Top 10 tips of the summer of 2006

Storage, security and open source were the front runners in our tally of the Top 10 SMB tips for the summer of 2006.

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With Labor Day right around the corner, summer is coming to a close. Vacations are ending, school buses are revving

their engines and the summer clothes are going to the attic until next year. With that in mind, we've compiled the Top 10 tips from the summer of 2006 for SMB IT managers.

  • Storage capacity for SMBs
    Is there a rule of thumb for how much hard-disk storage capacity SMBs should have? One expert weighs in.

  • Linux security for SMBs: Check IT List
    SMBs are likely to save with Linux, but they should take some security steps first.

  • IT renaissance employees wanted
    SMBs face tougher challenges when hiring employees than larger companies do. But even the challenges have silver linings.

  • UTM: Exploring the benefits for SMBs
    Unified threat management is quickly becoming a must-have tool for SMBs. Security specialist Mike Rothman explains what it is and why you need it.

  • Disk imaging eases SMB security pains
    Disk imaging may be the security alternative to time-consuming tapes and log files for small and medium-sized businesses.

  • A recipe for secure IM success
    Instant messaging can be highly beneficial to SMBs -- just think how much you'll save on phone bills. But prepare yourself for IM's associated security issues.

  • Security VARs -- Buyer beware
    A value-added reseller is not a security panacea, but it has its advantages, says security specialist Mike Rothman.

  • Continuous backup: Check IT List
    Continuous backup might cost more in the short term, but for SMBs the benefits outweigh the cost in the long run.

  • Storage planning for SMBs: Check IT List
    A successful SMB storage plan requires a thorough examination of your storage needs, budgets and resources. Greg Schulz asks and answers seven key questions for small and medium-sized businesses to consider.

  • Open source making way in SMBs
    SMBs are slowly learning about the advantages of open source. And the open source market is ready for them.


  • This was first published in August 2006

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