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How to Setup IPSec VPN for Remote Users

Fortinet videos - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:47
How to Setup IPSec VPN for Remote Users
This video shows how to setup IPsec VPN access (using FortiGate and FortiClient v5.2 ) for remote users so that they can securely connect and access corporate resources. From: Fortinet Views: 93 0 ratings Time: 06:41 More in Science & Technology

FortiGate Cookbook - Transparent Mode (5.2)

Fortinet videos - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:01
FortiGate Cookbook - Transparent Mode (5.2)
In this video, you will learn how to add a FortiGate in Transparent Mode to your existing network configuration, adding security with no added complexity. A ... From: Fortinet Views: 13 0 ratings Time: 04:08 More in Education

Aligning Tech and Business – Keep the House in Harmony

Clare Computer blog - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:56

Is your company’s technology “painted on” or is it “baked in”? 

When a company neglects to consider technology as a strategic part of the business, tech decisions are generally made to address short-term needs. It doesn’t necessarily indicate that management is technophobic, but it does tend to create an environment where the Information Technology (IT) infrastructure isn’t optimally positioned for the benefit of the business.

Contrast this to a philosophy where technology was integral to the business planning from day one. Decisions were made based upon how technology can support the entire business process, and the IT infrastructure is actively supporting the business, in an ongoing fashion.

How can a business switch from the “painted on” to the “baked in” model? Here are 5 tips to accomplish this:

Assess

Many companies don’t have a clear picture of their current IT Infrastructure, making it very difficult to plan for improvements, or shift to a proactive management model. So, the first step towards that model is a thorough assessment of the company’s current network, with clear and accurate documentation.

Remediate

Compare the results of the assessment with your company’s ideal network infrastructure and determine where the gaps lie, and close those gaps. This can be a truly daunting task, and is a significant IT project initiative. But it is key to making the transition to a high-value IT environment.

Monitor

Once the assessment and remediation are done, it’s important to not get behind again.  Implementing procedures and tools to monitor the network’s “health” on an ongoing basis is very important in achieving that goal. These tools can also generate alerts to IT personnel when “trouble” thresholds are reached AND generate reports to gather trending data on the network.

Analyze

The reports mentioned above are where management and IT truly come together. On a regular basis, IT and management meet, and the IT staff can interpret the results and what it indicates for the need for current and future actions to maintain the IT Infrastructure.

Plan

Once again, IT and management act in concert on this step. Strategically, this goes beyond just maintaining the status quo. With the information and insights gains from the monitoring and reports, how can this knowledge be applied to help the company achieve its short and long term growth goals?

It can be difficult for a company to commit time away from their day-to-day operations to go through these steps. The process can take several months, or longer. But the benefits are long-lasting and the results are controlled and/or reduced costs, greater operational efficiency, and agility – all vital for a company’s future in a competitive marketplace.

An IT Consulting company like Clare Computer Solutions can help a company with any and all of these steps, ensuring a smooth transition to a proactive IT paradigm, and make sure the processes are maintained and modernized as new technologies emerge. Contact them today to get started – and transform your company!

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Live from VMWorld 2014: Windstream’s Cloud Migration Services—Transitions Made Seamless

Windstream (Allworx) blog - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 12:55
In the “Cloud Migration Services—Transitions Made Seamless” session hosted by Windstream at VMWorld 2014, our Cloud Path migration tool demo highlighted benefits and best practices to facilitate physical to virtual server and storage environment transitions. Learn how automated cloud migration provides significant time savings compared to moving a server data using a physical device or rebuilding server configurations from the ground up. -- Read More »
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Live from VMWorld 2014: Easing Implementation and Management of Hybrid Cloud Through Managed Services: Best Practices from the Real World

