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Beanstalk Computing Achieves Silver Competancy Status for Microsoft Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions

microsoft cloud silver partnerWe are proud to announce that Beanstalk Computing has been given the silver level competency status in the “Microsoft Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions” partners program. This program and award is designed to recognize a business’ competency in cloud computing, Microsoft’s cloud services and Microsoft Office 365.

Phil Sorgen, the corporate vice president for Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp explains, “by achieving a silver competency, organizations have proven their expertise in specific technology areas, placing them among the top 5% of Microsoft partners worldwide.”

He goes on to say, “When customers look for an IT partner to meet their business challenges, choosing a company that has attained Microsoft competencies is a smart move. These are highly qualified professionals with access to Microsoft technical support and product teams.”

Here at Beanstalk Computing we are incredibly proud of this new partnership status as it shows our successful commitment to the best possible service in the deployment of IT cloud solutions and Microsoft products.

However, this partnership is more than just an award from Microsoft. The Microsoft Partner Silver Competency offers us new benefits, and these benefits will allow us to do an even better job of helping you focus on the business side of your company, rather than the technology. And, with the constantly evolving world of IT and cloud computing, this partnership demonstrates Microsoft’s confidence in our ability to handle the challenge.

If you’d like to hear more about how our Microsoft Partnership can benefit your business, or if you’d simply just like to talk more about cloud computing solutions, please do not hesitate give us a call at 800-813-0926.

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Beanstalk Computing Partners With SEO Management Team for Best in Class SEO Services

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Do you have a website but struggle to drive traffic to it? Are you looking to increase your business’ visibility online? This is where the SEO Management Team comes in. Specializing in search engine optimization, the SEO Management Team can take your website to the top of search engine results pages through effective and affordable SEO best practices. After all, what is the good in having a website if none of your potential customers can find it. Having a site that isn’t optimized can cost you the loss of customers, sales and ultimately revenue. Call them directly at 888-851-0255 to find out more information.

Their process is simple and straightforward, incorporating just 3 steps.

1. Analyze
The team starts with a free audit and analysis of your website. This helps to identify areas that require immediate improvement and optimization. Any underlying website issues will also be identified and corrected at this stage. In order to obtain real measurable results, targeted and precise planning is required to ensure maximum success.

2. Optimize
This is the core of what SEO Management Team does. Finding the most effective way to improve the performance of your website and it’s rankings through strategic optimization. Each individual client is unique and therefore their business requires a unique approach to their SEO. Utilizing both on-page and off-page optimization techniques, they will get your site where it needs to be — at the top of search engine results pages.

3. Conquer
Search engine algorithms are constantly changing what it is they deem valuable. Therefore having a team that is ahead of the curve, evolving and implementing their tactics on your behalf is extremely beneficial. The SEO Management Team offers constant monitoring and adjusting to ensure the success of any SEO campaign.

Please contact us for more information and to find out how the SEO Management Team can help increase your visibly online, drive traffic to your site and grow your business.

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Beanstalk Computing Wins Partner for Success Reward from Microsoft and IAMCP

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Jason Brooks of Beanstalk Computing was awarded the “Partner for Success Award” for providing excellent leads to other members of the San Diego chapter of IAMCP.  The International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners is the preeminent networking venue for Microsoft Partners in the world.  Jason is now a member of the board in the San Diego chapter, seen below with David Gersten – President – SoCal Board of Directors.

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To learn more about IAMCP and opportunities you can gain from joining see the links below

IAMCP – San Diego

IAMCP – United States

IAMCP – International

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Beanstalk Computing Partners with Effortless Office to Offer Best in Class Virtual Desktop Solutions

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How would you like to be able to access your desktop from any device anywhere with an internet connection?  Explore a solution that provides you the mobility, security, and support necessary to grow your business.  Call us for more details at 800-813-0926

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effortless office provides a cloud solution designed to meet all of your security, support, and mobility needs for a fixed monthly price.

effortless security
Your data is stored at the Switch SuperNAP, one of the most secure data storage facilities in the USA. Full redundancy, anti-virus, and spam filtering services are all included in your EO package. With hardware and software that is HIPAA and PCI compliant you can be assured we work hard to ensure you meet industry regulations.

effortless support
24X7X365 tech support is available to all EO users to ensure all their needs are met in a timely manner. Our tiered ticketing system allows us to answer your most pressing questions in less than two hours.

effortless mobility
Access your virtual desktop from almost any device in any location with an internet connection. We currently support Windows, iOS, and Android devices. With anytime, anywhere access to your desktop you are able to work when and where you choose.

effortless savings
effortless office provides a fixed monthly billing system, giving you the peace of mind knowing what your expenses will be each month. Do not waste time and money sourcing services from multiple companies, let effortless office be your one stop shop for all your IT needs.

