Date: 21 May 2020

Author: Nicole Brinson

How DevOps Is Helping Healthcare Companies Overcome Big Data Challenges—Part 1

The healthcare vertical is one of the most data-intensive and data-driven industries there is, and it’s growing at an enormous rate. IT is playing a significant role in this growth, too. Between 2012 and 2018, for instance, the annual healthcare IT growth rate was about 7.4%, reaching $31.3 billion by the end of 2018 and representing a $10 billion spike within a five-year period, according to Healthcare IT News.

Why has the healthcare IT market grown so quickly? One primary contributor is the..

Date: 07 May 2020

Author: Nicole Brinson

The Importance of Rapid Day 1 Deployment for a New SD-WAN

Traditional wide area networking has remained largely unchanged for much of the last two decades. The result is that most enterprise organizations are utilizing last century’s technology to power 21st-century operations. It’s slower than the modern alternatives, costs more to operate, and doesn’t scale to rapidly shifting needs (as we’ve seen in recent months). 

Software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) has the potential to change that. Named the most disruptive technology by Avant in..

Date: 22 April 2020

Author: Nicole Brinson

Three Benefits of Cloud Networking for Large Organizations

More than ever, businesses are looking for cost-effective and reliable ways to keep their distributed workforce connected. Whether working at home or in offices around the globe, traditional WAN paired with VPN just isn’t cutting it anymore. Cloud networking helps to overcome the most common issues related to accessibility, IT support requirements, and bandwidth, and it’s fast to install.

Let’s take a closer look at three of the biggest benefits offered by cloud networking when improving the..

Date: 15 April 2020

Author: Nicole Brinson

The Importance of Setup Flexibility with Cloud Networking

One of the primary benefits of WAN modernization is that it not only enables the utilization of newer technologies, but it can also incorporate existing connection types. Your infrastructure can seamlessly support MPLS, wireless LTE and broadband in the same virtualized network, ensuring optimal use of bandwidth whenever possible.

This is a vital component because not all organizations want to move fully to the cloud. Flexibility allows for more specific security protocols and the ability to..

Date: 09 April 2020

Author: Nicole Brinson

The Impact of Cloud Networking on SMEs

One of the biggest impediments to a remote work model is the existing infrastructure most small and medium-sized enterprises currently run. Existing networks are notoriously difficult to stand up for new locations, let alone access via VPN at scale by thousands of employees suddenly working from home WiFi networks.

Cloud networking addresses this by shifting away from traditional physical infrastructure, allowing the standup of dozens of APs in minutes, not weeks. From an operations..

Date: 02 April 2020

Author: Nicole Brinson

How to Manage Network Security During a Crisis

 

A sudden, unexpected disaster or crisis can lead to situations for which your IT team isn’t prepared. 

Remote work presents particular challenges to your InfoSec team to protect vital company information and prevent potential cybersecurity threats, both now and when all those devices come back to the network. 

Let’s take a closer look at the steps you should be taking to mitigate this risk and prepare for the eventual reunification of your workforce with the organization’s network. 

 

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Date: 18 March 2020

Author: Nicole Brinson

Best Practices When Shifting to Remote Work

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is here, and it means unprecedented disruption to our way of life. Schools are closed, Main Street businesses are shuttered, and millions of workers are juggling the process of remote work.

Small and medium-sized enterprise organizations are scrambling to implement the software, procedures, and policies needed to enable their workers to stay productive (as much as possible) from home. The result has been a series of unprecedented growing pains as the western world’s..

Date: 03 March 2020

Author: Nicole Brinson

What Is WAN Modernization and Why Does It Matter?

Wide Area Network (WAN) used by large organizations helps to extend network coverage over a large physical area, but there are limitations. When attempting to expand a WAN over an increasingly large geographical area, account for carrier networks and manage the current demands of network traffic, they are limited. Using conventional routers, WANs backhaul much of their traffic from physical locations to a data center for security inspections and communication with the cloud.

Simply put, they..

Date: 25 February 2020

Author: Nicole Brinson

Five Common Questions About New Platform Integration

More than ever, the breadth of technology available to enterprise organizations to solve a diverse array of problems can be overwhelming. Gone are the days of a small handful of ERPs handling 99% of an organization’s operations. Increased development cycles, the rise of cloud-based solutions, and the ability to integrate tools seamlessly across dozens of connection points create a far more flexible ecosystem than was available ten or even just five years ago.

However, that flexibility creates..

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Date: 04 February 2020

Author: Nicole Brinson

7 Questions to Ask a Technology Consultant

Whether you have a sizable internal IT team or not, there are situations in which an outside IT consultant or firm is needed. 

Of course, consulting is a subjective field. There are no hard metrics by which IT firms are measured to determine if they have the experience, expertise, and vertical-specific background needed to support your business. You have to ask the right questions and vet the response to those questions in the context of your needs.

There are easy questions that should be..