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Author: OneNeck IT Solutions

September 17, 2020

Is Your Citrix StoreFront Vulnerable to Exploit?

On September 14, Citrix pushed out an announcement around a high-severity security vulnerability Citrix StoreFront customers should be aware of. An issue has been discovered in Citrix StoreFront (before 2006) that, if exploited, would allow an attacker who is authenticated on the same Microsoft Active Directory domain as a Citrix StoreFront server to read arbitrary files from that server.

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October 29, 2019

Choosing an IT Vendor Without Your Crystal Ball

Does selecting an IT vendor and deciding on the right direction for your company seem to get more complex with every conversation? Without a crystal ball to reveal precisely which vendor is a perfect fit, knowing you’re making the right decision is virtually impossible—but it doesn’t have to be.

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October 16, 2019

Avoid Issues with Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 Upgrade or Migration to the Cloud

Have you upgraded or migrated your server to the cloud yet? With SQL Server 2008 support having ended in July 2019 and Windows Server 2008/R2 support ending in January 2020, if you haven’t, now is the time to upgrade or migrate your workloads to the cloud.

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October 15, 2019

OneNeck Named an Environmental Leader in Colorado

In a recent statement, the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment recognized OneNeck IT Solutions, and its data center in Denver, Colorado, as an environmental leader in the state. On October 1, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Environmental Leadership Program recognized more than 170 businesses—including OneNeck—for their the voluntary and significant environmental achievements. “Having our data center named an environmental leader is an important first ...

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October 8, 2019

Notes from Oracle Open World 2019

This year #OOW19 and #CodeOne had a different color and feel, with lots of exciting announcements from Larry.

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September 24, 2019

The Modern IT Partner – Bringing Value through Optimization Services

Is your business racing to keep up and redefine yourself? It’s a situation most businesses face as they strive to remain relevant in today’s digital economy. And, they count on their IT provider to do the same. At OneNeck, we are steadfast in our commitment to evolving our delivery capabilities and solutions to align with customers’ growing demands.

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September 17, 2019

The Ins and Outs of Cloud Backup vs NAS

When it comes to selecting the best backup—NAS (network-attached storage) or cloud-based—there are a multitude of factors IT leaders must consider. To break it down, a recent TechTarget article written by John Edwards highlights the pros and cons of the two approaches, and includes insights on which backup technology might be the best choice.

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May 23, 2019

Is it Time to Move Your ERP to the Cloud?

There are many considerations when moving to the cloud, and with large, complex ERP applications, there is even more to consider. We recently sat down with Scott Morley, one of OneNeck's ERP and cloud experts, to get his thoughts on the matter...

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May 20, 2019

Evolving Expectations for NMS

The landscape for Network Managed Services (NMS) providers continues to become more challenging, especially as application, management and compliance requirements keep evolving. Proactive support is a core component. At the same time, IT budgets for small- and medium-sized businesses keep shrinking while there is heightened focus on finding ways to squeeze more productivity out of limited resources.

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May 14, 2019

The Re-emergence of SDN

Software Defined Networking (SDN) has been around for almost two decades. The concept was extraordinary and innovative then, but could be considered less-so in 2018. While the excitement surrounding this concept has aged a bit, real-world benefits and outcomes are emerging and bringing renewed interest.

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March 7, 2019

Understanding Data Center Sustainability

The explosion of data and digital consumption in the last decade has dramatically increased the number of data centers, which have been described as the factories of the digital age. And just like traditional factories in their early days, data centers take their toll on the environment.

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February 26, 2019

Blockchain: A Revolution in the Cloud for IT Security

Antiquated is not a word commonly associated with the advanced worldwide network of client-server configurations that make up modern data transmission. However, advances in data storage, file sharing and security protocols have struggled to keep pace with demands on infrastructure, cybersecurity threats and the ever-evolving competition that drives the industry.   

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January 29, 2019

Advances in Cybercrime Demand Greater Protection

A look at retrospective security versus point-in-time solutions With cybercrime predicted to reach $6 trillion annually by 2021 and to be more profitable—and therefore, more attractive to criminal organizations—than the global combined trade of all major illegal drugs, businesses can no longer rely on traditional network security tools and expect to achieve protection.

