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Veeam :: $1,000 in free cloud services

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Now is the time to extend Availability to the Cloud, to ensure your business remains Always-On™! Veeam® and IT Resource, Inc. are providing a simple and cost effective way for you try backup and disaster recovery in the Cloud.

If you’re a Veeam customer, you can NOW activate Cloud backup and DRaaS in minutes, through an unprecedented special offer — for a limited time, get up to $1,000 in Free Cloud services.

This limited-time offer is available to all Veeam Availability Suite™, Veeam Backup & Replication™ and Veeam Backup Essentials™ end user customers with active Veeam maintenance contracts.

Follow these 3 steps to get Cloud Connect services for FREE!

  1. Register for Cloud Connect services here: https://go.veeam.com/promo-free-cloud-services
  2. Choose IT Resource as your provider, then send us your unique activation code
  3. We’ll validate and register the code on your behalf

What will Veeam Cloud Connect do for your business?

It will get VM (virtual machine) backups and replicas off site without the cost and complexity of building and maintaining an offsite infrastructure. Veeam Cloud Connect provides a fully integrated, fast and secure way to backup, replicate and restore from the cloud.

If you have any questions, please contact us. To take advantage of this limited time offer you must register for the activation code by June 30, 2017 and use FREE Cloud Connect services by September 30, 2017. 

Benefits of SIP Trunking

Monday, August 08, 2016
When it comes to technology, you want to know the bottom line: How does this help my business and when will I see a return on my investment? Businesses today require more than simple independent phone and data lines to work efficiently and stay connected to your ever-growing mobile workforces. This is where SIP Trunking comes in. 

SIP Trunking is a scalable and flexible solution that allows you to streamline your communication costs and resources. SIP Trunking can be thought of as the virtual equivalent to T1 lines coming in from the phone company. Instead of calls coming through on a standard phone line connected by jacks and cables at your desk, they come through on your computer or mobile device.

Benefits of SIP Trunking
- No overlapping networks, reducing costs: You no longer need both a data and telephone voice network. With SIP trunking, one IP-based network provides multiple streaming capabilities.
- All calls are local: Reduce long distance (and some international) costs because calls are local with SIP trunking.
- Reduced telephony and upgrade costs: You don't need to purchase hardware or upgrade your service when you move from one E1/T1 to two. Instead, you simply increase your Internet bandwidth. No more hardware purchases, installation and maintenance costs.
- Eliminate 800 numbers: Local numbers can now be provided, no matter where your business is located.
- E911 Support for remote phones: Extend your savings across your entire enterprise with local E911 and local number portability.



We've teamed up with nexVortex, whose offices are located throughout the US (including one right in Grand Rapids), to provide the best solutions for your voice services. SIP Trunking offers the added functionality to make calls anywhere in the world, including toll free numbers, 911/E911 calls, and its portability makes it an ideal solution for all of your voice, data, and IP needs. If you have any questions on how you can begin saving valuable business resources with SIP Trunking, contact us today.

Adobe Business Cloud Reseller

Monday, October 12, 2015
Did you know IT Resource is a certified Adobe business cloud reseller? We can procure, deliver and manage any Adobe cloud product or license on behalf of the end user. Whether your organization is looking to buy licenses outright or sign up for an annual subscription, we’ve got the tools to get your business set up for success. As an example, take a closer look at the different plans and compare features of Adobe Acrobat here. From the entire Adobe Creative Cloud to individual products like Photoshop or Illustrator, Acrobat is just one of the many Adobe product licenses we can offer.

Because businesses often have multiple employees that use Adobe products, moving to an annual subscription based service might be the way to go. And there’s a Creative Cloud plan to fit every individual and organization including enterprises, schools and universities, and government. Many of our customers use the Acrobat Document Cloud (DC) agreement, which is paid up front on an annual basis. If there’s any additional products or licenses added in that year those will be prorated based on the anniversary. Acrobat DC includes free online services and full capabilities to create, sign, share, edit and even send and track documents. You can streamline your business processes with innovative features like creating a PDF by simply snapping a photo of a document or electronically signing a document securely and remotely using your smartphone.

