May 6, 2020
Many enterprises are amid a digital transformation, seeking to engage with customers and satisfy their needs through digital technologies. Many are looking up to the clouds to enable this agility, scalability, and simplicity—but no two models are created equal. And because businesses cannot afford to sacrifice control and security, going all-in on a public cloud only approach isn’t always feasible. To deliver on the promise of digital transformation, you need a unified infrastructure that ...Continue Reading
April 9, 2020
Due to the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, remote work became an overnight requirement for many. Few organizations feel prepared for large-scale remote work, but collaboration tools can help you navigate these unpredictable situations.
July 30, 2019
I need backup for Office 365? Isn’t it already included? In short, no. The misconception that Microsoft fully backs up your data on your behalf is all too common. To the contrary, Microsoft is primarily focused on managing the infrastructure and ensuring uptime; you are responsible for your data.
June 6, 2019
Finding a mechanism to collect, store and analyze security only data is relatively simple. There is no shortage of options for storing data. Collecting all security relevant data and turning all that data into actionable intelligence, however, is a whole other matter.
May 16, 2019
It’s no secret... security attacks are the rise:
May 9, 2019
TeleSign research indicates that the majority of users use five or fewer passwords for all of their accounts. While it may seem efficient for password memory on your end, you could actually create a “domino effect” that allows hackers to take down multiple accounts by cracking one password.
April 18, 2019
How can a CIO be confident that IT will perform 24/7/365? According to Zerto, in today’s always-on, information-driven organizations, IT resilience depends completely on IT infrastructures that are up and running 24/7. The costs of downtime are huge and data loss can put a company out of business. Data loss is not only caused by natural disasters, power outages, hardware failure and user errors, but more and more by software problems and cybersecurity related disasters.
April 18, 2019
No doubt about it — if your company has employees, you have shadow IT. According to a survey conducted by Stratecast and Frost & Sullivan, 80% of employees say they use applications on the job that aren’t approved by IT.
March 26, 2019
Credential stuffing is a type of cyber-attack where hackers take combinations of usernames and passwords leaked from other sites and use them to gain access to accounts on another site. F5 states that there’s typically a 1 to 2 percent success rate, which means that if a cybercriminal purchases 1 million stolen credential records (for sale on the dark web for fractions of a cent each), they can generally gain access to 10,000 to 20,000 accounts.
February 7, 2019
It's no secret… when you increase collaboration, you improve productivity and employee engagement. But how you do enable a digital workplace?
January 22, 2019
Extended support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 is coming to an end respectively on January 14, 2020 What does end of support mean for Windows Server 2008 & 2008 R2?
January 10, 2019
Many IT leaders expect to see their budgets to increase or remain unchanged. This is driven largely by the need to upgrade aging infrastructure, accelerate digital transformation via a shift to the cloud and enhance their overall IT security posture.
December 11, 2018
Organizations are rapidly embracing cloud services to gain agility and thrive in today’s digital economy. This has created a strategic imperative to better manage cybersecurity risk while keeping pace at scale as firms move critical apps to the cloud.
November 7, 2018
Outsourcing is becoming an increasingly popular business strategy. By carving off business processes and giving them to outside vendors companies save money and resources. Outsourcing enterprise computing processes using cloud services, for example, allows you to hand off the cost and responsibility of maintaining on-premise hardware and software. However, just because you outsource your enterprise infrastructure does that mean your cloud service provider assumes total responsibility for your ...
October 16, 2018
As the cloud has come into its own and been widely adopted at enterprises around the globe, many organizations have started seeking services from a multitude of cloud providers to meet diverse application requirements and data needs across different business units. Multi-cloud approaches have become incredibly popular in recent years and many point to it as the future of cloud computing.
October 2, 2018
Early detection, rapid response, collaboration to mitigate advanced threats imposes significant demands on today’s enterprise security teams.
September 21, 2018
To be competitive, enterprises need to deliver new products, update processes and improve services that will drive new business, increase profits, and cut costs – all while asking IT to do more with less. As the pace of innovation increases, many IT organizations find themselves stretched impossibly thin and struggling to keep pace.