Please contact us to further discuss your private cloud solution. We offer free no commitment IT audits to show you how you can benefit from a cloud solution.

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Microsoft has announced as of April 8, 2014, Windows XP, Office 2003, and Exchange Server 2003 will no longer be actively supported by Microsoft.

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What this means to you:

These older versions of Windows and Exchange were developed in a time before the Internet played such a critical role in the life of your average business.  The result is that these systems cannot be trusted to handle the wide variety of threats to your data and computers that are ever present in our Internet-connected world.  Without the continued availability of critical security and software updates,  the Microsoft software that you rely on to help run your business will be under ever increasing threat, exposing you to malicious software and may result in a failure to comply to updated industry compliance standards.

Getting current with the latest versions of Windows and Microsoft Office helps you modernize your business and dramatically simplify everyday tasks

    If you are ready to upgrade your Microsoft Software, or have any questions/concerns regarding the end of support by Microsoft for these versions of software please Contact Us.

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CryptoLocker Virus

This is a Security Advisory sent to all Beanstalk Computing clients, partners, and contacts. Recently a ransom-ware virus known as the CryptoLocker Virus has been infecting computers and causing extreme damage to businesses internationally that can result in the permanent loss of data. This CryptoLocker is the worst strain of virus that we have seen, which is why we felt it necessary to send this email and bring this to your attention. The CryptoLocker is a new breed of virus that is able to encrypt most important files on your computers including files on any mapped network drive to which you are connected with write access. Once encrypted, your company files will be inaccessible unless you agree to pay the ransom demanded (via online payment, typically via MoneyPAK) by the sender of the virus, or recover your data from backup.  The encryption is currently unbreakable. Once you are presented with the ransom notice the damage has been done. This ransom-ware virus concept is not new, but this is the first time that a such a virus has been capable of doing widespread damage of the type that CryptoLocker has been responsible for. For this reason, we felt it important to remind clients and friends of some best security practices that they can take: 1.)  Back up your data. The importance of a reliable data backup is imperative. There are a number of factors to consider but your backup system should support file revisions as well as offsite data storage. 2.) Run effective Antivirus software. All computers should be protected by an up to date antivirus client. 3.) Do not open attached files via email. This is the most common infection vector for this and many common viruses. Many viruses will attempt to convince you that a file attachment containing the virus is something you really want to read. Be skeptical and careful!  ***Do not click on links within emails you were not expecting. For example: FedEx package, BBB complaint, domain expiring, etc. 4.) Use a spam filtering service. More than 80% of the email traffic on a daily basis is unwanted Spam email. A spam filtering service can prevent the vast majority of spam email making it to your inbox and can be particularly helpful in preventing the spread of viruses via infected attachments. 5.) Additional software solutions. These can include web content filtering, Firewall security services and software restriction policies put in place on your network. Limiting your exposure to security threats is the key and there are many options available in the type layered approach that Beanstalk Computing recommends to our clients.For any more information on CryptoLocker and safeguards please feel free to contact our team direct by emailing support@beanstalkcomputing.com or calling (800) 813-0926. For more information please see the links below: http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/cryptolocker.asp http://www.informationweek.in/informationweek/news-analysis/285827/beware-ransomware-cryptolocker-quick-heal What you will see if you are infected! malware warning
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Two Amazon Accounts with the Same Email Address and Different Passwords?!

I recently purchased a Kindle Fire, which is awesome by the way.  But one thing I realized was that for some bizarre reason you can have two Amazon accounts associated with the same email address if they have different passwords.

This is a rather quirky and slightly disturbing fact about Amazon.  This has caused me confusion for quite some time.  I have had my Android phone for some time connected to one amazon account and to my amazement my Kindle Fire to another completely separate account with the same exact email address but a different password.  The apps, magazines and videos I have purchased on my phone should be syncing to my new Kindle Fire but they were not due to the fact that I was using two completely separate accounts with the same email address.  Why on earth Amazon would allow such a confusing thing to happen is beyond me.  And when I asked support to combine the accounts into one this was their response:

“I’m unable to combine account information into a single account or merge your accounts due to technical limitations in our systems. “

Technical Limitations?  Why have this be a possibility in the first place?

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Beanstalk Computing Receives 2011 San Diego Award

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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

San Diego Computer IT Support:Beanstalk Computing Receives 2011 San Diego Award

U.S. Commerce Association’s Award Plaque Honors the Achievement

NEW YORK, NY, October 18, 2011 — San Diego Computer IT Support:Beanstalk Computing has been selected for the 2011 San Diego Award in the Computer Servers category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

The USCA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2011 USCA Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.

About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)

U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a New York City based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.

The USCA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.

SOURCE: U.S. Commerce Association
CONTACT:
U.S. Commerce Association
Email: PublicRelations@uscaaward.com
URL: http://www.uscaaward.com

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