As the deadline for General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance in Europe approaches, many customers are unsure where to begin. With roughly 160 requirements and a mandated 72-hour notification for personal data breaches, it’s clear that most organizations can’t do this alone,
Business continuity planning assumptions are changing the way companies recover from impact scenarios and minimize the disruption to daily business activities. While SaaS solutions provide reliability, most do not provide the same protection as a business received using a separate off-site backup with a long retention period.
SD-WAN is in a similar situation to where Cloud was ten years ago - if companies haven't already adopted it, they are at least investigating it. But it's important to remember, though, that not all SD-WAN offerings are the same. Before deciding on an SD-WAN action plan, here are four basic questions that every company need to consider:
Shifts in IT spending towards the Cloud had changed the landscape for buyers, vendors and technology solution providers alike. We've identified eight important technology trends (Cybersecurity, Cloud, SD-WAN, Blockchain, Big Data, IoT, Artificial Intelligence and Digital Transformation) that you should be aware of in 2018.
According to a recent survey, 82 percent of European consumers will likely take advantage of their new data access rights under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), meaning organizations that are mulling over their readiness strategies need to get ready — and quickly.
Advantage’s unique business model addresses the needs of today’s businesses, and their IT teams. We consolidate all the key areas of IT into a single support model while giving customers the flexibility to choose ANY provider required for their business. Advantage offers solution engineering, project management, support, and numerous other services just like the providers.
The Cloud is delivering benefits of business agility, competitive advantage and cost reductions to companies that have moved their workloads. If your business has yet to make that move, at the very least you should make investigating Cloud services one of your 2018 initiatives.
Years ago, when things were ‘simple’ and business only had a couple choices for their telecom and IT services, a company could rely on their AT&T, MCI or IBM rep come in and handle everything. But the industry has changed, technology has evolved, companises have consilidates and customer infrastructure challenges have become increasingly complicated.
The enterprise big data landscape continues to evolve, yet many organizations aren’t prepared for the complexities of protecting this data, even though it's becoming an integral part of the overall data environment. Here's a summary are the unique challenges of securing big data and four items that business should consider to reduce risk.
Our previous Advantage 'Blockchain Primer' blog post focused on the definition of what blockchain is. This next post dives in to explore where blockchain will be used, when could/should it be adopted, why it is important, and how to begin.
The truth is that in cybersecurity, most businesses are their own worst enemies. While the world has begun looking at cyber attacks and other types of cybercrime more seriously, it would appear that measures to prevent them aren’t being taken seriously enough. For businesses to actually be as secure as they are confident, they’ll need to refrain from falling into these seven traps:
If you haven’t heard much about blockchain, you’re about to. Even those who are generally skeptical of pronouncements about ‘the next new thing’ have developed a growing appreciation of the transformative nature of blockchain, especially its potential to redefine how commerce is transacted across an increasingly wide variety of sectors.
This interactive Submarine Cable Map, courtesy of TeleGeography, is based on in-depth research and depicts active and planned submarine cable systems and their landing stations. Selecting a cable on the map projection or from the submarine cable list provides access to the cable’s profile, including the cable’s name, ready-for-service (RFS) date, length, owners, website, and landing points.
Driven by ever-increasing demand for bandwidth caused by initiatives including cloud, mobility and global expansion, Enterprise IT leaders are faced with delivering a seamless and consistent connected experience for all of their customers, employees, and partners, regardless of location or proximity to the network backbone. What’s more, they typically need to do all of this with relatively flat IT budgets.
Just this year we have witnesses WannaCry and Petya ransomware viruses cripple hundreds of thousands of computers around the world, costing businesses millions of dollars to recover files and countless hours of lost employee productivity. A recent survey by Kapersky estimated the average cost of these attacks at $1.3 million.
Most cloud providers can assemble the resources to handle the workloads you now run on-prem. Other than price, what else should you consider as you evaluate cloud companies? Major factors that are often implicitly assumed are service and support.
The cloud is no longer a new phenomenon. Most people, including corporate and IT leadership, take it as a given and no longer something just to be considered. What has happened that has caused this wholesale change in attitude? Let's review:
Because you retain ultimate accountability for results, asserting that accountability is key to maintaining control over the many variables that affect performance. So how can you maintain control when so many variables are delivered by the provider?
Every business today needs a comprehensive strategy that provides a defense against cyber-attacks. It's not just a good practice, but a critical one. At a minimum, your corporate IT security process should include the following 6 steps:
Your organization has moved workloads to the cloud and is getting some valuable benefits and experience. But to recognize the greatest value, there are some other decisions that must be made and some additional assets put in place.
SD-WAN is the latest buzzword in technology and IT circles. It’s become to networking what the Cloud was to infrastructure and applications. It is estimated by industry analysts that by 2018 at least 30% of Enterprises will use SD-WAN...
It’s now easier to justify that strategic action of moving IT infrastructure to the cloud than it is to justify not to do so. So now that you’re committed, what financial and operational outcomes can you expect?
Data is considered by many to be a company’s most valuable asset. Yet protection of that data continues to be a challenge for businesses of all sizes. Its estimate that over one-third of US business experienced some level of data loss in 2016, and that one-third of those companies ....
You have certainly heard that businesses are moving their IT infrastructure to the cloud. So it’s natural to think about migrating all assets, yet few organizations actually do that. Most experts agree that moving everything in a big-bang is not the way to go.
Often time when business, or even network service providers, discuss disaster recovery and business continuity planning, they use the terms ‘diversity’ and ‘redundancy’ interchangeably. But in reality, they are two very different things.
Over the last two years, the perspective on the question of moving to the cloud has gone from having to justify why you should to justifying why you shouldn’t. That shift in mindset opens the pathway to making it a reality. Fair enough… so… what do you do?
As more people and organizations migrate their activities and workloads to the cloud, we find it as important as ever to start out agreeing on definitions. Most people assume that they said exactly ...
Fax will never die — but it can certainly kill your document process efficiency with its heavily manual processes. That’s why many of today’s businesses are turning to cloud-based fax services. Replacing traditional fax machines with Cloud Fax ....