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 »

Why it’s Time to Ditch Work-Life Balance and Focus on Work-Life Blend

This article was featured in the July 2017 issue of Santa Barbara Lawyer Magazine  By: Michelle P. Baca, PhD – Business Development & Marketing Manager, CIO Solutions   Our company sells a Cloud Desktop solution. We tout it as a solution for productivity, as a technology that means you can work anywhere that has an... Read more »

Central Coast Angel Investor and CIO Solutions’ Company Founder and Chairman, John Petote awarded Prestigious Pioneer Award

SANTA BARBARA, CA., April 21, 2017 – CIO Solutions, the leading IT provider in Santa Barbara is proud to announce that company founder and chairman, John Petote, has been awarded the prestigious 2017 Pioneer Award by the South Coast Business & Technology Awards Committee. This year marks the 23rd annual South Coast Business & Technology... Read more »

Citrix Xenapp Workload vs General Infrastructure Workload – Cost Comparison Using Windows 2016 Per Core SPLA

Summary: In this article, I explore the cost implications of the new Microsoft Server 2016 Per Core pricing model focusing exclusively on SPLA  pricing . There isn’t much info on the web that takes a holistic look at cost implications which is why I decided to post my results and the spreadsheet. Specifically I wanted... Read more »

Is Your Business Safe From CryptoLocker?

By: Michelle P. Baca, PhD, Professional Services Manager   The Dreaded Red Alert  We promise our clients first call resolution and good customer service, so when someone calls in they’re getting an agent who will greet them warmly while springing into action to get the problem solved. If you want to see our agents move... Read more »

Citrix Xenapp with Nimble Storage All Flash Array

  Spoiler Alert – Nimble  All Flash Array creates great user experience with Citrix and MCS.    Overview: We purchased a Nimble CS460 X2 for our environment about 3.5 years ago. The CS460 is effectively a Hybrid Array although nimble calls it an Adaptive Flash Array... I guess because they think their caching algorithm is too... Read more »