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November 30, 2018

Food Manufacturers Embrace Digital Transformation

At this point, nearly every modern manufacturer has some reliance on the cloud. But in this new age of digital transformation in manufacturing, the cloud might not be the answer for everything. In a recent Food Manufacturing article, Jeff Budge, OneNeck's VP of Advisory Services, offers insights for food manufacturers and the best way to utilize the cloud.

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November 27, 2018

Continuous Innovation on Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2

Oracle made a very welcome announcement on October 18, 2018, that made Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) users and administrators quite happy. In their announcement, they introduced Continuous Innovation and assure premier support for EBS 12.2 until at least 2030. Read Oracle’s statement here and the EBS roadmap they provided.

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November 15, 2018

Future of Database Administrators in the Cloud Era

A database management transformation is underway. Some say it threatens the long-term future of database administrators (DBAs). As more enterprises shift to multi-cloud and hybrid cloud solutions, automating their products with self-driving, self-patching and self-healing features, it has some in management thinking they don't need managed DBA services anymore.

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October 25, 2018

Making the Most of Oracle Cloud Certifications

When it comes to Oracle cloud certifications, there are three broad categories says Oracle ACE Director Biju Thomas, who is also a Principal Solutions Architect at OneNeck. He recently discussed the categories and his insights on Oracle cloud certifications with Alan Earls of TechTarget noting that, “Within each category, you’ll find a variety of choices requiring an array of skill sets.”

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October 11, 2018

Keep AX 2012 and Still Benefit from the Cloud

Like many terms in IT, the word ‘cloud’ carries with it a number of meanings. This can lead to a lot of confusion and can mean that each cloud implementation is as unique as the company driving the deployment. The message, however, is clear: Cloud is the future.

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October 9, 2018

App Hosting on Catalyst 9000 Switches

Wait a second! When did my switch become a Linux server?! Over the past several years, the networking industry has seen several well-known networking vendors migrate away from their traditional proprietary and monolithic network operating systems for their switches and routers into open Linux-based platforms.  But why would network vendors invest so much time and money in changing something as mundane as what OS kernel they use?

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September 20, 2018

The Hierarchy of Digital Transformation Needs in Your Organization

You can’t focus on self-actualization before meeting basic needs such as hunger and shelter. And, you shouldn’t pursue transformative IT modernization until your current workload environments are stable and secure. Just as renowned psychologist Abraham Maslow noticed an order humans follow in terms of motivation and development, so too do organizations have a hierarchy connected to IT needs. OneNeck Vice President of Advisory Consulting Jeff Budge explained the different phases and outcomes of ...

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September 4, 2018

Forward to the Future – Four Digital Transformation Success Stories

Whether you’re in the C-Suite or the IT department, digital transformation is a topic no company can ignore. However, finding the best way to implement change within your organization can be daunting, and garnering support at all levels is no small task.

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August 2, 2018

Cloud Saves Money ... Myth or Reality?

 As you look at moving your IT infrastructure to the cloud, be aware of the myths especially around statements such as “With cloud, businesses can save money.” It’s reality, but can also lead to misunderstanding because true ROI is difficult to calculate. To better understand myth vs. reality, author Kevin Casey asked several cloud experts for their insights on common myths. He shares their responses in a recent The Enterprisers Project article.

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July 26, 2018

Avoid Cloud Sticker Shock

As a business, moving your IT to the cloud is a major decision involving hours and hours of time, review, scrutiny and conversation. The last thing you want is sticker shock following your move to the cloud. Surprise fees are certainly a close second. To help you evade both, author Kevin Casey recently highlighted five tips for avoiding sticker shock and surprise bills in a just published The Enterprisers Project article.

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June 28, 2018

Digital Transformation is Here and Now

Digital transformation enables IT to meet business demands but immediate transformation is not always the reality. This video demonstrates the reality of networks, customer environments and the immense gaps between the two. What’s the reality of bridging those gaps? More importantly, why bridge those gaps? How do smart networks meet business demands? And, how is it accomplished in a “do more with less” business landscape. What’s the true REALITY of digital transformation?

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June 26, 2018

Fly High with a Career in Hybrid Cloud

There’s no doubt, more and more businesses are looking to move to the cloud while making the most of their current IT investments, which in turn has led to the myriad of hybrid solutions that exist today. As a result, the demand for hybrid-savvy IT talent is on the rise.

