Food Bank Volunteer Opportunity

CIO Solutions is proud to partner with Foodbank of Santa Barbara for a unique volunteer opportunity.  CIO will be organizing volunteers to help Foodbank with food distribution in Goleta.  Volunteers will help set up the distribution area, unload trucks, and help recipients with their groceries.  Contact Mike Shinn at CIO if you are interested in volunteering... Read more »

Why Consumer-Grade Doesn’t Cut It

By Russ Levanway, President Late last month, the FBI reported on an attempt by Russian hackers to infect hundreds of thousands of residential routers in at least 54 countries with malware. With residential routers like Linksys and NetGear primarily affected, the FBI recommended that people restart their home router to disrupt the attack. In November last... Read more »

CIO Solutions Brings TekTegrity Onboard

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Santa Barbara based firm expands through merger with San Luis Obispo company March 22, 2018 (Santa Barbara, Calif.)— CIO Solutions and TekTegrity have announced the merger of their business operations to offer unsurpassed IT management and consulting services to Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Fresno Counties. The combined company will... Read more »

Foundation versus Fixtures

By Russ Levanway, CEO We’re in the midst of remodeling our 4,500-square foot Fresno office right now, and if you’ve ever remodeled anything, you know it’s a long process. Our staff is temporarily relocated into a really small office in a neighboring building within the same business complex, in addition to some folks who work in… Read more »

Backing Up Your Cloud

By Ruby Nahal, Senior Engineer Pretty much everyone agrees that IAAS and SAAS is the future for IT as more and more traditional infrastructure is being converted into cloud infrastructure, and more and more businesses are choosing SAAS over in house applications. As such, there may be less stress imposed on the backups for infrastructure housed… Read more »

Back it Up Like a Boss

By Ruby Nahal, Senior Engineer The Story Behind Toy Story 2 We all know about the movie “Toy Story 2”. Pixar’s amazing creation where toys save the day. But did you know that the film was almost lost? And all because of human error. The primary files were accidentally deleted and when an attempt was made… Read more »

The Tool to Understand What Makes Teams Tick

By Russ Levanway, CEO Not too long ago we hosted a staff retreat and had everyone complete a Worktraits profile that uncovered the nature of her or his convictions and personalities. Afterward, we learned what it means for some of us to be highly disciplined, ambitious or compassionate, etc. One lesson I learned during our retreat… Read more »

The importance of Application-Aware Backups

By Ruby Nahal, Senior Engineer Roadblocks to recovery Right after I came back to the office after maternity leave, I had the pleasure (NOT) of having to deal with a terrible disaster recovery. We were trying to recover a database application from crash-consistent backups and meant lots and lots of hours on the phone. Needless… Read more »

Managing your IT Security Without an MSP or In-House Support

This article was featured in the 2017 September issue of Santa Barbara Lawyer Magazine One of the benefits of having a Managed Service Provider (MSP) handle your IT is that you don’t have to worry about your IT. An MSP handles your tech issues, growth, and most importantly security. We organize our response teams into... Read more »

Simple Summer Tech Tips

This article was featured in the August 2017 issue of Santa Barbara Lawyer Magazine By: Michelle P. Baca, PhD – Business Development & Marketing Manager, CIO Solutions     The concept of IT that "just works" is at best a myth and at worst a marketing device. Whether your IT is outsourced or in house... Read more »