Be Prepared for Hurricane Barry – A Technology Preparedness Checklist

Back up your files and secure your technology, before the storm arrives.

Verma Systems has been in the Baton Rouge area since 1991.  We’ve been through a hurricane or two and know how serious it can be. The safety of family and friends is, of course, the number one priority. Also important is a business technology preparedness checklist in your planning. Files and data saved on local computers and within local servers could be at risk during a storm.  Here are a few things you can do to prevent a serious data loss.

1.  Backup of your important data and take it with you.

You probably already know that it’s good practice to frequently backup your data and files to an external hard drive or off-site location. This practice is extra important during times of inclement weather.  Make sure you have an offsite backup of your data, not just one at the office.  Please contact our helpdesk if you are not sure if you have an offsite backup and they will assist.

2.  Turn off all computers and on premise servers at close of business on Friday.

Take time to completely power down all computers and on premise servers before you leave your home or office. If your computers and on premise servers are not plugged into a surge protector, they should be unplugged from the power source. Electricity can come and go during the storm, and these fluctuations can cause major damage to electronic devices.

3.  If your area is prone to flooding, put all computers on top of desks or other high and dry locations, away from windows.

Water is obviously the enemy of electronic technology.  You don’t want to risk even a little bit of water coming into contact with your electronic devices. Even if your area is not prone to flooding, you may still want to take this precaution.  Contact Verma Systems if you need assistance.

4.  Do not turn on any equipment until the storm has passed and power is stabilized.

You may be tempted to turn on your computer, to check for internet access or other news.  However, it’s important to keep your electronics unplugged and off until the storm has passed.  As we mentioned above, electricity surges can be damaging to your hardware during a storm. Power surge damage can also be difficult or even impossible to repair.

Taking these steps should help you secure your data and keep your electronics as safe as possible.  However, should anything happen during the storm, Verma Systems offers office relocation, data recovery and other IT solutions.  Email if you need help.

Additional Resources: Red Cross Hurricane Safety Checklist







Posted on July 11, 2019 .

Welcome Jeff Patton!

Sales Engineer

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

Expertise: Telecommunications
Hometown: Baton Rouge for the last 28 years
First job: Life Guard at 14
Education & training: University of Houston B. S.
Number of computers at home: 6 laptops / tablets, Desktop, a Server and a-Raspberry Pi
Hobbies: Singing Lead with Barbershop Chorus, perusing garage sales
Brainfood: Coffee, Coffee, Coffee and the occasional after hours glass of Wine…
Favorite band or music: Country music, Barbershop music, local band Parish County Line
Favorite thing about Verma Systems: All of the talented people I get the privilege to interact with.
Apps I can’t live without: Life 360, Starbucks, Groupon, and Waze
Tech tip: Before throwing away a used post it note, if you're near a computer run the sticky edge between the keys on your keyboard to pick up any dirt there might be between the keys.

Posted on May 9, 2019 .

Welcome Auston R. Chandler!

Wiring Technician

Quote or Inspiration:  "The clock is running. Make the most of today. Time waits for no man. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why it is called the present."

Expertise: Wire Tech

Hometown: Monterey, LA

First job: Brick Mason

Education & training: Some college, Fiber termination and splicing and, Pole Gaffing

Number of computers at home: 0

Hobbies: Kayaking, Fishing, and Hunting

Brainfood:   Any food

Favorite band or music:  Any band or music

Favorite thing about Verma Systems: Good company   

Apps I can’t live without:  Can live without apps

Posted on February 19, 2019 .

Welcome George Mitchell!

Network Engineer

Quote or Inspiration: “I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.” ~Robert Heinlein

Expertise:  Research

Hometown: Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

First job: Produce Clerk at Super Fresh

Education & training: Associate’s of Applied Sciences – Computer Network Administration | Bachelor’s of Science – Information Systems Security. Both degrees from I.T.T. Technical College.

Number of computers at home: 3

Hobbies: Comedic writing, working out, and a novice of the bass guitar.

Brainfood: Any food or drink that contains high levels of caffeine.

Favorite band or music: Lil Wayne.

Favorite thing about Verma Systems: Co-workers.  

Apps I can’t live without: Amazon, Amazon Music, PayPal, Samsung Pay, Waitr, Google Maps, and FinishLine

Tech tip:  Keep IT Simple!

Posted on February 19, 2019 .



Posted on October 31, 2018 .