September 13, 2018
Running a security program can be an overwhelming task. There are so many factors to consider including: encryption, application security, disaster recovery and let’s not forget adherence to compliance mandates such HIPAA and PCI DSS . How then do security professionals prioritize and maintain their efforts to build the most effective security program for their business?
August 7, 2018
The way we work has evolved. It’s no longer 9 to 5. And it’s not all in one office. Work today requires collaboration and involves teams spread across time zones. And buyers today expect their business devices and applications to be as well designed, easy to use, and powerful as their personal devices
June 19, 2018
Utilizing multiple clouds from multiple vendors with a mix of public and private clouds is now a way of life for most enterprises today. However, operating in a multi-cloud environment is not without its challenges. Data egress charges, incurred when data is transferred out of a cloud to another, are a particularly thorny aspect.
June 6, 2018
Data and information has long been recognized as companies’ most valuable assets—and database administrators (DBAs) have been the key guardians of those assets. DBAs’ primary responsibilities have been aimed at ensuring that data is safely, securely, accurately, and appropriately stored, managed, and maintained.
May 15, 2018
There are currently two deployment models supported by Azure public cloud: Classic and Azure Resource Manager (ARM). How you create, configure, and manage your Azure resources is different between these two models. Understanding the differences between the two is essential to your success in Azure.
May 1, 2018
Modern businesses cannot afford to lose data. Whatever the cause – natural disaster, human error, or cyber-attack – data loss is costly and extremely risky to the life of a business.
April 17, 2018
According to Cisco, modernizing the workplace through digital technologies is one of the defining movements of our time. The disruptive impact of digital transformation is affecting every industry as organizations massively scale up their initiatives.
March 22, 2018
Ransomware has quickly become the most profitable form malware ever seen, on its way to becoming a $1 billion annual market. Last year, the FBI reported more than 4,000 ransomware attacks occurred daily between January and June of 2016 — a 300% increase from 2015. In 2017, nearly 10% of organizations worldwide recorded some sort of ransomware activity during Q1.
March 13, 2018
Today’s consumers demand their private information remains secure. But as we learned from the 2017 breach at Equifax that exposed the personal information of 145 million, even what should be the most secure companies fall under attack.
March 6, 2018
Thanks to cloud computing, the Internet of Things (IoT) and the vast amounts of data being produced, backed up and stored, organizations are finding they need to rethink their data center strategies. The solution for many is outsourcing these operations to a colocation provider.
February 27, 2018
Tight budgets and efficiency challenges are par for the course in state and local government. To keep pace with rising taxpayer demands for richer, more reliable online services and stay compliant with ever-growing regulatory requirements, government IT teams are increasingly moving away from legacy technology and consolidating services.
February 13, 2018
You want performance, you want reliability, you want flexibility, and you want it all tied together with your organization’s unique needs in mind. You know that a multi-cloud strategy is essential to your organization’s digital transformation, but where do you start?
February 6, 2018
Multi-cloud environments are on the rise thanks to benefits that include easier disaster recovery, the flexibility to spin up and offload resources on demand, and freedom from vendor lock-in.
January 30, 2018
How many IoT (Internet of Things) devices is your company planning to install in 2018? Perhaps a plan for smart TVs in the conference room, webcams, smart locks or connected printers are in the works.
January 16, 2018
Every business knows that time is money, and downtime can be costly. But a temporary loss of access to your critical infrastructure — whether it’s your data, your network or other operations — is unfortunately all too common. Weather events, like a hurricane or a snowstorm, and man-made events, like a cyber-attack, leave you looking for backup to get business up and running again as quickly as possible.
January 9, 2018
IT support teams never have enough time. Enough people. Enough expertise. Enough resources…and so it goes. There comes a time when an IT executive has had enough of not having enough! That’s when outsourcing can be the best option to lighten the day-to-day load, improve operations, decrease costs and – most importantly – help you succeed.
January 2, 2018
Who’s ready to fight cybercrime in 2018? Don’t all raise your hands at once. If you’re a CIO or CISO, you’re expected to protect the network and sensitive data.
