The Importance of Regular Backups

The Importance of Regular Backups

We recently talked about going digital as a way to make your business more environmentally friendly. One concern that is often brought up with this approach to storing files and data is the security of this information and the potential for data breach or loss. In reality, a digitally-run company is equally as secure, if not more so, than a company that operates solely with paper files. In addition, information and documents are typically safer in the digital realm, considering that paper files can quickly go up in flames, get misplaced or lost, or otherwise disappear. Digital operations allow multiple copies of files to be created easily, accessed from anywhere, and give you the opportunity to backup your data, guaranteeing a level of safety and security that hard copies could never provide. 

What is a Backup? 

When we talk about a data backup, we are not referencing one similar to the backup of cargo ships in the Suez canal earlier this year. Instead, we are referring to a copy of your files being saved to an archive and stored on a secure server, hard drive, or other digital storage option separate from where your files are kept. A backup can include only specific files or information, or can be as expansive as an entire operating system, a library of files, and the settings that come along with them. Backups can include all information from all time, or only new files that have been added since the last backup. You can run a backup as often as you would like, and some businesses may need to run them more often than others, however, backing up your data on a regular basis regardless is important for many reasons. 

Why Backup?

There are many reasons that you should consider backing up your data consistently. The most notable reason is to prevent the loss of data. For businesses, customer information, order records, employee files, and other similar data are the lifeblood of operations. Losing any amount of this data can be detrimental to the future of a business. Backing up your files regularly ensures that even if a tragedy struck your computer system, there would still be an archive of your data in existence, saving you the headache of trying to manually gather all of the lost information again.

Another benefit to regular data backups is for financial purposes. Business taxes and audits can be a nightmare, especially if data somehow goes missing. Having a backup of financial statements, tax records, employee payments, and more can help to prevent any mishaps, and will make your life tremendously easier should an audit occur. 

Other various benefits to backing up your data include improved client relationships, proven reliability for investors, a leg up on your competitors, increased productivity, and peace of mind. Regular backups can also end up saving you time and money. Should disaster strike, you already have a plan in motion to restore lost data and continue operations as normal. 

How to Backup? 

Now that you are convinced of the importance of consistently backing up your data, you may be wondering how to go about accomplishing this. Depending on the size of your company or the amount of information you deal with, the task of initiating a backup and setting up a regular data backup schedule can be overwhelming. At ANAX, we offer secure solutions to your data storage needs. Reach out to our team of experts today to see what we can do for you!

The Differences Between Cloud Storage & Local Storage

The Differences Between Cloud Storage & Local Storage

When it comes to storing data for your mid-size business, you may be in between a few options that exist. In recent years, there has been a tremendous push to move towards cloud-based storage and processing, rather than the traditional localized storage that many businesses have utilized for years. Some companies have even discovered that a hybrid mix of the two ends of the spectrum has been the most efficient solution for their storage needs. If you have been pondering what storage set up is best for your business, we can help! Let’s dive into more info about both cloud and local storage options

What are They? 

Cloud Storage

You may have heard marketing campaigns towards the beginning of the cloud-based computing era make the claim, “It’s in the cloud!” While catchy, and still memorable years after the fact, this phrase does not do much to explain what exactly cloud storage is. In essence, cloud storage is a way to store digital data, files, and information in the online world, one that encompasses several servers, across multiple locations. This storage method is typically maintained or managed by a web-based hosting company. The cloud exists outside of your given office space, without the need for physical copies of the data. 

Local Storage

Long gone are the days of floppy discs and CD-ROMs, however, the idea of local storage remains the same, albeit in a different capacity these days. Local storage now refers to the use of updated and newer physical storage devices. These can include hard disc drives (HDDs), solid state drives (SSDs), and external storage accessories like thumb drives or flash drives. 

What are the Benefits? 

Now that you understand the difference between the two, you may be wondering which one provides a more practical solution for your business. Rest assured, we have outlined some of the most notable pros and cons for each option! 

Cloud Storage


One of the most noteworthy reasons for the switch to cloud storage is the ability to access your stored data from pretty much anywhere you have internet service. In the past year, many companies have switched to remote work, and cloud storage provides a solution where employees scattered in multiple locations can access the data from wherever they are. This builds a more efficient workspace for those working from home, and allows more seamless collaboration. With cloud storage, you also establish a better disaster recovery system. Cloud storage solutions can be extremely cost-efficient as well as reducing energy consumption. There are many benefits to switching to a cloud-based storage set-up. 


There are some challenges that arise with this cloud storage solution, however. When dealing with highly sensitive data, it may be slightly more difficult, though not impossible, to establish data security. In addition, because cloud storage often relies on a third-party hosting company, there must be trust that the data will be handled securely, and that it will be available and accessible whenever you need it. 

Local Storage


With local storage, your business has all the data readily available at your fingertips. There is minimal upload and download time, whereas cloud storage can take slightly longer. Local storage also offers an extremely secure data-management process, since the information is stored only on those local devices, and can only be accessed by individuals who have access to said hardware. 