Welcome Li McNight!

Network Engineer

Quote or Inspiration: The keys to life are running and reading! -Will Smith

Expertise: I cannot say that I am expert at anything. But I know more about computer stuff, workout and healthy diet than anything else.

Hometown: Hangzhou, China

First job: translator (English to Chinese and vice versa)

Education & training: Graduated from the colleges with majors in English while in China and computer networking in USA.

Number of computers at home: 2 laptops and 1 ipad

Hobbies: weightlifting (workout)

Brainfood: always learning

Favorite band or music: Bee Gees, Foreigner, Boyz II Men

Favorite thing about Verma Systems: very friendly working environment

Apps I can’t live without: wechat

Tech tip: Always make sure what you are doing before making any change!

Posted on September 17, 2018 .

2018 Hurricane Season

Although it looks like Baton Rouge may be spared from the worst of Tropical Storm Gordon we want to remind our clients that safeguarding your business in the event of a tropical storm or hurricane is key.  If you haven’t already, NOW is the time to review your IT Disaster Recovery Plan to make sure it’s in good working order. 

Verma Systems’ network engineers are on standby if you have any questions or need IT services. Please contact us at 225-296-0399, Email, or by an emergency hotline with 24-hour service at 225-338-6848.

IT Tips and Safeguards:

  • First, review your IT Disaster Recovery Plan and make sure it’s in good working order.
  • Collect important paper documents and keep them in a safe, dry place. If you must return to your office in substandard conditions; having them in one location will make it easier, quicker and safer to retrieve.
  • Sensitive documents should be treated as such. You or your team may not be the first people to enter the building. Shred what is supposed to be shredded and safeguard the rest.
  • Have an emergency flashlight in a secure place in the event you return to your office and there is no power.
  • Take a copy of your Disaster Recovery Plan and your emergency contact numbers with you before leaving your office.
  • If you fear flooding, elevate IT equipment off the floor.
  • And most important, be safe!
Posted on September 4, 2018 .

Welcome Brissia Pourciau!

Purchasing Manager

Quote or Inspiration: "People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world, are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them." George Bernard Shaw

Expertise: Nutrition

Hometown: Mexico City

First job: M G M Mirage Corporation

Education & training: UNAM in Mexico City

Number of computers at home: 4

Hobbies: Playing guitar, Tennis, crochet.

Brainfood: SMILE or Bacon =)

Favorite band or music: Big Bands Swing (20’s)

Favorite thing about Verma Systems: We are a team.

Apps I can’t live without: Pandora, Spotify.

Tech tip: Slow down and process the information before applying the data

Posted on August 16, 2018 .

Welcome Donnovan Mabile!

Virtual CTO / Network Engineer / Director of Technical Services

Quote or Inspiration: Energy and persistence conquer all things- Benjamin Franklin
Expertise: I can’t really say I’m an expert in any field. My interest are all over the place.
Hometown: Pierre Part, Louisiana
First job: Turtle Farm / 11 years old until 18 years old
Education & training: LSU (Bachelors-ISDS)
Number of computers at home: 2 computers and 4 tablets
Hobbies: Running, fishing, hunting, shooting, hiking and splitting firewood
Brainfood: Reading and keeping up with World News
Favorite band or music: Hank Williams Jr.
Favorite thing about Verma Systems: Comradery  
Apps I can’t live without: Amazon and Google
Tech tip: Save your work often and always have a contingency plan!


Posted on August 2, 2018 .

Brad Watkins Makes 20!

Congratulations to Brad Watkins, Verma Systems' Sales Engineer, for celebrating 20 years at Verma Systems on July 27.  We really appreciate your commitment and dedication to our customers and to the company. You rock:)

Posted on July 27, 2018 .

Welcome Sean Jagneaux!

Verma Systems' Network Engineer & Help Desk Support

Quote or Inspiration: Douglas Adams, Isaac Asimov, H. Norman Schwarzkopf

Expertise:  Incident Resolution, Application level troubleshooting, UNIX Systems

Hometown: Scott, Louisiana

First job: Grocery store in southern Louisiana

Education & training: UL Lafayette

Number of computers at home: 2

Hobbies: Counterintelligence, Open Source Intelligence, Lock Picking, Running, Malware analysis, Performance Driving, Rocket League, and Formula One racing

Brainfood: Shawarma

Favorite band or music: Tropical House

Favorite thing about Verma Systems:  The inviting atmosphere

Apps I can’t live without: Signal

Tech tip: Watch what personally identifiable information you post on the open Internet. 2-Factor Authenticate as much as possible

Posted on June 18, 2018 .