November 28, 2017
A look inside many of today’s SOCs will show stressed out security teams who are spending more time responding to emergency issues than they are developed strategies to improve their security ecosystems.
November 14, 2017
Why do so many IT Projects Fail? Given all the complexity of large IT initiatives, CIOs and IT execs can sometimes feel like they’re flirting with disaster. And they’re not alone. According to the 2016 annual Project and Portfolio Management Survey by Innotas, 55 percent of businesses surveyed had experienced an IT project failure within the previous 12 months.
November 9, 2017
Hybrid cloud adoption is on the rise. A 2017 survey revealed that 57 percent of companies reported moving towards a hybrid cloud solution in 2016. Yet there are still some misconceptions about what a hybrid cloud is and isn’t. So what does it mean to “go hybrid?”
October 10, 2017
If you’re looking for a competitive IT advantage, maybe it’s time to look at partnering with a managed service provider (MSP). These trusted IT partners work in conjunction with your IT department— freeing them to focus on strategic projects that impact your bottom line. MSPs can take over tedious daily tasks, increase your return on investment, shrink operational costs, improve security and safeguard data backup.
October 3, 2017
As a longtime Cisco partner, we’ve been a part of many Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) implementations and upgrades, giving us first-hand knowledge of not only how ISE helps our customers meet enterprise mobility challenges, but also gleaned some insider tips and tricks on how best to execute upgrades.
September 12, 2017
Microsoft’s Dynamics 365 for Operations consolidates financial and business operations data for predictive insight that can be used for competitive and operational advantage. And now – it works in the cloud or on-premises.
September 5, 2017
I recently sat down with OneNeck’s Director of Business Development for Data Center Services, Karla Myers, to discuss what’s driving the shift to colocation, the key decision points one must consider when deciding to colocate and ways to recognize and avoid hidden colocation costs. Here’s what she had to say...
August 31, 2017
Second only to your people, your data is your organization's most important asset. Backup is crucial, especially since SMBs and large enterprises alike are increasingly requiring constant availability of business-critical data. In the absence of disaster preparedness, organizations face risks associated with loss of revenue, customer satisfaction, compliance and brand reputation.
August 24, 2017
Cloud technology is evolving rapidly. For forward thinking businesses, the question isn’t whether to adopt a private or public cloud environment, it’s how to adopt a hybrid-cloud strategy. Seventy-seven percent of businesses plan to adopt a hybrid-cloud strategy in the near future, and 86% of enterprises predict they will need a hybrid-cloud solution in the next two years. Where in the journey is your organization?
August 10, 2017
Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks aren’t like other types of cyber-attacks. They don’t spread malware into your network, and they don’t directly hijack sensitive data or steal from bank accounts. However, the financial and reputational damage caused by DDoS can be devastating to your business. They are also one of the most difficult types of cyber-attacks to defend against.
August 1, 2017
According to CIO.com, today’s IT organizations face challenges delivering on “the burgeoning requirements being forced upon it by business units.” Bimodal IT and hybrid IT are two of several solutions that have been proposed to help IT groups meet growing, ever-changing demands on its resources. But some confusion exists about the difference between the two approaches and when to use each.
July 27, 2017
In the not-too-distant past, most companies were taking a wait-and-see approach to the cloud, as the downside outweighed its potential opportunities. Fast forward to today, and those barriers have fallen away. Organizations that hesitate to migrate to the cloud are those most likely to fall behind the competition.
July 20, 2017
Gartner states that the shift to cloud computing will impact more than $1 trillion in compounded
July 13, 2017
IT teams are often handed the task of migrating their on-premises data center and workloads to the cloud without much time to prepare. This is far from an ideal situation, as a successful migration requires time for IT to develop, oversee and follow-through with a precise plan.
July 4, 2017
Today’s businesses are heavily dependent on IT. This increased reliance on 24/7 access to data and mission-critical applications to get business done makes high availability a top priority for IT, especially when leveraging outsourced support.
June 27, 2017
What once seemed like a futuristic dream is now becoming a reality for progressive, innovative cities. Smart cities are popping up all over the world as municipal planners marry urban living with Internet of Things (IoT) sensors and connected technologies. The technologies shaping smart cities are beginning to test ways for city dwellers to live an improved life that is safer, cleaner and more environmentally-friendly.