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May 3, 2018

How Decomposition and Microservices Make Cloud Migration Easier

“One bite at a time.” That’s how the old saying advises you to eat an elephant.

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April 3, 2018

EM Express Performance Hub

Enterprise Manager Express Performance Hub is one of the cool features of Oracle Database 12c. Performance hub helps DBAs to troubleshoot and diagnose database problems. Performance Hub is a feature of EM Database Express that provides a consolidated view all performance related data for a given time range. Performance Hub can be viewed directly from Database Express, or you can save the Performance Hub report using the $ORACLE_HOME/rdbms/admin/perfhubrpt.sql script. The report is kept as a ...

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March 20, 2018

Is Shadow IT Putting You at Risk?

How many cloud applications and services do your employees use every day? How much of it does your IT department actually know about? Chances are, IT is unaware of more than you think.

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February 15, 2018

Keeping Up with the Cloud in 2018

Everywhere you look, there are predictions and projections about the cloud computing trends and how they will impact businesses in 2018.

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January 18, 2018

For the Love of Italian Cars

What happens when you have a passion for Italian cars – Italian sports cars – and are mechanically-minded? You find a dilapidated vintage car and re-build it, then begin planning your first official road-trip. It’s precisely what Derek McCallister, a OneNeck IT Solutions data center technician in Bend, Ore. has done. After reading an article spotlighting individuals doing vintage car restoration work, Derek decided that’s what he wanted to do. He joined his first Vintage Car club. And, he kept ...

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December 26, 2017

What to expect in Oracle Database 18c

During Oracle Open World 2017, Larry Ellison announced Oracle Database 18c, nicknamed "World's first Self-Driving (Autonomous) Database." Few DBAs got worried hearing this and started panicking. Few others said, "We heard this before, nothing to worry." There are several blogs and videos on the "Autonomous Database." And, we now know:

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December 21, 2017

A Closer Look at Mobility in the Construction Industry

Mobility, cybersecurity and big data must work seamlessly together. This is especially true in the construction industry. According to a recent CompTIA article “IT becomes a mission-critical way to ensure people on the construction site can use and share tasks, data and communication in a timely and secure manner.”

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December 14, 2017

Talkin’ Cloud 100 ranks the top Cloud Services Providers

Proud to announce OneNeck is once again in the top quartile of the Talkin’ Cloud 100 list! Making the list isn’t about us, however, it’s about you, our customers. You see, the list recognizes cloud providers who demonstrate an ongoing ability to meet the needs of their customers. In other words, our focus on you — is being recognized! This year, the list also reflects a changing market as service providers embrace new business models, emerging technologies and innovative support models.

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December 12, 2017

Why outsourcing your IT needs is critical to the growth of your business

The IT department has quickly risen to become one of the most critical and influential departments in a company. It is now the central department around which all other departments work. With a well organized IT department that operates smoothly, the  whole company gains from it. However, if the IT department functions below par, all the other departments suffer and the whole company faces a tough ride.

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December 5, 2017

Adaptive Query Patches in Oracle Database 12c Release 1

Oracle Database 12c was released back in June 2013. After upgrading database to 12c Release 1, the biggest problem faced by DBAs was the unpredictable performance of SQL queries. And it was determined that the new behavior of optimizer is causing the performance issues. Hence the natural solution for many DBAs was to set OPTIMIZER_FEATURES_ENABLE database parameter to 11.2.0.4 so that the optimizer behaves similar to 11gR2 database. This works, but then we are missing out all the right things ...

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November 21, 2017

A lot has changed in 20 years, especially when it comes to technology

Observations by two employees celebrating 20 years with OneNeck.

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November 2, 2017

OneNeck Employee Nathan Urquhart Named TDS Volunteer of the Quarter

Giving back to the Denver community and getting involved are among the reasons why Nathan was recently named Volunteer of the Quarter. Nathan is a hard working individual, according to the nomination submitted by his OneNeck colleagues Malisa and Derek. At OneNeck, he takes care of 20+ customers; however he still finds time to be involved in his community. He volunteers with Big Brother Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, the Denver Rescue Mission, and Denver Active 20-30. “A rewarding part of ...