Welcome Max Calamari!

Verma Systems' Network Engineer

Quote or Inspiration: Industry, thrift, and self-control are not sought because they create wealth, but because they create character. -Calvin Coolidge
Expertise: Networking, Maintain Legacy Systems, Computer Forensics
Hometown: Lafayette, LA
First job: EATEL
Education & training: College Degree in Computer Networking, and several certifications.
Number of computers at home: Nine, five of which are older than me!
Hobbies: Working on cars, old computers, working on anything I can fix or optimize!
Brainfood: Boneless Chicken Wings
Favorite band or music: Mostly Classical music. I really don't listen to a lot of music but I do enjoy singing!
Favorite thing about Verma Systems: I really enjoy the attitude of the workplace.    
Apps I can't live without: WiFi Analyzer
Tech tip: Don't install software you don't need, keep your computer and your AntiVirus up to date, and don't open attachments from unsolicited e-mails!


Posted on November 30, 2017 .

Welcome Wesley Corie!

Verma Systems' Project Manager

Quote or Inspiration:  “It's all in your head -- you just have no idea how big your head is.” ―Lon Milo DuQuette
Expertise: Project Management, Computer Networking, and Troubleshooting
Hometown: I was born in Houston, TX, but have lived in Baton Rouge for over 20 years.
First job: Verma Systems, back in 2001! Back then, I worked as a “Bench Tech” repairing beige-box computers.
Education & training: Mostly self-taught, and I went to ITT Tech night-school and received my Associates of Science in Computer Network Technology in 2010. I was Valedictorian, along with my classmate and now coworker, Dustin Leaycraft! I received my Project Management Professional (PMP) training and certification in 2016.
Number of computers at home:  Only 2: 1 desktop running Windows 10 Pro, 1 laptop running Linux Mint.
Hobbies: Reading and collecting books, watching anime and Godzilla movies, and playing video games (PS4 and PC).
Brainfood: N-acetyl Cysteine (look it up!) and Greek & Lebanese food. There is no such thing as ‘too much garlic’!
Favorite band or music: I like a variety of things, from Blind Guardian and Daft Punk to Jars of Clay and Jamiroquai.
Favorite thing about Verma Systems:  Working with people who share my interests and passions, both professionally and personally.
Apps I can’t live without: Reddit, Instagram, Wikipanion and Audible
Tech tip: Try Googling “Alternative to…” when you’re researching a solution (this applies to anything from software to medical treatments). You’ll find information that you may not have previously considered!

Posted on November 13, 2017 .

Welcome Justin Rome!

Verma Systems' Network Engineer

Quote or Inspiration: Beer is proof that God loves man. “Benjamin Franklin”
Expertise:  Technology and Business Solutions
Hometown: Brittany, Louisiana
First job: Summer job at Catholic High entering my freshman year
Education & training: Communications Studies at LSU, Networking & Cisco ICND2 training
Number of computers at home: 2; one for gaming and one for media
Hobbies: Catching fish, PC gaming- Paragon, guitar, and dominating my fantasy football leagues
Brainfood: Sushi
Favorite band or music: Top 5 would be: Led Zeppelin, Hank Jr, 2Pac, Armin Van Burren, and Oscar winner Trent Reznor
Favorite thing about Verma Systems: The office culture and the people.  I’d compare the group here to the 92’ US Olympic basketball squad.
Apps I can’t live without: ESPN Fantasy App
Tech tip: When searching in Google and you come upon an unknown or suspect site… click the down arrow next to the resulted web address and select “Cached.”

Posted on November 2, 2017 .

Welcome Derrick Odds!

Verma Systems' Wiring Technician

Quote or Inspiration: Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your

energy to what you can create.

Expertise:  wiring installation rack building troubleshooting and jack installation

Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA

First job: Data Tel of LA

Education & training: diploma and many certifications

Number of computers at home: 2

Hobbies: Playing football video games hunting fishing racing and riding motorcycles

Brainfood: Hot wings

Favorite band or music: Too many to count...I listen to some of everything

Favorite thing about Verma Systems: I really get the feel of being with family when I'm at work

Apps I can’t live without: Spotify and Clash of Clans

Tech tip: Never let your eyes be bigger than your stomach, you’ll regret it every time!

