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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
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#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: 55 4 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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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...

FortiGate Cookbook - SSL VPN for Remote Users (5.2)

Fortinet videos - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 10:56
FortiGate Cookbook - SSL VPN for Remote Users (5.2)
In this video, you will learn how to configure SSL VPN for a remote worker to connect to a FortiGate-protected network, and enforce your security policies. When the remote worker works at... From: Fortinet Views: 160 3 ratings Time: 07:34 More in Education

Why Your Company Needs an Annual IT Budget

Clare Computer blog - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:00

For a lot of companies, Information Technology (IT) is seen as simply a cost center — a set of tools that help the business, and the costs for these tools are dictated by immediate needs.   Costs for technology appear unpredictable – they spike when things break, or if the company expands, or for a variety of reasons.  These unexpected spikes put pressure on the company’s cash flow, and often, decisions are made based upon available capital, rather than strategic need.

It should not be this way!

Your company’s IT Infrastructure is an investment, and there should be a return on that investment, in increased production, cost containment or business agility.  Companies that embrace the notion of strategic planning for their IT (including an annual budget) reap a number of benefits from this paradigm.

Predictable Expenses

By having a budget that lists the company’s IT assets and their age, it’s possible to do some “future-proofing”.  By refreshing aging technology in an orderly fashion, it’s possible to plan for the replacement and the costs associated with it. By looking at the IT Infrastructure as a whole, rather than paying attention to what’s failing, you can take better control of the costs of that infrastructure.

Better Production

When the IT Infrastructure becomes stable and reliable, due to aging assets being cycled out prior to failure, production should be better.  Downtime for any part of your company’s technology can cost thousands of dollars per hour. With a budget, you can spend far less money preventing costly outages and downtime.  Plus, employees stay productive because the tools they depend on are consistently reliable.

Better Security

Older technologies, even when coaxed into lasting past their prime, have a greater cost for support and security risks than more up-to-date technologies.  Having a budget helps ensure that your technology is better protected – software and license renewals are planned, and included in the budget, and upgrades to software and hardware can be planned in an orderly fashion.

What this boils down to, is with an annual IT budget, you can take control of your company’s technology.  Without a budget or strategic plan, the technology tends to be in control.  You don’t want your technology calling the shots at your company!

Clare Computer Solutions offers strategic planning, (including annual IT budgets) for all its managed services clients, and we have seen time and time again how these clients benefit from the practice.  The end of summer is an ideal time to start thinking about your company’s IT budget for the coming year – contact us, and we can help!

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August's Patch Tuesday

Fortinet blog - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 14:35
Another Patch Tuesday is upon us, and both Microsoft and Adobe have pushed out updates to fix issues with multiple products. Microsoft Microsoft released nine updates today to address 37 CVEs. These updates impact Windows, Internet Explorer, .NET...

DorkBot, a Twin Botnet of NgrBot

Fortinet blog - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:00
DorkBot is another modified IrcBot that is extremely similar to NgrBot, which is why many antivirus software treat them the same way, oftentimes using the same detection. Our botnet monitoring system has even captured NgrBot and DorkBot at almost th...

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