4 Benefits of Switching to a Virtual Server

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 8/19/14 8:00 AM

Virtual server cost savings

Running a business server can get expensive. Between maintenance, equipment, housing, and security, the costs add up very quickly. In fact, for most businesses that don't have very specific and specialized server needs, running a server in-house is a gross inefficiency. Even co-location, the practice of housing a server at a communal space while paying for the equipment and maintenance yourself, is usually unnecessary for most small and mid-size companies. An alternative that makes much more sense, both financially and practically, is a virtual server.

In a virtual server environment, your company's server exists as a virtual machine running on a shared server operated by a hosting company or managed service provider. Because your server shares physical space and computing resources with others, costs to individual servers remain low, and maintenance is split between everyone on the server and figured into the monthly costs up front. So, what are the benefits of switching? Here are the top four.

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Topics: Cloud, Virtualization

Should Your Small Business Choose a Larger MSP?

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 8/12/14 8:00 AM

Should you choose a large MSP?Small businesses often feel that they need to look for vendors that are similar in size to them. When many small business owners go shopping for a managed service provider, they often write off large companies immediately. This usually comes with many justifications: "We can't afford them anyway", or "They won't care about a business as small as mine", or even "They don't understand the needs of a small business." While we can't speak about other fields, in the MSP arena nothing could be further from the truth.

There are many good reasons to go with a smaller provider for your managed service needs; however, most of them are just as true at large MSPs. In fact, there are a lot more advantages to going with a larger MSP than a smaller one. Not only will you get a much higher level of service with a larger MSP, you will also get more personal and individualized service.

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Topics: Managed Services, Outsourced IT

How to Create an IT Budget

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 8/5/14 8:00 AM

How to Create an IT BudgetCreating and building out an IT budget can present a dilemma for many CEOs and CFOs: should you set a budget first and then work within it? Should you determine your needs and build a budget around that? What's a good estimate for how large an IT budget should be as a percentage of revenue? Having a CIO or Director of IT can help the process move along much more smoothly, but for companies who haven't filled those positions, the budgeting process can seem complicated and risky. In this article, we'll help you understand the intricacies of building out a technology budget, and the steps you should take to make sure that you and your employees have the tools to do your jobs well without breaking the bank.

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Topics: How-To, IT Spend

5 Ways a vCIO Can Make Your Company More Efficient

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 7/29/14 8:00 AM

vCIO working efficentlyThe push to outsource IT infrastructure from companies has often been characterized in terms of technicians and engineers, workstations and servers. More recently, however, the push for a more efficient and proactive IT management paradigm has led many companies, especially small and mid-sized ones, to consider outsourcing their technology needs all the way up to the top. This has led to the creation of the vCIO, or virtual Chief Information Officer. This position helps companies that can't necessarily afford another full-time C-level executive be able to compete on an equal playing field with much larger organizations. Here are five benefits of hiring a vCIO for your business:

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Topics: Managed Services, Outsourced IT

3 Cloud Solutions You Didn't Think You Needed (But Now Can't Live Without)

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 7/22/14 8:00 AM

3cloudsolutionsIt hasn't been that long since telling your IT staff you wanted to move to the cloud would cause blank stares and water cooler rumors that you were losing your mind. Of course, these days, it's hard to even talk about information technology without the words "cloud services" coming up. The radical shift from traditional service providers to cloud-based has happened quickly, and caught many companies off guard. More importantly, unlike other major shifts in IT that happen from the top down, like operating system changes and standards evolution, the move to the cloud was precipitated almost entirely from the ground up. Once business owners and IT managers realized the utility, ease, and savings that come with doing business in the cloud, the transition was inevitable. Here are three services that redefined the way companies do business, and are now indispensable. 

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Topics: Cloud

The Ins and Outs of Outsourcing

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 7/15/14 8:00 AM

super_heroThe last few decades have turned efficiency into the must-have virtue for growing companies. The quest to get more out of less has led many businesses to look at outsourcing tasks and departments that don't fit within their core functions. One area where outsourcing continues to make a huge difference is IT management. Growing businesses of all kinds have enough on their plates managing their revenue generating activities, so it makes sense to try to move as much of the non-revenue generating tasks away from in-house departments as possible.

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Topics: Managed Services, Outsourced IT

3 Technologies That Can Give You More Data Security

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 7/7/14 9:00 PM

Data security is a serious matter for every organization. Whether it's working with highly sensitive medical files, or just sending business emails that contain company strategies, every company has sensitive information that needs to be guarded. The good news is that despite seSecurity_dataveral recent highly publicized data security breaches, your company data can be safer now than ever before thanks to a slew of technologies that do nothing but protect information. Even better, they are readily available, and require very little technical know-how to implement and use. 

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Topics: Security, Mobile

5 Tips for Managing a Move to the Cloud

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 5/28/14 4:58 PM

Day after day, more growing businesses are feeling comfortable moving all or part of their IT operations to the cloud. Advances in security, usability, and added features are driving aMoving to the cloud strong migration towards outsourced services. However, moving to the cloud isn’t an easy feat for an organization to pull off. Doing so requires a high degree of detail management, coordination, and planning, and can easily go wrong if that attention isn't given. Still, the advantages of relocating some of your functions to the cloud far outweigh the difficulty making it happen. In fact, with good planning and management, the transition can be entirely painless and seamless. To help your business get started, here are five tips for managing your company’s cloud-bound move.

1. Decide What Services You Want to Move to the Cloud

Not everything your organization does needs to be moved to the cloud, nor does everything need to be moved at the same time. The best place to begin a cloud migration is to identify a small group of services that make the most sense to migrate, and start there. Usually, the more invisible a service or function is, the easier the migration will be. Using that logic, it makes sense to get your feet wet with behind-the-scenes services that can be moved without causing major disruption, like data backups or hosting.

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Topics: Cloud, Managed Services, Outsourced IT, How-To

2014 Resolution: Keep Your Network Security Up-to-Date

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 1/15/14 4:10 AM

2013 brought reports of several massive security breaches including the hacking of 40 million Target customer’s credit card accounts and 2 million hijacked passwords from Gmail, Facebook and Twitter.

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Topics: Cloud, Managed Services, How-To, Security

The Clock is Ticking; Windows XP and Office 2003

Posted by Dataprise Digest - Weekly Tech Insight on 9/26/13 9:14 AM

There’s no time like the present to jump on the Windows 7 or 8 bandwagon, especially after Microsoft announced that they will be discontinuing their support services for Windows XP. This comes as no surprise, considering it’s been more than ten years since the operating system came out—which is an eon in the tech world. Technology is always changing, and now it’s time to get current. Let’s not forget about Windows’ inseparable bundle, Office. Whether you use Excel at home for your finances or Outlook at the office, for most of us Office is a key part of our lives. So what’s the big fear of upgrading to Windows 7/8,  Office 2013, or Office 365?

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Topics: Managed Services, Microsoft, Security

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