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We work hard behind the scenes so annoying technology issues don't slow your business down.

Our mission is to help businesses like yours increase productivity and get more out of the technology you invest in.
We specialize in solutions that safeguard and protect your data and keep operations running smoothly.

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Intelligent remote monitoring, proactive maintenance, and behind-the-scenes remote support.

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Protect your business from threats like malware, viruses, phishing attacks, hackers and other threads.

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Ensure peace-of-mind in any situation with the most complete data backup solution available.

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Reduce infrastructure costs, collaborate, and get more done with our unique cloud solutions.

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When you just want IT to work!

There are a lot of computer shops out there that you can call up to fix an issue or install a piece of equipment. They might be able to get you out of crisis mode, but they aren’t looking at the full picture.

At Symmetric Engineering Group, we understand business. We consult. We provide solutions to solve everyday challenges. We just happen to fix computers as well.

We believe (and have proven) that if you proactively manage technology, run maintenance religiously, and monitor a business network, everyday issues and downtime will be greatly reduced.

This is what makes us different than your typical tech support company. Sure, we can fix computer issues when you have them, but our specialty is preventing them in the first place.

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      We live by the idea that your business needs come first, so much so that our CEO George Lakiotis has written a letter for you to read showing just how dedicated our Full Service IT team is to not only solving problems but your success!

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      What Our Clients Say

      • Great Business Partner!
        " A National Coding Recruiter"
        I would like to recommend Symmetric Group as a great business partner.  Our Company started April 1st, 2013 and since the launch of our new business we have grown to new heights.  Symmetric Group has been there every step of the way.  Symmetric Group has not only helped us with ordering all the equipment, computers, software, and setup of everything in a office setting  from A to Z but they also have the best IT support team as well with Jemar and Joey.  We appreciate everything you do for us at our company and we recommend them to anyone starting up a company or a company that is established that is looking for IT solutions.  Thank you again for all your support. - Andrew 
      • Five Stars!
        "A National Commercial Cleaning Co."

        We have enjoyed our relationship with Symmetric Group.  Each person we interact with is responsive and knowledgeable.  Simple straight forward answers to our questions are given which is a great help to a "non techie" group!   We thank you again for your service.  Five Stars! - Gail 

      • Very Proactive!
        " A Local Dermatology Practice"

        Symmetric has been providing us IT support for many years.  They successfully manage all of our fast paced medical offices.  Symmetric’s response time for any issues that arise is always quick and issues are resolved in a timely manner and can usually be done remotely which is convenient for all of us.  Symmetric is very proactive in identifying inefficiencies and recommending and implementing changes that improve our systems performance, resiliency and efficiency.  We have no hesitation in warmly recommending them to any business, large or small! – Jenni

      • I Highly Recommend!
        "A Global Lighting Manufacture"

        Four years ago, we had seven domestic offices and warehouses located in five states that were running on independent computer networks, that is, they were without any domain structure.  Thanks to the network engineers at Symmetric Engineering, we are running a secure computer network on a true domain architecture.  We are so pleased with their services that this summer we contracted with Symmetric to host our accounting servers and SQL data servers.  I highly recommend the services of Symmetric Engineering. – Jim 

      • "Extreme Professional"
        "A Local Pain Practice"

        We are so pleased with our business relationship with Symmetric Group. Their company’s customer service is exceptional.  Our service calls and/or emails are answered quickly and to our satisfaction. George is an extreme professional and is shows in his staff. Thank you for your support – Karen 

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        "A Regional Optometry Firm"

        We have partnered with Symmetric for over 5 years in our corporate office as well as our 25 locations throughout Florida and Georgia.   Symmetric has been there from the beginning when we went through the daunting task of inputting our EMR software in all of our stores, as well as doing the complete IT setup at our new locations.   They have been fantastic.  They respond quickly and go above and beyond to help us in any way they can.   They have allowed us to focus on the important work of growing our business and not wasting time on the technical aspect of it.   We highly recommend Symmetric, you will be in good hands…Thanks Symmetric! – Marci

      • They Meet the challenges!
        " A Large Civil & Utility Construction Co."

