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Author: Reanna Gutierrez, Sr. Sales Enablement Manager

June 17, 2021

Managing Shadow IT

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.

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June 9, 2021

3 Tips to Manage Cloud Spend in Your Enterprise

According to Flexera’s State of Cloud 2021 report, organizations are continuing to rapidly increase their cloud spend. In so doing, they struggle to accurately forecast their fast-growing cloud costs.

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January 14, 2021

Microsoft Teams Adoption Strategy

Microsoft Teams is the Hub for teamwork in Microsoft 365. To maximize Microsoft 365 investments, it’s important to plan for a successful deployment and adoption. Planning to ensure that users adopt new services and embrace those services and use them as part of their natural rhythm of work is critical to Teams success.

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January 7, 2021

What Is DevOps and Why Do You Need It?

Today’s fast-paced world makes DevOps essential to all enterprises seeking to respond rapidly to changes in customer demands, market conditions and competitive pressures. But, what is DevOps and how do you get started? What tools do you need to leverage? How do you bring all the right technologies together successfully?

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October 27, 2020

How to Overcome IT Outsourcing Challenges

Nowadays, many organizations eagerly use IT outsourcing to remediate IT skills shortages, control cost and gain access to world-class capabilities. Statistics show that the market size of the outsourcing industry in the US in 2020 is $132.9 billion and it is going to grow by 1.6% the same year. And while this approach has many benefits, it is not without challenges. 

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October 20, 2020

Why You Should Consider a Managed Backup Service

For any modern organization, protecting business-critical data is vital. Yet protecting data assets has become complex and difficult as the rising tide of data grows in double to even triple digits compounding year over year.

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May 6, 2020

Hug Your Cloud.
On-Prem Cloud Has Its Place.

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 ...

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April 9, 2020

Collaboration in the Time of COVID-19

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.  

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February 13, 2020

3 Benefits to Adopting a Multi-Cloud Strategy

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?

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December 30, 2019

Planning and Developing a Hybrid Cloud Strategy

Hybrid Cloud solutions have proven to be a highly effective, flexible and scalable hybrid 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.

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July 30, 2019

Office 365 Backup

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.

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June 6, 2019

Enhance Security with an Analytics-Driven SIEM

 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.

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May 16, 2019

Security vs Compliance ... is there truly a difference?

It’s no secret... security attacks are the rise:

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May 9, 2019

Multi-Factor Authentication Explained

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.

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April 18, 2019

Disaster Recovery, A Primer for CIO's

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.

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March 26, 2019

Credential Stuffing - What it is and How to Protect the Enterprise

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.

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February 7, 2019

Do You Have a Digital Mindset?

 It's no secret… when you increase collaboration, you improve productivity and employee engagement. But how you do enable a digital workplace?

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January 22, 2019

Prepare for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 End of Support

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?

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January 10, 2019

What’s Driving IT Budgets in 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.

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January 7, 2019

How to Master Multi-Cloud Management

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.   

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December 11, 2018

Who Owns Cloud Security?

 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.

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November 7, 2018

Everyone Has a Role in Cloud Security

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 ...

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October 16, 2018

Application Criticality in a Multi-Cloud World -Matching Applications to the Cloud

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.

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October 2, 2018

Using SIEM to Combat Alert Fatigue

Early detection, rapid response, collaboration to mitigate advanced threats imposes significant demands on today’s enterprise security teams.

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September 21, 2018

5 Key Reasons to Outsource Your Application & Database Management

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.

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September 13, 2018

Choosing a Security Framework

 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?

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August 7, 2018

6 Steps to Smarter Unified Communications

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

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June 19, 2018

Know Your Data in a Multi-Cloud World

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.

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June 6, 2018

Accelerate Digital Transformation ... Move Your Databases To The Cloud

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.

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May 15, 2018

Opting for ARM or the “Classic” way of doing things?

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 of your Azure deployment.

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May 1, 2018

Building a Disaster Recovery Plan for the Cloud Era

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.

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April 17, 2018

Making the Move to Modern Collaboration & Unified Communications Solutions

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.

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March 22, 2018

Ransomware… it’s a Big Business

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. 

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March 13, 2018

5 Reasons Smart Companies Outsource Cybersecurity

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.

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March 6, 2018

5 Factors to Consider When Thinking About Colocation

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.

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February 27, 2018

IT Consolidation in State and Local Government

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.

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January 30, 2018

4 IoT Security Challenges That Will Dominate 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.

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January 16, 2018

5 Reasons Why You Need DRaaS

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.

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January 9, 2018

Why Your Managed Services Provider Needs to Follow ITIL Best Practices

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.

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January 2, 2018

Top Cybersecurity Threats That Will Dominate 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.   

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November 28, 2017

7-Point Checklist for Selecting a Managed Security Services Provider

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.

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November 14, 2017

7 Reasons to Outsource IT Project Management Services

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.

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November 9, 2017

Network Optimization – Clearing Up Hybrid Cloud Misconceptions

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?”

