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Take Care of Your Business’ IT with Our Spring Cleanup Special

spring-cleaningDuring the spring season, businesses will take advantage of the improving weather to prepare for the busy summer that lies ahead. In addition to giving their property a good “spring cleaning,” they also have to make sure they have the inventory and help necessary to get the job done. When preparing your business for the busy summer season, don’t sell yourself short! While seasonal employees and inventory are integral to the operation of your business, there’s no part of your business more essential to its operation than your computer network!

Whether you use your business’ IT system to make transactions, manage the relationships you have with customers, or anything in between, having your IT system fail on your when you need it the most can cost your business valuable peak season income! Missed income during the summer months is extremely difficult to make up for. If you need a little more convincing, read below to find out how our Spring Cleanup Special can have your business’ IT system running full speed when heading into the summer season.

We offer full and half day rates to take care of the following issues that could be holding your business back!

Hard Drive Cleaning/Defragment/Registry Cleaning and Repair
We will clean your hard drive to free up disk space and defragment your hard drive to make it run more efficiently. Repair and clean your registry.

Malware/Virus Scans/Rootkit Scan (Deep scans and removals)
We will run deep scans that will find infections that most common Anti-Virus scans fail to catch.

PC Hardware and Software Updates, PC Hardware, Scans/Diagnostics, Firmware updates
Updating any necessary hardware or software and running diagnostics to check for any bad system components, then updating firmware on all corresponding components.

Remove Temp Files, Clean Internet History
We will review and eliminate all excessive start up programs and processes. After this, and after flushing cache memory and cleaning your internet history, your PC’s boot up speed and performances will improve significantly.

Network Speed Tests, Internet Speed Tests
We will run tests on your network to assess speeds for internal and external (LAN & WAN) connectivity and make any changes or recommendations to enhance speeds.

Our services are by no means limited to the topics discussed above. We will be more than happy to take care of any concerns or challenges you would like us to address!

These special, one-time rates are available for a limited time only!

Half Day: (4 Hours): $299
Full Day: (5 Hours): $549

Contact VBL Technologies today at 252-491-8306. We are your Outer Banks IT service experts!

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VBL Technologies Introduces Hosted Exchange Email Service at a Very Affordable Price

Email-marketing-smVBL Technologies now provides hosted exchange email services available at all VBL locations.  VBL’s hosted exchange email service offers top of the line exchange products such as:

  • Microsoft Exchange 2010/2013
  • Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010/2013
  • Microsoft Lync Server 2013

In the business world today, being efficient and up-to-date with communication are a must to stay competitive.  VBL can provide a hosted exchange email service customizable to your company that will keep your employees and facility running efficiently and productively.  Hosted Exchange benefits include:

Real Time Connectivity & Collaboration

  • Access to email and documents virtually from anywhere with Outlook or browsers.
  • Chat App allows employees to converse in a quick manner without being lost in email feeds.
  • Keep up to date with work from your smartphone.
  • Projects become easier since multiple employees can be working on the same document; the online collaboration feature tracks and merges any changes to the document.

Increased Productivity

  • Collaborate easily with employees and clients.
  • Schedule meetings, and add appointments to calendars with ease.
  • Easily share documents company-wide.

Money Savings for your Business

  • Use offsite servers and save by not having physical hardware on site.
  • Backup information frequently offsite to a secure server.
  • Upgrades to the newest software included..
  • Anti-virus software included.
  • Information remains secure at a low cost.
  • Only pay for what you are using.
  • Turn a capital expense into an operating expense.

Providing Communication, Dependability, and Value

  • Our team will sit down with your company and create the best hosted exchange email service plan for you.
  • VBL will implement the services to all agreed-upon personnel.
  • 24/7 support if any issues to arise.

 

VBL Technologies is able to set up hosted exchange email service at a cost lower than you are paying now. We will sit down with your team, discuss what portions of hosted exchange would be best for you, and implement the services that will be the most effective for your business.  No matter the size of your business, hosted exchange can increase your profits by increasing productivity for you and your employees. You will save money by not paying for infrastructure and licensing that sits under-utilized or idle.

