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Managed Services Deliver Peace of Mind

Posted by HReal on Apr 17, 2015 5:08:32 PM

In enterprise IT, where hidden expenses like downtime can cost the average mid-size business almost $700,000 each year, it’s important to have a plan in place for worst-case scenarios. In today’s business environment, disaster recovery tactics, addressing shadow IT, securing data, and maintaining operations are more important than ever. But how do you focus on important IT strategies, like planning for growth and creating business continuity plans, when day-to-day business operations take up most of your time?

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Topics: Managed Services

The Role of Application Containers in Virtualization

Posted by BMcCandless on Apr 14, 2015 3:09:22 PM

Traditionally, virtualization has been hypervisor-based. A hypervisor is used to separate virtual machines (VMs), each with its own operating system, and abstract management from hardware. However, the container model of virtualization is quickly gaining traction because it enables applications to share operating systems instead of requiring servers to run separate copies for each VM. The container model allows resources to be used more efficiently compared to hypervisor-based virtualization and is often viewed as the better option for cloud applications.

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Topics: Virtualization

5 Insights Into the Hybrid Cloud of 2015

Posted by JGonzalez on Mar 24, 2015 10:43:00 AM

The amount of options available can be daunting no matter what the investment, be it a car, a home, or even clothes. Technology is no different. The days of one option for storage and two options for operating systems are over. Today, we are inundated with choices, and it’s great. One choice for cloud computing that has been right for so many businesses is the hybrid cloud.

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Topics: Cloud

The Benefits of a Mobile Collaboration Strategy

Posted by CReed on Mar 19, 2015 1:18:20 PM

Today’s enterprise has no borders. The pace of business continues to accelerate, thanks in part to a mobile workforce and constantly connected customers. Competition is getting more intense. Providing a product or service immediately, effectively and efficiently is now a requirement, not an aspiration.

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Why a Cloud Assessment Is an Essential First Step to Cloud Adoption

Posted by BGrassmuck on Mar 17, 2015 5:24:00 PM

Most organizations recognize the business benefits that the cloud is capable of delivering. A reduction in costs related to purchasing and maintaining IT infrastructure typically tops the list. Organizations can scale services and capacity up or down as needed to improve operational efficiency instead of overprovisioning to account for peak times.

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Topics: Cloud

Embracing the Hybrid Cloud: The Happy Medium between Dollars and Data Sense

Posted by JGonzalez on Mar 11, 2015 10:24:00 AM

If you’re an IT manager, IT architect, or CIO and still have questions about welcoming the cloud into your business, understand that nearly all organizations that have chosen to adopt the cloud have seen increases in production, operational savings, and customer satisfaction. If you’re trying to cut back on capital expenditures, then you’ll be happy to know that the cloud is scalable in cost—meaning you only pay for what you use. Most businesses utilize a hybrid cloud system, meaning open access to information, products and services for your customers through a public cloud and a private cloud which delivers enhanced security for more critical data like applications and development tools for onsite and offsite employees. Other benefits of the hybrid cloud include:

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Topics: Cloud

Preparing for a Safe Migration Between Clouds

Posted by JGonzalez on Mar 4, 2015 2:29:00 PM

As businesses grow, so does their amount of digital data and information, often at an exponential rate. The cloud computing model you signed up for in 2011, or maybe even in 2013, might not be able to support the increasing demands you face today. With 82% of companies reportedly saving money by utilizing some sort of cloud structure, what happens to the data, and the savings, as needs surge? A more robust environment ensures that your systems can handle new data storage demands.

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Topics: Cloud, Security

Computing is Getting Cloudy

Posted by JGonzalez on Feb 25, 2015 10:06:00 AM

Before we make any type of investment, we usually analyze the options available. Whether you’re investing in a mutual fund, car, or real estate, you go through a diligent review process before opening your wallet. The same thing goes for IT investments. It is important to understand the options, match the option’s features and benefits to your needs, and then make the investment.

A great example of an IT investment, the cloud acts as a resource for data storage and an opportunity for greater collaboration. Recently, a CIO study found that 88 percent of cloud users experienced cost savings, and 56 percent claimed that cloud services have positively impacted profits. While most clients know about cloud computing, they don’t know about the options within it. Here are the major types of cloud computing.

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Topics: Cloud

CIOs, How Are You Addressing Shadow IT?

Posted by JGonzalez on Feb 12, 2015 1:32:07 PM

It’s hard to know what everyone on your network is accomplishing or what apps they are using. It’s even harder when your teams are remote or spread across multiple offices. Doesn’t that make you wonder what your teams are doing?

When the workforce started bringing their own mobile devices to check corporate emails and documents, a new variety of security issues popped up, like lost/stolen hardware, data breaches, and unsecure file sharing. Similarly, Shadow IT is when users bring their own applications into the network, which can come with additional compliance and security threats.

When IT departments choose software for the business entity, it has been tested for safety and deemed meaningful to business goals. Applications outside those parameters should not be on company hardware. If you think your team would never use unapproved applications, we hate to say it, but they probably are. According to a Frost & Sullivan report, 81% of line-of-business workers and 83% of IT staff admitted to using unapproved SaaS apps.

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Topics: Cloud

How Application Delivery Controllers Boost Application Performance..

Posted by BMcCandless on Feb 6, 2015 5:43:00 PM

Application environments are growing. According to a recent report, one in five organizations is managing between 200 and 500 applications. Because many of these applications are vital to business success, organizations are looking for ways to leverage the cloud and mobility for application delivery, and better manage and support the application lifecycle.

Growing application environments and increased reliance upon mission-critical business applications have made application performance critical to achieving business results. High application performance improves productivity, efficiency and the quality of the user experience. However, the complexity of modern applications makes it difficult to deliver and maintain high performance levels.

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