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October 17, 2017

Simply Reliable IT With Hyperconvergence

IT departments are under increased pressure to move fast and be able to change direction at a moment’s notice. Aging and complex infrastructures just can’t keep up with the pace that’s needed for power and speed, especially with apps growing 5x faster than IT can deliver.

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October 5, 2017

6 Tips for Keeping Your Multi-Cloud Environment Humming

While cloud computing is not necessarily new, the multi-cloud approach is still in its infancy. And, the C-Suite is looking to their IT teams to discover ways a multi-pronged approach might be advantageous to their business.

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September 26, 2017

Consider These Four Questions Before Deciding How (and Where) Your Business Data Should be Stored

Paper or cloud? It’s a question many businesses ask themselves everyday — especially many smaller businesses. The answer: It depends!

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September 19, 2017

When Milliseconds Matter – Supercharge Your Performance with Flash

Flash storage is critical for businesses that emphasize performance and move quickly. When milliseconds matter, flash just might be the solution to boost your I/O performance and stay ahead of the competition...

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September 14, 2017

Earning Trust (and an IT Solutions Partner) vs. Making a Sale

When it comes to selecting the right IT solution, you’ve probably noticed, the sales approach can vary greatly. According to a recent article in The VAR Guy by Charles Cooper, when it comes to sales, what separates legitimate solutions providers from the wannabees is whether they are broadly selling insights or simply selling a solution.

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August 29, 2017

Desktop as a Service (DaaS) — Only as Good as the Apps and Data

Freeing employees from their desk to work anytime from anywhere via any device. It’s an attractive concept to employees, busy with life outside of work. For employers, it’s key to attracting (and retaining) top-notch talent.

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August 15, 2017

IT Solutions Case Study: Musicnotes.com

Keeping an E-commerce Site Always On Pre –Chorus For Musicnotes.com, their e-commerce site is their revenue engine. Ensuring their site, even during seasonality spikes, provides a high-quality and seamless purchase experience to their customers is essential to their success. As a result, this most mission-critical, world-facing site needed to be housed on IT infrastructure promising high-availability, stability and performance.

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July 7, 2017

Harnessing the Hybrid Cloud

Many organizations are still foggy about cloud infrastructure. While most of the benefits of using hosted cloud services are obvious, it’s still unclear, which is the right approach? Is it better to use a private cloud, public cloud or hybrid cloud? How do you choose the right cloud strategy for your business computing needs?

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July 6, 2017

Understanding the Economic Impact of Cisco ONE Software

While IT is constantly asked to do more with less, enterprises and SMBs alike are looking for new ways to improve productivity thanks to innovations in business intelligence. Customers look to their vendors to give them more value for their money, protect their investments and provide predictable technology spending. With limited staff and operating budgets, it becomes more difficult for organizations to adopt new technologies.

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June 29, 2017

Understanding a CIO’s Role in Cybersecurity

Today’s CIOs must achieve a delicate balance between meeting business objectives and providing security for their most critical data and systems. As more organizations migrate operations to the cloud, cybersecurity is a critical consideration, but there are many other components to consider as well. If your business needs to meet compliance regulations such as PCI DSS, CERT, FINRA and HIPAA, you must have the structure in place to ensure you can pass audits. So, while security needs to be a ...

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April 27, 2017

Post-modern ERP Challenges

Connecting with Key Internal Business Applications Digital businesses want to turn on a dime. They strive to tightly integrate every facet of their organization to better support customers, make better data-driven decisions, continually build market share and drive revenue growth. Unfortunately, most ERP systems – the linchpin that drives product planning, development, manufacturing, human resources, finance, sales and marketing and other mission-critical functions – weren’t originally built ...

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April 20, 2017

How Experienced is Your Cloud Provider?

Cloud computing has moved well beyond being a simple buzzword: It's now a full-blown movement that offers the chance to radically transform your company's IT and business processes. Of course, with this massive growth in cloud computing comes a rise in the number of cloud computing and hosting providers selling all manner of cloud solutions for your business.

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April 12, 2017

Learn About Your IT Disaster Recovery Options

Natural disasters, equipment failures and error-induced process interruptions have historically been the primary threats to infrastructure stability. Now, these threats are overshadowed by those originating from malicious intent and overloads on the global infrastructure. These threats to infrastructure stability, together with competitive pressures and market demands, have emphasized the need for effective and thorough risk-based continuity planning, because in most cases, when the information ...