June 13, 2017
Loss Prevention and Protection As a result of a digital economy, the IT landscape is changing before our eyes. Cloud, big data, social and mobile have accelerated the pace of business like we have never seen. We see the Internet of Things (IoT) expanding at a prolific pace — with the expected market to reach $1.7 trillion by 2020. Advanced robotics, automation and artificial intelligence (AI) are quickly adding to the mix, and regulations for governing all this growth haven’t really caught up.
June 6, 2017
The healthcare IT market is expected to double — reaching a projected $280 billion by 2020. The federal portion of national healthcare spending, according to the Federal government, will grow 86%, from $920 billion in 2015 to $1.7 trillion by 2025. Deltek's Federal Health Information Technology Market report states that as the need for improvements in healthcare quality, interoperability and privacy grows, federal agencies acting as payers, promoters and providers will continue to invest in ...
May 30, 2017
The demand for cloud services is exploding. IDC predicts that spending on public cloud services could double from almost $70 billion in 2015 to over $141 billion in 2019. That’s nearly six times the rate of overall IT spending growth.
May 16, 2017
The growing mobile workforce is bringing with it two of the fastest growing operational and security concerns — Enterprise Mobility and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD).
May 11, 2017
OneNeck has energized the sixth data room (DR6) at our Madison data center, located in nearby Fitchburg, Wisconsin. The project team completed the installation of critical electrical and mechanical infrastructure in remarkable time to meet a customer commitment.
April 11, 2017
Sensitive business data at rest in the cloud is more vulnerable than ever before. Ensuring that this critical corporate data is secure against unauthorized access and meets any organizational policies, industry or government regulations, is of critical importance to many CIOs.
March 28, 2017
Data is a major part of our daily lives. Whether at work or at home, we expect seamless experiences across devices and expect immediate, fast response times for any interactions.
February 9, 2017
Most all organizations have realized they need to embrace the cloud to address their diverse business needs. In fact, all things hybrid is everywhere. However, determining the best approach is not easily answered, as it varies for every organization. For this reason, hybrid cloud has emerged as a rapidly-growing viable and agile solution, as it offers a mix of private and public clouds to meet an organization's diverse requirements.
December 15, 2016
Managing and maintaining your own IT infrastructure and services can be daunting, and most importantly it takes time away from your IT staff that could be spent working on mission-critical projects that will impact your bottom line. Because of the challenges that come with monitoring and managing your own systems, an increasing number of businesses are turning towards IT managed services provider (MSPs), to either supplement their team or completely outsource their infrastructure management.
December 13, 2016
State and local agencies as well as education institutions are buried by regulations and are pressed by tight budgets. Police, fire and state colleges can also be very limited by existing legacy systems, making change difficult. The cloud offers these organizations a way to reduce costs, meet regulatory requirements and upgrade to modern systems, but many are unsure of how to best begin the transition to the cloud.
November 29, 2016
Organizations are continually challenged to align IT initiatives with business goals. While the top business initiatives are centered around the financial metrics of optimizing profits, growing revenue and driving down costs, ensuring innovation, customer satisfaction and market penetration are critically important. Meanwhile, enterprise IT is tasked with maintaining the efficiency of the existing infrastructure, supporting new initiatives such as mobility, social media, cloud and big data, ...
November 17, 2016
The cloud has become a vital part of enterprise infrastructure, and for true success, you need a well-planned strategy for cloud adoption. According to analyst Kyle Hilgendorf, projected increases in cloud infrastructure spending are 30.5% versus 2.5% for non-cloud infrastructure. It’s important that the cloud is considered in all aspects of business planning.
November 15, 2016
Though smaller in scale, the ERP needs of a midsize organization are similar in scope to those of the enterprise organization. The problem is that the smaller IT teams at these organizations are already stretched thin without managing a complex ERP system that is a challenge for even well-staffed enterprise teams. To support ERP effectively, IT leaders in midsize organizations need to adopt a pragmatic approach that is built around best practices. It’s important for IT to understand all the ...
