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Simplifying WAN Architecture While Increasing Bandwidth with SD-WAN

Working as an objective resource for many MicroAge clients and overseeing the Telecom Practice, I constantly watch for emerging trends in technology that can help the way our clients conduct business in a cost effective and productive manner.   Whenever I hop on the phone with a new company, large or small, I tend to hear…Read More

Why Backup and Recovery is Vital for Your Disaster Response Plan

Disaster Recovery Plan
  In a world of "always-on" cloud databases, it can be easy to feel like data backup and recovery has become a thing of the past, leading to the question, "is backup dead?" When it comes to disaster recovery and planning, the answer is a firm "no." Here's why. Understanding Backup's Place in the Disaster…Read More

Why You Need Disk and File Encryption

It seems like every day you read about another alarming data breach for a high-profile individual, company or government. In fact, data from the Identity Theft Resource Center shows that data breaches have increased 25 percent in the first four months of 2016 over the same period of 2015. Small companies and individuals are affected…Read More

Tearing Down Technology Silos

Today's technology landscape is radically different from that of the last decade. Cloud technologies have revolutionized the traditional infrastructure layout and has added complex new demands to the IT team. Enterprise adoption of cloud computing solutions continues to grow, with Rightscale discovering 95%of surveyed businesses use public, private or hybrid clouds in their organizations. Converged and hyper-converged systems are forcing IT to venture…Read More

Finding the Right Cloud Computing Solution

Hybrid cloud strategy
Switching to a public cloud computing system can be a great decision for many organizations. The concept is simple enough. Basically, you are leveraging compute, storage, and networking resources from a 3rd party company as needed. For particular applications and use cases this can be much more convenient, efficient and cost effective than traditional IT solutions.  There…Read More

Solving Business Problems With VoIP

Keeping employees connected is one of the top challenges I see facing today's enterprises. More satellite offices, more on-the-ground employees and more telecommuting is making business logistics a top priority. Client-facing employees have less time to make trips into the office but they still need access to corporate information, and satellite offices need to stay…Read More

Moving to the Cloud? Some Things to Consider

Cloud environment
The cloud can provide significant benefits for your business, whether you want to increase your business agility or cut down on your technology costs. However, while your business may be tempted to go all-in on cloud technology, be sure to keep these considerations in mind before you make the leap. Cloud Management Cloud environments require…Read More

Disaster Recovery and What It Means To You

Disaster recovery plan
Companies depend on their technology infrastructure, but the Disaster Recovery Benchmark Survey found almost three out of four companies may not recover from a disaster. I noticed these companies may not realize how damaging it is to go through an extended outage or data loss until it's too late. Instead of waiting for the worst…Read More

VSAN: A Different Way of Looking at Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

VMware vSAN sizing
I've seen too many small businesses tie themselves in knots by over-committing on capex for more computing power and storage than they need. Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) offerings were supposed to simplify the lives of IT decision-makers by collapsing the implementation process, but it's also meant less freedom to choose the amount of infrastructure you need.…Read More

Is Your IT Environment Prepared for Exponential Data Growth?

Organizations now operate in what Cisco refers to as "The Zettabyte Era" of big data. By the end of 2016, Cisco's analysts predict we will pass the zettabyte threshold in annual global IP traffic, and by 2019, global Internet traffic will be 66 times the volume of the entire global Internet (as it existed in…Read More