3 tips to protect your business against Cyber-attacks

Zack Nimtz

The Mississippi Business Journal recently reported that
it's no longer a matter of "if" a business becomes the victim of a cyber-attack - it's a matter of when. Businesses from all industries and sizes are at risk of cyber-attack. In fact, a recent study from the Ponemon Institute found that a staggering 91 percent of health care organizations had experienced at least one security breach in the last five years.

Organizations are aware of the increasing need to safeguard sensitive information from cyber-criminals - but what can be done to make sure their data is secure? Here are three tips to help business leaders protect their data:

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Topics: Managed Network Services, Security

Three ways to improve server utilization

Zack Nimtz

Idle servers can cost your company money and time in maintenance, energy costs and infrastructure woes. Yet, according to a recent report published by The Anthesis Group, approximately 10 million servers around the world are offline or dormant. Given that the average server costs around $3,000, researchers estimate the infrastructure capital lost from these servers equals close to $30 billion.

According to tech news website, Gigaom, a 2008 McKinsey study reported that data center utilization was at 6 percent, while a Gartner report from 2012 stated a 12 percent utilization rate.

One of the reasons behind low utilization percentages has to do with the peak-to-average ratio. Often, IT staffers provision hardware to support peak computing loads; however, the majority of the time, loads require significantly less power. So how can organizations improve their server utilization? We've outlined three ways below.

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Topics: Cloud Services, Managed Network Services

Physical servers vs. cloud servers - which should your company use?

Zack Nimtz

As more businesses transition to the cloud, questions persist about the benefits of a cloud environment compared to physical servers. It's important for IT managers of small businesses to understand the difference between the two and how each could affect your current organization's infrastructure.

Below is a breakdown of cloud verses physical environments to help you decide which solution is best for your organization:

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Topics: Microsoft Azure, Cloud Services, IT Services, Managed Network Services

Cyber security and Windows Server 2003 end-of-life

Zack Nimtz

Earlier this month, Microsoft released its last patch for Windows Server 2003. The end of support for the server has prompted businesses to take a closer look at cybersecurity. Tech Target contributor Michael Heller stated that many businesses are at risk because they aren't planning to migrate current applications to more recent versions of Windows.

In fact, a recent study by Softchoice found 21 percent of servers still ran Windows 2003 at 200 enterprises in June. One reason for this, Heller noted, is that system administrators may not be aware that there are 2003 servers in the network, so those servers may not receive critical cybersecurity updates.

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Topics: Managed Network Services, Security

How can organizations pick up the pace of innovation?

Zack Nimtz

Today's CIOs are challenged with finding ways to transform technology into a strategic advantage for the organization. The question many are unable to answer, is how to accelerate the pace of innovation from an IT department while keeping up with day-to-day requirements.

Speed of innovation seen as a top challenge for CIOs
A recent Twitter discussion led by TechTarget, with the hashtag #ciochat, sought insight into what CIOs were doing to satisfy traditional business requirements, while ensuring that their organizations adjusted to the difficulties of a rapidly shifting technological landscape. Use of custom development and implementation of Agile methodology and DevOps are among the solutions that CIOs et al have pursued to strike this critical balance between quality and speed.

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Topics: Managed Network Services, Development, Security