Acrobat now supports Windows 10. Save 15% when you buy 6 or more licenses through November 27th.
If your organization is running on a Windows system, no worries! Acrobat DC now provides support for Windows 10 and continues to be easy to install and configure using Microsoft SCCM/SCUP. It can be deployed in virtualized environments with support for Microsoft App-V and Citrix XenApp. And, Acrobat DC integrates seamlessly with Microsoft Office apps — so your workforce can take care of PDF tasks right in the Office ribbon.Get details here.

Get Your License Today
With added flexibility, the annual subscription will always deliver the latest features and updates as soon as they become available, at no additional cost to you. Finally, you can experience radically reduced set up times and deployment when you have IT Resource manage the portal on your behalf.

If you would like to learn more about the subscription programs, contact us today. And even if your business doesn’t require multiple employees to use Adobe products, we can always order any product à la carte, the choice is yours. We offer Adobe Cloud services to a variety of customers in the Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Kalamazoo, and Holland areas.

IT Security :: Are You at Risk?

Saturday, March 21, 2015
A big thanks to all who attended our annual March Madness event on IT Security and Risk in Grand Rapids. We're providing a copy of our presentation - if you were in the audience you can use this as a reminder, and if you couldn't make it to the event you can check out our notes and call us with any questions you may have - its always a good idea to periodically check to see if your business is at risk for a data breach or security attack.

Highlights
Business Data Breaches
Cybersecurity and Malware
Data Loss Prevention
Internal and External Threats
Firewalls and Wireless Networks
Network Security Assessments
Cloud Solutions

Request a copy of our IT Security & Risk presentation here.

Thanks again to everyone who helped make this event a great success! Our goal is to help customers in the Grand Rapids area prevent network security issues.

Microsoft Azure for Small to Medium Sized Businesses

Monday, February 16, 2015
As a business owner do you hesitate when it comes to moving your business applications to the cloud for fear that its not cost effective? What if there were a system designed just for small to medium sized businesses that would grow with you, and had no up-front costs? It might sound too good to be true, but in fact, Microsoft has come up with a system that does all these things and more. Welcome to Azure.

The Microsoft Azure cloud platform gives Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) the ability to move critical business applications to the cloud without investing in expensive infrastructure. Azure is an industry leader in Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) providing options for private, public or hybrid cloud solutions.

With so many different options and applications, Azure can be tailored to your unique business environment and increase productivity by allowing your employees to work from virtually anywhere. Cloud hosting also lets businesses take advantage of industry specific platforms that can minimize in-house IT management and upfront costs.

Designed with SMBs in mind, one of the largest advantages that Azure has over other cloud platform providers is their ZERO upfront costs. Azure accommodates by scaling up or down based on current demand, allowing you to pay for only what you use. This solution is designed to grow with your business, minimizing upfront fees and high maintenance costs.

Azure manages and deploys business applications via a network of Microsoft datacenters – offering top line security and reliable backups. Azure supports scalable web applications and integrated services like storage, data, and event website hosting. Eliminate physical storage costs and avoid the rising costs of maintaining aging infrastructure hardware on-premise. You can feel confident that your data is secure as all applications are backed up in multiple locations. All Microsoft Azure customers receive the same level of protection chosen by enterprise customers. This level of security far exceeds typical on-premise firewall protection.

Get peace of mind, streamline your business processes and keep your business moving forward. Give us a call today at 616.837.6930. We can discuss your cloud options and the current promotions from Microsoft to leverage Azure today!

What is your Virtualization and Cloud Services Strategy

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The current spring savings are a great reason to take closer look at Virtualization and Cloud Services strategies, but if saving some coin isn't enough to get you thinking about them, perhaps these three major factors in the marketplace will:

1. Virtualization has evolved beyond simple server consolidation and occurs at many levels within your organization, including Compute (CPU, RAM), Network and Storage Infrastructure.

2. At the same time cloud-based services such as Microsoft Office 365, SharePoint, Azure and third party application providers have matured and grown considerably in the marketplace. Additionally, new cloud-based services have grown quickly to offer robust solutions for:

- Cloud-managed Wireless services, like Cisco Meraki
- Cloud-managed VoIP and SIP voice services, like FreedomVoice and nexVortex
- Cloud-managed Firewall and Security services, like Cisco Meraki and Cisco Cloud Web Security

3. Pricing models for many of the cloud-based solutions are more cost-effective than traditional purchasing.

ALL our partners in Virtualization and Cloud Services have fantastic promotions and incentives this spring to help you achieve the tactics in your Virtualization and Cloud Services strategy, and there are deals for businesses of all sizes.