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April 10, 2017

Securing IT with an Advanced Services Partner

With all the moving pieces in today’s technology landscape, new security concerns continue to emerge. Add onto that the constant threat of attacks, there is no end to the onslaught.

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April 10, 2017

Accelerating Speed to Market with Custom Cloud Services

Nowadays, businesses need to move faster than their competitors and respond to changes in their business environment in a rapid and cost-efficient way. Because IT is so central to the way services are delivered, today’s CIOs are no longer solely responsible for the management of IT, but now for supporting these speed-to-market initiatives that reduce costs, increase efficiencies and drive innovation. The solution – cloud.

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April 6, 2017

Understanding the Digital Transformation of Government

The digital era of mobile, social, cloud and the Internet of Things (IoT) doesn’t just impact individuals or enterprises – it’s also sweeping through the government sector. Trends such as immigration reform, digital currencies, and cyber threats are prompting national, state and local agencies to digitally transform to increase efficiencies and improve their effectiveness in supporting citizens.

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March 31, 2017

Congratulations You’ve been Spear-Phished! Just kidding... April Fools!

April 1st is a day marked by good humored pranks, but the internet has changed that significantly; when you get pranked by a cybercriminal, your internet security is compromised, and that’s no joking manner.

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March 16, 2017

Cloud-Enabled Collaboration with Cisco's New Spark Board

Cisco recently introduced a new interactive whiteboard and collaboration tool called Cisco Spark Board. As a Cisco Gold Partner that works closely with our clients to implement collaboration technology, we are really excited about the potential of this announcement.

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February 28, 2017

Cloud Trends: What to Watch in 2017

While 2016 marked the enterprise cloud adoption tipping point, when more than half of all enterprises embraced a cloud-first mentality, experts say 2017 cloud trends will be characterized by no-holds-barred mass adoption. In fact, Forrester reports enterprise cloud adoption will supercharge the global public cloud market, which will hit $236 billion in 2020, up from $146 billion in 2017.

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February 23, 2017

Cloud Strategies Must Include No-Cloud Options

With legacy applications still at the backbone of many operations, it is important to understand that any cloud strategy must still include no-cloud options.

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February 21, 2017

5 Interesting Wearable Technology Trends

Wearable technology is just beginning to take off. Some of the most impressive trends include smart clothing, healthcare monitoring, wearable headsets, wearable tech payments and the advancement of home tech. But following are a few of the more-interesting and innovative wearable technology trends coming onto the market.

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February 16, 2017

How to Ensure Colocation Compliance for your Industry

Customers who are evaluating colocation facilities need to know that their equipment and sensitive information will be maintained in an environment that is resilient, safe and secure. Standards and compliance are of vital importance for any colocation facility who must have the right processes, controls and procedures in place to ensure that industry standards are met.

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February 2, 2017

Fine Tuning Your Cloud Game with Orchestration

The cloud came upon us promising ease of use, flexibility and scalability never seen – and for the most part, it delivered. Wondrous cost savings emerged in the form of IaaS and SaaS solutions, and rapid testing and development meant any organization could now put solutions into the hands of employees and customers much more quickly.

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January 31, 2017

Reasons to Invest in Colocation Hosting

Today’s organizations are largely dependent on the quality and availability of their IT applications and data for day-to-day operations. Disruptions to IT services, even for a few minutes, can be very expensive, especially to a business highly dependent on systems and applications. To remain competitive, companies need absolute computing reliability, with a focus on core competencies and market differentiators, but with minimal overhead.

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January 26, 2017

Choosing the Right Managed Services Provider Partner

Every day IT teams are being asked to do more with less. Yet managing and maintaining your own IT infrastructure and services can be daunting. Because of the challenges that come with monitoring and managing your own systems, an increasing number of businesses are turning towards partnering with managed service providers (MSPs) to either supplement their team or completely outsource their infrastructure management.

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January 24, 2017

IaaS Cloud Computing from OneNeck

IT continues to play an increasingly important role in your organization’s success. IT is being called on to provide higher security, greater scalability, and more cost control. At the same time, IT needs to help your business achieve revenue growth, improve profitability, capitalize on new opportunities, and expand your geographic reach. All of these requirements put additional pressure on IT to securely deliver performance, reliability and availability.

