Cloud & Hosting Solutions

30 Benefits of Using Office 365

Posted in Total Technology | Tech Tips | Technology | Cloud & Hosting Solutions | Communication & Collaboration on January 24, 2014

Office 365 is everything you know and love about Microsoft Office, however, hosted in the cloud. We aren’t recommending you work 365 days each year, yet, know your business can benefit from using an always available collaboration solution. Here are 30 benefits to using Office 365. [More]

12 Things You Should Know about Cloud Email

Posted in Technology | Cloud & Hosting Solutions on January 14, 2014

When people refer to cloud, they could mean anything from using a cloud service to having an entire environment in the cloud. With so many options, it’s important to understand the most common cloud services and ways of using it for business. In this edition of our Cloud Services blog series, we’ll cover the basics of cloud email and the pros and cons associated with it. [More]

Is It Clear In Your Manufacturing Cloud?

Posted in ERP & CRM Software | Microsoft Dynamics AX | Manufacturing & Distribution | Cloud & Hosting Solutions on January 6, 2014

Putting your information system infrastructure and/or data in someone else’s hands via cloud computing offers many advantages as compared to on-premise deployments. Many manufacturers have looked at the trade-offs between the two and have already transitioned various elements of their overall information technologies environment into cloud based environments provisioned by selected services providers. Many others are actively investigating this as a possibility. [More]

Cloud Backups: What They Are, Why You Need Them

Posted in Tech Tips | Technology | Cloud & Hosting Solutions on September 24, 2013

Many organizations are still not familiar with cloud backups and the value they could provide, even though traditional backup methods are known for being flaky, unreliable and poorly monitored internally. To help you understand the basics about cloud backups, here are a few of the common questions we are asked. [More]

Windows XP Expiration Date: A Great Opportunity for Your Organization

Posted in Technology | Cloud & Hosting Solutions | IT Infrastructure | Virtualization | Strategic IT Planning on September 12, 2013

According to several articles in online technology magazines, 38 to 45 percent of PCs connected to the Internet are still on Windows XP. This is, to be blunt, not good. In case you haven't heard, Windows XP is on its way out. On April 8, 2014, Windows XP will reach end-of-support, meaning it will no longer receive critical updates or patches to protect your computer and your network from dangerous malware, viruses and spam. [More]

Let's Talk Tech: Finding Your Perfect Hosting Match

Posted in Technology | Cloud & Hosting Solutions | Managed Hosting Solutions | Strategic IT Planning on July 25, 2013

When looking for your private cloud hosting "perfect match," there are several factors most organizations consider. These factors include price, security and adherence to regulations. But just like dating, there are a few key questions to ask and consider before committing to a long-term relationship. Tune into the latest edition of Let’s Talk Tech to learn what to look for in a perfect hosting match. [More]

Cloud Hosting: A Strategic Advantage for Nonprofits

Posted in Not-for-Profit | Technology | Cloud & Hosting Solutions | Strategic IT Planning on July 15, 2013

With increasing competition and scrutiny on the allocation of funds, nonprofits today must work harder than ever to gain not only volunteers and donations, but also a strategic advantage that helps the organization win grants, provide performance metrics to its board, decrease its overhead ratio and prove its effectiveness to the public. Developing a technology roadmap, including integrating a cloud hosting model, is essential to maintain and improve operational effectiveness. [More]

How to Tell if the Private Cloud is Right for You

Posted in Technology | Cloud & Hosting Solutions | Business Critical Application Hosting | Managed Hosting Solutions | Network Design & Management | Strategic IT Planning on July 8, 2013

Even though moving to the cloud is a popular trend these days, the majority of businesses continue to operate in a traditional data center model. And while the cloud is not the solution to all your organizational challenges, a private cloud might be an ideal way to reduce risk and improve overall effectiveness. Ask yourself these questions to determine if the private cloud might be for you. [More]

5 Reasons to Consider Private Cloud Hosting

Posted in Technology | Cloud & Hosting Solutions | Managed Hosting Solutions | Strategic IT Planning on July 1, 2013

Board rooms, executive offices and senior management meetings around the world are all querying their CIOs for their organization's strategic path to the cloud—but why? What mysterious functions occur in the cloud that don't occur in your own data center? Is considering hosting services by a cloud provider worth the trouble? Here are five reasons why you might consider it. [More]

Let's Talk Tech: What are the Keys to Success in the Cloud?

