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3 Tips for Enabling Business Resilience Through Remote Work

By Dan Hamilton, Vice President of Technology on April 7, 2020

With the recent shifts in the economic landscape, several industries are facing challenges in scaling up their IT infrastructure and responding to new mandatory work from home protocols set forth by governments. These new regulations are demanding that companies respond rapidly to enable their workforce to work remotely.

Over the years, Whipcord has been assisting companies with technology, tools and expertise to facilitate such demands. We’ve created some helpful tips that may help companies to evaluate their existing IT resources and begin to scale their remote work capabilities in response to the changing environment.

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How a Turnkey Solution Adds Value To Your Business

By Sasha Goble, Brand & Communications Manager on May 15, 2019

If you're a business searching for a solution that offers more reliability during times of uncertainty, then you're not alone. Everyday it seems like there's another report predicting those uncertain times are increasing, with outages being "bound to continue as extreme weather events become more frequent and severe.” Hearing about how BC Hydro's customer outages have tripled in the past 5 years, the luxury of a Disaster Recovery (DR) solution has now become a necessity.

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Can Your Business Survive A Disaster Tomorrow, If You Don’t Prepare Today?

By Ron Singh, Regional Sales Manager, BC on May 8, 2019

Living in BC today, we’re used to the beautiful scenery, greenery, mountains, parks and of course the rain, but what we’re hearing about in the headlines paints a much different picture:

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What Is The Internet of Things (IoT)?

By Dan Hamilton, Vice President of Technology on April 24, 2019

Well first off, the Internet of Things is a buzzword. And like many technical buzzwords, the underlying concept that it purports to describe existed long before the media-friendly “IoT” moniker came into existence.

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Public vs. Private Cloud: Top 4 Differences

By Dan Hamilton, Vice President of Technology on February 11, 2019

Most people who are considering moving to the cloud are familiar with public cloud services such as those offered by Amazon, Microsoft and Google. However, while those services have attributes in common, private cloud services – such as those offered by Whipcord – are different.

Topics: cloud
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Mini-Series Parts 9&10: 10 Important Questions to Ask Your IT Partner

By Sasha Goble, Brand & Communications Manager on December 19, 2018

There’s more to choosing an IT partner than just searching for a solution that meets your technical requirements. Your partner will become an extension of your team, so it’s important to take the time to find the right fit, and asking the right questions is the first step in creating a trusting and lasting relationship. In this mini-series we’ll explore the most important questions we’d want you to ask someone like us! 

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Mini-Series Parts 7&8: 10 Important Questions to Ask Your IT Partner

By Sasha Goble, Brand & Communications Manager on December 12, 2018

There’s more to choosing an IT partner than just searching for a solution that meets your technical requirements. Your partner will become an extension of your team, so it’s important to take the time to find the right fit, and asking the right questions is the first step in creating a trusting and lasting relationship. In this mini-series we’ll explore the most important questions we’d want you to ask someone like us! 

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Mini-Series Parts 5&6: 10 Important Questions to Ask your IT Partner

By Sasha Goble, Brand & Communications Manager on December 5, 2018

There’s more to choosing an IT partner than just searching for a solution that meets your technical requirements. Your partner will become an extension of your team, so it’s important to take the time to find the right fit, and asking the right questions is the first step in creating a trusting and lasting relationship. In this mini-series we’ll explore the most important questions we’d want you to ask someone like us!

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Mini-Series Parts 3&4: 10 Important Questions to Ask your IT Partner

By Sasha Goble, Brand & Communications Manager on November 28, 2018

There’s more to choosing an IT partner than just searching for a solution that meets your technical requirements. Your partner will become an extension of your team, so it’s important to take the time to find the right fit, and asking the right questions is the first step in creating a trusting and lasting relationship. In this mini-series we’ll explore the most important questions we’d want you to ask someone like us!

Topics: cloud
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Mini-Series Part 2: 10 Important Questions to Ask your IT Partner

By Sasha Goble, Brand & Communications Manager on November 21, 2018

There’s more to choosing an IT partner than just searching for a solution that meets your technical requirements. Your partner will become an extension of your team, so it’s important to take the time to find the right fit, and asking the right questions is the first step in creating a trusting and lasting relationship. In this mini-series we’ll explore the most important questions we’d want you to ask someone like us!

