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Topic: Cloud

June 17, 2022

Microsoft Audio Conferencing with Unlimited Dial-in Now Free but Requires Action

Microsoft is now offering free audio conferencing with unlimited dial-in capabilities with qualifying subscriptions.  Qualifying subscriptions are Office 365 E1, Office 365 E3, Office 365 E5*, Microsoft 365 E3, Microsoft 365 E5*, Office 365 F3, Microsoft 365 F1, Microsoft 365 F3, Microsoft 365 Business Basic, Microsoft 365 Business Standard, and Microsoft 365 Business Premium.  (* Audio conferencing was already included with E5 packages.  You do not need to assign additional free licenses to ...

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May 25, 2022

Is Cloud Storage Right for Your Business?

Businesses are collecting data everywhere because it is key to effective customer conversations, product decisions, marketing campaigns, and more. But with so much data, they must figure out how to store it so that it's accessible when they need it.

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May 4, 2022

When to Use SharePoint vs OneDrive

SharePoint and OneDrive for Business are each great options when it comes to file-sharing software. Both are fully integrated into the Microsoft® 365 ecosystem for easy collaboration and allow users to store, share and synchronize files across locations and devices. While they have many similarities, they also offer distinct differences. Which is the best option for your company? Can these applications be used interchangeably? Should we use them both?

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April 14, 2022

Wasting Money Trying to Save Money in the Cloud?

The question is no longer if your company should invest in the cloud, but rather how much of your organization’s resources must go towards cloud-based infrastructure and services. In 2020 over 90% of all organizations used public cloud services (Source: DevOps) while spending over $50 billion.

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February 21, 2022

Embracing the Modern Workplace in Your Business

People are a business's most important asset. However, it's harder than ever to attract and retain top talent in today's labor market. The market favors employees, and people aren't willing to put up with toxic environments or stagnating companies. Thus, businesses need to create a workplace that keeps employees happy and engaged. So, what do people want?

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February 7, 2022

The Fundamentals of Backup and Disaster Recovery

How would you like to pay your employees to do nothing? Paying people for nothing is not likely in your business plan. But without sufficient preparation, that’s exactly what many companies do when faced with a disaster or an outage. Systems go down for hours, days, or even weeks, and operations get shut down.

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January 28, 2022

5 Ways Microsoft Azure Can Upgrade Your Business

Gartner expects end-user spending on public cloud services to grow 23.1% in 2021 to total $332.3 billion. This growth is why more companies are moving essential business processes to the cloud. And as mobile, web, and desktop applications become increasingly crucial to everyday operations and customer experience, growth will continue. How should businesses respond?

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January 11, 2022

Understanding Microsoft's New Commerce Experience Auto-renewals, Grace Periods and Scheduling Changes

First of all, what is the New Commerce Experience?  Microsoft has many licensing programs that often contradict, overlap and confuse the entire industry, and they recently launched a New Customer Experience platform that enables them to sell products under fewer, more aligned programs.  Their goal is to help customers be more flexible, move faster and, ultimately, provide greater value.  The end vision is that customers will buy through the Microsoft website, through a Microsoft sales rep, or ...

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December 6, 2021

Azure Synapse Database Templates

Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics is one of Azure’s primary data services, tasked with analytics and data warehousing. In fact, it is a rebranding of Azure SQL Data warehouse.

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November 23, 2021

7 Benefits Microsoft Azure can Bring to Your Business

Businesses today face daunting technological challenges. Customers expect uninterrupted service from anywhere and want it faster than ever. However, delivering digital applications and services requires immense amounts of computing resources, especially if they’re being delivered globally.

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September 10, 2021

How Can Hybrid IT Benefit Your Organization?

Agility is a major concern for modern businesses, especially those in the technology sector. Being slow to act can result in missed opportunities, performance drops and lower earnings reports. Hybrid IT helps technology-based organizations stay agile by combining private IT infrastructure with cloud-based services. 

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September 8, 2021

The Future of Healthcare in the Cloud - Hybrid Cloud

Healthcare is undergoing a radical transformation. In response to the pandemic, IT teams have had to accelerate digital transformations, greatly expand telemedicine, support an increasingly remote workforce, and cope with an increasing number of Internet of Medical Things (IMT) devices - all while ensuring that their systems and data remain secured. To move so quickly, many organizations have embraced hybrid cloud.  

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July 7, 2021

Better Together in the Nutanix Service Provider Program

You may have heard that Nutanix recently launched the Nutanix Elevate Service Provider Program, which OneNeck was excited to be a part of. This gives us the opportunity to expand and differentiate our managed cloud services to our customers and deliver even more value that accelerates our customers’ growth.

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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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February 3, 2021

Is Your Data Holding You Back?

