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Review: Seagate IronWolf Pro 14TB HDD with Synology DS918+ NAS

Wednesday, March 31st, 2021

With the growing demand for storage space at home, I’ve set up an NAS (Network Attached Storage) with three Seagate IronWolf Pro 14TB NAS HDD (Hard Disk Drive) in a Synology DS918+ DiskStation. Just in time for World Backup Day 2021 today.

 

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The three Seagate IronWolf Pro 14TB HDD freshly unwrapped (lower photo) and just prior to installation into the Synology DS918+ DiskStation NAS.

With the exponentially increasing demand for storage space, businesses and home users constantly find themselves exhausting whatever storage they have – be it to store text documents, databases, photos or huge video files.

 

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The NAS sitting pretty alongside the Linksys E9450 router, all set up with RAID5 in a Synology DS918+ DiskStation with three Seagate IronWolf Pro 14TB HDDs within.

And with the COVID-19 pandemic, employees are working from home and students are doing home-based learning – resulting in large increases in demand for storage needs at home eg. if you’re a creative pro who now have to do your video-editing at home instead of at the office.

 

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The three Seagate IronWolf Pro 14TB HDDs and Synology DS918+ DiskStation NAS just prior to unboxing.

Having gotten by with a desktop expansion HDD connected to my work laptop, I’ve decided to set up an NAS at home – to not only increase storage capacity but also to share that storage with all members of the family.

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Study: 45% of Singapore SMBs Want to go 100% Laptop Post COVID-19

Friday, March 12th, 2021

In an IDC survey commissioned by ASUS, SMBs are more inclined to equip their employees with laptops rather than desktop computers – compared to prior to COVID-19.

Hmm, still somewhat behind Japan I suppose. I recall, when attending a senior management & leadership course in Japan in the late 90’s, the staff at the college were already equipped 100% with laptops, while fellow-attendees of the year-long course were issued with a personal laptop. It was a cultural mindshift - coming from a work environment at home when it was still 100% desktop.

Hmm, still somewhat behind Japan I suppose. I recall, when attending a senior management & leadership course in Japan in the late 90’s, the staff at the college were already equipped 100% with laptops, while fellow-attendees of the year-long course were issued with a personal laptop. It was a cultural mindshift – coming from a work environment at home when it was still 100% desktop.

Presented during the IDC & ASUS Webcast 2021 Singapore – Digital Transformation for the Next Normal in Asia/Pacific, ASUS revealed that 45% of Singapore SMBs are likely to convert to a 100% laptop setup post COVID-19, underscoring the importance of mobility in a hybrid workplace model.

The finding is among other strategic insights to SMB technology use and how COVID-19 has affected related decisions.

Three suggestions from IDC that Singapore SMBs can implement with regard to technology implementation.

Three suggestions from IDC that Singapore SMBs can implement with regard to technology implementation.

Considering the survey findings, IDC advised that equipping employees with the latest devices that can support both a remote and hybrid work environment will have a significant impact not only on employee productivity and experience, but also will provide a competitive edge to organizations to attract and retain talent.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Galaxy Tab Active3 & XCover Pro Rugged Devices

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021

Samsung announced the expansion of its business rugged device range with the Galaxy Tab Active3 tablet and Galaxy XCover Pro phone. Price and availability below.

With its ruggedised build and defence-grade security, Samsung’s latest multi-functional devices are built for business productivity in a harsh physical environment and secured for data security. Galaxy Tab Active3 (left) and Galaxy XCover Pro.

With its ruggedised build and defence-grade security, Samsung’s latest multi-functional devices are built for business productivity in a harsh physical environment and secured for data security. Galaxy Tab Active3 (left) and Galaxy XCover Pro.

Samsung Electronics Singapore today announced that the Galaxy Tab Active3 is now available and that the Galaxy XCover Pro will be available in March.

