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Can the Cloud Help Me?

Cloud ServicesA new year brings new opportunities and new challenges. With technology changing so quickly it's often difficult to keep up with the latest technologies and trends. Elevology has a well rounded team of technology loving experts ready to help you through the maze of technology in the market.

Elevology can help you with Cloud based solutions for your business and services like ShareSync for file backup and file sharing to cover your business in case of disaster. We find that 4 out of 10 businesses we meet with do not have a backup solution in place to protect their business if disaster were to strike.

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Project Spotlight: AJAX Environmental & Safety Supply

Project Spotlight: AJAX Environmental & Safety Supply

Elevology designed and launched three websites for AJAX Environmental and Safety Supply. Their main site highlights their products and allow users to add items to a cart for quoting. Additional sites highlight a single, specific product. Elevology also redesigned the AJAX logo. In addition to the design services, Elevology provided website hosting, Exchange hosting, a VOIP system and IT services.

A Word from our Client

"After recently acquiring a competitor and effectively doubling our production, we decided a make-over was in order. The team at Elevology worked with us in the midst of transition to totally re-design our company logo, websites, and install a voip phone network. Every aspect of the job has been handled with obvious dedication to meeting customer needs. Elevology is a prime pick for IT needs, web design, and more."

J. Carroll
AJAX Environmental
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How a Strong Testimonial is Like a Big, Fat Kiss

Testimonial KissesSince today is Valentine’s Day 2017, it only seems appropriate to talk about love. We love our family, friends and that special person in our lives. But is it possible to love the people you do business with? Yes it is, at Elevology we are told on a consistent basis “we love working with you”, or “I just love working with Stacey or Terry”. Nothing provides a greater sense of appreciation than when you hear such praises from your customers. The only challenge as a business owner is now how do I get that business owner to stop what they’re doing and put that in writing for me? I’m going to explain the value, provide you several suggestions and steps to get great testimonials.

Since opening Elevology in 2005, I have found the testimonials provide an excellent source of credibility because they are a candid endorsement of your product by people who actually use your product. In my experience, I either receive only a one sentence quote or I get a full-page dossier. To be honest I’m happy with anything my customer finds time to give me. But in the end, we typically utilize a quote with customer’s name and company.

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Project Spotlight: Rollins Homes Website

Project Spotlight: Rollins Homes Website

When a client needs a website, Elevology goes to work. Checkout this new website developed for Rollins Homes in Columbus, Texas. See the website at www.RollinsHomes.com

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A look to the past, the present, and the future. Elevology Celebrates 10 Years.

Elevology Celebrates 10th Year!In 2004 Donnie Rollins started moonlighting as a web developer with the goal of helping small businesses create an online presence. He turned out to be pretty good at it! As word got around he quickly found himself heavily backlogged and scrambling to keep up with his day job as an IT technician. One year later, he quit his full-time job and Elevology was born.

Donnie realized a need for one company that offered both trusted IT and web marketing services to clients. The core focus of Elevology was to be a website development, technology management and marketing company providing innovative web application and Internet technology services to a variety of small and medium size businesses.

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Project Spotlight: Sandcastle Condominiums and Event Center Website

Project Spotlight: Sandcastle Condominiums and Event Center Website

Elevology recently launched a new, dynamic website for Sandcastle Condominiums and Event Center that provides a responsive user experience with enhanced online booking options and viewing. https://www.sandcastlecondos.com

A Word from our Client

"It has been such a pleasure to work with Elevology and especially its CEO, Donnie Rollins. From the very beginning, Donnie was so immersed in understanding our condo and our marketing needs. He was good about listenings and then suggesting and bouncing ideas off of us. As he took our conversations and tied them into reality, he truly captured the essence of who we are and where we wanted to go. We could not be more pleased with Donnie, with Elevology and with our new web site."

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Getting to Know Terry Wilson, Elevology Support Lead

Terry Wilson, Elevology Support LeadFavorite Movie: Science Fiction Space Odysseys
Favorite Foods: Italian and Mexican
Favorite Activities: Experiencing the sights and sounds of the Houston culture and cuisine. Learning about the local history and exploring the Gulf Coast on weekend excursions with his lovely wife.
Favorite Quote: “You don’t tell them how long it really takes do you? How do you expect to be a miracle worker?” James Doohan the Engineer in Star Trek.

Elevology and its clients are fortunate to have Terry Wilson on their team. He brings the same discipline and rigor he gained from his military experience to his work, to foster teamwork and ensure tasks are accomplished efficiently.

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A Word from the CEO

A Word from Our CEOWhat does trust mean to you? The dictionary meaning of “trust” is the firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.

For Elevology, trust is so much more than a word or an action. Trust is the building block of Elevology. Trust is the very core of the values that guide us. Every morning when we report to work, our goal is to justify the trust our clients have placed in us and to provide the very best IT and web-based solutions available at the most competitive prices.