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October 10, 2017

Five Signs You Need an MSP A.S.A.P.

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. 

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October 3, 2017

Challenges & Strategies when Upgrading Cisco ISE

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.

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September 12, 2017

Dynamics 365 for Operations –Gone Hybrid, Gone On-Premises

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.

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September 5, 2017

Let’s Talk Colo! Data Center Colocation Q&A with Karla Myers

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...

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August 31, 2017

5 Cloud Backup Myths Debunked

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.

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August 24, 2017

7 Compelling Reasons to Adopt a Hybrid-Cloud Strategy

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?

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August 10, 2017

4-Step Approach to Mitigating DDoS Attacks

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.

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August 1, 2017

Bimodal IT vs. Hybrid IT: What’s the Difference?

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.

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July 27, 2017

Break Down the Barriers to Cloud Migration

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.

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July 20, 2017

The Role of the Cloud Architect

Gartner states that the shift to cloud computing will impact more than $1 trillion in compounded

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July 13, 2017

Data Center Migration Checklist

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.

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July 4, 2017

Happy Tech Dependence Day

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.

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June 27, 2017

Smart City Technology — Making Smart Cities Smarter

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.

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June 13, 2017

10 Data Security Tips to Safeguard Your Business

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.

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June 6, 2017

Keeping Your Healthcare Data Secure – What You Need to Consider

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 ...

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May 30, 2017

Cloud Data Migration

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.

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May 16, 2017

Secure Enterprise Mobility 101

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).

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May 11, 2017

OneNeck’s Madison Data Center is Expanding

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.

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April 11, 2017

Do You DARE? Protect Your Corporate Data at Rest with Encryption

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.

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March 28, 2017

Data Center Reliability Matters

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.

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February 9, 2017

Critical Security and Compliance Considerations for Hybrid Cloud Deployments

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.

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December 15, 2016

8 Considerations When Selecting a Managed Service Provider

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.

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December 13, 2016

The Cloud Journey in Today's State, Local Government and Education Organization

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.

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November 29, 2016

Managed Services: Ensuring Enterprise Transformation to Hybrid IT

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, ...

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November 17, 2016

How to Develop a Cloud-First Architecture and Strategy

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.

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November 15, 2016

Key ERP Support Strategies for Midsize Enterprises

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 ...

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November 3, 2016

Meeting IT Challenges with Hybrid Cloud

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 ...

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October 27, 2016

6 Common Challenges Driving Cloud Adoption

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.

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October 18, 2016

6 Challenges That Drive IT Outsourcing

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.

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September 27, 2016

Addressing Compliance Challenges in a Non-Compliant World

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 ...

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September 15, 2016

What’s Driving IT Spending from Traditional Systems to Cloud?

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.

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August 23, 2016

Disaster Recovery in the Cloud – Does it make sense for you?

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).

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August 11, 2016

7 Reasons Hybrid IT is a Winning Strategy

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.

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July 26, 2016

Understanding the Multi-Tenant Data Center Appeal

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.

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July 7, 2016

Is Your Data Center Strategy at a Crossroad?

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.

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June 30, 2016

Time to Consider the Benefits of Managed IT Services?

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.

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June 16, 2016

Is Your Colocation Provider Cloud-Enabling or a Cloud-Impeding?

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 ...

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May 26, 2016

Does Portability Matter in the Cloud?

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 ...

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May 24, 2016

Why Workload Awareness is Vital for Cloud Strategy

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 ...

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May 17, 2016

Cloud vs Hosting: What is Driving Your Deployment Decisions?

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.

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April 7, 2016

ERPs Future in the Cloud

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.

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April 1, 2016

Which Cloud Storage Service is Right for Your Workloads?

"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.

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March 31, 2016

Cloud Security Challenges & Solutions in 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.

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March 22, 2016

4 Common Cloud Security Concerns

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.

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March 21, 2016

5 Trends in Colocation That Bring Cloud Benefits to Data Centers

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.

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March 17, 2016

Lifecycle Services in Microsoft Dynamics AX

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.

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March 11, 2016

Avoiding HIPAA Violations with Your AX Dynamics Hosting Partner

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 ...

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October 20, 2015

SAP Hosting and Application Management

Businesses run on Data - We help manage it effectively SAP: A Powerful Solution - Effective management is critical We Get to Know You - Intimate understanding of your business operations Partner With Us - Make your business run better SAP Hosting and Application Management Your business was founded on ideas, but it runs on data. With the increase in availability of customer data, the high complexity of supply chain data, and the ever increasing amounts of data related to other business ...

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August 24, 2015

Improve Performance using Oracle Smart Flash Cache

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 ...

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July 30, 2015

The Secret to Successfully Finding an AX Management and Hosting Provider

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? 

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July 23, 2015

Debunking Cloud Myths Part 4: The Cloud is simply too expensive

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. 

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February 20, 2015

Can your business benefit from switching to managed IT services?

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 ...

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