“When designing the Galaxy Tab Active3 and Galaxy XCover Pro, we have incorporated new features based on feedback from our customers on functions that would benefit their everyday operations. The Galaxy Tab Active3 is a multi-functional tablet that not only supports the latest applications for field work, but also no battery mode for those who require devices at a fixed kiosk or mounted on vehicles. Meanwhile, the Galaxy XCover Pro can seamlessly transform into a mobile device scanner or a walkie-talkie – perfect for field workers in logistics and supply chain sectors. With a strong line-up of rugged devices, we are paving the way for continuous innovation to create products that allow customers to do business with a peace of mind, while keeping their frontline workers productive and safe,” said Sarah Chua, Vice President of IT and Mobile, Samsung Electronics Singapore.

Knox Capture, a new enterprise-grade scanning solution will also be supported by both devices by March.

As part of Samsung for Business’ portfolio, the new business rugged devices feature sleek, durable and compact designs that enable frontline workers to be more secure, collaborative and productive in the field.

As the first business rugged tablet to be Enterprise Edition-ready out of the box, the Galaxy Tab Active3 supports “No Battery Mode” for businesses that opt to use the tablet in a fixed location such as a kiosk.

Its Wi-Fi and LTE variants are now available, and are priced at $698 and $798 (including GST) respectively from telco enterprise partners and authorised distributors.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy XCover Pro is a stylish, sleek and rugged all-in-one enterprise mobile device that withstands drops of up to 1.5m, even without a case.

It will be available in March.

More details below from the press release.

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Review: ViewSonic VX3276-2K-MHD 32-inch WQHD IPS Monitor

Monday, October 19th, 2020

The ViewSonic VX3276-2K-MHD is a great monitor for increasing the screen real estate of your computer, in this time of #WorkFromHome because of the COVID-19 pandemic. I use it to extend the display on my notebook computer to enlarge the total screen workspace in order to increase the efficiency and productivity of my daily work.

 

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The latest addition to my #WorkFromHome setup (laptop not included): the ViewSonic VX3276-2K-MHD 32-inch WQHD IPS Monitor. Notice the frameless design. If your desktop has the space, I find the 32-inch monitor the optimal size to increase productivity without being too huge to become a strain on the neck when viewing the top of the monitor.

A large monitor is a “productivity-multiplier” and one of the best investments you can make to increase the efficiency of your work on a computer.

Connecting the monitor to a desktop or notebook computer, the monitor serves as a second monitor to extend the screen real estate of a small laptop screen or the first desktop monitor.

A large external monitor is a “productivity-multiplier” and one of the best investments you can make to increase the efficiency of your work on a computer. This is the ViewSonic VX3276-2K-MHD 32” WQHD IPS monitor.

A large external monitor is a “productivity-multiplier” and one of the best investments you can make to increase the efficiency of your work on a computer. This is the ViewSonic VX3276-2K-MHD 32” WQHD IPS monitor.

The ViewSonic VX3276-2K-MHD IPS monitor has a viewable area of 31.5 inches with a WQHD (2560 x 1440) resolution.

WQHD (wide quad high definition) is also called QHD and is commonly known as “2K”.

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New Arrival: Synology 3.84TB SAT5200 2.5-inch SSD

Sunday, October 11th, 2020

The new Synology 3.84 terabyte SAT5200 2.5″ solid state drive is designed for users requiring high capacity and reliable storage arrays that can sustain high performance low-latency operations for mission critical work. Price & Availability TBA.

The Synology 3.84 terabyte SAT5200 2.5

The Synology 3.84 terabyte SAT5200 2.5″ SSD is designed for reliability in high-capacity all-flash arrays.

With the increasingly demanding environment in storage, the SSD is created with enterprise grade endurance and reliability to help businesses and users tackle intensive workloads with robust data protection.

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New Arrival: Dell UltraSharp and P-Series Monitors

Thursday, October 8th, 2020

Dell has launched a slew of monitors for creative professionals and office workers. It also released Meeting Space Solutions and a soundbar for hybrid work environments. Price & availability below.

The UltraSharp 32 HDR PremierColor Monitor (UP3221Q) will be available in Singapore for S$5,899.

The UltraSharp 32 HDR PremierColor Monitor (UP3221Q) will be available in Singapore for S$5,899.

Dell has introduced new monitors aimed at enhancing productivity and comfort for desk-centric workers with blue light reduction technology incorporated for eye comfort.

Availability and pricing in Singapore.

Availability and pricing in Singapore.