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January 19, 2017

8 Reasons to Embrace a Hybrid IT Approach

SMBs and large enterprises alike are increasingly turning to a hybrid IT approach to solve their business challenges. With less resources and more to do, IT is looking for solutions that will increase their efficiency and lower costs. According to MarketsandMarkets, the demand for the hybrid cloud model is growing at a compound rate of 27 percent per year, outpacing the overall IT market.

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January 12, 2017

Cloud – The Security Game Changer

As organizations push their workloads into the cloud, IT is losing control over the security of their infrastructures. With the Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile applications thrown into the mix, more data resides off-premises, leaving IT in a big dilemma as to how to best protect company data. This means that IT needs to adapt their security approach to ensure that enterprise data is safe and secure, regardless of where it resides.

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January 5, 2017

Shadow IT Risks Greater with Hybrid Cloud

The use and adoption of cloud computing are on the rise as more and more companies come to understand the massive advantages of doing business in the cloud. Particularly popular are hybrid cloud solutions that allow users to reap the benefits of both on-premises and cloud technologies at the same time. However, this cloud computing boom has also created new worries for companies in the form of Shadow IT.

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January 3, 2017

Securing Your Azure Deployment

As organizations embrace the cloud’s flexibility and agility, Microsoft’s cloud platform, Azure, has become a top choice as a cost-effective solution that scales for any organization, no matter the size, to meet agility and flexibility needs.

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December 27, 2016

The Colocation Provider Selection Checklist

For organizations thinking about migrating their data to a third-party data center, there are many advantages to going the colocation route. Colocation offers you cost savings while retaining control and mitigating your risk, and allows your IT department to focus on your core competencies, not your power and cooling needs. With colocation, you can easily meet bandwidth and scalability needs and connect with businesses all over the world.

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December 2, 2016

Digital transformation is driving today's business

Digital transformation is defined as using technology to solve business challenges and is one of the biggest drivers in business today.  So it is surprising that only 1 in 4 businesses have a long-term digital strategy.

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November 15, 2016

Cloud Video-Making the Case for Cloud

Many IT leaders are migrating to the cloud to extend the life of their data center; moving critical and non-critical apps and infrastructure to the cloud.  While the rewards are great, the journey to the cloud is not always a clear path. Whether your organization has already adopted the cloud, you are in the process of moving towards the cloud or you are still just thinking about dipping your toes into the cloud, as an IT leader you need to spend the time to understand the business motivation ...

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November 11, 2016

Meet Operation Encore

Operation Encore is a group of active-duty and veteran artists who write, produce, and perform original music inspired by their service. With group members living across the globe, producing their first album was difficult—to put it lightly. Audio files had to be painstakingly uploaded and shared. Emails were answered days later. And work that should have taken 10 minutes, took weeks. Everything changed when the group starting using Cisco Spark.

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November 2, 2016

Cloud Video-Workload Demands

As workload demands increase, more IT organizations are looking to the cloud for solutions. And for good reason. Check out the video to learn why.

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October 25, 2016

Reigning in the Cloud with Governance

Today, more than 40 percent of all enterprise workloads run in the cloud. According to 451 Research, this will likely jump to 60 percent by mid-2018. As the use of multi-cloud environments continues growing, the task of ensuring all the varied workloads remain secure and compliant is no easy feat. This is especially true when business units move workloads to the cloud without the knowledge or approval of IT.

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October 14, 2016

Cloud Infographic-Aging Infrastructure

Before spending $500K on updating outdated equipment, investigate the cloud and move from a capital to an operational expenditure.

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October 13, 2016

The Challenge of a Digital IT Strategy for Today's Government Leaders

State and local governments are continually called on to do more with less. Not only must they strive to satisfy a constituency that expects self-service, on-demand services, and to always be connected, they must do so in the face of a reduced staff and constrained budgets.

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October 6, 2016

Tackling the Device Mesh

The next major technology trend is emerging – the device mesh is said will merge the physical and virtual worlds. Thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT), more and more devices are connecting. Worldwide, there are now a total of 1.2 billion LTE subscriptions—and that number is constantly increasing. By 2021, an estimated 28 billion devices will be connected to the Internet.