Contact us today at 866.880.4494 to learn more about hosted email exchange services and how VBL Technologies can help create a Hosted Exchange Email Service plan specific to your business needs. You can visit us on our web www.vbltech.com or email support@vbltech.com.

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VBL Technologies Opens Raleigh, NC Office

raleigh-nc-smVBL Technologies is proud to announce the opening of our newest office located in Raleigh, NC. VBL’s office is centrally located in the Raleigh – Durham area at the intersection of Highway 540/70, making it convenient to all clients in the Research Triangle and beyond. VBL will provide custom IT solutions for businesses and organizations in the region. We look forward to serving a variety of businesses including real estate, law firms, research companies, healthcare, accounting and much more. With our expansion into the Raleigh area, we have added top-notch team members including Fred Ferrell, our Raleigh IT Manager. Fred has over 15 years of experience in the IT industry, including service with the United States Marine Corps. Fred holds certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and VMware; he is also experienced in the Raleigh IT industry. VBL is a certified Microsoft, Dell, Cisco, VMware and Avaya partner with years of experience in these specific industries. VBL Technologies will offer a wide variety of products and services from its Hampton Roads location:

  • Managed Care Services
  • Cloud Solutions
  • Network Support and Design
  • VoIP Services
  • Design of Facilities
  • Data Backup
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Carrier and Ethernet Solutions
  • and much more

VBL Technologies looks forward to expanding, assisting, and contributing to the Raleigh area. Our expert tech team can be reached at 919-747-8787. Our office is located at:

8801 Fast Park Drive, Suite 301 | Raleigh, NC 27617

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Blog Action Day: Human Rights and Our Responsibility to the Community

blog-action-dayIt’s difficult to believe that we still live in a world where basic human rights are at risk. Here we are, high-speed internet and advanced technologies at our disposal, while the less fortunate in the distant corners of the world struggle to find clean water to drink. And with the current political climate bringing our nation to a state of turmoil, it’s important to take a step back and reflect.

If your family member gets sick or breaks a bone but doesn’t have health insurance, a hospital will still take him in and treat him. That’s the beauty of this nation—healthcare is available to everyone. That’s not true for many people around the world. And at the risk of sounding haughty, this issue seems somewhat trivial in light of this year’s Blog Action Day.

Since its inception in 2007, Blog Action Day has called all bloggers to contribute to one single topic on the same day in an effort to evoke discussion and spread awareness of said topic. Today, October 16, 2013, is that day, and the people behind Blog Action Day have elected human rights as their topic of choice.

In honor of Blog Action Day, we want to call attention to the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The Declaration, which was established in 1948 at the end of WWII, proclaims the basic innate human rights. It serves as the recognition of the “inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family” which is the “foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world” (www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/). This document came at a time when it was essential to promote the human conscience and their reaffirmed faith in fundamental human rights and in the dignity and worth of each human being.

There are those, however, that still cannot attain the basic human rights outlined in this document. The freedoms we enjoy in this country, such as freedom of religion and freedom of speech, are too often taken for granted. We can attend a church of our choosing without prejudice, and we can speak out in protest of injustice. In a country where we are awarded so many freedoms and liberties, it’s easy to overlook the oppression going on in your own backyard. This is why it’s imperative that we draw our attention to one Article of the Universal Declaration of Human rights in particular—Article 29, which draws attention to our responsibility for our community.

Yes, we have human rights, but with those rights, we carry responsibilities—the responsibility to look out for our fellow citizens. We are not to impair others from gaining access to their basic rights but called to help where we can. The acknowledgement of this duty can appear a daunting task, but small efforts can lead to world-wide change. That’s why this responsibility starts in your own community.

