International Data Privacy Day – NCSA's Data Protection Best Practices

Data Privacy Day – NCSA’s Data Protection Best Practices

Data Privacy Day is a global effort – observed annually on January 28th – to generate awareness about the importance of privacy, highlight easy ways to protect personal information, and remind organizations that privacy is good for business.  Recent years have been transformative for privacy law. In the wake of Europe’s GDPR framework, governments across the country, and around the …

Technoloy Refresh vs. Hardware Upgrade — Which is Right for You?

Technology Refresh vs. Hardware Upgrade — Which is Right for You?

Universally, all IT administrators eventually must deal with aging equipment. And at that point in time administrators can either upgrade existing equipment or purchase new systems. Any original equipment manufacturer will tell you that you need to refresh hardware. But as mentioned on this blog many times before, initial product warranty periods have nothing to do with the actual lifespan …

Cost Optimization During COVID-19: 5 Ways CIOs Can Drive IT Savings

Cost Optimization During COVID-19: Five Ways CIOs Can Drive IT Savings

The global pandemic has transformed how people are spending their money. And many industries — transportation, tourism, machinery, entertainment, food, retail, automotive, and oil & gas to name a few — have no choice but to dramatically cut costs. As a result, many enterprises are seeking out opportunities to optimize IT costs not just to conserve capital, but simply survive. …

Cloud Deployment: Five Key Considerations Before Going "All-In"

Cloud Computing: Five Key Considerations Before Going “All-In”

When cloud computing began to take over the IT industry in 2006, many organizations eagerly jumped in with both feet. But as the range of options for cloud deployments continues to grow, many enterprises are beginning to question whether an entire cloud migration even makes sense. Enter the hybrid cloud. Though many organizations are moving their entire computing infrastructure to …

When Should You Consider Third Party Maintenance?

When Should You Consider Third Party Maintenance?

Any third party maintenance provider will be quick to share the benefits of their services. You’ve likely heard it all before: extending equipment life, saving big on hardware/maintenance, improving responsiveness, greater flexibility surrounding SLAs, the ease of co-term support, a single point of contact, better disaster recovery…the list goes on and on. But how many will tell you exactly when …

Why Spinning Disks Haven't Spun their Last Spin

Why Spinning Disks Haven’t Spun their Last Spin

As a trusted technology since 1956, spinning disk hard drives have arguably been the most popular method of data storage for generations. Hard disk drives (HDDs) are not only reliable, but are much cheaper per gigabyte of storage than modern flash-powered solid state drives (SSD); in fact, HDD storage can run as low as 3 cents per gigabyte. So what’s …

Riverstone Technology: A Bridge to the Cloud

Riverstone Technology: A Bridge to the Cloud

As companies increasingly adopt cloud-based infrastructure, many are discovering that cloud migration is not a simple, one-off project. Rather, it entails carefully planning and developing a bridge between on-premise infrastructure and cloud deployments. As if this weren’t challenging enough, organizations then face burdensome corporate policies and time-consuming administrative hurdles from their OEM in return. Riverstone Technology aims to alleviate such …

Let's Talk OEM FUD: Separating FUD from Fact

Let’s Talk OEM FUD: Separating FUD from Fact

What is FUD? Standing for “Fear, Uncertainty, & Doubt”, FUD is a scare tactic used surprisingly often among original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to prevent current hardware customers from deviating from manufacturer offerings. By placing doubts about competitors in the minds of consumers, OEMs attempt to intimidate customers from making the transition to third party maintenance (TPM). They hope to incite …

6 Common IT Support Pitfalls to Avoid

6 Common IT Support Pitfalls to Avoid

Far too often, organizations treat their IT systems as an afterthought rather than a priority. But the harsh reality is that businesses with insufficient technical support are going to have trouble surviving in this day and age of big data and remote work environments. With a variety of support alternatives and solutions on the market, IT leaders often fall for …

On-Premise Data Center vs. Colocation: Pros and Cons

On-Premise Data Center vs. Colocation: Pros and Cons

There’s no denying the noticeable shift over the past few years from traditional data centers to colocation hosting. According to a 2019 report by Gartner, enterprises with older data centers would rather have someone else manage their physical infrastructure than build/expand on their own due to high capital costs. And for many businesses today, colocation permits them to do just …