Posted in Technology | Cloud & Hosting Solutions on June 13, 2013

Were you using hosting services when the term "cloud" only meant cumulus nimbus? Or are you just entering the foray of what cloud could mean for your business? No matter your comfort level with hosting services or the cloud, the fact is that businesses today have a growing interest in cloud services. [More]

Let's Talk Tech: What is a Network Operations Center?

Posted in Managed IT Services | Core Technology | Managed Security | Total Technology | Technology | Cloud & Hosting Solutions | IT Consulting | IT Infrastructure | Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity | Mobility | Network Design & Management | Virtualization on April 4, 2013

A primary component of any IT managed services is the Network Operations Center (NOC), but many non-IT people understand the term. Learn about a NOC in this short video. [More]

1 in 2 mission-critical applications in cloud by 2015

Posted in Managed IT Services | Core Technology | Managed Security | Total Technology | Technology | Cloud & Hosting Solutions | Business Critical Application Hosting on December 12, 2012

According to a recent article from CIO Magazine, one in three mission-critical applications, such as enterprise resource planning solutions, scheduling tools and financial programs, is now managed in the cloud. Furthermore, it’s expected that one in two will be in the cloud by the year 2015. This statistic came from a study conducted with 400 IT and business managers from around the United S... [More]

4 factors to consider when moving to the cloud

Posted in Managed Services | Managed IT Services | Core Technology | Managed Security | Total Technology | Technology | Cloud & Hosting Solutions | Business Critical Application Hosting | Colocation | Managed Hosting Solutions | IT Consulting on October 22, 2012

You’ve decided to go to the cloud. You read our post about the different cloud models and now it’s time to make a decision. For most businesses, it is a decision between public and private (or some kind of hybrid) clouds. What kinds of factors should you consider before making your decision? We recommend reviewing the following and discussing these concerns with your IT partner. Secur... [More]

4 clouds and 4 definitions: Choosing which is best for your business

Posted in Managed Services | Managed IT Services | Core Technology | Managed Security | Total Technology | Technology | Cloud & Hosting Solutions | Business Critical Application Hosting | Colocation | Managed Hosting Solutions | Communication & Collaboration | IT Consulting | IT Infrastructure | Custom Application & Database Solutions | Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity | Mobility | Network Design & Management | Virtualization | Strategic IT Planning on September 20, 2012

You want to go to the cloud. You’ve heard and read about it, and it seems to make sense. But where do you start? One of the first decisions to make is whether you will move to a public, private, community or hybrid cloud model. Yes, there really are that many different types of cloud solutions! That’s why it’s key to understand the differences, advantages and disadvantages of eac... [More]

The mobile workforce: Why you should build an IT strategy (Part 1)

Posted in Managed IT Services | Core Technology | Managed Security | Total Technology | Technology | Cloud & Hosting Solutions | Business Critical Application Hosting | Colocation | Managed Hosting Solutions | Communication & Collaboration | IT Consulting | IT Infrastructure | Custom Application & Database Solutions | Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity | Mobility | Network Design & Management | Virtualization | Strategic IT Planning on September 7, 2012

Not long ago, most professional workers were tied to their desks and computers—but business has changed. One day we turned around and the world was mobile, and so were your employees. Smartphones, tablets and other tools have made us a nation of employees on the move. According to a 2012 CompTIA research study, 20 percent of the workforce telecommutes at least one full day per month. In add... [More]



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