The Dreaded Data Breach: 3 Data Security Tips for Boston SMBs

Last year, government agencies and businesses in the United States suffered losses from 1,093 reported data breaches. That number is likely higher due to the fact that these attacks are rarely spotted for months after the initial attack takes place. As Eva Casey Velasquez, chief executive officer of the Identity Theft Resource Center puts it, “this [number] is the best-case scenario.”

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Microsoft Azure vs. Amazon Web Services for Small Businesses

When it comes to small-business IT, more companies are moving parts of their IT infrastructure or even the whole thing to the cloud. Maximizing uptime, mobility on virtually any device, and the cost advantages are some of the more popular reasons to do so. Microsoft’s Azure and Amazon’s Amazon Web Services (AWS) are the leading choices for cloud services, but businesses have a lot to consider when it comes to choosing the right one for their needs. This brief overview of each provider gives some insights that are important for small businesses to understand when making that decision. 

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

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

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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Who Can Benefit From Data Center Consolidation?

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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4 Things Your Boss Should Know About Managed Backup Services

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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The Ultimate Guide to Using Veeam for Cloud Backup Services

Using virtual machines (VMs) in your infrastructure makes sense from a cost perspective, because physical server costs are lower and resources are used to their capacity. If additional resources are needed, a new server is simply spun up. The ease of maintenance also makes virtual servers attractive to most IT departments. If a VM should fail, you simply spin up a new one. However, in order for true continuity, you will need to ensure that the new server is restored from the one it replaced exactly.

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How To Protect Your Business With Managed Backup Services

Backups are considered one of the most vital of all IT functions. Without an effective backup strategy, your business is left vulnerable to data loss, but also to threats such as ransomware attacks. Not having the right backup strategy can also put your organization at risk of being out of compliance with the different regulations you need to adhere to.

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The Benefits and Challenges of Using OpenStack In Your Business


OpenStack boosts business agility, availability, and efficiency by providing a platform with on-demand, resource pooling, self-service, highly elastic, and measured services capabilities. If this sounds like cloud computing, that’s because it is. OpenStack is basically your key to building your own cloud infrastructure.

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What to Consider When Searching for a Managed Backup Services Provider

Given the world we now live in, the need for reliable off-site backup of mission-critical business information is indisputable for all businesses. Small to medium-sized businesses and enterprises that manage a lot of data require scalable, secure, and cost-effective systems in order to manage, back up, and recover data from a network of computers with minimal user intervention. The challenge of finding the right managed backup services provider comes in understanding what your business should be considering in order to make the right choice.

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