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Licensing GFI FaxMaker As Fast As Possible

GFI FaxMaker 2015 is leading fax server solution. FaxMaker is available as a total on-premise application, or hybrid application with hosted hardware. Easy to deploy, and fast on return on investment, GFI FaxMaker saves time and money.

GFI FaxMaker 2015 licensing can appear to be a bit difficult to understand so I hope I can make it as simple as possible to understand. GFI FaxMaker 2015 is licensed by the number of users, the number of fax channels (fax lines) , and options such as the OCR module and or virtual fax hardware such as the SR140. Licenses are also available for additional servers as well.
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FrugalBrothers GFI FaxMaker Case Study

This is the video and text from my recent GFI FaxMaker case study. In this video, I share a bit about my background, and my experience with GFI FaxMaker 2015.

I was a chief information officer for a mortgage company in Indianapolis we were looking to build a fax server and doing my research I came across GFI. The product was GFI FaxMaker and that’s where I began my relationship with GFI.

The primary value of FaxMaker is the ability to bridge older technologies such as stand-alone fax machines with newer technologies such as email, That’s really where that value comes from. As far as the easy use for the product as well. One of the cool things about FaxMaker is it works with really any email server as for SMTP, so it doesn’t really require any type of special integration work it works with all of them just fine.

Compliance is really huge. A lot of organisations have to comply with what’s called PCI DSS, for credit card security and HIPAA for medical records and there are certain documents you cannot send securely unless you send it with fax. Faxing also allows you to get an accurate record of when the document was sent and received. When personal faxes, email and file-sharing have reduced that a lot but organizations still really require faxing, especially manufacturing the medical industry, legal finance etc… There are certain documents that have to be sent and received securely.

The flexibility of FaxMaker allows it to be virtualized for example, it allows us to work with the old analog phone lines, digital circuits, hosted communications as well. Those technical benefits alone make FaxMaker a winner for just about any type of installation. The whole dynamics of the software, the flexibility of FaxMaker, the ability to scale it from a smallest install to multi-site operations. The ability to offer FaxMaker both hosted, on-premise and a hybrid solution as well. If there’s really anybody that needs a fax solution I can help.

With the economic benefit of FaxMaker is that it saves companies time because people aren’t having to run back and forth to fax machines. It saves them on things like fax machines and consumables, toner and paper. It saves them on having all these fax machines sitting around the office and the ability to print and fax from your desktop saves a lot of employees time.

FrugalBrothers Now Offering GFI Software Installation and Configuration Services

FrugalBrothers is pleased to announce it will now offer installation and configuration of GFI Software products in North America. We have recently added network support engineers and now offer the ability to install and configure top GFI network security products. We now offer both remote and on-premise installation and configuration of all GFI network security and email protection tools. FrugalBrothers has been a GFI partner since 2006 and has been a Gold Level partner for the last 8 years. Having recently added network security engineers to our staff, FrugalBrothers is now poised to become full service IT Security Firm. For more information please contact Bruce Naylor at (260) 724-2748 or email bruce.naylor@frugalbrothers.com

A single part of GFI Cloud saves a “One Man IT Team” 10 hours per week!

Kevin Downham is the IT manager at MacDermid, a UK-based speciality chemical services firm.

The infrastructure Kevin presides over is an accurate reflection of a modern SME IT department. He single-handedly manages around 80 PCs spread primarily across two locations, with a selection of mobile remote users spread across the world.

Prior to implementing GFI Cloud, Kevin dealt with challenges that will feel familiar to anyone in a similar job role: holidays were always difficult, with nobody to take the reins and leave him undisturbed. In addition, much of his time was taken up with repetitive routine tasks – such as monitoring service uptime and deploying patches.

How GFI Cloud has helped

As Kevin says himself, “I didn’t realize how much I needed a server monitoring solution until I started to look into it.”

IT managers like Kevin know how crucial it is to keep a constant eye on the IT services that keep the business running. This kind of proactivity is a relentless and thankless task if it must be done manually; as Kevin says, “even if I was checking every 15 minutes, it still wouldn’t be enough!”

With GFI Cloud now implemented, Kevin gets an SMS alert within seven minutes of any key service failure. If a server stops “talking” to GFI Cloud, he knows almost immediately and can act on the problem. Kevin describes this functionality as “worth its weight in gold.”

However, it’s GFI Cloud’s patch management functionality that has been even more life changing.

Patch Management

Patch management can be a monumental task for IT managers who are committed to doing things properly. Patches are constantly being released for everything from core operating systems to browser plugins, and failing to apply even one can mark the start of a disastrous security breach.

Kevin estimates that prior to implementing GFI Cloud, he was spending around a third of each day on manual patch management—an amount of time that equates to over 10 hours each week.

In Kevin’s case, the geographical dispersal of users made things even more complicated thanks to time zone variations.

With GFI Cloud, all Kevin now has to do is approve the patches. GFI Cloud takes care of everything else (including the time zone differences), and Kevin has, as a result, been able to decommission his Windows Update server.

Many companies work with a “one man IT team” like Kevin. In the absence of any humans to help, these IT professionals need solutions that save time and reduce stress.

Perhaps the best benefit of all for Kevin is that he now feels that he can go on holiday, because GFI Cloud is always on duty. And with 10 extra working hours freed up each week, he now has time for more project work too.

Free Trial

Simply click this link to start your free 30 trial with free evaluation support. If you have any other questions feel free to contact me at 260.724.2748 or email bruce.naylor@frugalbrothers.com

GFI Cloud Explained as Fast as Possible

Over the last several years GFI has been moving some of the functionality of their most popular products to the cloud. As of today there are currently 6 different subscription based services that can be purchased individually or together. The benefit to our customers include lower costs to purchase, no expensive hardware such as servers to purchase, and ease of deployment.
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10 BYOD policy guidelines for a secure work environment

Bring your own device (BYOD) is no longer simply a buzzword BYOD-300x256or a new trend; it’s reality. And in that reality, almost half of all employees use their own devices to access corporate assets such as network drives, documents, printers, web proxies, social media sites, and personal cloud services. Malware, viruses, theft, unsecured devices, jailbroken devices, and a lack of control put corporate data, intellectual property, and client information at risk. The answer to this problem is to create, to manage, and to enforce BYOD policy guidelines to secure your work environment.
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A tale of two security approaches – and why you need both

Once upon a time, attacks on computers and networks were relatively simple. Our primary worry was viruses and their variants – worms, Trojans, rootkits. Their authors set out with malicious intent, to create software that can cause harm by shutting down a system or an entire network, destroying data and/or programs, or collect information and send it back to the attackers.
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Windows XP – where have all the bad guys gone?

April 8, 2014 has come and gone and you may be wondering what all the fuss was about. After all, the bad guys haven’t come out of hiding, wreaking havoc on those who still have instances of Windows XP running on their networks.
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IT admins, what are your greatest challenges?

“Not enough hours in the day!” – is the cry from IT admins in a recent GFI Cloud survey about their greatest day-to-day challenges, and these are common across the board, regardless of geography or business sector they work in.
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Windows 8.1 early adopters forced to update, or become insecure

Those of us who like to stay on the cutting edge of technology are probably well on our way to fully deploying Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1. While it’s great to be on the cutting edge, sometimes that edge is sharp enough to put us on the bleeding edge. That’s where many of Microsoft’s customers find themselves with the most recent release for both 8.1 and 2012 R2.
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