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Mini-Series Part 1: 10 Important Questions to Ask your IT Partner

By Sasha Goble, Brand & Communications Manager on November 14, 2018

There’s more to choosing an IT partner than just searching for a solution that meets your technical requirements. Your partner will become an extension of your team, so it’s important to take the time to find the right fit, and asking the right questions is the first step in creating a trusting and lasting relationship. In this mini-series we’ll explore the most important questions we’d want you to ask someone like us!

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5 Major Trends Impacting Cloud & its Adoption in 2019

By The Whipcord Team on October 2, 2018

The rate of cloud adoption will continue to rise in 2019 and be harder to ignore as more CIOs are challenged by the enormous costs of managing infrastructure while dealing with the high costs of delivering availability, security and performance. With a booming economy, enterprises will often overlook inefficiencies and real infrastructure costs because they don’t have to worry about it at the time. However, forward-looking CIOs will start preparing for the inevitable downturn by focusing on reigning in costs and reducing operational risk, while delivering a superior experience to their customers.

Topics: cloud
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Whipcord Now Hosting Large Crypto Mining Operation in Lethbridge

By The Whipcord Team on September 27, 2018

Whipcord is pleased to welcome Blackcloud to our Lethbridge data centre! Blackcloud's Biostar Hardware arrived at our flagship data centre, August 8th, 2018.

Topics: networks
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We're Growing... Join Our Team!

By Ryan Johnson, President & CEO of Whipcord on September 6, 2018

Summer got away from us, but I’d like welcome our new staff members! We've had a really exciting year as we pursue tomorrow's digital world, and with that growth we're also looking to expand our team. Exciting things are happening at Whipcord - keep an eye out for upcoming announcements!

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IT Basics Part 3: What Is an IP Address?

By Dan Hamilton, Vice President of Technology on August 23, 2018

So far we’ve discussed networks and protocols. Both have been fairly general topics. but now we come to something a little more specific: Internet Protocol (or IP) addresses, specifically with a focus on IPv4 (Internet Protocol Version 4).

Topics: networks
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IT Basics Part 2: What is a protocol?

By Dan Hamilton, Vice President of Technology on June 22, 2018

A protocol, in general terms, might be described as a formal set of rules to govern interactions between two entities. Another way to think of them might be like shared languages. For example, if I’m speaking Inuktitut and you’re speaking Swahili, our conversation likely won't be very fruitful.

Topics: networks
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Part 3: The Business Case for Cloud Computing

By The Whipcord Team on May 2, 2018

In Parts 1 and 2 of this series, I outlined several key aspects of IT infrastructure, the prevailing types of cloud and managed infrastructure and the different approaches to creating a business case for the cloud. So how do we bring it all together?

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Dedicated Private Cloud: The Best of Both Worlds

By Dan Hamilton, Vice President of Technology on April 3, 2018

What exactly is private cloud, and how is it different from public cloud services?

I think one way to look at it is that private cloud is the sort of cloud you would choose to build for yourself. Based on an industry standard platform, fully compatible with your existing Enterprise applications, secure and isolated from the public Internet.

Topics: cloud
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IT Terminology 101: The Internet is a Proper Noun!

By Dan Hamilton, Vice President of Technology on March 15, 2018

Okay, call me a grammar nerd if you'd like, but when we talk about the Internet, it should be capitalized.

Topics: networks
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Part 2: The Business Case for Cloud Computing

By The Whipcord Team on March 8, 2018

In this blog series we'll present the business case for cloud computing to empower more organizations to see the financial advantages that augment the technological benefits of migrating to cloud computing. In this series installment, we'll delve further into the different types of Cloud and the associated costs. 

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IT Basics Part 1: What Is a Network?

By Dan Hamilton, Vice President of Technology on February 28, 2018

A network, in its most basic sense, is just a collection of things that can communicate with each other.

