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SonicWall Steps Up Their Game with Recent Announcements

The story of SonicWall has been very public; from the acquisition by Dell, to the release back to an independent private organization. Outside observers like myself have been waiting to see what comes next and if SonicWall can rise to the competition. This week, in a press release and a series of regional conferences, SonicWall…Read More

Use of Snapshots for Testing Patches Against Ransomware

Ransomware activity is on the rise, but you don’t have to be taken off guard. Combined with a solid security and disaster recovery strategy, VMware vSphere’s snapshot functionality can quickly and easily help your virtual environment to be protected against these malicious threats with little to no downtime by providing a safe method for testing…Read More

Best in Class UCaaS Functionality from Mitel MiCollab

Mitel MiCollab UCaaS
Many unified communication as service (UCaaS) providers look similar at first glance, but there can be significant differences between providers that can impact your overall communication strategy. When evaluating different solutions it’s important to keep in mind more than just your current state, the best price, or the most visually appealing soft client. There are…Read More

VMware Cloud on AWS: Better Together

VMware Cloud on AWS
The wait is finally over with VMware and AWS jointly announcing the initial availability of VMware Cloud on AWS.  The solution is truly compelling and differentiated; bringing together the industry leaders for private and public cloud. No longer do customers have to make a binary decision of Amazon Web Services or VMware, it is now…Read More

VMware Announces AppDefense at VMworld 2017

VMware AppDefense
A New Way to Protect Your Applications The international reference for the Kilogram is a cold cylinder of platinum and platinum-iridium alloy, which is kept at the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) near Paris. We use this isolated reference to measure all other production kilograms. VMware feels that this strategy is what will…Read More

Machine Learning: The New Cure-All?

Machine Learning for Security
Every year the IT community latches on to a new marketing phrase that will revolutionize the industry. For the past few years, that term was “Cloud”; this year we have “AI – Machine Learning”. Let’s take a look at Machine Learning and the pros and cons it brings to the security space in particular. Machine…Read More

Guide to Conceptualizing a Disaster Recovery Plan – 4

Before you dive on in, make sure to check out parts 1, 2 and 3! The Internal Conversations you Have to Have In the last installment, I reviewed the process of determining the right recovery type for your organization. The next critical step in the process is making sure we address one of the most…Read More

Mitel Announces Intent to Acquire ShoreTel

Mitel Acquires ShoreTel
Continuing the telecom trend of acquisitions, Mitel has entered in to a definitive agreement to purchase UCaaS and VoIP provider ShoreTel. After Mitel’s failed attempt for a hostile takeover of ShoreTel back in 2014, the two companies have entered into to an agreement. If you can’t beat 'em, join 'em! Mitel will acquire 100% of…Read More

VMware vSphere Enterprise is End of Life so What’s Your Next Step

VMware vSphere Enterprise Upgrade Path
UPDATE:  vSphere Enterprise to vSphere Enterprise Plus 50% off Promo Expiring July 29th, 2017! For those of you that are unaware, as of June 30th VMware vSphere Enterprise is EOL and no longer available for purchase (although support for existing Enterprise licensing will be available through 2020). VMware has moved from the previous vSphere suites:…Read More

Guide to Conceptualizing a Disaster Recovery Plan – Part 3

Disaster Recovery Plan Data Recovery Type
Be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 of this series first! Choosing the Right Data Recovery Type As with any task you need to complete, choosing the right tool for the job is an important aspect that shouldn’t be overlooked. With so many moving parts in your Disaster Recovery planning and process,…Read More