: logs.

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Dec 10
2017

Back it Up Like a Boss

By Ruby Nahal, Senior Engineer

Ruby Nahal, Engineer

The Story Behind Toy Story 2

We all know about the movie “Toy Story 2”. Pixar’s amazing creation where toys save the day. But did you know that the film was almost lost? And all because of human error. The primary files were accidentally deleted and when an attempt was made to recover from tape backups, it was discovered that nothing had been backed up for months due to systems failure. Luckily, Pixar was able to recover from a stray copy of files from the technical director’s personal backups.

We have all heard horror stories or experienced failed backup scenarios. From punch cars to Magnetic tape to the rise of floppy disks to the CD and evolution of Optical disks to the modern era of cloud backups – backup solutions and best practices have gone through a big evolution over the last century.

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Dec 3
2017

Do this One Thing to Make 2018 the Safest Year Yet

2018 Cyber Security Predictions

By Russ Levanway, CEO

At the beginning of this year, I predicted trends for 2017 and discussed my single biggest concern: security. I talked about the changing security landscape and how crypto-ransomware is a real force to reckon with. Sadly, my predictions turned out to be true.

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Nov 22
2017

The Service that Saved the Day When Kim Kardashian Broke the Internet

Ruby Nahal, EngineerBy Ruby Nahal, Senior Engineer

It all starts in the cloud

Cloud computing is the on-demand delivery of IT resources. This includes computing power, database storage, and applications through a cloud services platform via the internet.

A Cloud services platform owns and maintains the physical servers, the network-connected hardware required for these application services and the redundancy for high availability. You then provision the resources you need through a web console and you pay for what you use.

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Nov 15
2017

Battle for the Net: Why We Believe in Keeping the Internet Neutral

Net Neutrality

By John Lim, CTO

Where were you on December 14th, 2017? Wait, What? What is going on December 14th, 2017? A very critical vote by the FCC will happen on December 14th, 2017. Without Net Neutrality, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will be able to provide you better service to content on the internet from their business partners and not others.

So a small business owner that has an Etsy site selling wares might not be able to compete to get into your internet browser as fast as say an Amazon or Walmart that can afford to pay for direct access to your home.

Sound fair?

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Nov 5
2017

Gratitude for Growth: We Couldn’t Have Done it Without You

Food Truck Fridays – a Client Appreciation Event

By Russ Levanway, CEO

There’s nothing like the sense of accomplishment that comes with having helped a client in a truly meaningful way when there’s mutual gratitude for a job well done. We’ve come to learn that our clients see us not just as a company that fixes their computers, but as a company that enhances their productivity and thereby enriches their lives and the lives of those they serve.

But let me be clear: there have been quite a few times when clients have told us what we needed to do better. And we wouldn’t be the company we are today without that feedback.

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Oct 17
2017

The Tool to Understand What Makes Teams Tick

By Russ Levanway, CEO

Not too long ago we hosted a staff retreat and had everyone complete a Worktraits profile that uncovered the nature of her or his convictions and personalities. Afterward, we learned what it means for some of us to be highly disciplined, ambitious or compassionate, etc.

One lesson I learned during our retreat was that because people have different personalities, they speak different languages. In a work environment, the way you relate to people can be very different from one personality to the next.

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Oct 11
2017

Internet for All; What’s Not to Love?

Internet for All

By John Lim, CTO

So last Friday, I was up in my old stomping grounds, San Francisco Bay Area, attending the annual Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California Fall Conference. What does TekTegrity have to do with Non-Profit/Affordable Housing?

A lot, actually.

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Sep 29
2017

The importance of Application-Aware Backups

Ruby Nahal, Engineer By Ruby Nahal, Senior Engineer

Roadblocks to recovery

Right after I came back to the office after maternity leave, I had the pleasure (NOT) of having to deal with a terrible disaster recovery. We were trying to recover a database application from crash-consistent backups and meant lots and lots of hours on the phone. Needless to say, by the end, my nerves were shot.

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