Posted on October 24, 2017 .

Welcome John Foval!

Verma Systems Project Manager

Quote or Inspiration: "The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance." -Alan Watts

Expertise:  Production/Project Management & Customer Service

Hometown: New Orleans, but I’ve lived in Baton Rouge most of my life

First job: Raising Canes! 

Education & training: Graduated from Parkview Baptist in Baton Rouge, studied Business at LSU, and I’ve trained in Customer Service and Production Management.

Number of computers at home: 4 laptops and lots of music gear that qualifies as a computer at my house...I’m an electronic music nerd.

Music- My guitar, the band my wife and I started called “Lucy and the Gamblers,” my Korg Electribe and my home recording studio.
Meditation- I’m a big fan of vipassana. 
Health/Fitness- I’m a health nut who loves to eat salads; I race mountain bikes, run marathons, and like just talking about healthy food and exercise in general.
Outdoors-I am an eagle scout and love spending lots of time outdoors!

Brainfood: Salad main dish...morning smoothie close second. 

Favorite band or music: Impossible to answer...I enjoy just about every note of music ever played. I’m a music nerd who just appreciates the art form in all its glory.

Favorite thing about Verma Systems:  The intense after work team laser tag games!

Apps I can’t live without: Spotify, Soundcloud, Audible, the Apple “Podcasts” App, and Insight Timer, my meditation timer

Tech tip: Nobody, but nobody, is going to give you half of $80 million to help them liberate the funds of a deceased millionaire…from Nigeria or anywhere else.

Posted on August 8, 2017 .

Welcome Brennen Baker!

Verma Systems Help Desk Support

"My best mentor is a mechanic - and he never left the sixth grade. By any competency measure, he doesn't have it; but the perspective he brings to me and my life is, bar none, the most helpful."

Expertise:  Networking, computer repair and operating system repair

Hometown: Watson, LA

First job: Usher for Rave Motion Pictures

Education & training:  A+ Training, Adobe Photoshop and Dreamweaver Certified.

Number of computers at home:  4— two gaming laptops and two high performance general use laptops.

Hobbies:  4-wheelers, dirt bikes and dune buggies. I’m currently trying to make my Mustang Cobra a show car and upgrade my motorcycle.

Brainfood: Green and red apples!

Favorite band or music: Future bass, electronic, progressive, house, trap, and some Metal

Favorite thing about Verma Systems: The atmosphere at Verma makes me want to be involved with anything. Everyone is welcoming to new faces no matter if you have been in the industry for years or just getting into the field.

Apps I can’t live without: SMITE, Spotify, and Discord!

Tech tip: The fastest way to smart is through stupid. There’s no way to get to smart quickly unless you’re comfortable looking stupid in the name of progress.

Posted on July 3, 2017 .

Welcome Gary Chapman!

Verma Systems Help Desk Support

Favorite Quote: “Virtue Thrives Under Oppression” - Chapman Family Coat of Arms Motto
Why IT?: I’ve loved computers for as long as I can remember.
Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA
First job:  Summer Day Camp Counselor
Education & training: Degree in Computer Science from Southeastern (2011), 6+ years Datacenter and desktop support
Number of computers at home: 5, I think. Do tablets and game consoles count?
Hobbies: Spending time with my wife, playing with my dogs, watching movies, going to concerts, and playing video games
Brainfood:  Steak and Ribs
Favorite band or music: Starset and Nothing More
Favorite TV show: Westworld and House of Cards
Favorite thing about Verma Systems: Fellow co-workers and everything being orange
Apps I love: Wink Home Automation
Tech tip: Use an Adblocker in your browser, not only will it remove annoying ads but will also reduce your risk for virus infection.

Posted on May 25, 2017 .

David Marmillion Makes 5!

Congratulations!  April 30 marked David's fifth year with Verma Systems.  We appreciate his contributions and leadership to the network engineering team... and we'd be remiss if we didn't recognize his smokin' BBQ skills:))  Thank you David for all you do! 

Posted on May 1, 2017 .

We did IT! HeartWalk 2017

A BIG thank you to everyone who came out Saturday, April 8, for the HeartWalk.  We walked and talked for three miles across the beautiful LSU Campus. It was a gorgeous Spring morning. The weather was perfect.  And we walked for a great cause.  Thank you Verma Systems!

Posted on April 10, 2017 .