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September 30, 2016

Cloud Infographic-People & Resources

Is recruiting and retaining IT application and infrastructure expertise holding your organization back from accomplishing your IT goals?  A viable option to bridging your resource gap is with the cloud.

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September 21, 2016

The Risks of Free Wi-Fi

Your employee arrives at the airport, mall or coffee shop. What’s the first thing they do? Look for the free Wi-Fi network and log-in. In theory, free is great. The problem, however, is that the first Wi-Fi network they find may not be safe.

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September 20, 2016

The Struggle is Real to Find Cloud-Confident Resources

The cloud market is transforming, and it is up to companies to use this to their advantage or be left by the wayside. Moving to the cloud is a priority for most, yet organizations are reporting that they lack the skills necessary to migrate to the cloud with confidence. A big reason is that finding the right talent to hire is proving difficult. For these organizations, their move to the cloud is impeded by the lack of resources needed to successfully migrate applications and services, delaying ...

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September 13, 2016

5 Mobility Trends Making an Impact on Mobility Management

Widespread usage of mobile devices in the workplace has become the new normal. The initial surge of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) presented security challenges for businesses. IT departments responded to the growing number of employees bringing personal devices to work by implementing Mobile Device Management (MDM) technology. MDM instituted security measures and prevented unauthorized devices from entering corporate networks. Soon, it became apparent that BYOD actually increased employee ...

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August 18, 2016

Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) SNMP Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

Vulnerability Description A vulnerability in the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) code of Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Software could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause a reload of the affected system or to remotely execute code.

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August 16, 2016

VMware NSX and Palo Alto Networks - The Perfect Pairing in the Software Defined Data Center

The move towards the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) was born of businesses’ need to move faster, even in a time of heightened data security concerns. Innovations in network virtualization have enabled SDDCs that work as well or better than hardware-based data centers.

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August 9, 2016

Simplifying Manufacturing Complexities with Managed Services

Manufacturing has become largely an automated process, especially with the rapid adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) technology. As a result, manufacturing processes have become incredibly complex. With computerization, the focus has shifted from an understanding of the inner workings of manufacturing processes to supply chain management (SCM), enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions and managed IT services software to oversee operations.

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July 29, 2016

Another OneNeck employee becomes an Uptime Institute® Accredited Tier Specialist

Mike Foote joins an elite group of OneNeck employees who are Uptime Institute Accredited Tier Specialist (ATS). To earn ATS certification, individuals with direct responsibility for data center uptime must attend an intensive training. The training addresses ongoing data center management, including how to mitigate human error—the leading cause of facility outages.

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July 19, 2016

IT Disaster Recovery vs. Business Continuity: What’s the Difference?

When disaster strikes, no one takes the time to worry about words and definitions. Even though the terms Disaster Recovery (DR) and Business Continuity (BC) are often used interchangeably, they have very different meanings. If your company is interchanging them incorrectly, it can leave your organization at significant risk. On the low-end, about $18,000; while on the high-end, we’re talking hundreds of millions. According to FEMA, about 40 percent of businesses do not reopen after a disaster.

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July 14, 2016

ERP in Manufacturing can Help with Seasonal Selling Demand

In the manufacturing sector, there are cycles based on customers’ seasonal demand. In retail, for example, the holiday season can make or break their business, so manufacturers need to ramp up to meet changing retailer demand. Education is another segment that has a seasonal buying cycle, ramping up for each semester or school year.

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June 28, 2016

SDN - A Key Player in Mobile Network Security

A top concern for all organizations is how to keep sensitive data safe on mobile devices of employees and how to protect the network from the array of vulnerabilities that mobile devices bring with them.

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June 23, 2016

When teams work collaboratively from anywhere, SPARKS FLY!

In today’s digital era, your organization needs to be flexible, responsive, and flat – and most importantly – built for speed. The practice of using unconnected tools for team messaging, virtual meetings and phone calls creates an environment that lowers productivity by constantly switching between the different mediums.  With its recently announced new offering Cisco Spark, Cisco aims to speed up productivity by blending team messaging, meetings and phone calls in the cloud for vastly improved ...

