Cloud Computing vs. Data Center: Which Is Right for Your Business?

By Ryan Visconti | April 27, 2017 at 8:00 AM

This is the age of data. You rely on big data to make data-driven decisions based on access to real-time data. No matter what business you are in, no matter the size of your organization, you will collect and rely on data. That being said, all of the data needs a place to live, and that usually means you will store it on premises in a data center or rely on a third-party cloud-based host for your data-storage needs. So the question you need to answer is: Which is the right solution for your business? 

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8 Reasons Why Small Businesses Should Be Using Amazon Web Services

By Drew Koellmer | April 20, 2017 at 8:00 AM

According to IDC’s Worldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Spending Guide, small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) will contribute 40 percent of the projected $141 billion in spending on the public cloud by 2019. The dramatic growth in SMB public-cloud spending over the next few years will be fueled by the market-dominating leadership of Amazon Web Services (AWS). 

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A Brief Guide to Using PowerShell in an Office 365 Migration

By Jason Pinardi | April 13, 2017 at 9:00 AM

PowerShell is a powerful tool for administrators in an Office 365 migration, as it can simplify the process in many ways. This automation platform and scripting language for Windows and Windows Server that allows you to simplify the management of your systems harnesses the power of .NET Framework. Because there are numerous nuanced aspects to migration, it's beneficial to have a guide to using PowerShell that briefly explores the staged migration process.

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Organizational Benefits of Outsourcing Specialized IT Functions

By Steve Brown | April 6, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Oftentimes, when discussing outsourcing IT services, the main point made in its favor is the costs savings that are bound to come with it. For this reason alone, many companies are quick to embrace this practice. However, there are many other benefits that come from outsourcing IT services, especially when it comes to specialized IT functions. If cost savings or, even better, cost control aren’t enough to encourage your company to take a serious look at outsourcing, these added benefits may just tip things in your favor. 

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Why You Need Managed Services for Your AWS Deployment

By Jason Pinardi | April 4, 2017 at 8:00 AM

As Amazon Web Services (AWS) instance options increase, selection, deployment, and management of the right solutions become more complex for businesses. The reality of that challenge is reflected in the RightScale 2017 State of the Cloud Survey, which indicates a lack of resources and expertise is still the number one challenge for businesses. Due to limited time, in-house IT team expertise, and personnel, businesses are increasingly looking to managed services partners to supplement their team and provide end-to-end assistance for AWS deployment.

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Who Can Benefit From Data Center Consolidation?

By Ryan Visconti | March 30, 2017 at 9:00 AM

In the past, IT would deal with increasing demands by scaling out. When more data storage was needed, IT would add to its growing data centers. Unfortunately, this resulted in data sprawl with each new device added to the network. Eventually, companies were left with cumbersome data centers with aging technology and staffs too small to manage them. Add to the mix the growing need to keep the skills of your IT staff up to date, secure these sprawling data centers, and make sure that business intelligence applications were able to access and use data efficiently and it is easy to see why so many organizations stopped looking at this inefficient way to scale their data needs.

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Rutter Networking Technologies Named One of 2017 Tech Elite Solution Providers by CRN®

By Pam Newey | March 28, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Rutter Networking Technologies, Inc. announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Rutter to its 2017 Tech Elite 250 list. This annual list honors an exclusive group of North American IT solution providers that have earned the highest number of advanced technical certifications from leading technology vendors, scaled to their company size. 

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The True Cost of Legacy Technology

By Steve Brown | March 23, 2017 at 9:00 AM

The recent Bloomberg News article detailing the failure of the Delta Airlines worldwide computer network is just one of many examples of how legacy technology can bring major costs. With hundreds of flights disrupted due to power and computer system failures, the airline was looking at a 10 percent reduction in 2016 3Q earnings.

This is an all-too-common occurrence for the biggest and the smallest businesses. Primarily because it becomes difficult to see impending challenges from legacy technology even as some systems are upgraded.

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Lessons Learned From The AWS Outage

By Steve Brown | March 21, 2017 at 8:00 AM

The recent Amazon Web Services outage that took out huge swaths of the Internet a couple of weeks ago has been an eye opener for companies who rely heavily on the cloud. If you ever hope to avoid a similar multi-hour downtime in the future, it would help to pay attention to the crucial lessons we’ve learned from that incident.

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4 Things Your Boss Should Know About Managed Backup Services

By Steve Brown | March 16, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Most managers and executives don’t spend too much time thinking about backup and recovery services. They trust that when they log into their computer, their data will be there just like it was when they left it the night before. However, this can be a dangerous way to approach business continuity with all of the different threats and issues that an organization faces these days. 

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