Designing a Hybrid Cloud Strategy for Your IT Budget

Talking about the cloud as a solution no longer draws skepticism in the business world. With over 77 percent of businesses having at least one application or a portion of their infrastructure in the cloud, it is safe to say businesses are now comfortable with cloud technologies. Yet with the increased comfort level comes deeper discussion about what businesses can move to the cloud. 

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Business Continuity During COVID-19 with Microsoft Teams

In light of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), companies are looking for a means to offer employees the ability to work at home to maintain "social distancing." With employees hunkering down to remain healthy, Microsoft is helping companies by offering Office 365 E1 licenses for six months. This version of "free Teams licensing" provides unlimited chat, built-in group and one-on-one audio or video calling, 10 GB of team file storage, and 2 GB of personal file storage per user. You also get real-time collaboration with the Office web apps, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. 

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Pros and Cons: AWS vs Azure

IDC research revealed statistics showing that 42.4 percent of global IT infrastructure spending is expected to be spent on traditional non-cloud IT infrastructure environments by 2023, down from 51.9 percent in 2018. Of course, no one is surprised at the growth of cloud infrastructure—including those businesses that have yet to embark on their cloud journey, which is clearly a shrinking subset.

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What Is Operational Intelligence and What Are Its Benefits?

If you are unfamiliar with the term operational intelligence, you may think it is another aspect of the data-driven decision-making bandwagon. At a high-level view, you would be correct; operational intelligence relies on data to help you make better decisions. However, unlike business intelligence, which measures data with a lag of hours and sometimes days, operational intelligence is measured in real time so you have an accurate look at what is going on at any particular moment in time. 

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

Businesses rely on data for just about everything they do. No matter the industry, access to real-time data is necessary to make decisions, identify patterns of behavior, determine root cause analysis, and so much more. So as a business leader, you need to ask yourself where will all of this data will live—in the cloud or in an on-premises data center? Both options have their advantages, and they both have their drawbacks. The question can only be answered by looking at the pros and cons of each to determine which is best for your specific scenario.

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We need Log Management!

Yes, you heard that right, the boss said, “We need Log Management!” And he’s right but what does he mean? Isn’t that the horribly complex software that is only needed by huge corporations? And why is he saying it now? Did something happen?

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5 Myths About An Office 365 Migration

As you prepare for an Office 365 migration, there are a lot of moving parts to consider—and a lot of misleading information to sift through. To help you stay informed and effectively plan decisions, we’ve identified five common misconceptions about Office 365 migrations.

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Using Operational Intelligence to Drive Your IT Strategy

Businesses today are built around information technologies that drive strategy and operations. Consequently, IT has had to evolve from reactive to proactive by leveraging operational information via real-time data monitoring and management systems.

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5 AWS Cost Optimization Tips for Your Business

According to the Cisco Global Cloud Index Report, 68 percent (298 million) of cloud workloads will be in public cloud data centers by 2020. The leading player in this sphere is clearly AWS with its current 62 percent of market share. That steady stream of migrations comes with its own set of challenges for most businesses. Chief among them is figuring out how to minimize costs of running applications and workloads in the cloud. While there are numerous ways to accomplish this goal, here are five helpful tips for AWS cost optimization, whether you're in Boston, Worcester, Manchester, or elsewhere.

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The Hidden Costs of Moving Infrastructure to AWS Public Cloud

According to the Cisco Cloud Index, 68 percent of the cloud workloads will be in public cloud data centers by 2020, which is a 35 percent jump from 2015. While that growth is impressive, what it doesn’t say is that many businesses are still trying to figure out the process of moving to the cloud. AWS, which currently holds about 40 percent of the market, clearly has a lot to offer. What is not as clear are the hidden costs of moving infrastructure to the cloud.

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