November 3, 2016
Businesses increasingly count on IT to do far more than just keep the lights on. Today, IT is an integral part of many strategic business plans, expected to reliably, securely and cost-effectively deliver new applications and services designed to help the business do everything from grow revenue and improve profitability to enter new markets and extend geographic reach. As these challenges mount, however, many IT organizations are finding their on-premises data centers are insufficient to meet ...
October 27, 2016
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 and strategic drivers that underlie your organization’s migration to the cloud.
October 18, 2016
When it comes to deciding what technology expertise to develop and staff internally and which can be trusted to a managed service provider, however, there are no one-size-fits-all answers.
September 27, 2016
The scale, scope and complexity of regulatory compliance rules continue to increase – for good reason. Compliance mandates exist to hold companies accountable, mitigate risk and protect employees and customers from fraud, unfair practices and increasingly against malicious cyber activity. Today’s threat landscape has pushed compliance mandates to new levels, making it more difficult to ensure compliance. In order for you to meet audit and certification requirements, it is important to leverage ...
September 15, 2016
IT Spending Shifts to the Cloud We all know the cloud is continuing to pick up steam. This is highlighted in new research by Gartner that finds the shift to cloud computing will impact more than $1 trillion in compounded IT spending over the next five years, making cloud computing one of the most disruptive forces in IT spending since the first days of the digital age.
August 23, 2016
The traditional method to Disaster Recovery (DR) includes purchasing and locating dedicated servers in a remote location and replicating all your mission-critical applications and data to those servers - and then crossing your fingers that you can bring it all back up as planned. Today, as the cloud continues to become more reliable and secure, many organizations are moving to Disaster Recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS).
August 11, 2016
Hybrid IT infrastructure that combines on-premises and public cloud capabilities is a strategy many enterprises are embracing to maximize flexibility and performance. In fact, Rightscale’s fifth annual State of the Cloud Survey finds that nearly three-quarters of today’s enterprises are using a hybrid infrastructure — the study indicates that the adoption rates have increased from 58% in 2015 to 71% in 2016.
July 26, 2016
While many organizations are migrating their data center operations off-premises, not all are going directly to the cloud. Instead, enterprises of all sizes are increasingly finding that multi-tenant data centers (MTDCs) offer the off-site efficiency, scale and cloud-enablement they want, but with the privacy and control they simply can’t get from the public cloud.
July 7, 2016
While enterprises have long managed their own data centers in-house, aging facilities, escalating energy costs, infrastructure sprawl, and widespread cloud adoption are forcing IT organizations to make changes. IT executives are at a crossroad, facing difficult choices to repair, replace or hybridize their data centers. Leaders are realizing that owning and operating your own data center is not the best use of the IT resources that they have available.
June 30, 2016
Today’s CIOs and IT teams are being asked to do more with less resources. No longer charged with only managing IT, CIOs are responsible for using their tech savvy to reduce costs, improve efficiency and drive innovation to bring their business to new heights of growth and profitability.
June 16, 2016
While there are clear benefits to moving to the cloud, for most organizations an immediate and total migration is impractical. As an intermediary step, many are turning towards colocation where they can rent power, space and cooling from third-party providers. Under the basic colocation model, companies still use and maintain their own equipment but use a shared facility to save space and reduce costs. Alternatively, some colocation providers offer managed services or Infrastructure as a ...
May 26, 2016
Cloud portability was next to impossible just a few years ago. Today, open standards and non-proprietary protocols have made it possible to transfer applications and data from one cloud environment to another. But, is it realistic to move your entire cloud infrastructure? The fact is, the ability to port data and applications from one cloud environment to another is a natural progression as organizations seek to build an infrastructure around the right cloud, for the right app, at the right ...
May 24, 2016
Organizations are turning to the cloud to offload support and gain flexibility for their infrastructure to a dedicated service. Yet, only a few will completely move all applications to the cloud. Sensitive data such as intellectual property or your customers' personally identifiable information is often deemed too important to move its protection off premises. But organizations can still gain some cloud benefits for those applications, including agility and scalability, by implementing private ...
