December 19, 2014

Industrial PC vs A Commercial PC: What’s The Difference?

What is a Commercial PC?

The computer for home use is the most typical Commercial PC example. It’s environment is controlled, and the usage is most likely by a few select individuals. They can be networked, or used on a stand-alone basis. Little or no shock or vibration is expected at the work station; it is able to withstand little or no power surges and so it’s imperative the machine has some sort of surge protection. They are most commonly seen in the desktop configuration, or perhaps as a laptop. Many times they are not built for longevity, have limited expandability, and reside in a “tower” or in some other contained unit like a laptop.

What is an Industrial PC?

Industrial usage of a PC is much more robust because the PC (or many, depending on the industry) reside in a much more harsh environment. It could be a “shop floor”, which could also include a mobile use such as in a helicopter, out in the field in a tractor, and in any space that might have some of the following factors:

Temperature: If they are deployed appropriately, many industrial computers can be rated to operate at 109 F (43 C) or higher.

Dust: Contaminants can also be a factor, and so external cooling fans can be attached to the chassis and have special filters.

Industrial Computers also should have: an uninterrupted power supply; they can be relied on to work in humid conditions; expandability to last for extended periods of time; easy access to the unit for needed service (reduced downtime); depending on the desired use, the industrial computer can be on a swivel arm, rack mounted, or in a panel.

In summation, it is unlikely you would be able to use a personal computer in any industrial environment. They just wouldn’t be able to withstand the “abuse”.

Cloud Backup Made Easy

Cloud Storage? Yes, but which one?

I’m sure you’ve heard that advertising catch phrase “To the cloud”, but do you know exactly what cloud storage means and how it can be a benefit to you?

Cloud storage is a descriptive way of saying that your documents and files stored on your computer are uploaded to backup company’s hard disk. Essentially, the company you choose stores the files on their hard disk at another location anywhere in the world.

 Safety, Security and Peace of Mind

These files are accessible only by you and are encrypted (even if they somehow were accessed they would not be readable) and kept safe by the hosting company as part of your agreement with them.

I personally pay for backup storage with a well-known company. We have two computers to back up, so we have a plan for each. The cost is minimal considering the benefit of peace of mind knowing I can always get to my files. How does it work? The company you choose will have a program you can download that links to their service site.

You can choose options such as the time of day you want your files backed up, the locations of those files on your computer, and will have some sort of indicator to show when all the files have been saved. It’s a one-time setup for the program and the rest is automatic.

For us, we leave our computers on and our cloud backup occurs in the middle of the night when we are less likely to be using our computers. That doesn’t mean you can’t use your computer when the cloud backup is taking place. It’s just easier (in my opinion) to do it at that time in case there is any kind of slow down while backing up.

Top Ten Cloud Storage

If you’re looking for more information to use so that you feel you’re choosing the best cloud storage I suggest Top Ten Cloud Storage as a great place to start. They will answer frequently asked questions (FAQ’s), you can determine the plan that best fits your needs. Personally, I love a site that’s already done all the research for me and put all the answers on one site.

Top Ten Cloud Storage goes an extra mile by displaying testimonials by actual users of cloud storage hosts.  They also have a blog, a forum and a presence on Twitter and Facebook.

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