Tony Howlett
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Apr 26, 2017
If your company uses cloud computing vendors such Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure, IBM Softlayer or Google GCP in any significant capacity, you probably some rogue clouds. Even if you don’t think your company does cloud, you may have a rogue cloud instance or two. What are rogue clouds? These are clouds that are operating under the radar of the formal IT department, or perhaps authorized clouds that have spun out of control either via costs or in taking over functions they aren’t approved to… Read More
Kami Haynes
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Apr 18, 2017
We’ve been digging deep into The 2017 State of IT from Spiceworks, which reflects the attitudes and opinions of nearly 900 IT buyers as well as data from within its IT-based social network. Here are three stats that point towards the rising importance of hosting services for most businesses. 2% — the expected decrease in IT spending for 2017, as projected by IT buyers in North America. In other words, IT spending will be essentially flat. The Spiceworks survey goes on to outline the top… Read More
Kami Haynes
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Apr 11, 2017
Let’s look at how you might select hosting options based on the factors that matter most to your business. Of course, none of these factors exist in a vacuum. In reality, the wisest choice for your business will be one that strikes the best balance for your unique needs. The X-Factor: Performance Here, we’re talking about server hardware and storage features, such as CPUs, RAM, storage type, etc. Performance considerations also include issues like bandwidth, availability, and network latency — all of which will affect… Read More
Kami Haynes
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Apr 5, 2017
Email, websites, apps, and data are crucial to most businesses today. And that means servers. Managing, maintaining, and optimizing those servers is a time-consuming proposition — one that will only expand as your business grows. Many SMBs feel that the way to keep costs low and control high is to keep everything in-house. But as business needs change, and the demand for IT resources goes up, how do you know whether you can handle it all with in-house hosting? Follow these four basic steps. 1.… Read More
Tony Howlett
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Mar 28, 2017
If you host critical company infrastructure solely on a public cloud like AWS or Azure, you might be wondering how resilient that infrastructure is. After a major AWS outage, their largest region (Virginia) was affected for hours a few weeks ago. Large organizations like SnapChat and NetFlix were affected, as were many small- to medium-sized companies. Your company may have decided that it makes financial sense to use the public cloud as a primary rather than a secondary (or tertiary) backup site. But when AWS… Read More
Tony Howlett
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Mar 21, 2017
The current readout on the eastern region outage of Amazon’s popular AWS cloud service is that it was caused by single technician’s errant command.  The four hour outage caused downtime for many large websites and apps that depend on the service – including Netflix, Slack, and the SEC. It also made headlines in all the major news services.  And while the popular view holds the root cause as a techie typo, this was not the ultimate underlying problem.  Sure, the sequence of events was put in… Read More
Tony Howlett
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Mar 15, 2017
Compliance Regulations for Data Nowadays online backup has become in vogue thanks to a combination of faster, cheaper bandwidth and the increased need for off-site backups. In fact, in many ways online backups have greatly improved the practice of disaster recovery. However, if your company is one that falls under any regulation or standards body, it could bring as many pitfalls as solutions. If you accept or store any kind of financial, health or personal information,  you probably fall under some local, state or federal regulation  And its possible… Read More
Kami Haynes
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Feb 9, 2017
If you’re looking at lowering your IT costs by shifting more workloads to the cloud, you’re definitely on to something. Operating in the cloud – particularly hybrid cloud – can reduce infrastructure costs, allow you to “pay as you go” for many services and save your business money in other important ways. But. (And it’s an important but.) To get the most cost savings from moving to the cloud, you need to be sure your cloud resources are well managed. Here are three types of… Read More