May 17, 2016
Before the cloud, choosing where to deploy an application was a straightforward process. You made sure the necessary hardware was available in your on premises data center, allocated storage space, and then installed and booted up the application.
April 7, 2016
Organizations that start their migration to the cloud often begin with nonessential applications to test their process to work out the kinks before migrating more mission critical applications. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) applications are among the most essential and complex, providing integrated back office support for financial, marketing and human resources functions. The question has lingered as to whether or not organizations would trust their ERP applications to the cloud.
April 1, 2016
"Hybrid cloud" sounds as if it could be a yoga pose, and indeed, organizations that choose a hybrid cloud model are often seeking balance. The hybrid cloud allows companies to have an agile IT infrastructure while retaining control over their most sensitive assets. But simply deciding on a hybrid cloud doesn't achieve a stable, tranquil IT operation; organizations need to effectively allocate their workloads to achieve that nirvana.
March 31, 2016
For the last several years, the big excuse for not adopting a cloud solution has been a concern over the lack of security. This misconception demonstrates a widespread and pervasive misunderstanding of the source of most cybersecurity breaches.
March 22, 2016
Whether public, private or hybrid, the cloud is now the most common deployment platform. In fact, research shows that around 88 percent of buyers who had a deployment preference preferred the cloud over on-premise. But even with the surge in confidence and adoption, many organizations still have concerns about security in the cloud. Cyber threats are a real and present danger and cybercriminals are hard at work trying to breach both cloud and on-premise deployments every day.
March 21, 2016
Organizations are discovering the many benefits to using cloud providers, including reduced IT costs and increased scalability. But not every company is comfortable with housing company data and applications outside the company network, leading some to create private clouds that run on the company's internal servers and internal network.
March 17, 2016
If the goal of ERP software is to streamline business processes and make it easier to make management decisions then the irony is that they're so complex for technology teams to deploy and support. Microsoft acknowledged this difficulty in its recent press release announcing the latest version of Microsoft Dynamics AX and they have tackled that problem by creating Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services.
March 11, 2016
In 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimated that the cost of data breaches for healthcare companies averaged $3.5 million, and estimated the annual cost to the industry as a whole at $5.6 billion, bringing to light the importance of HIPAA compliance. While many Cloud and managed services providers may claim to be HIPAA compliant, HIPAA compliance is very complex. Violations can cost up to $50,000 per occurrence, but even so it is possible to move your healthcare IT in ...
December 30, 2015
Hybrid Cloud Strategy Hybrid Cloud solutions have proven to be a highly effective, flexible and scalable IT strategy for businesses of all sizes across a wide variety of industries. But an expert strategy is needed to ensure the safety of mission-critical data. Partner with OneNeck to launch your business higher.
October 20, 2015
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August 24, 2015
Though the cost of ownership for flash array is on the decline, it is still not at a level to replace all spinning disk arrays yet. Flash disks provide performance improvement magnitudes better than traditional hard disk drives (HDD). Flash eliminates rotational delay and seek time, functions that add latency to traditional storage media. For customers who are not ready to spend on adding too much memory and flash disks to their database servers may utilize the Smart Flash Cache, a feature ...
July 30, 2015
Why is it that some companies seem to be able to partner with independent IT services providers with very little drama while others struggle at every turn? What are the keys that have led to successful outcomes in strategic sourcing an enterprise application such as Microsoft Dynamics AX? What are some of the lessons learned from those situations that were less successful?
July 23, 2015
In part one of this series we discussed and dispelled regulatory compliance and in part three, we discussed data portability. Here, we are talking cloud costs.One of the resounding barriers to cloud adoption is cost. Understanding the cost of cloud services is a longstanding question mark in the minds of businesses everywhere.
February 20, 2015
Technology is seen as a key driver of innovation and efficiency. As such, CIO’s are no longer solely responsible for the management of IT. Today, CIO’s are also supporting business growth by reducing costs, increasing efficiencies and driving innovation — all in effort to build a strategic advantage. Keeping an IT environment running smoothly requires constant attention and the availability of a highly skilled team. Companies today use a wide range of technologies, but seldom can afford to ...