        Symmetric Group has been able to meet the challenges of our Company's fast growth over the past several years.  They make technology recommendations and manage the all of Company’s IT services seamlessly. I would highly recommend working with them. – Penny 

      Latest Blogs

      This Hacker Stole 1.17 Billion Credentials. You Won’t Believe How Much He Sold it All For

      According to Alex Holden, Hold Security’s founder and Chief Information Security Officer, the company was first alerted to the breach by the hacker himself, as he bragged in online chat forums that he had stolen over a billion credentials for email accounts from various providers.

      These accounts were mostly for the Russian service Mail.ru, but accounts included in the theft have also been identified as belonging to Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft, as well as some Chinese and German email providers.

      The story becomes odd when the hacker delivered his price for the staggeringly large data set:

      50 rubles, or just about $0.75, for the entire stash.

      Hold Security haggled, refusing to pay the strikingly small ransom. Instead, the hacker was convinced to release his holdings for “likes” on one of his social media outlets.

      The data ultimately took the form of 1.17 billion records for the aforementioned mail servers, as well as username and password combinations for assorted U.S. banks, retailers, and manufacturers, presumably belonging to the employees of these institutions.

      The account holders may not be off the hook, either. Holden stated that there was no guarantee that there wasn’t remnant data left over, especially after the hacker had shown himself willing to share with sympathetic people. As a result, further attacks could still be engineered from these accounts and each of their contact lists, increasing the risks of dangers considerably.

      How You Can Stay Safe

      • Use separate, complex passwords: Many of the credentials examined since the breach proved to be repeats of others, as users repeated usernames and passwords across multiple websites. This is precisely the reason that best practices dictate users keep login credentials from repeating from account to account, as it only serves to make it easier for attackers to get in as well.
      • Change passwords frequently: As Holden mentioned, there is no guarantee that the information stolen wasn’t shared with other cybercriminals before Hold Security stepped in. This only emphasizes the importance of this next takeaway; that passwords should be changed with some frequency, avoiding any pattern or set schedule.

      Not many hackers will be as amenable to the demands of security firms as this individual seemingly was. This is why it is so important to follow these best practices religiously; too often a data breach is out of the hands of the end-user.

      For more assistance in maintaining your security and adhering to best practices, give us a call at (813) 749-0895. Our expertise can help you to avoid losing your information in the first place, allowing you to breathe easy in the knowledge that you have less to fear.

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      Pay-as-You-Go Cloud Computing Poised to Shake Up the Industry

      Ever the innovators, many of the Internet’s giants have begun introducing new cloud pricing models that actually charges customers by the amount of computing they use, rather than relying on service agreements that bind them to a certain service plan. While this shift is only currently being undertaken by Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and a handful of the other large software developers in the world, it is easy to see how it can be a much more sustainable system than the service offerings that are offered today.

      Providers: Maximize Profits with Advanced Usage Tracking
      For cloud providers, the boom in cloud computing took a fair amount of time to happen. Platforms like Salesforce utilized cloud computing by giving customers access to all of the software through a relatively simple-to-use web interface. Amazon Web Services (A.W.S.) took it to the next level a couple of years later when they developed and deployed a set of services through their web-based interface. These services, such as, data storage, computation, and support, provided organizations the computing resources they need at a price point that made sense for their bottom line. The access from anywhere was the biggest selling point, and allowed early commercial cloud platforms to find success.

      A few years later these service packages started to pop up everywhere. You had data storage, infrastructure, development platforms, software; basically any type of computation you needed for your business, available by entering a service agreement with the vendor of your choice. As many more companies begin to offer cloud computing packages, the larger corporations that have long-been offering these technologies begun to look at how to get the highest profitability out of their cloud platforms. Of course, raising their prices could work, but may be counter productive with the immense supply of cloud providers now available.

      Instead of increasing the price and risking losing customers, A.W.S., Microsoft, and Google are all going to a “serverless” cloud computing pricing model. This means that instead of paying for a service package for your organization, you will pay for how much you actually use the platform. It is basically a toll-based system. For every million times code is run, the customer is charged a certain amount, say a penny. The amount of math at play here is staggering, but how do you think this pricing model stacks up against current cloud service prices?

