In case you haven't heard about the big Spectre/Meltdown snafu...

well, you may want to consider yourself lucky, because a lot of people are learning about it the hard way.

For the "passenger-next-to-me-on-a-flight" explanation, these are essentially vulnerabilities embedded deep in the processing units of many computer chips, including the ones in popular laptop and tablet models as well as a wide range of smartphones.

What's worse, the cure may cause a fair amount of pain as well.

The patch rolling out from Intel, the manufacturer of many of the affected processors, is...imperfect at the moment, to say the least. The ones from Microsoft are much better.

System performance and efficiency have been confirmed to decrease after the patch, particularly for devices without the latest processing systems. Some Windows users are reporting interference with their anti-virus software. It’s best to have a professional IT firm guiding you.

The entire scenario serves to highlight the advantages of a resource I've long endorsed: cloud-based storage and software for agencies.

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    Yes, hindsight is 20/20, but the fact is that cloud-based solutions such as the Vertafore Agency Platform,  Amazon Web Server, Microsoft Office-365 were and are much better equipped to respond to a catastrophe of this magnitude.
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    Running an onsite data center isn't always the easiest endeavor in the best of times, but when you're dealing with the most pervasive hardware disaster in recent memory, it just goes to show why the pros are the pros.
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     The major cloud-based storage providers were aware of this potential issue months in advance, and put that knowledge into preventative measures to help keep their users' data more secure.

At Archway, we specialize in cloud-based systems.

From implementation to optimization, we've become experts at keeping external systems running smoothly in the last 32 makes it possible, we make it practical. If you haven't upgraded to cloud-based storage, now might be a good time to consider it; as the saying goes, the second-best time to plant a tree is today. You can reach me via email or phone 424-245-5270