In the IT world, networks exist to exchange information between individual devices, or “nodes”. This could be as simple as two devices directly connected to each other (we call this a Point-to-Point network) or it could be hundreds or thousands of devices connected with various switches and routers.

Topics: networks
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Say Yes to The Cloud This Valentine’s Day 

By Sasha Goble, Brand & Communications Manager on February 14, 2018

Disaster Recovery Has Never Looked This Good

The top sources of financial loss for businesses are downtime caused by uncontrollable factors like hardware failure - but did you know, 58% of downtime incidents are actually caused by human error, while natural disaster account for only 10%? So, while your biggest concern is a Chinook coming in after a big snow fall, Janet over in reception is getting way too excited talking about her new Instant Pot, knocking her cup of coffee all over her computer.

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Part 1: The Business Case for Cloud Computing

By The Whipcord Team on January 29, 2018

It’s difficult to talk about computing and IT infrastructure without the conversation quickly turning to the Cloud. For those who approach new technology with some skepticism or reservation, this can appear as another overly-hyped marketing gimmick - especially for those that have recently made an investment in their premise-based infrastructure. However, for others it’s a powerful technology, enabling businesses to do more with less and access technology previously out of reach or reserved for very large enterprises. In this blog series we'll present the business case for cloud computing to empower more organizations to properly understand the business case and financial advantages that augment the technological benefits of migrating to Cloud computing.

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Route Optimization: Picking the Best Tube for Your Traffic

By Dan Hamilton, Vice President of Technology on January 24, 2018

You may have heard the Internet described as “a network of networks”. This is in fact quite accurate. (Or perhaps “a series of tubes”, which, although not entirely inaccurate, is a whole different discussion.)

The routing protocol that allows us to navigate these interconnected networks is known as Border Gateway Protocol, or BGP. In BGP parlance, each of the individual networks that make up the Internet is known as an Autonomous System or AS.

Topics: networks
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Total Access, Control and Protection of Office 365 Email Data

By Sasha Goble, Brand & Communications Manager on January 23, 2018

It's here! NEW Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 1.5

Mitigate the risk of losing access to email data and ensure Availability for Office 365 users. With version 1.5 and existing email recovery technology, users can increase scalability, take advantage of powerful automation and self-service restore, and expand platform support. 

Topics: cloud backup
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How to Transform Your Business with Colocation

By Sasha Goble, Brand & Communications Manager on December 7, 2017

When it comes to moving your servers off-site, the only real question is “if not here, then why there?” The IT field experiences rapid advancements that give data centres an edge over what other businesses can provide for themselves, from a high level of physical security to network speeds.

Topics: colocation
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Data Centre Efficiency: Keeps Your Costs Down and Helps Fight Climate Change Too!

By Dan Hamilton, Vice President of Technology on November 30, 2017

Do you remember being admonished as a child for holding the refrigerator door open? Or what about air conditioning – we often hear that raising our thermostats slightly in the summer can result in significant savings.

The data centre is no different in terms of energy conservation strategies; we just do things on a much larger scale. 

Topics: colocation
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Are All UPS Systems Created Equal?

By Dan Hamilton, Vice President of Technology on November 14, 2017

When the lights go out, we often rely on Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) or “battery backup” systems to keep our computers running. From small and inexpensive home or office units to multi-megawatt data centre installations, these systems all perform the same basic task; they use batteries to supply power to computers and other IT equipment for brief periods when utility power is down. But that’s where the similarity ends - there are some important differences between consumer and enterprise UPS systems. 

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How Much Power Do You Really Need?

By Dan Hamilton, Vice President of Technology on November 3, 2017

In my previous post, we explored the difference between Volt-Amps and Watts, and came to the conclusion that, with today’s power-factor-corrected equipment, these two measurements are usually nearly identical.

Topics: colocation
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When is it Time to Pursue Colocation?

By Sasha Goble, Brand & Communications Manager on October 30, 2017

When searching for a provider to outsource your infrastructure to, the cloud is an attractive option for most businesses, but not every organization is ready to make that leap. A data centre exists to protect equipment and data while offering cost-efficient solutions with higher reliability, increased connectivity and improved physical security.

Topics: colocation
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