Windstream (Allworx) blog - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:24
In our live Windstream blog from VM World 2014, we share vital elements to review before selecting a private, public or hybrid cloud and developing and implementing a cloud strategy—as shared in the “Easing Implementation and Management of Hybrid Cloud Through Managed Services: Best Practices from the Real World” session. -- Read More »
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Live from VMWorld 2014: Enabling True Mobile Productivity

Windstream (Allworx) blog - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 13:35
In this live update from VMWorld 2014, our Windstream blogger offers highlights from the panel discussion “Enabling True Mobile Productivity.” The panel shared insight on how enterprises can move beyond email through mobile deployment and strategies to drive productive activities across the enterprise. -- Read More »
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Live from VMWorld 2014: Building a Business Case for Compliancy and Disaster Recovery in Healthcare: The Impact of Industry Regulation

Windstream (Allworx) blog - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 13:33
Blogging live from VMWorld 2014, our Windstream blogger shares highlights from the forum “Compliancy and Disaster Recovery in Healthcare: The Impact of Industry Regulation.” Session leaders reviewed how pressures caused by healthcare industry regulatory changes are driving reliance on IT systems, increasingly so in light of HIPAA compliance requirements—and offer valuable insight into developing a disaster recovery roadmap. -- Read More »
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Live from VMWorld 2014: VMware in Healthcare—How VMware Solutions are Helping Provide Better Patient Care

Windstream (Allworx) blog - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 11:38
Our Windstream blogger recaps how VMWare Healthcare IT solutions are helping to deliver better patient care from insights gathered from the panel discussion at the in the VMware in Healthcare panel discussion at VMWorld 2014. The panel experts weighed in on how healthcare provider are turning to IT to address common challenges such as mergers, acquisitions and outsourcing—as well as keeping critical applications and systems functional during major integration efforts. -- Read More »
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Fortinet Corporate Overview 2014

Fortinet videos - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 11:29
Fortinet Corporate Overview 2014
From: Fortinet Views: 286 6 ratings Time: 02:38 More in Science & Technology

#IceBucketChallenge

Fortinet videos - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 14:20
#IceBucketChallenge
Fortinet's Luanne Tierney responds to CheckPoint's #IceBucketChallenge. We challenge Palo Alto Networks, FireEye, and McAfee. From: Fortinet Views: 1325 18 ratings Time: 00:58 More in Science & Technology

Live from VMWorld 2014: Virtualization 101

Windstream (Allworx) blog - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 14:20
Blogging live from VMWorld 2014, our Windstream blogger highlights key takeaways including the history of virtualization and the five core benefits of virtualization, shared by Michael Adams, director at VMware, in the “Virtualization 101” conference session. -- Read More »
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Live from VMWorld 2014: Virtual Technology, Real Results: Boeing’s Success on the Road to IT as a Service (ITaaS)

Windstream (Allworx) blog - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 14:10
Reporting live from VMWorld 2014, our Windstream blogger shares key takeaways from Boeing’s successful transition to virtual technology and IT as a service (ITaaS).  Boeing’s senior IT manager/director, Enes Yildirim, shares practical advice based on their experience transitioning to virtual technology and ITaaS solutions, elevating their cloud strategy and their path to multi-million dollar cost savings. -- Read More »
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Live from VMWorld 2014: Insider Threat and the Cloud: The Harsh Reality in the Wake of Recent Security Breaches

Windstream (Allworx) blog - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 14:00
Blogging live from VMWorld 2014, our Windstream blogger recaps key takeaways including best practices for protecting your network and data against insider threats at “The Insider Threat and the Cloud: The Harsh Reality in the Wake of Recent Security Breaches” session. -- Read More »
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Live from VMWorld 2014: Are Memory and Storage Keeping Up With The Cloud and Virtualization?