· The SMB Advantage from Microsoft: earn up to 15% off your annual Office 365 licensing when you migrate to Office 365 before May 31
· Cisco Unified Computing System: server (UCS) SmartPlays and Advantage Trade-in are available – unify computing, networking, management, virtualization and storage access into a single architecture
· VMware Horizon and Mirage: the ideal architecture for private, hybrid and public clouds
· US Signal:  Get 2 TB of cloud storage, Cloud-Based Managed Firewall (CBMF) and a 10 Mb Internet port for $399 per month regardless of term

If you need help in creating your Virtualization and Cloud Services Strategy, need to validate your strategy to leverage today’s best practices, or if you have your plan and need help checking the Action Items off the list, contact us today so we can get you set up. Now is a great time to take advantage of these cost-effective promotions.

Hybrid Cloud Computing

Thursday, September 05, 2013

The need to respond more quickly to customers and stay ahead of competition has made the agility and cost-effectiveness of moving applications to the cloud an increasingly appealing option.

In general, the term cloud computing typically refers to a public cloud which is shared by thousands of customers all over the world. These cloud providers usually sell storage space, bandwidth and computing power to companies at much cheaper rates than those of physical servers. Using a public cloud can save your company a great deal of money, however, the shared aspect could cause concerns over accessibility, availability and security.


If you have sensitive information you wouldn't want stored on a public cloud, you would potentially store it on your own private servers. To satisfy this need some businesses set up their own cloud-like computing processes, which act as a private cloud. Private clouds work the same way as public clouds but they are used exclusively for one business and can be firewalled away from the rest of the Internet. This gives the private cloud more security and better performance.

Hybrid Clouds
Since most businesses can't get everything they need out of using a public or private cloud exclusively, they use a combination of both to take advantage of the benefits of each type. Public clouds can be used for less sensitive tasks, and private clouds can be used for secure or vital processing tasks. The combination of both these clouds is the hybrid cloud, and it is quickly becoming the preferred method for many businesses. 

An organization might use a public cloud service for archived data but continue to maintain in-house storage for customer data. Ideally, the hybrid approach allows you to take advantage of the scalability and cost-effectiveness that a public cloud computing environment offers without making critical applications and data vulnerable.

Advantages Of The Hybrid Cloud
Cost Savings: Keeping all of your IT services exclusively internal (on private clouds) or placing everything in the public cloud would require you to spend additional money. A hybrid environment allows you to leverage both systems, reducing the potential costs of hardware, software, and services. Services such as managed hosting can become very expensive, while hybrid computing is available at very reasonable rates.

Scalability: With the hybrid cloud you can mix and match your IT systems and infrastructures between internal private cloud solutions and multiple public cloud environments. This eliminates the need to rely solely on any one system.

Security Management: Security levels vary with each organization and with a hybrid cloud you can maintain security internally, or outsource it to IT Resource. Some organizations may have fewer resources and confidential information to manage and others may find that there are specific providers that offer higher levels of security for their data.

Redundancy: By having your data distributed between multiple sites within the hybrid cloud, you have less downtime and data loss.

Flexibility: Hybrid clouds offer the ability to run individual workloads on either the public or private platforms, taking into consideration cost, performance, security and other requirements. Hybrid clouds provide more flexible solutions when compared to either private or public clouds individually, when you consider the entire workload.


Security Issues In The Cloud
Concerns about the safety of data could be resolved by storing sensitive data on the private cloud, and storing all other data and applications on the public cloud. Another resolution is to carry out critical or security based operations in your own data centers, while using the public cloud to carry out tasks that are larger. By implementing this type of setup you can take advantage of both types of data storage.

Overall, hybrid clouds are designed to quickly assess your needs. Because there are several processes going on behind the scenes to achieve a seamless route between various types of clouds, hybrid is the ideal solution for large-scale projects that can be cumbersome to an in-house server. Using the hybrid cloud would save you the extra costs of purchasing server hardware for a specific project, which would otherwise be unnecessary.

If you have questions on how a hybrid cloud relates to your business, call IT Resource. Our engineers would be happy to meet with you to discuss your needs.

