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Topic: Multi-cloud

April 12, 2022

A Quick Overview of Azure DevOps

Advances in technology are happening faster than ever. Just look at the increase of patents filed every year. No wonder business leaders feel the pressure to deliver applications and services at mach speed. But a common challenge they run into is that siloed development infrastructure makes fast development difficult. This is where DevOps can help. DevOps was developed to tear down the walls between departments, improving communication and collaboration.

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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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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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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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November 16, 2020

Microsoft Combines and Renames Products Under Microsoft Defender Brand

“What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” True, Juliet, but a name does matter, especially when it’s simply arbitrary versus describing what it actually is. And this seems to be a truth that Microsoft has taken to heart…

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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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August 4, 2020

Is it Time to Put Your Office 2013 Out to Pasture?

If you’re one of the organizations that are still using Office 2013 with Microsoft Online Services, then you'll want to know the changes coming this fall.  Microsoft recently announced the following updates…

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April 24, 2020

Do You Know Who’s Responsible for Your Office 365 Data?

No doubt about it, for Microsoft Office 365 (O365), business is booming. At their Q3 FY19 earnings call, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that Office 365 is now used by 180 million monthly active users and growing at more than 4 million users per month – and that was before the recent surge in the demand in collaboration tools!

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April 21, 2020

Microsoft Renames the Office 365 SMB SKUs

As Esther Dyson so eloquently put it, “Change means that what was before wasn’t perfect.” And as we all know in technology, change is a given. Today brings more change. As of today, Microsoft is changing the names of Office 365 SMB SKUs and making way for Microsoft 365.

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April 1, 2020

New Microsoft 365 Firstline (F-) SKUs

On March 19, 2020, Microsoft announced a new Microsoft 365 plan designed specifically for Firstline Workers. The offer helps organizations connect their Firstline Workers with the rest of the company and close long-standing technology gaps that often separate these workers from secure apps and services that enable continuous productivity, simplify communication and support greater self-service.

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February 14, 2020

What are the Top Hybrid Cloud Advantages for Business?

There’s no doubt that everyone is full-on in love with the cloud these days, and for many good reasons. The cloud has treated us well and continues to give us many reasons to continue to embrace it. However, there still a common misconception due to the nebulous nature of it, especially when it comes to hybrid cloud architectures and the advantages they have over public or private clouds.

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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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October 10, 2019

How to Determine the Best-fit Venue for Workloads

If there’s anything that can be said about today’s IT environment, it’s that choice abounds, which is why we find ourselves smack dab in the middle of this hybrid reality in which we now exist.

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May 23, 2019

Is it Time to Move Your ERP to the Cloud?

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

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April 24, 2019

APM vs. NPM - What's the Difference?

Two terms that get thrown around a lot in our industry are APM and NPM, and it seems they are often interchanged (or confused). So, what is the difference between APM (Application Performance Monitoring) and NPM (Network Performance Monitoring)?

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November 15, 2018

Future of Database Administrators in the Cloud Era

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

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October 25, 2018

Making the Most of Oracle Cloud Certifications

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

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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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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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March 20, 2018

Is Shadow IT Putting You at Risk?

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

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February 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 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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December 12, 2017

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

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

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October 5, 2017

6 Tips for Keeping Your Multi-Cloud Environment Humming

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

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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 15, 2017

IT Solutions Case Study: Musicnotes.com

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

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August 3, 2017

Casting a Wide Net for Hybrid IT Talent

To deliver the right hybrid cloud solution, a company must have the best hybrid cloud talent! It makes sense, however, finding that talent can be tricky, particularly because hybrid cloud is still considered to be in its infancy.

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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 25, 2017

Does Your Data Have a Plan B? Consider a Cloud-based Backup

With the recent WannaCry worm and other ransomware attacks in the spotlight, many small and midsize businesses (SMBs) are taking a good hard look at their data backup solution — and finding it wanting. In addition to lacking a second site for storing backups, many still use rotating tapes or removable offsite media — which is cumbersome, time-consuming and expensive. It’s time for Plan B.