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June 14, 2016

IaaS, SaaS and PaaS – Are you aaS confused?

Gartner projects the overall cloud market will grow by 16.5% in 2016 to $204 billion, up from $175 billion in 2015. If you are like most businesses, you are considering moving some or all of your computing to the cloud. Before you make any decision, however, it’s important to understand all your options and how you and your cloud service provider (CSP) defines “cloud.”

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June 9, 2016

Digitization: Just another buzzword?

Wikipedia defines “digitization” as the process of converting information into a digital format, but perhaps the business world has a broader definition in mind. We are hearing the term in many different business circles regarding the potential to go beyond standard operating models and change business processes by digitizing the business from end to end. But, while there is a lot of talk about the need to digitize information to drive personalization and impact business returns, is it real or ...

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June 2, 2016

The New Dynamics AX…What To Expect

Scott Morley is a Principle Application Architect at OneNeck IT Solutions and is responsible for providing guidance and advisory services surrounding Dynamics AX and Azure in the areas of architecture, performance engineering, application integration and leveraging the hybrid cloud.

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May 18, 2016

Enterprise Mobility vs. User Privacy and IT Security

As mobility and the Internet of Things (IoT) converge, and cyber threats continue to loom large, the need to focus on balancing data security with employee and customer privacy is top of mind for IT departments around the world. At the same time, IT departments are struggling with how to meet user demand in the age of everything connected, from devices to wearables. In addition, IT must find ways to meet compliance regulations and assure senior leadership that the company’s sensitive data is ...

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May 10, 2016

Wear-Your-Own-Device (WYOD)? Are You Ready?

Barely five years old now, the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) phenomenon has forced organizations worldwide to rethink their policies to allow employees the flexibility to use the device of their choice, despite the increase in security risk. Now, just as organizations are beginning to get a handle on BYOD, another trend – wear-your-own-device (WYOD) – has come along. Organizations who treat WYOD as the same as BYOD will run into trouble, as WYOD brings a different set of challenges, which ...

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May 5, 2016

Transforming the Student Experience with Mobility

Universities have long been a hub for communication and collaboration, fostering innovation through learning and research. Students in the educational system today are digital natives, expecting to use technology to enhance their learning and are bringing their own devices to do so. More than 1 in 4 higher education students now take at least one distance-learning course according to the Babson Survey Research Group, and that number will only continue to rise.  

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May 3, 2016

The Risks of Offshore IT Outsourcing

The offshoring phenomenon has been with us for some time now. The Internet has created a global network infrastructure, making it possible for routine tasks and support processes to be migrated overseas, mostly to reduce operating costs. However, more businesses are finding that offshoring isn’t always as cost-effective and safe as it might seem. In customer service, for example, many companies are pulling their call centers back to North America due to training and service problems with ...

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April 28, 2016

Why Managed Cloud Services Makes Sense for Your SAP Applications

Cloud computing promises to simplify and streamline operations, save money and provide instant scalability. The promise of offloading the management of servers and storage to free up organizational resources to focus on strategic initiatives is a big draw. The irony however, is that organizations can end up with complex configurations of multiple clouds that need a high degree oversight.

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April 26, 2016

Managed Services Provider Helping or Hurting Your Organization

Today’s complex workloads benefit from expertise in managing hyperscale public clouds and in supporting a myriad of hybrid deployments, and this is where an experienced Managed Service Provider offers value over a traditional cloud model. The traditional benefits all still apply – budgets are easier to manage with predictable costs each month, overhead equipment costs are lower, and you have reduced IT staffing requirements. MSPs will virtually eliminate the expense of on-site visits - if a ...

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April 25, 2016

Blue Skies for Businesses Moving to the Cloud

According to Gartner, sales of public cloud computing services are expected to reach $204 billion this year alone. This is because more organizations are adopting cloud services that are extensible, reliable and flexible. Cloud computing can make your enterprise network larger and more versatile, and it’s available when and where you need it. However, cloud provisioning and the optimal use of cloud resources adds another layer of services management and complexity. This is why OneNeck IT ...

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April 18, 2016

Three Types of Cloud Computing Strategies

The number three signifies that the sum is worth more than the individual parts. Sort of like having three choices when it comes to the cloud and recognizing that combining the three can ensure you have the best, most reliable solution.

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