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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

IT Consulting and Cost Effectiveness

Posted on Wed, Nov 9, 2011

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Tags: IT Consulting, Infrastructure, Cost Effectiveness

All about NAS: Network Attached Storage

Posted on Mon, Nov 7, 2011

Most business enterprises are more than familiar with the concept of hard disk storage, both of the internal and external varieties.  Much less familiar is the term NAS, which refers to network attached storage.  This structure also uses a hard drive, but in the case of NAS the drive is configured to interface with more than a single computer.  

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Tags: IT Consulting, Infrastructure, Storage

Cost and Productivity Benefits of a Managed Services Approach

Posted on Tue, Nov 1, 2011

Individual businesses who have adopted a managed services model for their IT needs know that the benefits of such an approach are easily quantified in terms of lowered costs and improved productivity.  Small and medium-sized businesses who are just starting to dip their toes into the waters of managed services, however, may want to see data on this point before exploring this option further. 

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Tags: Managed Services, Infrastructure, Cost Effectiveness

Virtual Capacity Management: Supply and Demand Issues

Posted on Tue, Oct 25, 2011

The design of a virtual infrastructure that will adequately address enterprise needs, like so much else in business, operates according to the laws of supply and demand.  In the business world, these market forces help to determine the quantities of a product that will be both sought by consumers and available to them.  A similar set of phenomena are at work in a virtualized computing environment, but in this case, the product being sought is the allocation of physical resources and the ‘consumers’ seeking those resources are the virtual machines themselves.

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Tags: IT Consulting, Infrastructure, Virtualization, Network Design

Advantages of Virtualized Data Centers

Posted on Wed, Oct 19, 2011

Most small and medium-sized business enterprises that have dipped their toes into the waters of virtualization have done so with a cautious optimism, limiting their virtualized operations to specific functions while the enterprise gained more confidence in the technology. Now that cloud computing and virtualization has proven itself in key ways to be reliable and robust, companies are increasingly seeking to move their data centers onto full virtualization. Key benefits of such a move include lower costs and increased levels of efficiency, but these are rather vague terms. It is helpful for enterprises to understand in more detail how virtualization is able to offer these benefits.

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Tags: IT Consulting, Infrastructure, Virtualization, Network Design

DHS May Save Up to 10% by Using Cloud-Based Data Services

Posted on Mon, Oct 10, 2011

At a recent Congressional Hearing, the Chief Information Officer of the United States Department of Homeland Security testified that migrating key data and systems to a cloud-computing platform might save the department as much 10% of its information technology costs.  This cost saving level is significant and represents a way to free up needed resources so they will become available for other pressing needs, a situation that parallels the financial needs of business enterprises as well.

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Tags: Managed Services, IT Consulting, Cloud Computing, IT Solutions, Infrastructure, Compliance

Managed Programs Approach Yields Predictable IT Spending

Posted on Mon, Sep 19, 2011

A managed programs approach to IT services maximizes profitability by minimizing downtime, but this is far from the only benefit the model offers.  Another huge advantage it presents to businesses is the shifting of IT expenses toward a predictable, steady amount the enterprise pays at regular intervals.  Before using managed programs, many enterprises found that their IT spending was all over the map. Despite attempts to account for IT on an ongoing basis, IT needs might fluctuate so wildly that much spending was unplanned and even performed on an emergency basis to keep systems up and running.

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Tags: IT Consulting, Infrastructure, Managed Programs

Double Digit Growth Rate Projected for Managed Services

Posted on Fri, Sep 16, 2011

A new analysis of the IT services world has concluded that businesses will adopt managed services models at an increasing rate in the next four years, a situation that will cause this sector of the IT solutions market to grow at an average rate of 12% throughout that period.  By the end of 2015, the industry will handle $47 billion worth of business compared to $29 billion during 2010. 

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Tags: Managed Services, Infrastructure, Business Continuity

Managed Services: The Hybrid Services Model

Posted on Wed, Sep 14, 2011

More and more businesses are becoming familiar with a managed services approach to IT infrastructure. The adoption of cloud technology is increasing at a rapid pace as enterprises use applications such as Google Docs that enhance productivity and efficiency.  Cloud services are now shifting into another phase, however, with the adoption of technologies that can more properly be termed "hybrid services."

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Tags: Managed Services, Cloud Computing, Infrastructure, Network Design

Network Design Services as a Business Aid

Posted on Wed, Sep 7, 2011

Individuals and businesses traditionally think of infrastructure as something that must be installed and maintained at the same site where computer users will be present.  This same attitude used to prevail about software; it had to be installed on a user's local machine or on a network server connected to that machine.  The advent of cloud computing has largely changed users' perceptions about software; most people now understand that applications such as email and document editing can be installed at very distant locations with users accessing them online using common web browsers such as Internet Explore and Firefox.

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Tags: IT Consulting, Cloud Computing, Infrastructure, Network Design

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