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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 11, 2017

Strategic IT Planning: Q&A with OneNeck’s CTO, Clint Harder

I recently sat down with OneNeck CTO and SVP Product Strategy, Clint Harder, to discuss some of the things he’s seeing in cloud trends and migration pitfalls many of today’s organizations are facing. Here’s what he had to say.

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July 7, 2017

Harnessing the Hybrid Cloud

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

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July 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 22, 2017

The Public Cloud is Great. So, Do You Really Need a Managed Services Partner?

The public cloud market has been growing like crazy over the last few years and is projected to continue to expand. Gartner forecasts that by 2020, the total public cloud market globally will grow to $383.35 billion in 2020 from $246.84 billion this year.

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June 8, 2017

Cloud Orchestration vs. Cloud Automation: What's the Difference?

"Cloud orchestration" and "cloud automation" are two terms that are often used interchangeably, and it's true that the distinction between them is a subtle one: Both refer to configuring and running various types of IT infrastructure in the cloud.

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May 23, 2017

Cloud Security Risks

When it comes to cloud security risks, choosing the right cloud service provider is can be a real challenge. While the reasons to add the cloud to your infrastructure varies by organization one thing is certain — security must be a priority.

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April 25, 2017

Is Your Aging Infrastructure Putting You at Risk?

Amidst the day-to-day challenges of keeping systems running at optimal performance and defending against the changing threat landscape, the problem of aging infrastructure is a nagging issue that too often remains unaddressed. By leaving outdated hardware and applications intact, organizations are playing a dangerous game. Out-dated systems and software that are no longer supported by vendors create vulnerabilities, making an easy target for hackers to infiltrate the network.

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April 20, 2017

How Experienced is Your Cloud Provider?

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

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April 10, 2017

Accelerating Speed to Market with Custom Cloud Services

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

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April 6, 2017

Understanding the Digital Transformation of Government

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

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March 16, 2017

Cloud-Enabled Collaboration with Cisco's New Spark Board

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

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March 2, 2017

Update or Rewrite? A Cloud Application Perspective

It can be hard to know when to pull the plug on a handy application that has been around forever and just works. If it’s more than a few years old, the application is probably not one the IT staff loves to work on, considering the outdated platforms and tools they have to use. Most importantly, not moving the app’s functions to the cloud is costing the organization some competitiveness, and not just when it comes to attracting top-flight development talent.

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February 28, 2017

Cloud Trends: What to Watch in 2017

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

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February 23, 2017

Cloud Strategies Must Include No-Cloud Options

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

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February 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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February 2, 2017

Fine Tuning Your Cloud Game with Orchestration

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

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January 24, 2017

IaaS Cloud Computing from OneNeck

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

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January 19, 2017

8 Reasons to Embrace a Hybrid IT Approach

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

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January 12, 2017

Cloud – The Security Game Changer

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

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January 5, 2017

Shadow IT Risks Greater with Hybrid Cloud

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

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December 19, 2016

Are You Keeping Pace in the Age of Digital Disruption?

Digital disruption is a double-edged sword. Enterprises that wield it wisely can quickly breathe new life into business processes, products and employees. Industries that don’t pick it up or fail to leverage it fully, however, quickly find themselves left behind as more nimble competitors embrace digitization and gain a competitive edge. Are you embracing digital disruption and keeping pace with the speed of business today?

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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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December 2, 2016

Digital transformation is driving today's business

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

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November 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

Cloud Video-Making the Case for Cloud

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

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November 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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November 2, 2016

Cloud Video-Workload Demands

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

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October 31, 2016

Cloud Computing Got You Spooked?

What do dark closets, cobwebbed basements and the cloud have in common? They’re all a little scary until you shine a bright light and really take a look at what’s there. While IT professionals are smart to be cautious with the cloud, those that take the time to ask questions and learn about today’s modern cloud solutions soon find that the cloud actually offers key business benefits that would be far scarier to pass up.

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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 25, 2016

Reigning in the Cloud with Governance

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

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October 14, 2016

Cloud Infographic-Aging Infrastructure

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

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October 13, 2016

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

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

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September 30, 2016

Cloud Infographic-People & Resources

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

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September 20, 2016

The Struggle is Real to Find Cloud-Confident Resources

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

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September 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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September 8, 2016

Think Big with a Career in Technology!

