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Productive Computing Announces FileMaker Server 14 Availability

June 4th, 2015

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Productive Computing, Inc. is proud to announce FileMaker Server 14 availability.

 

PCI has been busy building significant infrastructure to accommodate customers who are interested in hosting solutions with FileMaker Server 14 and take advantage of the latest version of FileMaker’s WebDirect technology. Starting immediately PCI has the availability to host FileMaker 14 Server based solutions on all four of our data centers (Las Vegas, Chicago, New York, and Atlanta).  In addition to the FileMaker Server 14 build out, we have also recently upgraded all our servers to take advantage of the latest secure certificate technologies (SSL) encrypting customer data at the maximum level possible at no extra charge.

 

PCI maintains a healthy stable of compatibility for FileMaker versions 11 through 14 and our customers always get the choice as to which server version they would like to be on and in what part of the country for their maximum benefit.  PCI has long been known for providing the highest level of personalized hosting support for our customers using the latest technologies while tirelessly ensuring that our machines are running the latest versions of server and the OS and with the best in class hardware/software available.

 

“I can’t tell you why, but the Core is working faster than ever on your server versus my previous hosting provider. I just did an import and sort of 200 emails with attachments and it was noticeably faster than ever. I am very happy. Productive Computing offers high caliber customer service, and I feel great knowing you are always there to assist whenever I need it.”

Jeff Geoffray

 

“We use Productive Computing’s FileMaker Hosting services for a customized solution that is used each year by hundreds of attendees at the annual FileMaker DevCon. Their team offers great support and I highly recommend them to anyone seeking dependable FileMaker Hosting with sterling customer service.”

 

Ron Robertson

GTR Global Meetings and Technology

 

 

On a side note, PCI has also been busy certifying our plugins for FileMaker 14 compatibility. Each plug-in will be available in 32 bit compatibility and where applicable updated for 64 bit compatibility. Please see our website for updates.

 

These plug-ins will remain 32 bit until the third party libraries these plug-ins talk to are 64 compatible:

FM Books Connector – www.fmbooksconnector.com

Outlook Manip for Mac – www.outlookmanipulatorformac.com

 

10 Advantages of Hosting FileMaker Solutions

January 9th, 2015

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Server Hardware

Server hardware is a big ingredient in the performance and wellbeing of your FileMaker solution. Do you have a handle on exactly what to purchase? How much RAM, processor and hard drive do you need?  Which brand of computer? Which platform? Who will warrantee it? What are the IT costs associated with purchasing, installing and configuring your own server? Do you have expertise on how to virtualize your server if you go that route?  How long will it take to set up?  The hassles and effort to setup hardware is one of the most popular reasons people choose to host with a provider instead of on their own.

 

Installation/Configuration Expertise

When was the last time you configured FileMaker Server software?  Do you the expertise to configure it for the maximum performance and protection? This is often better done by your hosting provider who works with the server software on a daily basis.

 

 

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You don’t need to purchase FileMaker Server Software.  If you were to have your own server, you’d be responsible for the yearly purchase and maintenance of the FileMaker server software as well.  If you host your solution, the FileMaker licensing is included as part of the hosting cost and many times less than what you’d pay for the server licensing alone.

 

 

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You don’t need to worry about being responsible for your own backups.  Will your backups be monitored to perform reliability and religiously?  Do you have off-site backups?  If so, did you figure that into the cost?  With Productive Computing Hosting, your backup is delivered to you nightly with the convenience of a Dropbox link.  We also store 4 years’ worth of backups for you at no additional charge!  Direct access to the FileMaker Server Admin Console and the ability to setup and configure your own server side scripts at no extra charge.

 

Bandwidth

One of the biggest factors in the speed of a FileMaker solution is the upload bandwidth from the server.  The cost to purchase a large upload pipe is extreme for an individual business (many hundreds of dollars per month).  Since a hosting provider hosts your files at a data center, large upload speeds are part of the benefit of hosting and included in the cost.

 

Uptime/Availability

Do you have a proper server room that is protected and monitored 24/7?  FileMaker hosting providers use data centers that typically provide 99.95% uptime/availability and top level security.

 

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Firewall configuration and security is a necessary part of the FileMaker setup.  In most cases, this means getting your IT expert involved. None of this is required when you host with a provider.

 

 

Server Maintenance

As with anything in the software world, patches and updates will be required for both the operating system as well as FileMaker Server software itself.  Staying on top of this is extremely important.  At Productive Computing, we monitor and test the latest software patches and proactively update OS and FileMaker patches balancing uptime and security.

 

Protection

With your own server comes the responsibly of dealing with virus protection, hackers, SPAM, and Malware.  Unique to Productive Computing, we host FileMaker files on OS X based Unix servers which are considered by most to be the safest environment to prevent viruses and malware.

 

Encryption

If you plan to use Web Direct, we recommend encrypting the data between the browser and the server.  At Productive Computing we install secure certificates for all our Filemaker 13 (and above) servers for you at no extra charge so you have the peace of mind without the expense and configuration worry of installing and maintaining your own secure certificate.