The stats are crazy. There are roughly 3.7 billion humans using the Internet, with 5.6 billion Google searches every single day! Data is the center of our lives, personal and business, leading to roughly 2.5 quintillion bytes of data being generated every single day – and that number just continues to grow. But not unlike water, so pivotal in our existence, too much of a good thing can lead to drowning.

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January 21, 2021

Containers vs Virtual Machines: Which Is Best?

Containers are quickly becoming commonplace in workplace applications, even replacing virtual machines in some instances. But how do you know if containers are right for your IT environment?

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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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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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November 12, 2019

Azure Reserved Instances

If it’s been a while since you have looked at Azure Reserved instances, now is a great time to revisit them. Not sure what Reserved Instances are for? Read on, you may just save some money.

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August 6, 2019

How Setting Up and Running a Cloud-Based IT Environment is Different for the Small to Mid-Size Business

When it comes to setting up and running a cloud-based IT environment, businesses of all sizes (including small and mid-sized companies) can benefit from leveraging a hyperscale cloud. 

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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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May 29, 2019

How Much Does the Public Cloud Cost? Answer These Four Questions to Find Out.

When it comes to moving to the cloud, businesses of all sizes are feeling the pressure. On one hand, the capabilities offered by the cloud are too good to ignore. If you don’t take advantage of the cloud’s flexibility and scalability—and its ability to support artificial intelligence, automation, real-time business analytics and more—you can bet that your competitors will. A Cloud Vision 2020 survey estimates that by the year 2020, 83% of the enterprise workload will be in the cloud—with almost ...

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April 30, 2019

The Ingredients of a Well-Architected Cloud

There are a lot of opinions to be had about what goes into a solidly-architected cloud. But with so many considerations around reliability, performance and security, too many options can get overwhelming. So, I thought I’d ask one of our resident cloud experts, Derek DeHaan, and get his thoughts on the matter…

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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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April 16, 2019

Multi-Cloud vs Hybrid Cloud. What's the difference?

In today’s digital world, terms like hybrid cloud and multi-cloud are thrown around interchangeably.  But there is a difference, and understanding it is key to getting the most out of your cloud strategy.

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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 20, 2018

Ask the Expert Blog Series – Multi-Cloud Considerations: Interoperability

What we’re seeing in the industry today is that most of our customers aren’t adopting a single platform for all of their workloads. Depending on a plethora of factors (RTO/RPO, application requirements, latency requirements, etc.), it truly is becoming a multi-cloud world.

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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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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 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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September 11, 2018

Ask the Expert – Multi-Cloud Considerations: Keep Security Front and Center

What we’re seeing in the industry today is that most of our customers aren’t adopting a single platform for all of their workloads. Depending on a plethora of factors (RTO/RPO, application requirements, latency requirements, etc.), it truly is becoming a multi-cloud world.

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August 14, 2018

Slow and Steady Wins the Race to the Cloud

If there’s one thing that large enterprises all the way down to mom-and-pop shops have in common, it’s the lure of the quick win. Every business is hyper focused on the bottom line, and what they can do to drive quick growth, which has been one of the primary drivers in the race to the cloud. It just makes sense. The cloud enables faster delivery of services, in turn, faster profit.

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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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July 17, 2018

Making the Most of Your Multi-Cloud Environment

No one disputes the impact of the cloud on today’s business, and now with multiple clouds in the mix, the exponential impact continues to grow. But with multiple clouds comes multiple challenges, challenges that must be addressed up front to ensure your cloud(s) don’t work against you.

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July 13, 2018

Common Myths in the Cloud

Friday the 13th – a day many dread. But what is it about the number 13? We’re afraid to have a 13th floor in buildings, airports go without a 13th terminal and prospective home owners steer clear of addresses with the number 13.

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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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June 12, 2018

Cloud Transformation and the Best Execution Venue for Your Workloads

Our previous blog focused on the challenges and opportunities for businesses undergoing application modernization and cloud transformation (the latter required for the former), and the role IT services and infrastructure providers play in facilitating that journey. But that’s a high-level view, and the fact is that practical implementation is going to be unique for every organization and require a wide range of solutions to interesting problems. Every application has a different set of ...

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May 9, 2018

Digital Transformation for Midsized Enterprises Can Be Tough

Embrace help from service providers to deliver the benefits For many midsized enterprises, there is a significant mismatch between their goals and their ability to take advantage of all the new capabilities available to them in the ecosystem that has grown up around the cloud.

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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 10, 2018

Mastering the Cloud Cliff with Hybrid IT

According to Gartner, the worldwide Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) market is forecasted to grow to over 72 billion by 2020 – a truly staggering trajectory. But the challenge of finding the right blend of on-premises vs. cloud continues. So, how do you determine which environment is right for your workloads?

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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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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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