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Options for Office 365 SMTP Relay in Azure


For those trying to relay SMTP with an application in Azure to Office, base guidance and options can be found in the Microsoft article “How to set up a multifunction device or application to send email using Microsoft 365 or Office 365”. In the article, three distinct distinct options are provided for Office 365 relay, noted in the table below:

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The Top 10 Most Important Policies for Your IT Security Strategy

Policies are an essential part of an overall security strategy and are many times under-valued or overlooked completely. Organizations of all sizes often struggle with developing a comprehensive information security strategy due to the challenges of prioritizing where to begin. Strong and effective policies provide an excellent set of resources to help set expectations, provide long and short term goals, and identify gaps that may need to be closed. No matter the maturity level of your organization’s information security strategy, well written policies put you on the right path for continued development.

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Azure Files Sync Considerations - Part 2

Ipart 1 of these series we discussed the merits of Azure file sync. One of the options of this technology is Cloud tiering. This feature of Azure File Sync in which frequently accessed files are cached locally on the server while all other files are tiered to Azure Files based on policy settings. When a file is tiered, the Azure File Sync file system filter replaces the file locally with a pointer, or reparse point. In the event a user needs a file which has been cached, Azure File Sync quietly downloads the file from Azure Files from the cloud.

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Azure Files Sync Considerations - Part 1

Azure file sync is the offering of syncing file information from a file server to a storage account in the cloud. The file server becomes transformed into a local cache of information, and with policies in place, tiering will move older information to the cloud. By doing so, a file server can be extended dramatically.

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Existing IT Budget

According to Spiceworks’ 2019 State of IT Report, 58 percent of companies that were surveyed expect to increase their IT budget from last year. An additional 27 percent expect no change in their budget, and only 7 percent expect the amount they have to spend this year to decrease. 

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5 Benefits to Using a Cloud Storage Services

More organizations are realizing the benefits of using cloud storage services for their data. The embrace of cloud storage for data is so dramatic that in the most recent Cisco Global Cloud Index, it was predicted that by 2021, cloud data centers will process 94 percent of all workloads.

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5 Signs It’s Time to Virtualize Your Legacy Technology

Although we’ve discussed the costs of legacy technology to a business in past blog posts, it’s often only truly apparent that it’s become a major challenge for the business when seen in its totality of incidents. By taking stock of the challenges that your business faces daily, weekly, and monthly in ways that have both short-term and long-term negative consequences, it becomes easier to make decisions about the right time to move to virtualization. In that vein, here are five signs it’s time to virtualize your legacy technology.

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4 Best Practices for Disaster Recovery in Virtualized Environments

For years, virtualization has been a large part of many a successful disaster recovery and business continuity plan. However, recognizing how powerful virtualization can be for your disaster recovery efforts and implementing the right strategy are two different things entirely. While it may be clear that you need to include this in your plans, you still need to understand the best way to go about creating the right strategy to get your critical business resources back up and running should they be taken offline for any reason. Here are four key areas in which you should focus a good deal of your efforts in a virtualized environment:

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4 Considerations for Securing Your Virtual Environments

Virtual networks and infrastructure differ in many ways from their physical counterparts. Increased flexibility, ease of provisioning and lower cost are some of the attributes that make virtualization a practical choice for many types of businesses. A virtual infrastructure requires a shift in thinking, though, especially when it comes to network security.

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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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