CIO Solutions
February, 2010 - Vol 7, Issue 7
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CIO Delivers Simplified Communication Solutions - Eric Egolf
Did You Know?
Introduction to NAS: Part II - Peter Trinh
Employee Spotlight: Eric Engmyr, Sr. Account Manager

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CIO turns 24 years old!


On Feb 1, 2010 CIO Solutions turned 24 years old

What started as a one room office in Isla Vista in 1986 with one employee (Mr. John Petote) has now become a 20 person company with over 150 clients located across Southern and Central California.

Our success is due to the dedication of our employees and the loyalty of our clients. Thank you to all and here is to another great 24 years!
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What are some tips for protecting my computer and other electronics during storms in which the power is fluctuating?

A: For most of our clients we have worked to make sure that their networks and data are protected using proper power conditions and battery backups. For personal or home electronics here are a couple of FYIs and tips:
  • A traditional power strip ($10-20) WILL NOT provide surge protection. These devices are merely designed to act as an extension cord and provide multiple outlets.
  • To receive surge protection and extended battery time a UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply) is needed. These run anywhere from $50-5000. The lower price UPSs are acceptable for most small electronic appliances (PCs, TVs, etc). 
  • Laptops usually do not need an additional UPS because the power brick provides the surge protection and the battery acts as the backup battery.
There are a lot of strategies behind backup power.  For example, you may not want to plug your computer monitor into the UPS battery, just the surge protection, to make it last longer. For any questions regarding surge protection and extended battery contact us at 805-692-6700.  

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CIO Delivers Simplified Communication Solutions to Santa Barbara -                Eric Egolf, VP of Operation
ShoreTel Authorized
Eric EgolfCIO Solutions has been installing, configuring, and maintaining ShoreTel since 2002. In that time we have seen the explosive growth of the VoIP industry but more importantly we have seen the benefits that our customers have derived from the ShoreTel Unified Communications System.

Our customer base starts as far south as LA and extends through Ventura, Santa Barbara all the way to San Luis Obispo. The business value that seems second nature to us after years of experience with phone systems is not always appartent to our potential customers. I decided to write this article to highlight what I feel are ShoreTel's most compelling value propositions, read more..
February Tip of the Month

Did You Know? August Tip of the MonthDid You Know? August Tip of the Month
Did you Know? You can navigate the Internet Explorer 7 tabs

Here are some quick hot-keys that you can use to quickly navigate around in IE7:

Ctrl-T = Open a new tab
Ctrl-Tab = Go to the next tab to the right
Ctrl-Shift-Tab = Go to the next tab to the left
Ctrl-Click = Open a link in a new tab
Ctrl-E = Brings you to the search box
Ctrl-Q = See all tabs in a preview screen 
Introduction to NAS: Part II - Peter Trinh, SW Guru and Technician
Peter TrinhIn the article, Introduction to NAS: Part I, I introduced the NAS, discussed what they are, and explained their features. If you missed reading that article, you can easily find it here.

In Part II of this article, I will discuss the technical options of NAS devices along with the market segments they are meant for.

The market segments for NAS devices include: Consumer/Prosumer, SOHO (Small Office/Home Office), and Small/Medium Businesses.

The technical features or options that are offered by NAS devices include: USB Extension ports, Diskful/BYOB (Bring-Your-Own-Disk) configurations, Form Factor design, RAID ability and NAS Backup functionality.

Read the full article to learn about which options are available for each market segment.

Employee Spotlight  - Eric Engmyr, Sr. Account Manager

Eric Engmyr

Full name: Bo Eric Engmyr

Where were you born/where did you grow up: Santa Barbara, born and raised

When did you start working at CIO: 1989

Your position at CIO: Senior Account Manager

What you like best about working at CIO: The People

Hobbies/Interests: Camping, Backpacking, Soccer, Gardening, Surfing, spending time with my two beautiful daughters.

Dreams/aspirations: To be the best father and husband I can be and to find a balance between family, friends, work and me time.

Favorite color: yellow

Favorite food: everything except celery

Favorite movie(s): Jacob's Ladder, Less than Zero, Saving Private Ryan

Motto/quote: "Sunday morning is everyday for all I care"

Interesting fact about Eric: I am a 1st Generation Swedish American. I have never had a cavity.

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