A 5-minute Tour of Desktop Virtualization for Growing Businesses

Today work is more than just an office job. It’s a last-minute email sent on the way in; a conference call joined from a business trip; a project handed in from an off-site meeting. Work is everywhere, which is why your team works best when it has easy access to data and applications from as many devices as possible. 

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A 5-minute Tour of Application Virtualization for Growing Businesses

Most growing businesses are realizing the advantages of using cloud-based business applications. They’re using apps like ShareFile and Asana to coordinate their projects and accelerate their workflows. These businesses have seen all the different ways that cloud apps make it easier to collaborate, in addition to how much easier the cloud makes it to use technology. They also know the five big wins of an optimal cloud solution:

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A 5-minute Tour of File Sharing, Sync and Storage for Growing Businesses

Collaboration is easy when you’ve got a handful of people on your team. No need to chase down projects across departments, no waiting around for a swarm of feedback. Business is swift and agile – it’s what makes your team special. But things change when you start growing. New roles, different responsibilities and a growing number of people make it hard to communicate well. Work becomes a bunch of email threads full of buried attachments and conflicting file versions. Conversations and deadlines get harder to track. Teamwork just isn’t seamless anymore. That’s where ShareFile comes in – a cloud-based service for sharing and storing your critical files. It’s a place where everyone can work better together. That’s because it makes it a whole lot easier to do the five ‘Ss’:

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Three Big Security Lessons for Growing Businesses

Ransomware is the fastest-growing and most pervasive cyber threat in the world. Recently, it has infected the likes of FedEx, Deutsche Bahn and Britain’s National Health Service. The thing is, you don’t need to be a national bank or healthcare provider to fall prey to ransomware – or any other malware. In fact, small and medium-sized businesses are just as likely (if not more) to be attacked. And they’re far less likely to recover from an attack. (We aren’t saying any of this to scare you. We just think you should know what you’re up against.)

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A Cloud Roadmap for your Business

Most companies that hope to be in business for the next 10 years have at least considered moving to the cloud. In fact, more than half of them will make their files and emails cloud-based by the end of this year[1]. They’ve seen how the cloud is helping agile companies disrupt markets and grow at breakneck speed. They’ve also heard the stories about enhanced collaboration, IT savings, and the many security benefits the cloud offers. Like many companies, you might be harboring a nagging feeling that you should just get going, but knowing where to start can be the problem. Thankfully, there’s a simple three-step path that many companies use when they move to the cloud. It goes something like this:

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Why Cloud Security is Better Security

When the ransomware attack WannaCry hit last year, it shook the world and brought a number of established institutions to their knees.  If you watched the news unfold thinking, ‘That’ll never happen to my business’, you probably aren’t alone. But you’re also probably wrong. The truth is, the odds aren’t in your favor. Malware attacks like ransomware target businesses of all sizes, at random, and they’re on the rise.  What’s more, growing businesses like yours are both more likely to fall victim to these attacks and less likely to recover quickly.

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Why growing businesses need a cloud roadmap

Few things are harder than growing a business. On the one hand, you’re trying to scale your processes, bring in new talent and serve your customers in more sustainable ways. On the other, you’re trying to hang on to the agility and culture that made your business so special in the first place. It’s a tough balance to find. The thing is, there’s never been a better time to be a growing business. The rise of cloud-based tech (technology managed or accessed over the internet) has changed the game. The cloud has made it incredibly easy to tap into the kinds of powerful, ultra-secure technology that only the biggest businesses used to have. What’s more, this tech is more affordable and easy-to-use than ever before.

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Access Reviews: Protecting Against needless Internal Security Vulnerabilities

Our Compliance Consultant, Joe Dylewski of ATMP Solutions, was telling us recently about an often unrecognized or forgotten internal security vulnerability that occurs at many companies. When employees change positions or leave the company entirely, the access they require to systems and applications also changes. But, too often, and especially when an employee changes positions within a company, previous access rights are not changed. Each failure to keep access privileges current introduces a risk.

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How Virtual Desktops Ensure Continuous Operations

Part of the Executive Blog Series About this Series The Information Technology field is evolving at an exponential pace. The number of available paths to navigate this field seems limitless; and it is easy for a business to unintentionally follow one that does not lead to their desired outcome. All too often, businesses rely solely on technologists within the company to steer the company’s IT strategy and convey the benefits to the business decision makers. Although this can be effective in some cases, it frequently leads to the chosen IT solution falling short of desired business outcomes. This blog series aims to mitigate that risk by evaluating some of the complex technological trends and translating them to real-world business impacts that can be easily understood by any business leader. Here is an important question to ponder: what would the impact be to your business if your critical IT systems went down for two days? What about a week? A month? One of the top 5 commonalities among Customers that I speak with is that executive management/ownership is on a different page than the IT team regarding up-time of critical IT systems. 

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Protecting Your Data - All You Never Wanted to Know about FIPS 140-2

Warning! This blog starts out with some techy jargon but it’s well worth your time if you have data that needs to be secured. I promise this blog has a business focus. “Security requirements for cryptographic modules.” That’s the official title of the Federal Information Processing Standards Publication 140-2, otherwise known as FIPS 140-2. This US Government standard specifies the security requirements that will be satisfied by a cryptographic module utilized within a security system protecting sensitive but unclassified information. It was written for the government and any organization doing business with the government, and businesses have adopted it as a computing standard regardless of government interaction. Wait! Don’t stop reading.

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About this Blog

How can you leverage The Cloud? How will you get there? What will protect you from disaster? Your cloud journey can start anywhere and evolve. CloudSAFE can help you no matter where you start or where you want to go.

Everyone says you need to be in The Cloud. But why? And how? CloudSAFE can help you determine what that means to your company and the best way to get there. The Cloud can be a powerful tool. It provides flexibility, security, capacity and it’s cost effective, enabling you to avoid capital investment. But the question remains, what is right for your company? Contrary to popular opinion, The Cloud is not one size fits all. CloudSAFE has a broad range of solutions and services focused on IT Business Continuity and Infrastructure as a Service.

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