Cloud Computing With The West Michigan Whitecaps

Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Join IT Resource & US Signal in the Super Suite at Fifth Third Ballpark on May 20 from 9:30a-2p to learn more about Cloud Computing & watch The West Michigan Whitecaps take on The Bowling Green Hot Rods. Food & beverages will be provided throughout the game.

Plus, drop off your business card during registration to be entered into the drawing for an iPad Mini at the end of the presentation!

On Deck: Registration 9:30a-10a, Presentation 10a-11a, Opening Pitch 11a

*Seating at this event is limited, register today! Contact Kim with questions at kimh@itrw.net or 616.837.6930.

A Solid Investment: SSD Drives

Monday, March 18, 2013

As time moves forward, technology is close behind; always advancing and changing. Computers have been around for years and we’ve seen them decrease in size but increase in power. We’ve seen new operating systems and better screens, but the one thing we haven’t seen at a consumer level is the change in hard drive technology. While early super computers used Solid-State Drives (SSD) and similar technology, the high price and larger storage options for traditional electromechanical disks made them a popular option for both enterprise and consumer-grade systems. In a traditional hard disk drive, a set of metal platters spin at anywhere from 5400 rotations per minute (rpm) to 15000 rpm providing storage capacities upwards of 4 Terabytes. In fact, you can check out what a spinning hard drive in slow motion looks like to really understand how quickly the data can be read/written. However, moving parts mean hard drives have an expiration date. Also, if a moving hard drive is dropped, there’s a good chance that drive won’t function correctly again. So, what’s the next step in hard drive technology? SSD.


SSD’s are essentially large flash drives that replace existing platter hard drives. The name is misleading however, as there is actually no disk of any kind, but rather a circuit board! Today, they are down to a more affordable level and can be purchased in a variety of sizes. Due to the nature of the drive there are no moving parts therefore the risk of damage from fall and abuse is greatly reduced. Along with less risk, the drive is also much faster so boot times are shortened greatly. Waking a computer from sleep and starting programs once logged in go much faster, since the drive doesn’t have to spin up. The drives also run much cooler along with no noise. Compared to traditional hard drives of today, SSD’s are definitely a bit more expensive, however with a lot of our files and applications moving to the cloud, we won’t need as much storage space available on our personal machines.

So, the next time you’re in the market for a new machine for work, or for home, check out solid-state drives and see if they come as an option for the machine you’re interested in. And as always, if you’re ordering a new machine through IT Resource, request that your new machine have this feature and we can make it happen!

Are You Ready To Play? Welcome to the World of Cloud Computing

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Undoubtedly you’ve heard all the hype around cloud computing and how “Everybody’s doing it”. Yet, despite all the hype, there can be some confusion around what cloud computing actually is or how it can help your business. But it’s time to change all that. 

IT Resource has recently partnered with US Signal, a midwest leader in technology, to help our customers and prospects understand the cloud and plan their journey. Our goal is to provide business owners and executives simple, yet effective information that will explain the fundamentals of cloud computing, how it can help your business and if so, what you need to know when choosing a cloud provider. Our playbook uses simple terminology to help you understand how to play in the world of cloud computing, and understanding the importance of utilizing a good team along the way.

Cloud Computing in a Nutshell: Everybody's doing it.
So if the “cloud” is all the rage and everybody’s doing it, what exactly are they doing?

Cloud computing means different things to different people. Some define the cloud in basic terms like virtual servers available over the internet. Others expand this idea and state that anything consumed outside the firewall is in “the cloud”. While the debate about defining the cloud continues to grow, we believe that all organizations need to ask themselves the following: 

• How secure is my customer and employee data?
• Can I turn up a new server environment in a matter of hours?
• Does my current backup plan protect my data and business?
• Do my employees have the ability to access company applications at anytime from anywhere?
• Do I have hardware sitting in a closet with capacity that isn’t being utilized?
Understanding the cloud is much easier when you have a trusted partner on your side. In addition, the cloud can incredibly benefit your business. Let IT Resource and US Signal help you understand the cloud and plan your journey. You can learn more at our lunch and learn events, held in Grand Rapids on October 17 and Livonia on October 18. Click here to get more information and sign up for our tailgating events. Rumor has it there will be free wings and a chance to win a pair of NFL tickets. Now that's what we call teamwork!