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Cisco Addresses IT Security Issues Through Virtuata Acquisition

Posted on Tue, Aug 21, 2012

Cloud computing is the wave of the future, but there are significant IT security concerns that need to be resolved. Virtuata is a development stage company working on virtual security solutions. The purchase of Virtuata by Cisco is an attempt to address cloud based computing IT security issues. By getting out in front on these security issues, Cisco is positioning itself to alleviate security concerns for potential cloud-based customers. IT security is the biggest inhibiting factor to the growth of cloud-based computing. By providing security solutions, Cisco will enable its customers to speed-up deployment of elaborate cloud infrastructures, which in turn will allow Cisco to capture a larger part of this growing market.

Cloud computing allows businesses and other organizations to move their computer functions to the internet from internal networks. This relieves the entity from having to maintain expensive IT equipment, such as servers, programs, and other networking solutions. It also allows for a reduction of expensive IT personnel. The overall savings can be very significant, depending on the size of the organization and its computer operations. At the same time, entities are able to provide greater flexibility to an increasingly mobile work force and as a result experience greater efficiency from the workforce. The downside is that when an entity moves its computer functions to the internet it becomes a big target for cyber criminals that want to steal sensitive information, hence the big security concerns.

Cloud computing services are provided by third parties and the entities involved are dependent on those third parties to provide adequate security measures. In turn, however the third party service providers are depending on each entity to do its part. Security is only as strong as the weakest link and if one entity has lower security concerns that the rest there will be increased vulnerability for all. Most security breaches occur because of actions from inside the entity. An employee carries out an action that opens a door to unauthorized access. This can happen through carelessness, an employee being duped by some outside party or by a disgruntled employee. Security awareness among employees of each entity should be considered essential to maintaining overall security for each entity in the cloud.

For many entities, given the right IT security solutions, there is really no reason not to move IT functions to the cloud. They can increase efficiency and effectiveness while decreasing costs and simplifying IT processes and functions for all parties involved. The purchase of Virtuata by Cisco means that other cloud computing service providers will need to up their game, regarding IT security, in order to remain competitive. Security professionals must strive to stay ahead of cyber criminals who are always working to find new and innovative ways to breach security. The firm(s) that provides the best IT security will dominate in the cloud computing arena. Cisco has made a good move with the purchase of Virtuata and is poised to increase its footprint in the cloud computing arena in a big way. 

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Tags: Cloud Computing, Infrastructure, Security, Virtualization

IT Solutions: 10 Gigabit Ethernet

Posted on Tue, May 15, 2012

Wireless connections to the internet are becoming increasingly popular among businesses and other organizations, in part because they allow a company to offer internet access to visitors on the premises.  This can help increase sales in many types of businesses because it gives consumers an additional reason to visit the premises.  Wireless access, however, is not always the best solution for internal employees who make frequent and extensive use of online resources.  These individuals may be much better served by an Ethernet connection, which offers faster data access speeds than those typical of wireless environments.

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Tags: Cloud Computing, IT Solutions, Infrastructure, IT Services, Virtualization, Storage, Servers

Patch Policies in a Managed Programs Environment

Posted on Tue, May 15, 2012

Windows Operating Systems, whether installed on server or client computers in a network, benefit from having security patches applied on a regular basis.  It is far from true that Windows computers, including servers, can be configured once and continue to function seamlessly thereafter.  To remedy this, Microsoft regularly releases software patches for its systems.  These small modules are designed to be installed into an existing OS configuration, and to repair elements of the operating system on an ongoing basis.

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Tags: Infrastructure, Microsoft, Operating Systems

3 Ways To Use IT Consulting To Improve Network Infrastructure

Posted on Thu, Mar 15, 2012

When businesses set out to design the infrastructure of a new network, cost and efficiency considerations may be uppermost in mind.  Unfortunately, decisions that work well from such a standpoint may not represent the best way to meet IT security needs.  Working closely with an IT consulting firm during the planning phase of a networking project can help businesses to avoid making common infrastructure mistakes.

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Tags: Managed Services, IT Consulting, IT Solutions, Infrastructure, Security, IT Services

HP VirtualSystem Helps to Reduce Virtualization Complexity

Posted on Mon, Feb 27, 2012

According to recent industry surveys, more than three-fourths of those who make IT decisions for companies regard dealing with the complexity created by virtualization as their highest priority.  For some businesses, the answer to this challenge lies in an innovative new system from HP.  Known as VirtualSystem, this approach to virtualization uses HP Converged Infrastructure to reduce the level of complexity in a virtualized environment. 

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Tags: Infrastructure, Virtualization

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure as Part of a Managed Services Approach

Posted on Mon, Feb 6, 2012

A managed services model for administering IT resources can actually refer to many different IT solutions.  One such solution is the use of virtual desktops.

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Tags: Managed Services, Infrastructure, Virtualization

Infrastructure Overhauls can Help to Maximize IT Consultant Time

Posted on Tue, Jan 31, 2012

When businesses have implemented a managed programs approach to IT services, it is in their best interests to arrange the infrastructure in ways that allow visiting staff to do more in less time.  This not only improves employee workflow by keeping systems up and running, it cuts down on costs and enhances the bottom line.  One of the most powerful ways to make more of your managed programs model is to re-organize your systems to eliminate unnecessary redundancies as well as fragmented and complex infrastructure that no longer serves your current needs.

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Tags: Infrastructure, IT Services, Managed Programs

Three Kinds of Backup Solutions

Posted on Fri, Dec 2, 2011

As technology continues to emerge, the need for quality IT consulting also grows - particularly for small and medium sized businesses which may not have the budget to hire in-house IT experts on a permanent basis.  One area that businesses may wish to revisit with an IT consulting firm is their storage solution. 

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Tags: IT Solutions, Infrastructure, Data Backup

DDoS Attacks: The Managed Services Solution

Posted on Fri, Dec 2, 2011

Virtually all business managers have heard of malware, but relatively few are familiar with DDoS attacks.  These system intrusions can cost a business heavily in terms of both money and time if they are not prevented.

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Tags: Infrastructure, Security, Network Design

VMware VCloud Director and Infrastructure as a Service

Posted on Fri, Nov 11, 2011

The very phrase "Infrastructure as a Service" may seem to contradict itself, since most people think of infrastructure as physical nuts and bolts – items that cannot possibly be delivered as a service.  With the new wave of virtualization platforms revolutionizing how businesses conduct their daily operations, however, much computing infrastructure can indeed be reformulated to exist as a service instead of residing as a physical apparatus inside a head or branch office of an organization. 

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Tags: Managed Services, Infrastructure, Virtualization

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