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Microsoft Spotlight: Time to Upgrade to Microsoft Exchange 2013?

 
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The need to keep IT budgets tight and lean is an ever-present pressure for IT and C-level management across the board. New features of upgraded products can prove a tempting fix for some existing problems, particularly when a business's needs have exceeded a current application's capacity for efficiency.

Cloud Solutions: Manageability and Availability Issues

 
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Organizations are increasingly choosing to route some or all of their computing infrastructure to the cloud.  While this presents businesses with greater opportunities to enhance business efficiencies, such a move also requires businesses to get used to features of the cloud environment that may be new to them. With the highest cloud usage ever, businesses must be able to adequately weigh the benefits and draw backs of utilizing cloud computing for every day operations. The cloud poses many challenges, the most pressing of which are manageability and availability. See what issues are posed with each challenge, below.

Move Over Internally Managed IT Services; Say Hello to the MSP!

 
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There has been rapid development in the area of IT managed services in recent years, especially in the SMB space. As outsourcing managed services gains traction with smaller companies, more agile solutions begin to emerge in the market.

Three Steps to a Successful Firewall Implementation

 
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With the increasing determination, creativity, and intelligence of hackers, it is more important than ever to make sure that an organization's IT systems are adequately protected from viruses, trojans, and other forms of intrusion. Though there are many ways to help ensure the integrity of a network's security, one very important method of safeguarding sensitive data is through the implementation of a firewall.

5 No-Brainer Reasons for Outsourcing IT Staff Augmentation Services

 
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No matter what business you are in, information is your business. Without a complete and competent IT department, your company will not be able to meet the demands of your customer base. There are several reasons to consider staff augmentation through IT outsourcing and managed services and there is no better place to look for experienced IT consultants than a managed service provider. Small and medium-sized businesses often lack the budget to accommodate a fully staffed IT department, so we offer IT solutions that include cloud computing, data backup, business continuity and cloud archiving to fill these holes. Here are the 5 most common problems CIOs and IT managers encounter and why they choose to go with IT outsourcing:

Are There Hidden Benefits to IT Compliance?

 
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Businesses today struggle more and more with IT compliance demands that are required of them from all areas. The fact of the matter is that these demanding regulations are here to stay. The bright side is that accomplishing compliance goals are relatively straightforward and once they have been implemented effectively, they contribute in enhancing and enabling the business in a big way.

IT Solutions for Compliance Timelines

 
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Businesses involved with the use or processing of credit card information must be sure that its systems are compliant with the payment card industry's data security standard (known as PCI Compliance).  This includes all companies that take credit cards as a form of payment.  When these companies begin to use IT solutions such as virtualization and cloud computing, remaining compliant with PCI DSS can become a much larger challenge. 

How to Maintain Business Continuity with Disaster Recovery Sites

 
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With Disaster Recovery and business continuity on the minds of every IT executive in Boston, New York and Philadelphia, the first step to gaining a complete understanding of DR strategies is to familiarize oneself with the different types of storage sites. One of the key elements in any DR plan is the selection of a secondary site for data storage.  DR software will extract data from this secondary site and restore it back to primary servers in the event of a major system failure.

How Virtualization Can Save the SMB

 
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SMBs face a number of IT challenges- soaring hardware costs, under-utilization of hardware, over-utilization of employees, security vulnerabilities and decreasing storage space. All organizations struggle with one or more of these challenges, but SMBs in particular have limited bandwidth for dealing with these difficulties. Virtualization can help reduce, or even eliminate, some of these issues completely. Let's examine a few ways that virtualization can help your SMB become leaner and more efficient with its IT operations.

IT Outsourcing Myths Debunked

 
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There has been a lot of development in the area of IT managed services over the years and gone are the days when these services could be afforded and used by only large organizations. The tides have shifted over the years through technology advancements, and these services can now be availed by all businesses for ensuring security, monitoring and efficiency in information processing. Despite these advancements over the past decades, there are still misconceptions about the value of IT managed services. Many businesses still believe that the best way to manage IT is to do so internally.

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