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My Day Unbricking a Friend's Phone

Fortinet blog - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 23:00
Recently, a good friend of mine complained she had lost all her contacts and photos. "Oh, what happened" I asked. "I went to the operator's shop and they told me my phone could not be repaired. I bought a new one, but I'm so sad I lost all contacts a...

Android Botnets Email Home

Fortinet blog - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 07:08
A recent news article described email as the undying "cockroach of the Internet". To validate this statement, seeing some of the Android malware samples I've analyzed recently, malware authors might share that sentiment. In 2013, we saw the first An...

IT Trend Analysis is Like a Crystal Ball for Your Business

Clare Computer blog - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:16

No one likes to deal with the unexpected, when it comes to your company’s technology. If any part of your company’s Information Technology (IT) infrastructure has a problem, it has a ripple affect across the enterprise.  Production slows or stops, and everyone has to scramble to get the problem resolved, and emergency help is always expensive.

What if there was a way to see problems before they happen? Why can’t the company network have gauges and lights to indicate its health on an ongoing basis, just like an automobile?

The fact is, the technology exists to not only know the current health of your IT infrastructure, but the same tools can gather data over time to spot slower developing trends that can enable planning for problems on the horizon, before they adversely affect your business.

Measure to Manage

The company network cannot be managed if it appears as an opaque monolith. Just as with your vehicle, it’s important to know what’s going on inside, and be notified if something is amiss.

There are technology tools that can assess certain processes in key elements of the network, and thresholds can be set that will cause alerts to be sent if those thresholds are exceeded.

But live alerts, while helpful, are still creating reactive action, rather than proactive preventive action.  For that, trending data over time is needed.

Getting the Big Picture

The same mechanisms that can send alerts for trouble conditions being detected can store the day-by-day data, and that data, when viewed in a month-to-month context, can provide valuable insights into the future of the IT infrastructure.

Common examples would be CPU usage, or disk storage. A trend towards increasing CPU usage or disk storage can indicate when a server should be replaced, or upgraded, often months in advance.  This has hugely positive implications.  A server that crashes due to being pushed beyond its capacity is disruptive and expensive.  Moreover, the resulting expense is unexpected and affects cash flow.

With IT trend analysis, it can be possible to anticipate future needs and budget for them. The result is an IT infrastructure that’s more reliable, and under control.

Clare Computer SolutionsNetCentral enables your company’s technology to provide the operational feedback to stay ahead of most problems. We can help interpret the resulting data to leverage that knowledge to ensure your network is reliable, and running at optimum levels. Once NetCentral is implemented, you will wonder how you ever got along without it!

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Rural Health Care: Our New RHC Infographic has all the Information You Need

Windstream (Allworx) blog - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 09:08
It’s an exciting time in rural healthcare! The USAC is still offering support for the Rural Health Care Program, and has also started the first full year of funding under the new Healthcare Connect Fund. Find out more about the two main programs and which one is right for your healthcare facility with our RHC Infographic. -- Read More »
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Live from Cloud Partners 2014: Optimize Cloud Delivery with Cloud Management Tools

Windstream (Allworx) blog - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 13:00
What does cloud management mean to you? Expectations and definitions differ in this session: Optimize Cloud Delivery with Cloud Management Tools. But some best practices are agreed upon, and they are shared here so partners stay on top of their game when the pressure is on. -- Read More »
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Live from Cloud Partners 2014: The Perfect Fit: Use Cases Best Suited to Hybrid Cloud Computing

Windstream (Allworx) blog - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 09:55
Determining where to store customers’ data, applications and computing assets may sometimes prove challenging, especially with the frequent confusion surrounding private and public cloud definitions. It’s exactly because of this that hybrid clouds are becoming more popular. -- Read More »
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Live from Cloud Partners 2014: Building a Case for Cloud Backup & Disaster Recovery

Windstream (Allworx) blog - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 08:55
As more businesses move to the cloud, what once was regarded as a safety net for a low-probability event has now become top-priority. We’ve made a list of some essential reasons why businesses should be prepared with business continuity and disaster recovery plans. -- Read More »
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FortiGate Web UI Tips & Tricks - Part1

Fortinet videos - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 14:26
FortiGate Web UI Tips & Tricks - Part1
This video shows few GUI tips & tricks that will make it easier to configure and modify firewall policies. (FortiOS v5.2) From: Fortinet Views: 346 4 ratings Time: 03:37 More in Science & Technology

Live from Cloud Partners 2014: Bring Me a Higher Cloud: Separating Fact from Fiction & Focusing on What Works