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HP, Applied Micro Release First 64-Bit ARM Server

Applied Micro and Hewlett-Packard have teamed up to release the first commercially available 64-bit ARMv8 server, the ProLiant m400 cartridge for HP's Moonshot server framework.

The new server is based on Applied Micro's X-Gene System-on-a-Chip (SoC) and runs Canonical's Ubuntu operating system. Designed for primarily for Web caching workloads, the ProLiant m400 provides power, cooling, and space savings compared with traditional rack servers to the tune of an "up to 35 percent reduction in total cost of ownership," according to HP.

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Applied Micro Unveils 64-Bit ARM 'HeliX'

SANTA CLARA—Applied Micro showed up at ARM TechCon with a new 64-bit ARM processor called HeliX, an embedded chip aimed at market segments like networking and communications, imaging, storage, and industrial systems.

"With the growth of I/O needs in switches etc., in storage with bigger Hadoop-type clusters, there's just pull here for 64-bit. Even for those apps that don't need the memory it's still nice having the tool set," said Applied Micro's Pat Patla.

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An Early Look at Windows 10 for Business

Microsoft's Tuesday's event was all about the enterprise; Redmond's meat-and-potatoes base. A first look at the Windows Technical Preview for Enterprise client and Windows Server Technical Preview show a host of cosmetic changes designed to appease business customers who were outraged over the UI of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, both of which were criticized as impractical in enterprise environments.

And has Microsoft taken heed! Windows 10 Enterprise client and Server are step backs to the mouse-and-keyboard user experience of Windows 7, but retain the many security, performance, and ease-of-management capabilities that Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 delivered. In fact, the latest server OS has many under-the-hood enhancements that IT professionals have demanded.

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ARM CEO Simon Segars Lays Out His Vision

SANTA CLARA—There's an old story about a distinguished thinker—in some tellings, it's Bertrand Russell, in others, it's William James—who is confronted by a little old lady after a lecture on the nature of the cosmos. The woman objects to the scientist's description of star systems and galaxies, proclaiming that in fact, the Earth rests on the back of a giant turtle.

The scientist laughs and asks, "So what is the turtle resting on?" Another turtle, comes the confident reply. And what is that turtle standing on? "Oh, it's turtles all the way down," the little old lady says.

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DOE Awards AMD $32M to Research Exascale Computing

AMD will be developing an exascale node architecture using its own Heterogeneous System Architecture-based APUs.

AMD Logo The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded Advanced Micro Devices a $32 million grant for exascale computing research as part of the DOE FastForward 2 program, the company said. AMD will be developing an exascale node architecture using its own Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA)-based APUs and a "new generation of memory interfaces," the company said. The DOE's FastForward 2 initiative is intended to develop eventual commercial technology applications, the chip maker noted, so the IP "created as part of this research will make its way into various future AMD products." The DOE grant is the third in as many years awarded to AMD. The company's earlier research for the department includes work on interconnect architectures and massive processing node projects. "This is a big deal for the industry. Exascale supercomputers will be capable of performing more than one quintillion, or a billion billion calculations per second, roughly 30 to 60 times faster than today's fastest available supercomputers," AMD chief technology officer Mark Papermaster said in a blog post. "This research aims to deliver those huge increases in performance—without significant increases in energy consumption—to enable advances in diverse fields ranging from medical science to astrophysics and climate modeling. These could arrive as prototypes over the next several years, with full production units early in the next decade." Papermaster said he expected AMD's newly funded research into exascale computing to "aid any form of high-performance computing, including managing vast quantities of information for Big Data analytics and for rapidly processing the massive wave of anticipated Web requests."
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Qualcomm Mulls Building Server Chips

Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf said Wednesday that the company intends to start building chips for servers using the processor architecture it has refined for mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.

Mollenkopf, pictured, was speaking at an analyst event in New York. He said Qualcomm was "in a unique position" to take advantage of cutting-edge semiconductor fabrication processes in order to sell its products into the data center for the first time.

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PCMag Consumer Recommended Companies for 2014

Eight years ago, author and business strategist Fred Reichheld published The Ultimate Question: Driving Good Profits and True Growth. In it, he detailed the meaning of "bad profits," or a company that is making money while its reputation goes down the tubes.

It happens for a number of reasons: Misleading prices, poor customer service, or bad products. Customers feel marginalized, misled, and mistreated. As Reichheld says, "bad profits are about extracting value from customers, not creating value."

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Intel Unveils First 14nm, Xeon D SoCs

Intel on Monday introduced its 14-nanometer Xeon D family of microserver processors, bringing System-on-a-Chip (SoC) capabilities to the company's Xeon line of datacenter products for the first time.

The first Xeon D products are the quad-core Xeon Processor D-1520, priced at $199, and the eight-core Xeon Processor D-1540, priced at $581. Both new SoCs are available today. More than 50 new systems using Xeon D chips are currently being designed by Intel OEM partners, with about three-quarters of those developing network, storage, and Internet of Things (IoT) systems.

