Date: 30 June 2020

Author: Nicole Brinson

Is Active Directory Migration and Optimization Right for You?

In the first six months of 2019 alone, data breaches exposed more than 4.1 billion records, and in 2018, 62% of businesses experienced phishing and social engineering attacks. The majority of all businesses are being targeted by hackers, and their methods are not particularly sophisticated. They’re going for the weakest link in the chain - your people and their password habits.

A range of policies and technologies like multi-factor authentication and single sign-on can help better secure..

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Date: 25 June 2020

Author: Nicole Brinson

The Invaluable Role of DevOps in Retail’s Digital Transformation

The retail industry has seen several casualties over the past couple of years. But merchants that have adopted DevOps practices are becoming more engaged with their customers and are experiencing growth.

One of the biggest buzzwords talked about in retail right now is “digital transformation.” One publication describes this nebulous term as “the profound transformation of business and organizational activities, processes, competencies and models to fully leverage the changes and opportunities..

Date: 17 June 2020

Author: Nicole Brinson

Benefits of Active Directory Optimization

The role of the Active Directory (AD) is to centralize user management within the network and manage the authentication and authorization of your users. But just because it exists doesn’t mean it is successfully performing that job. Through AD optimization, you can strengthen your security measures, streamline the user experience, assure business continuity, and perform due diligence in the case of an acquisition. 

Infrastructure Improvements in Your Active Directory

By addressing the..

Date: 11 June 2020

Author: Nicole Brinson

Are You Ignoring This HUGE Security Risk in Your System?

Multiple studies have shown that the majority of data breaches in enterprise organizations are the result of misused or compromised credentials. Firewalls and software solutions only get you so far if your employees and vendors aren’t protecting their access credentials or if old credentials are still active on the system.

And this isn’t a problem from the past. Just this year, Marriott reported a data breach that exposed the personal information of 5.2 million guests. It’s the third such..

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Date: 03 June 2020

Author: Nicole Brinson

How DevOps is making the financial services industry a tech pacesetter

Until recently, the financial services sector was considered a laggard concerning adopting DevOps as a way to get solutions to market more quickly. Market pressures and better education are changing that for the better.

In our ongoing coverage of the state of DevOps, we're seeing a growing trend among companies across several industries turning to this business strategy as a response to a wide range of business challenges. And they’re experiencing impressive results. For instance, according..

Date: 28 May 2020

Author: Nicole Brinson

How DevOps Is Helping Healthcare Companies Overcome Big Data Challenges -- Part 2

Previously, we talked about the data explosion happening in healthcare and how the proliferation of software and the traditional software development lifecycle (SDLC) have created a huge burden on development and operations teams. (If you missed part 1, click here to read it). In part 2 of the series, we’ll look at ways healthcare IT teams are resolving these challenges.

Why a DevOps strategy and agile software development methodology are vital

DevOps is a new term and strategy that’s emerged..

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..