Windstream (Allworx) blog - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 11:44
Customer investments in cloud solutions are increasing, but there is continued discussion on what is fiction and what is fact. Knowing what really works and what doesn’t puts your business in a position to use the cloud to benefit your expansion and growth efforts. -- Read More »
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Security for the Cloud Era Post-It Notes to Complete Protection

Windstream (Allworx) blog - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 11:25
Today, the chance of being targeted by malicious hackers has significantly increased as businesses of all sizes depend on technology for pretty much every operational area. As security and technology become more intertwined, the need for proper security measure is increasingly important. Do you have enough security solutions in place? -- Read More »
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Live from Cloud Partners 2014: Matching Cloud Needs with Business Models

Windstream (Allworx) blog - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 10:53
About 90 percent of companies claim some form of cloud usage, with many businesses looking to use different combinations and business models to optimize benefits and efficiencies. Here are the four stages of adoption and cloud models from a channel perspective. Find out which cloud model you fit in. -- Read More »
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Live from Cloud Partners 2014: Thinking Outside the (In) Box: Core Cloud Technologies for SMB Customers

Windstream (Allworx) blog - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 10:10
Panel session from Cloud Partners 2014 examining ways in which small businesses are currently investing in technologies, especially cloud services. The session’s focus centered around how cloud has “changed the channel,” affecting everything from business models to sales cycles. The panel explored a few specific solutions in greater depth, including the increasing interest in Software as a Service. -- Read More »
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Mobile Device Management Not Limited to Personal Devices

Clare Computer blog - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 14:12

The BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) movement has been getting a lot of attention, as workers increasingly use their own personal devices to access company resources to do their jobs, from a variety of locations.

The issues raised by BYOD are not limited to personal devices – the same management, security and support concerns apply regardless of who owns the device.  What are these concerns?

When access to the company IT infrastructure was from company-provided desk-bound devices, attached via the office’s Ethernet LAN, security was fairly simple. The IT department would procure the devices and set them up to match the company’s security policies.


Once network access methods expanded to include the internet and/or wireless, things got more complicated. Steps have to be taken to ensure that users coming in via different methods are given only the level of access they need. Users on devices whose devices are not up to date, or possible already infected with malware, pose a threat that must be detected and mitigated.


Again, this was easier when network users’ devices (their company PCs) were a homogenous platform, procured and configured by the company’s IT department.  Once laptops, smart phones and tablets entered the mix, support for the diverse platforms (regardless of who actually owns them) posed some support challenges.

This revolution has occurred so fast that companies are scrambling to apply appropriate security policies to environments that already use a large variety of devices, brands and models.

The answer is to bring management of these devices, at least to a degree, into the same management scheme that covers the rest of the IT infrastructure (the servers, routers, switches, etc.). Security policies that only cover some of the network elements cannot be effective.

It’s hard to put the genie back in the bottle – some companies may despair at the thought of enforcing policies on devices already in use. Some may despair at even creating a company-wide security policy that would encompass mobile devices. This is where an IT Consulting firm can help. Clare Computer Solutions has decades of experience helping companies deal with IT infrastructures, providing management, monitoring, and CIO-level consulting  - contact us today to get started on your company’s BYOD/Mobile Device policy!

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The Unified Communications Essential Series: Staff Training + Outstanding Support = Successful Integration

Windstream (Allworx) blog - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 06:15
The ideal training program will help speed the adoption of Unified Communications (UC). Clear instruction and ongoing education and updates contribute significantly to increased employee comfort and adoption. Windstream shares four key elements that define successful training. -- Read More »
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Building the Strategic Cloud

Windstream (Allworx) blog - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 05:14
This overview of Building the Strategic Cloud, a think piece by Windstream and Oxford Economics, explores the opportunities and challenges of migrating to the cloud and the need for developing cloud strategies that defines a clear path to value. -- Read More »
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E-Rate Gets a Makeover: Modernization Offers New Services and a Simplified Application Process

Windstream (Allworx) blog - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 06:15
In this post, Windstream shares latest information as schools and libraries begin to navigate the many changes of the newly adopted E-Rate Modernization Order. Learn about new initiatives that expand funding for WiFi in schools and libraries and how the application process has been streamlined and simplified. -- Read More »
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Optimizing Your Network Design with the NP6 Platform

Fortinet blog - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 11:00
With the recent announcement of the new FortiGate 300D, 500D, and new blades for the 5000 series chassis, Fortinet continues our roll-out of the NP6 processor across the FortiGate portfolio. The NP6 processor is the "beating heart" of the FortiGate f...

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 corporat... From: Fortinet Views: 483 1 ratings Time: 06:41 More in Science & Technology

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