Over the last five or more years, many enterprises have turned to the public cloud and its infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offerings to run their backend applications, thanks to its elasticity, scalability and cost-effectiveness. However, some of your customers may have established direct relationships with one or more cloud solutions on their own, without a critical eye for governance, security, optimization and efficiency (technically and fiscally). If you’re not having conversations about your customers’ existing public cloud subscriptions and how you can add much-needed (and critical) value, now’s the time to broach the subject and capture your share of the growing IaaS market. Here’s how:
With competition as fierce as it is today, we never want to see a solution provider pass up on a good sales opportunity. However, it happens all the time.
With Ingram Micro announcing the expansion of its Ecosystem of Cloud to include new cloud delivery platforms at Cloud Summit 2016, many channel partners were eager to learn more about the capabilities of each platform, including the Ingram Micro Cloud Store.
Never say no to a surveillance job again We’ve all been there. Your customer asks you to help with video surveillance, but the solutions are outside your core competency. Your mind begins racing. Can we do this? Do we want to do this? How much money could this bring in?
Today’s U.S. healthcare system faces many challenges, most notably how to control escalating costs.
The recent Equifax data breach is just the latest example of an all too common trend in today’s digital world. According to a recent report from Hiscox Insurance, cybercrime cost the global economy $450 billion dollars in 2016 alone. And it’s not just massive companies and organizations like Equifax that are victims. Businesses of all sizes are at risk from malware, hacking, phishing, ransomware and distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. While large companies have the financial resources to recover from cyberattacks, small businesses often are unable to do so—60%, in fact, go out of business within six months.
As we’ve discussed recently, omnichannel retailing has become the goal for many retailers as it not only allows retailers to increase sales and better compete with online competitors, it also provides customers with their ideal shopping experience. A key result of an omnichannel rollout is a cohesive shopping experience for customers, regardless of whether they’re shopping online, in-store or on their phones.
Imagine having to wait a half hour to download your favorite apps. Imagine Google taking minutes, not split seconds, to process a search for cute puppy memes. Thanks to solid-state drives (SSDs), we don’t have to. (We also get some peace and quiet, with the elimination of those loud spinning disks.)
Many SMB owners have a tendency to downplay the impact of IT downtime. They think it can only cost them the loss of a few hours of productivity, when in fact having systems go down can cause a lot more damage. Here are several risk factors they should take into account.
At the recent Fall ONE in Las Vegas, Symantec—a leading information protection corporation—showcased its latest security solution: Symantec Endpoint Protection 14 (SEP 14). With attackers employing more sophisticated attacks, your customers need solutions that evolve to keep their information secure. SEP 14 protects your customers’ endpoints across operating systems and platforms, all from a single management console. Symantec Endpoint Protection Cloud (SEP Cloud) is a cloud-based security as a service that keeps your clients protected with an affordable pay-as-you-go model and no additional infrastructure investments.
You know that guy who walks around wearing a mullet and that girl whose cell phone still has an antenna? That’s a great metaphor for how a lot of businesses approach their IT security. In other words, some people are still trapped in the past and desperately in need of a makeover.
Education is changing. Students are no longer restricted by the learning environments and teaching formats of the past. They’re learning from anywhere, on any device and in more engaging ways than ever before. Technology plays an increasingly important role in the new classroom. But, with so much to coordinate, educators can find time-consuming operational processes often prevent them from focusing on teaching and learning. Integrating Cisco learning management tools with collaboration and security features dramatically simplifies administration. And streamlining policy, identity and access privileges based on role and location ensures that protections for student data are always on.
Windows Server Migration
Over the past several years, Microsoft has been beating the drum, waving the flag, and blowing sirens in order to broadcast upgrading from Windows Server 2003. The advantages are numerous and so are the risks of continuing to operate this server release after July 14, 2015, especially now that we’re past the end-of-life-support deadline.
A meteor is streaking toward the earth at an unprecedented speed. NASA has pinpointed its trajectory, and there is a 100-percent chance that your customer’s office will be reduced to a steaming crater within 24 hours.