At VBL Technologies, we are concerned over the well-being of our neighbors, and we are passionate about helping our community thrive. We think it’s not enough to simply participate, but we must also be good stewards of what we have to give. Article 25 of the UDHR—which acknowledges a person’s right to an adequate standard of living in accordance with health and well-being, including food and clean water—moves us to action. Practically speaking, we can see this through by serving as a corporate sponsor of Backpacks for Kids, a program that provides backpacks for kids full of nutritious food for children living in food-insecure homes. This, combined with educational materials about health issues, is available for them to take home during a weekend or a break from school. To continue the tradition, we provide ongoing monetary donations and volunteer support to our local food bank that helps to feed about 800 people per month.

We were honored to be this year’s recipient of the Currituck Chamber of Commerce’s Corporate Community Service Award. We acknowledge this honor not out of pride but to encourage others to get involved as well. In knowing the responsibility we carry for those around us, we focus our philanthropic efforts towards organizations who concentrate on poverty and hunger, education, and health (preventive and basic health care). We only hope that our small contributions can make a difference, and as best we can, we will continue to support the efforts being made in our community to adhere to these universal human rights.

What will you do today to make a different in your local community or abroad?

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VBL Technologies Opens Hampton Roads Office

 

Hampton-Roads-SmallVBL Technologies is proud to announce the opening of a new office in the Hampton Roads area.  Our newest location is centrally located in Chesapeake, VA, a central office allowing VBL to service greater Hampton Roads.  VBL will provide support to the cities of Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, and beyond.

The expansion of VBL Technologies has brought in a new team of experts including Paul Raihle, Business Development Manager, who will be overseeing the expansion office.  Paul has over 20 years of experience in the Hampton Roads area working with companies to grow and expand their IT systems.  Paul has worked with a wide variety of businesses, organizations, and governmental departments providing for their IT and networking needs.

VBL is a certified Microsoft, Dell, Cisco, VMware and Avaya partner with years of experience in these specific industries. VBL Technologies will offer a wide variety of products and services from its Hampton Roads location.

  • Network Support and Design
  • Disaster Recovery Programs
  • Data Backup
  • Managed Care Services
  • VoIP Services
  • Hardware/Software Options
  • Cloud Services
  • Ethernet and Carrier Solutions
  • and much more

VBL Technologies looks forward to expanding, assisting, and contributing to the greater Hampton Roads area. Our expert tech team can be reached at 757-410-8049.  Our office is located at:

638 Independence Parkway
Suite 240
Chesapeake, VA 23320

March 2012 IT Newsletter

Template Websites and SEO—The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Do you have a great business going and you know you need to get a website up as part of the general business plan. You have priced out a few companies and are thinking you can do this yourself for a lot less, using a template for your site. In the real estate business, this is a pretty common scenario. But if you want anyone to find you through Google you may be in for a big surprise. That’s because many of the things that make a template website so easy to do also make it hard to rank with Google.

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The Benefits of Virtualization

In a time when any business – particularly small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) – are looking for ways to run a leaner and more cost-efficient business, virtualization has been a great resource. A large enterprise may benefit easily from virtualization because of the sheer size of the IT needs, but where exactly does an SMB benefit from using virtualization? A recent survey by VMware, a leading developer of virtualization services and software has shown that the current rate of adaptation of virtualization for this size of business has led to reductions in overhead costs and the development of quicker responses to changing business needs. Let’s take a closer look at what was discovered in this survey and how virtualization can benefit many small to mid-sized businesses.

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The Benefits of the New Facebook for SMBs

Everyone is talking about the new Facebook, some love it and some hate it. However, for the many small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) that are either on Facebook now or are considering Facebook, there are plenty of good reasons why the new design, particularly the Timeline feature, is going to be good news. For SMBs this is an opportunity that seldom comes around twice, so we thought we should let you know why we think this is a good option for just about any small business. There are plenty of good reasons for thinking this way, here are just a few.