      Consumers: Actually Pay For the Cloud YOU Use
      Consider for a minute that there are multi-million individual “transactions” made daily by the users of an organization. Every time a customer runs code, it is thought of as a transaction. If you have the sophistication to track this information over networks, you can set up a truly fair pricing model. Organizations that use more computing will pay more, while organizations that use less will pay less. By implementing this demand-latent manner in which to collect fees, these extraordinarily large companies will inevitably take over a larger share of the cloud industry. Demand for cheaper computing, no service contracts, and reliable support is more pressing today than it has ever been.

      This innovative way to push the limits of this technology forward isn't without its naysayers; and, in this case, there are sure to be many. Not much has been made about this shift in pricing, as not many platforms have implemented it. As these analytics systems become more proficient, however, you will likely see cloud providers that simply cannot compete with this pricing platform. By offering their own modified system, one that will allow them to take advantage of the price trend without gouging their loyal customers for more money, companies may yet hang on to their market share.

      Cloud growth has been substantial and changed the way people think about the acquisition of computing resources. With the new pricing model that the big providers have, it’s clear that the next innovation for cloud computing is to implement a true pay-as-you-go system. To learn more about the latest cloud computing innovations, or how to leverage hosted computing for your business, call us today at (813) 749-0895.

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      Tip of the Week: 1GB, 2GB, 4GB or More - How Much RAM Do You Actually Need?

      RAM, or Random Access Memory, is one major factor that can contribute to how much you can do with your workstation or server at any given time. Here’s what you can do with various amounts of RAM commonly found in PCs.

      1GB: Literally Nothing but the Basics
      The minimum requirement for the 32-bit Windows 10 operating system is 1GB of RAM, though it’s obviously not recommended that you run it like this. 1GB is barely enough for basic functionality like web browsing, word processing, and checking your email, but you can’t expect it to run well. Also with only 1GB of RAM, you can forget about photo and video editing. 1GB isn’t even passable for a consumer PC. Most machines these days house somewhere between 4-8GB of RAM. In fact, most smartphones and tablets have more than 1GB.

      2GB: Not Enough to Get Much Done
      2GB is the minimum system requirement for the 64-bit version of Windows 10; as such, it’s still recommended that you run more RAM than this. 2GB is enough to get some work done, like running your productivity suite and having plenty of open browser tabs, but you’ll still be held back significantly in terms of running more powerful software solutions.

      4GB: A Major Improvement
      Here’s where you start to see some significant improvements in functionality. You’ll find that you can run more applications at the same time, allowing for greater productivity. Plus, your software will run much faster in general, cutting down on frustration and making it easier to get work done. 4GB is considered a benchmark for a low-end office PC.

      Keep in mind that a 32-bit operating system on a 4GB machine will only be able to access about 3.2GB. When using a 64-bit operating system, you’ll have access to the whole 4GB (and higher). It’s also important to remember that the 32-bit version of Windows 10 has a 4GB RAM limit - the 64-bit versions require more RAM to run properly.

      8GB: Now We’re Talking
      If you’re going to be working with several editing softwares, like the Adobe Creative Cloud or light multimedia, you’ll want to up the ante to 8GB. Doing so allows you to further increase performance, and you’ll experience minimal frustration. Office workstations will sing (as long as their other components are up-to-speed), and 8GB of RAM is where you’ll typically want to start for light gaming.

      16GB and Up: Is it Worth It?
      Whether or not your system needs more than 8GB will really depend on what you plan to use it for. The only time that 16GB or more becomes worth your money is when you’re running several resource-heavy applications and/or virtual machines at the same time. If you need your workstation to be able to handle anything resource-intensive like this, you’ll want to invest in a machine that has at least 16GB of RAM. On top of that, video editing and other multimedia will be more effective with more RAM.

      Be sure to discuss what you need with an internal IT department, or contact Symmetric Engineering Group at (813) 749-0895, if you think you need an upgrade.

      Disclaimer: For those who aren’t technologically savvy, RAM is a hardware component, not something that you can download off of the Internet to speed up your computer.

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      In a bizarre reminder of why security best practices are so critical to the world of IT, it has been reported that one of the largest collections of hacked and stolen login details are currently making the rounds in the Russian black market.

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      Symmetric Engineering Group was awarded the Upper Tampa Bay Chamber Small Business of the Year Award for their understanding technical service and support throughout the Tampa Bay area

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