The downside of only being able to be accessed by individuals with the hard copies of the information is just that, a very limited accessibility. This cuts down on the ability to effectively and efficiently collaborate on projects as needed. In addition, buying and storing excess physical storage can be costly, and requires room within your office dedicated to the storage of your storage devices. Lastly, should a disaster strike your office building, all the physical copies of your data could be destroyed. 

What is Best for Your Business? 

As you can see, there are benefits and challenges that exist with either storage option. Depending on what your goals are as a business, and what kind of data you are needing to store, you may decide that either cloud or local storage is a better fit, or you may wish to create a hybrid of the two. If you have additional questions, or you would like to move forward with establishing an upgraded storage system for your mid-size business, we can help. Contact the experts at ANAX today!

Why You Need Managed IT Services

Why You Need Managed IT Services

If you are a business owner, you have probably heard about Managed IT Services already. In case you haven’t, or you would like to learn more, we decided to dive a little further into what exactly this entails, and how your business can benefit from it. 

What is Managed IT?

The majority of businesses operating in today’s day and age utilize some form of technology. Whether you have a POS system for your retail shop, are running a multi-line phone system for your customer service center, or you have dedicated work laptops that you provide to your employees, you will likely need IT support at some point. While many large-scale businesses typically have their own IT team, most small to midsize businesses do not. This is where Managed IT Services come into play. 

Managed IT Services essentially means that a business outsources their IT and tech support needs to a third-party company, a Managed Service Provider (MSP). This company specializes in business technology, and exists to provide reliable support to their client companies. Every company’s IT needs look different, and an MSP has the capability of juggling multiple functions, from maintaining tech equipment to setting up networks and providing support to more. Approximately 64% of businesses utilize Managed IT Services, and most small to midsize businesses can benefit from an MSP. 

Why Does Your Business Need It? 

Speaking of benefits, let’s take a look why you should consider Managed IT Services for your business. 

Less to Manage

We know you have a lot on your plate. Worrying about your IT problems shouldn’t add to that stress. Managed IT Services allow you to focus on getting your job done, and letting an MSP take care of the tech. 

More Knowledge

Technology moves fast. It can be hard to keep up with if it isn’t your speciality. Managed IT Services allow you to have access to a team of experts in the field, who take care of staying up-to-date for you. 

Less to Hire

With Managed IT Services, you won’t be burdened with the task of hiring, firing, training, and maintaining an IT support team. An MSP takes care of all their own staffing, and you reap the benefits of having qualified, knowledgeable techs take care of your IT needs. 


As you can see, there are multiple benefits to having Managed IT Services. You’re convinced that this is something you want for your business, but now you’re wondering what MSP to go with. We know your options are vast for this, so we wanted to highlight why ANAX is the right choice. ANAX is locally-owned, Las Vegas based. That means our team is dedicated to the community, and wants to see your business succeed and thrive. We have years in the business, over a decade to be exact, and we put that experience and knowledge to good use for your company. We are well-rounded in our offered services, and pride ourselves on being able to take care of all your tech needs. 

ANAX is committed to building relationships with our customers. We have developed an extremely loyal client base over the years and thanks to them, the bulk of our growth is the result of the referrals from many of our satisfied clients. Our consistent accountability has given our customers the peace of mind they need for their business, especially when it comes to IT management and services. If you are interested in learning more about Managed IT Services, or want to schedule a consultation, contact our team today! 

Setting Up Remote Office Access

Setting Up Remote Office Access

Many businesses last year switched to remote work environments, especially when stay-at-home orders were issued and enforced. With the realization that this work from home approach may be a new long-term operating norm, these businesses started looking for more efficient solutions for their employees. In order to collaborate effectively, these employees needed to be able to access work files remotely, and to exist in an online environment where networking and communication are seamless with others in the company. 

While there are many variations of solutions for these requirements, deciphering what may work best for your company, and then getting it set up and connecting every employee, may be a daunting task, especially if tech and the online world are not your forte. No need to fret, however, ANAX is here to help. Let’s take a look at what Remote Office Access is, and how we can assist you with setting it up for your business. 

What is Remote Office Access? 

In simplest terms, remote office access means that employees in a company are able to access their work computer or network, remotely from any location. This sometimes entails an online office environment where employees can collaborate with each other on projects, and do so more efficiently than if they were unable to access this remote office network. There are many ways to achieve remote office access, and each option may be more ideal for different scenarios than others. Some of the available options for achieving remote office access include local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), virtual private networks (VPNs), remote desktop access, and cloud network access. 


Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are often considered to be the most secure, as they are not susceptible to direct attacks and have strict encryption protocols in place. This makes for a much safer communication between the remote office space and the employees, however, setting up a VPN is a lot more labor-intensive and demanding to set up. 

Remote Desktop Access

Remote Desktop Access is easier to establish and set up, and there are multiple ways to do so. With remote access software, enterprise remote desktop, or direct remote access options, there is a solution for every business. While remote desktop access can be utilized by virtually anyone, it is typically ideal for occasional or temporary remote work scenarios, or in circumstances where a physical office still exists while employees are stationed at home. 

