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The phrase "mad as a March hare" is an appropriate one for this time of year. The month of March has often been associated with chaotic activity, from Caesar's assassination on the Ides of March to the winds that buffet Central Texas every year. Of course, the Austin area also gets knocked around by a number of other hectic situations, from SXSW to the annual Spring Break outflow of students. Is your business – and specifically your IT system – ready to cope with this hustle and bustle? Our Austin managed services team at Gravity Systems can ensure that it is.

Central Texas never gets cold – until it does. If you've been doing business here for any length of time, you know that we get the occasional wintery days around this time of year. Sometimes that winter weather includes ice and other issues that can cut the power to large swaths of the city, possibly including your organization's IT center. So it's never a bad idea to think about your backup plan for those cold weather outages before they ever appear. Here are some thoughts on the subject from your Austin business IT support experts at Gravity Systems.

Handing over some of those essential IT tasks to an Austin managed services  provider can be a wise choice – or an unwise one. Make sure to ask your prospective providers these critical questions.

"Little things mean a lot." That's not just the refrain of a sentimental old song – it's advice to live by when you're trying to get the most out of your IT system. Here are some small changes you can implement right now to boost your business's efficiency and productivity, courtesy of your Austin tech support team at Gravity Systems.

Imagine discovering that your entire store of client, financial, or project information has disappeared in the wink of an eye. It's a nightmarish thought – but it happens all the time. Some 60 percent of businesses that fall victim to catastrophic data loss end up having to close their doors. That's a frightening number – but you can avoid becoming a statistic by performing regular data backups. Even so, there are smarter ways and less-smart ways to go about protecting your precious data from oblivion. Here are some key points to think about, courtesy of our Austin IT managed services team at Gravity Systems.

Hacker attacks have risen to the top of every organization's bugaboo list, from the horrific Heart bleed attack a few years ago to the epidemics of ransomware attacks and major security breaches that continue to plague organizations. Even when these attacks don't represent legitimate threats, they can lead business owners to make some very expensive miscalculations. Our Austin IT support experts at Gravity Systems want to brief you on how to recognize these hacker attacks so you (and we) can respond to them.

For many businesses, a fresh year means a fresh start on success strategies, with a whole new set of goals, tactics and milestones to make the new year a memorable one. If you're planning on making 2019 a banner year for your company, maybe now is the perfect time to implement some improvements to your IT strategies as well. Consider these productivity-boosting changes:

Here we are at another holiday season – which, for many of us, means not a total absence from work but a combination of work and play. If you're planning on taking at least some of your workload with you as you head off on that richly-deserved vacation, do you have the proper technology in place to stay comfortably productive? Here are some suggestions from our Austin IT business services team at Gravity Systems.

Sometimes you need more failsafes for protecting your business's valuable data. Sometimes you need speedier access to data stored on your company hard drives. Sometimes what you really want is a combination of both. You'll be happy to learn that a technology known as RAID can help you in any of these circumstances. If your awareness of the term RAID is limited to the world of insecticides, you'll want to check out this introduction to RAID arrays from your friends here at Gravity Systems.

Remember SCSI drives, FireWire ports, and all those odd-looking connectors that each had a different number of pins in them? Time marches on – and so do the interfaces we use in our IT components and networks. Here are some thoughts from our Austin IT business support  experts on the issue of adapting versus upgrading.