Technology looks and sounds like a fun industry to work in. The technology sector has been growing faster than other segments of the economy, and many top technology companies have been dubbed as “best places to work” because of their drive to innovate and challenge the status quo. 

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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 19, 2016

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

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

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July 6, 2016

A Mobile IT Strategy – No Longer Optional

The proliferation of smartphones and tablets for private use, and the expectation that these devices should be used in the workplace and connect to enterprise systems has brought enterprise mobility to the forefront of business and IT priorities.

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June 23, 2016

When teams work collaboratively from anywhere, SPARKS FLY!

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

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June 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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June 14, 2016

IaaS, SaaS and PaaS – Are you aaS confused?

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

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June 9, 2016

Digitization: Just another buzzword?

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

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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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May 5, 2016

Transforming the Student Experience with Mobility

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

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May 5, 2016

Embracing Technology Disruption: Q&A with a CTO

As CTO of OneNeck IT Solutions, Clint Harder has seen his share of customers struggle with the adoption of emerging technologies while trying to remain competitive. With 20+ years of industry experience, he’s seen firsthand the evolution of the data center to the cloud, and brings a real world approach to solving the most complex technology problems.

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May 3, 2016

The Risks of Offshore IT Outsourcing

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

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April 25, 2016

Blue Skies for Businesses Moving to the Cloud

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

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April 21, 2016

Addressing Common Cloud Security Concerns Part II

Last month we addressed 4 Common Cloud Security Concerns, this month we address what to do about them.

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April 18, 2016

Three Types of Cloud Computing Strategies

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

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April 13, 2016

5 Ways to Balance Mobile Device Privacy with Network and Data Security

The lines between employee's work and personal life have never been more blurred. Businesses run 24/7, and employees are expected to respond to requests day or night, whether at the office, in a coffee shop, at home or on vacation. Employees increasingly work on their own time and on their own devices, and they would rather mix business with pleasure than carry separate devices for each. This means that organizations who have a need to monitor and secure their data wherever it's stored also ...

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April 5, 2016

Azure Site Recovery is more than just DR in the cloud

For a number of businesses, the conversation around business continuity and disaster recovery remains a difficult one. Many companies have already invested the capitol in an all virtualized server farm, set up in an N+1 configuration, with weekly backups being taken offsite. So with the IT staff already stretched thin it’s easy to ask why another set of expensive servers - sitting doing nothing – is needed. It can make a BC/DR solution feel like buying flood insurance in Arizona. The ...

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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 29, 2016

Considerations for Your Cloud Migration Assessment

With all of the hype around the cloud, it may seem like you should move all your resources to the cloud as soon as possible, but the reality is that not all workloads benefit equally from a move to the cloud – and some workloads may not benefit at all.  It is essential to do a thorough cloud migration assessment to ensure that you are prioritizing correctly and moving the right pieces of your architecture.

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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

Surviving a Data Center Disaster Requires More than Luck

Surviving a Data Center Disaster Requires More than Luck. It Requires Preparation.Mid-March is the time we celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, but IT professionals know better than to trust to the luck of the Irish when it comes to disaster recovery. As IT experts know, it’s never a matter of if a data center disaster will strike, but when. So top of mind for most IT managers is how they are going to protect business-critical data and what strategies they need to have in place to restore that data ...

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March 14, 2016

Why Organizations Need a Mobile First Mentality

Processing power and the exponential growth of storage and bandwidth have turned our devices into small personal computers that organizations of all sizes are embracing. But simply giving employees mobile devices or implementing a BYOD policy is not the same as having a mobile-first strategy. Both of those simply mean you allow the use of mobile devices, but neither addresses the true spirit of a mobile-first mentality.

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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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February 25, 2016

Best Practices for Selecting a Colocation Provider

  Third-party colocation facilities are an excellent solution to augment data center space and eliminate the need for significant capital expenditures for IT infrastructure and additional sites. Many colocation services sound the same, so it is easy to assume all providers are alike, but that is not the case. IT leaders need to carefully consider seven key factors when selecting a colocation partner to avoid unnecessary costs and unfavorable contracts.  

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