Cloud Network Access

Yet another solution for remote office access is through a cloud network. This is typically the choice that many companies make when they have decided not to return to in-person work. There is a flexibility and lower cost appeal to this option, however, some companies are wary of the difficulty or inability to monitor device usage. 

How ANAX Can Help

Whatever option you would like to pursue for your company and employees, ANAX can help you get it set up. Initializing this remote office access system and onboarding all of your employees can be a daunting task, but our experts are here to make your transition seamless. We also take steps to increase the security of this remote office access to ensure that operations remain private and safe. We accomplish this by establishing firewalls and antivirus software on devices, and helping you determine which solution will work best for your company. We can also assist with setting up your VPN properly to maximize the level of security for both your business and your employees. When it comes to ensuring that you are successful in your transition to permanent or long-term remote work, ANAX has you covered. Contact our team of tech experts today!

Network Maintenance and Emergency Support

Network Maintenance and Emergency Support

ANAX offers comprehensive Network and IT support for all your business needs. We provide services for daily maintenance as well as support with technical network issues. Our staff is fully certified to design and install complete networks, all while maintaining our prized and valuable customer service. 

With any business, technology tends to be deeply ingrained, especially in the forward-thinking world we live in today. Because of this, it is essential to have a properly set up and maintained network. ANAX offers several network solutions, as well as maintenance and emergency support, should your business run into any network issues. Here are some of the services ANAX provides:

– On-site Troubleshooting & Repairs

Some tech companies only offer troubleshooting over the phone, or via an online chat session. It can be hard to explain what the issue is in this case, and may even require you to fix it yourself. ANAX believes in a hands-on approach in order to save you the time and hassle. 

– Hardware / Software Installation

– Network Server Setup & Maintenance

– Cloud Integration

Having your business files and information synced with a cloud-based database service, you can be protected from potential network failures. ANAX can get this set up and maintained for you. 

– Backup Setup & Monitoring

Having a backup of your business files and information is another way to protect yourself from a potential network failure. These backups can be configured to automatically occur in certain increments of time, and ANAX can help monitor them. 

– Email Setup & Spam Control

ANAX can assist with setting up your email server and accounts, as well as establishing what gets filtered out. 

– Virus, Popup, Adware / Spyware Removal

– Firewall Installation & Configuration

ANAX can help establish protection for your network and all the devices operating on it. 

– Wireless Network Setup

– Remote Office Access Setup

ANAX offers many more solutions not listed. If you have specific questions, or want ANAX to handle your business’ network maintenance, contact us today. 


VoIP: What and Why?

VoIP: What and Why?

At ANAX, we offer several solutions for your business and office needs. One of the services that we provide is cloud-hosted VoIP phone systems. This term has become more familiar to those in office spaces over the past couple of years, however, if you’re not as current with the phone trends, we’ll go over what exactly a VoIP is before we get into why you need it. 

What is VoIP? 

Traditional phones require direct connection via copper wires in order to make and receive calls. VoIP phones do not need this wire connectivity, and instead, function via internet connection. Because of the lack of need for wires, the mobility, interoperability, and connectivity of VoIP phones is nearly limitless. 

Outdated, copper-wired, stationary phones are hardwired into a PBX (Private Branch Exchange) machine. This PBX device routes calls in and out, serving as the operator and middleman between phones. With VoIP phones, the PBX is no longer necessary, since calls are made via the internet, and not through the wires. 

Why do you need VoIP? 

In addition to simply staying relevant with the ever-changing technology, there are several reasons that your business would benefit from a VoIP phone system. As mentioned previously, traditional phone systems are wired into a PBX machine. Switching to VoIP phones eliminates the need for this, which can clear up office space for more important things. 

VoIP phones operate via the internet, and only require access to the existing computer network cabling or the WiFi in order to complete calls. This eliminates the need for copper wiring, and means that no additional wiring needs to be installed should you decide to switch. Bonus, your phone number stays the same, so there are no additional fees to update that either (not to mention, no need to go through the headache of updating your phone number everywhere too!).

VoIP phones have many, many features that are simply impossible on a traditional phone. As we have already discussed, they are unchained from the copper cords, and operate on your existing internet connection. VoIP phone systems allow for users to link to their own accounts, instead of being tied to a singular phone number. With this feature, you can jump between multiple phone calls on an account at the same time. 

VoIP allows for voicemails just as traditional phones do, however, they are more easily accessible, and often have advanced features. This new wave of phones has also experienced updates in audio quality and range, allowing you to listen further and understand more. Finally, VoIP phones can be set up for PoE. PoE stands for power over Ethernet, meaning that VoIP phones are able to be powered via a network cable, as opposed to being plugged into a traditional power socket. 

As you can see, the benefits of VoIP are numerous, and making the change is quite simple. Contact us today to see how we can bring the benefits of VoIP to your business!