Windstream (Allworx) blog - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 13:03
Windstream blogger shares insights from “Are Memory and Storage Keeping Up With The Cloud and Virtualization?” session at WMWorld 2014. The session focused on how the data center landscape is being transformed by rapid and increased concentration on virtualization, cloud architecture and software-defined enterprise networks and the important areas for enhancing data center efficiency. -- Read More »
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The Software-Defined Data Center and Fortinet’s new SDN Solution for VMware

Fortinet blog - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 07:00
It’s the week before Labor Day, and for most of folks in the U.S. that means the end of summer is approaching. But for many of us involved with the data center, it means another exciting virtualization confab is underway in San Francisco with VMwor...

We’re partnering with the Best: Announcing Our Latest Strategic Alliance with EMC

Windstream (Allworx) blog - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 06:59
Our new partnership with EMC positions Windstream as the first nationwide cloud service provider with its own voice and data network in the EMC CSP partner portfolio. As a certified EMC cloud service provider, Windstream offers Storage as a Service powered by EMC VMAX and VNX platforms and a robust recovery solution set powered by EMC RecoverPoint and DataDomain products. Windstream’s executive vice president of enterprise sales, John Leach, shares how this partnership benefits Windstream’s VARs and customers alike. -- Read More »
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Virtualization: An Old Idea is New Again

Clare Computer blog - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:13

In the past decade or so, technology advances enabled business to incorporate sophisticated technology tools into their IT infrastructure. These new tools provided a lot of benefits, but they also have led to some serious “server sprawl”.

It seems like every new piece of software a business would like to adopt requires its own server, so over the years, even small businesses found themselves with 3 or 4 servers, separate machines humming away, using power and air conditioning, day in and day out.

For medium sized enterprises, the issue is even more acute. Just the sheer room required to house extensive “server farms” made their server rooms resemble the mainframe computer rooms from the 1970’s!

Ironically, it is a concept from the mainframe era that is providing relief for server sprawl: Virtualization.

Back in the days when computer hardware was VERY expensive, applications were often run in virtualized environments on the host mainframe. It was a way of optimizing usage of the host computer and providing logically segregated environments for individual applications – each with its required operating system, memory and CPU requirements and I/O.

The pendulum has swung back – in the past few years virtualization has become a valuable tool for businesses of all sizes.  A single host server can have several virtual servers running on it – so multiple servers can share a single physical footprint in the server room.

Virtualization provides some very tangible benefits in the modern IT infrastructure:

Decreased hardware and infrastructure costs

Fewer discrete servers means less power is required, less air conditioning, less space and lower hardware costs overall. Yes, a single host server will cost more than the average server, but not having to buy a separate machine for every other server ends up with significant cost savings.

Greater agility for deployment

When your business needs a new server, a new virtual machine can be created on the host server in a matter of minutes. And there’s no need to purchase new hardware. This gives more flexibility in trying out new applications, because the capital investment in hardware is not an issue.

Greater agility for disaster recovery

If creating a new virtual machine for a new application is easy, the same applies to a new virtual machine to replace a crashed server, providing a backed up image is available.

Greater flexibility in operating systems

Since each virtual machine can have its own OS, legacy applications that aren’t ready for the latest operating systems can co-exist on the same host machine as applications written for the latest OS versions.

As the individual servers in server farms “age out” and need to be replaced, virtualization provides an excellent way to modernize your company’s IT Infrastructure even as you add the benefits list here.

Clare Computer Solutions has helped dozens of companies take advantage of the benefits of virtualization. Contact us today to get started!

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ISG Series: What does BYOD really mean for your wireless infrastructure?

Windstream (Allworx) blog - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 05:18
The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend is having a significant impact on   wireless infrastructure, including heightened security, higher bandwidth and increased power demands. Learn how flexible, scalable wireless infrastructure like Windstream’s WiFi solutions enhance connectivity and productivity with quick, easy, secure access for BYOD environments. -- Read More »
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Physical is the New Digital for Retailers

Fortinet blog - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:15
In a recent study conducted by Harris Interactive on how companies can encourage consumers to spend more, 66% of consumers stated they wanted improved customer service and 23% were looking for a tailored shopping experience. One of the biggest cha...

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