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23 03, 2018

9 Benefits of Virtualization

2019-07-09T19:28:29+00:00March 23rd, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

Virtualization helps businesses improve operations and decrease spending. Learn about the benefits of a virtual environment and decide if this technology is right for your business. What is virtualization? Virtualization is the process of creating a simulated virtual version of something such as a server, storage device, network, or operating system. This is done by partitioning a single physical machine into several virtual machines which can then interact independently and run different operating systems and applications. Virtualization makes the relationship between computer hardware and software far more flexible and presents capabilities that would never be possible within a physical infrastructure. Virtualization is more than just a buzzword; this technology is the most effective way to reduce IT expenses while increasing efficiency and agility. Businesses of all sizes are reaping the benefits of virtualization and we are seeing more and more companies requesting assistance in creating a virtual environment. Check out these nine ways your business can benefit from a virtual infrastructure: reduced spending Companies spend a significant portion of their IT budget on hardware every year, with the majority spend allocated to multiple servers. Virtualization reduces the number of servers needed as well as extending the lifespan of existing hardware. Many servers are grossly underutilized, using only an estimated 5-15% of their actual capacity. This is because many applications require their own server, which without virtualization means many more physical machines. A single physical server can run approximately 16 virtual servers, allowing companies to considerably reduce hardware and software costs. In addition to reducing [...]

5 02, 2018

Meltdown and Spectre Security Flaws Explained

2019-07-16T20:02:28+00:00February 5th, 2018|Tags: , , |

Serious hardware bugs have recently been discovered to exist in almost all modern technology devices. Here’s what you need to know about Meltdown and Spectre. In early 2018, research revealed that there are fundamental security flaws in nearly every computer chip manufactured in the last 20 years. The variations of these flaws have been named Spectre and Meltdown. These vulnerabilities, if exploited, could allow attackers to gain access to data that was previously considered protected. So far there is no evidence of security breaches due to these flaws; however, such exploits would be difficult to detect. Spectre and Meltdown are so widespread and affect such fundamental components that they are being called catastrophic by security researchers. what are spectre and meltdown? Spectre and Meltdown are vulnerabilities that arose due to features that were built in to computer chips to help them run faster. Each works differently and effects different processors. Spectre utilizes what’s called speculative execution, a function that allows computer chips to process data faster by beginning to work with the data before it is actually told to do so. Imagine a calculator that can give you either a decimal or a percent of the answer to a given calculation, which before you have requested the output format you want has already calculated them both in order to answer faster. Spectre is exploited by sending a program bad data that the program begins to process before it has passed a security check, therefore tricking the program into sending private data. Spectre is hard [...]

12 10, 2017

Opening a new office? You need this network infrastructure guide.

2019-07-23T18:10:15+00:00October 12th, 2017|Tags: , |

There are a variety of challenging decisions you have to make whenever you open a new office. Where should your new office be located? Who should staff it? And perhaps most importantly, will you have a network infrastructure in place that allows your new location to flourish? A properly functioning network infrastructure connects various devices throughout your office, allowing your hardware components and software applications to interact seamlessly with each other. To put it simply, your new office won’t be able to provide your customers with the services or care they need if your IT infrastructure is lacking. Imagine a client being unable to reach you due to a flawed voice network, or losing valuable data because you don’t have the right disaster recovery backup solutions in place. These are scenarios you should do everything in your power to avoid. So where should you begin? To help you make informed decisions as you’re building out your new office, we’ve created a Network Infrastructure 101 Guide that walks through the steps you need to take to ensure your IT infrastructure fulfills your organization's needs. This guide touches on essentials to any infrastructure plan, including: Laying the foundation for your network by making sure your voice and data cabling needs are met both now and in the future Creating a cohesive environment with network engineering and systems engineering Finding the best storage and backup solutions for your information Making decisions on voice, internet, access control and more Take a detailed look at your network infrastructure planning and [...]