Amongst these is the world’s first professional monitor with 2K mini LED direct backlit dimming zones to produce precise colours and contrast.

Dell’s meeting space solutions enable seamless videoconferencing for group collaboration in hybrid work environments.

Availability & pricing, and more details below from the press release.

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Event: Fuji Xerox Innovation Re:Mix Forum – Work Reimagined 2020

Friday, September 25th, 2020

The main theme for the 3-day conference in Singapore sought to provide perspectives on how to pivot the “next” normal. Fuji Xerox’s flagship event in Singapore is in its third edition.

Fuji Xerox’s Innovation Re:Mix Forum - Work Reimagined 2020 enabled Industry leaders and analysts to share perspectives and solutions to build business resiliency post-pandemic.

Fuji Xerox’s Innovation Re:Mix Forum – Work Reimagined 2020 enabled Industry leaders and analysts to share perspectives and solutions to build business resiliency post-pandemic.

With approximately 80% of organisations in Asia Pacific expecting a decline in 2020 revenue, the Innovation Re:Mix Forum explores the many facets businesses face in their accelerated digital transformation journeys to ensure business continuity in the current climate.

The Work Reimagined edition explored three themes with a lineup of business and thought leaders from sectors across banking and finance, insurance, healthcare, retail and logistics.

  1. Reboot Your Workplace in the New Normal
  2. Digital Disruption: Pivoting Your Business for a Strong Future
  3. Building Resiliency with Digital Acceleration

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Cybersecurity Tips: Avoiding Phishing, Crypto-Mining & Ransomware

Sunday, September 20th, 2020

With employees working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, how can SMBs better protect against cybercriminals?

Stephan Neumeier, Managing Director for Asia Pacific at Kaspersky shared security tips during a webinar on “The Cyberthreat Landscape for SMBs in Singapore”.

Stephan Neumeier, Managing Director for Asia Pacific at Kaspersky shared security tips during a webinar on “The Cyberthreat Landscape for SMBs in Singapore”.

Kaspersky experts suggest the following tips for SMBs to avoid being lured by cybercriminals through phishing, crypto-mining and ransomware.

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New Arrival: Acronis Cyber Protect 15 for Businesses

Wednesday, September 9th, 2020

Acronis Cyber Protect 15 has been released today in a pandemic world that is vulnerable with security gaps and in need for new security solutions.

Dashboard for Acronis Cyber Protect 15.

Dashboard for Acronis Cyber Protect 15.

First launched in May earlier this year, Acronis Cyber Protect 15 integrates backup, disaster recovery, next-generation antimalware, cybersecurity, and endpoint management tools into a single solution.

The Acronis Cyber Readiness Report revealed that 92% of the companies surveyed say they’ve adopted new technologies to enable remote work, including workplace collaboration tools, privacy solutions, and endpoint cybersecurity.

The Acronis Cyber Readiness Report revealed that 92% of the companies surveyed say they’ve adopted new technologies to enable remote work, including workplace collaboration tools, privacy solutions, and endpoint cybersecurity.

The new product comes at a time when businesses are struggling to safeguard their data and infrastructure against the risks of the new remote work landscape.

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New arrival: Acronis True Image 2021 Cyber Protection Solution

Thursday, August 20th, 2020

Acronis True Image 2021 combines automated backup with antimalware defence to offer a comprehensive personal cyber protection solution. Perpetual & 1-year subscriptions available online, prices below.

Acronis True Image 2021 integrates real-time antimalware and on-demand antivirus with its established personal backup solution.

Acronis True Image 2021 integrates real-time antimalware and on-demand antivirus with its established personal backup solution.

Acronis True Image 2021 is a cyber protection solution targeted at home users, prosumers, and small businesses around the world.

With COVID-19 forcing people to work from home, a recent Acronis survey found nearly half (47%) of remote workers never received clear guidance on working from home.

Incorporating cybersecurity capabilities such as real-time antimalware protection, on-demand antivirus scans, web filtering, and videoconference protection into Acronis True Image helps users enjoy greater cyber protection.

For individuals and small business users, unifying these vital capabilities in one solution makes their protection easier to manage and more affordable.

More details below from the press release.

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