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Facebook Intros Intel Xeon D Microserver 'Yosemite'

Facebook this week unveiled a System-on-a-Chip (SoC) server solution based on Intel's new 14-nanometer Xeon D processors for "heavily parallelizable workloads" in the data center.

Facebook introduced its SoC microserver platform, code named Yosemite, at the Open Compute Project (OCP) Summit in San Jose, Calif., where the social network also announced open low-level motherboard management software for BMC processor-based systems called OpenBMC.

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AMD's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

Advanced Micro Devices has had the sort of week that might make a computer chip company wonder if Murphy's Law was running the show instead of Moore's Law.

AMD CEO Lisa Su's spilling the beans about the month Microsoft plans to release Windows 10 was the most glaring misstep by the company. It was also by far the least worrisome, though we'd hate to have been the recipient of whatever choice words Redmond sent AMD's way over that goof.

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The Procrastinator's Guide to Windows Server 2003 Migration

If you're running Windows Server 2003 on production systems, you need to etch the date July 14, 2015 into your brain, because that's when Microsoft will terminate extended support for the venerable OS. That date is rapidly approaching, so it's time to get moving on your migration plans. The more complex your operation is and the more heavily you rely on Windows Server 2003 to run production systems, the more time and effort you're going to have to put into migration. It's possible that your operation will require three or more months to make the switch, which means that you'd better get on this now.

Migrating from Windows Server 2003 is critically important as extended support for Standard, Enterprise and Data Center (32-bit and 64-bit) will end. This means that there will be no more patches of security vulnerabilities or non-security defects or operational issues. Moreover, third-party products such as business applications will not be supported on Windows Server 2003. No third party could guarantee that their software would continue to run on unsupported systems, because defects might arise in the underlying OS that can't be addressed.

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Windows Server 2003 Migration Guide: Choosing a Replacement OS

Microsoft is putting Windows Server 2003 out to pasture on July 14, 2015. As the server operating system goes end-of-life, Microsoft will drop support and stop issuing security and other patches. Many third-party application providers will stop supporting the platform as well. Continuing to rely on Windows Server 2003 will put your business at risk of falling out of compliance with regulations such as HIPAA and PCI. It's pretty clear that you need to migrate away from Windows Server 2003.

In the first part in this series, we provided a methodology for planning and executing a successful migration. In this article, we'll talk about your options for migration and how to choose the right platform.

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What our Clients are Saying

  • It has been such a pleasure to work with Elevology and especially its CEO, Donnie Rollins. From the very beginning, Donnie was so immersed in understanding our condo and our marketing needs. He was good about listenings and then suggesting and bouncing ideas off of us. As he took our conversations and tied them into reality, he truly captured the essence of who we are and where we wanted to go. We could not be more pleased with Donnie, with Elevology and with our new web site.
    Carol Loeb, President
    Sandcastle Council of Owners Association
  • My new look is Chic modern and mobile friendly.
    Charlotte Neal
    Houston Outcall Massage
  • Elevology offers great service and Donnie is always quick to answer any questions or concerns I have. I highly recommend them for your small business online services, they will not disappoint.
    Brian
    Las Vegas
  • Our experience with Elevology has been of the utmost professionalism and quality. Mr. Rollins is a pleasure to work with. He promptly responds to our requests when changes are necessary to our web site. We highly recommend Elevology.
    Carl and Laurel Milentz
    Milentz Self Storage
  • Donnie Rollins is a great asset to our company and has an outstanding work ethic! He not only goes above and beyond the call of duty, but he has actually become part of our evolving progress to serve our overseas customers. I am very appreciative of Donnie Rollins' involvement in the branding of our company and his creative development of our website. We look forward to our many more years of great service and advice from a gentleman we consider part of our team.
    Tom George, CEO
    TCSM
  • We very much appreciate Mr. Rollin’s pleasant demeanor and his quick responses to when we have problems or need assistance in problem solving. As for this Court we would highly recommend Mr. Rollins and his company, Elevology, for any and all IT service needs.
    Connie Crenshaw CMCC
    Municipal Court Clerk Administrator
    City of Luling, Caldwell County, Texas
  • After recently acquiring a competitor and effectively doubling our production, we decided a make-over was in order. The team at Elevology worked with us in the midst of transition to totally re-design our company logo, websites, and install a voip phone network. Every aspect of the job has been handled with obvious dedication to meeting customer needs. Elevology is a prime pick for IT needs, web design, and more.
    J. Carroll
    AJAX Environmental
  • I like Donnie a lot, he is a good person. He is very smart and very efficient. I like the fact that he takes his personal Christian values to his company which to me it's honest, trustworthy, efficient and very professional. I would love to use Elevology with any personal and professional projects I have in the future.
    Karen Rocha
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