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February 2012 IT Newsletter

Google+ VS. Facebook

Google has recently unleashed one of the newest social media sites on the net, and it has been experiencing massive growth. This site is called Google+, and it has become the biggest rival to social networking giant, Facebook, in recent years. Google+ is available for anyone who has a Google account, and it’s absolutely free. Google+ is a little bit different than Facebook, but many people believe that these changes are a good thing.

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Why Businesses Should Use VoIP

While the telephone has been around for a very long time, there have been a lot of advancements in just the last decade. Of course, cell phones are extremely popular but when it comes to business use the biggest advancement has been with a newer technology called Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP. VoIP phones work by sending the signals over the same lines that you use for your computer’s internet or other network traffic. This provides businesses with quite a few nice advantages compared with traditional phone services.

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SMS Text Marketing for Real Estate

One of the newest trends to hit the world of real estate marketing is to send out blasts about new properties using text messages, also known as SMS. SMS or short message marketing has taken the world by storm, and is successful due to the fact is that it reaches every demographic that a realtor would want to reach. Despite the fact that SMS marketing is very cheap in comparison to print or even internet marketing, it is one of the most effective ways to get your point across to your potential buyers and sellers.

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January 2012 IT Newsletter

Paying too much for Pay Per Click?

Google has become one of the world’s most reliant and applauded companies. It’s been able to reach this cachet because of its sponsored search and Adwords revenues, which is estimated to reach $60 billion globally in 2011. With that said, does your company’s ever growing pay per click (PPC) campaign really benefit those that use this for advertising? If your business is spending large amounts of money on campaigns, you might want to reconsider and look at optimizing your site for organic searches through standard Google and Yahoo searches.

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New Year’s Resolution…

Whenever people think about New Year’s Resolutions they are always thought of in the context of personal topics, and they should be. However, there are other things you can and should also resolve to do, and issues regarding your computer should be one of them.

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Mobile Coupons

The answer is yes! Mobile coupons have shown incredible results for many businesses. In addition to increased revenue for your business you can build your mobile database, Determine ROI, offer a variety of different coupons and specials, increase customer loyalty, and save on printing and mailing costs.

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December 2011 Newsletter

Tech Gifts for 2011

Christmas is right around the corner. Decorating, holiday parties, and shopping is officially upon us. Purchasing gifts for other people is no easy task. If you know that your recipient enjoys the latest tech items, there are many gifts related to technology out there to choose from. Here are some top gifts for the loved ones on your list that will surely make them smile.

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Mobile Marketing

Why your Business Should Use Mobile Marketing? Mobile Marketing is on the cutting edge of marketing your business. It can be catered to your specific industry to allow businesses to send and receive information instantly. Whether you are in the restaurant business or are an educator, mobile marketing can generate business and get important information pushed out in no time at all.

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Disaster Recovery

What would you do if your company lost all of its’ data? Catastrophic or critical down! Two situations no one wants to experience but the chances of it happening are ever-increasing in today’s busy world. With powerful storms, arcing lightning, devastating floods and the possibility of terrorism; preparedness is the answer. This article will go over several recommended options to ensure all your hard work is not lost.

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November 2011 Newsletter

Web Design Usability

The importance of web design usability is crucial and should be your main concern when designing a website. Throughout the website design, users should be considered every step of the way. Before you start to design your website, you need to determine the overall targeted group you are hoping to reach. You then need to design your website to cater to that group of individuals.

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Data Backup

Whether it is for a corporation or an individual data is important to everyone. In today’s world almost everything is stored on one’s computer. In some instances, information is being transferred back and forth every minute. Yet, most of us do not think seriously about data backup to protect our valuable information. Unfortunately, when we do consider data backup it may be too late; after something catastrophic happens to our systems.

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Google Analytics

Surprisingly enough, it seems a lot of people a web site do not use Google Analytics. We will do our best to get the word out. Let’s face it Google can do a lot for your web site. Google Analytics is a free offering; an amazing tool that tells you information on your website traffic.

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