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Small & Medium Business (SMB) Technology Solutions

Thursday, February 02, 2017

If you own a small or medium sized business you still need technology solutions that can take on your competition, and give your business the edge it needs to drive growth – all without breaking your IT budget. Our experience with highly technical, large enterprise solutions, combined with our dedication to the SMB marketplace allow us to offer enterprise-level results at a cost that even the smallest business can afford. Our SMB solutions provide customers with necessary business operations like unified communications, e-mail & messaging, virtualization, and backup solutions at a fraction of the cost of enterprise systems. Just because you are classified as a small or medium business doesn’t mean you can’t have enterprise capabilities.

Business owners often wear many hats, and as a result you may be trying to handle the technology portion of things yourself. We understand that you need the proper solutions in place without breaking the bank, and that's where we come in. Let's talk about how we can begin saving you time and money.

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.

Join Us For Virtualization Madness on March 20

Sunday, March 02, 2014
Basketball, wings, beer, & technology:  It’ll be the first round of the March Madness tournament... Join us at McFadden's, in downtown Grand Rapids, for lunch and watch the game on the big screen as we discuss the first round of Virtualizing your IT Infrastructure with VMware’s vSphere.

Virtualization enables your business to:
- Reduce capital expenses through server consolidation
- Lower operating expenses through automation
- Enhance business continuity and disaster recovery plans

Highlights of the Event
We’ll highlight what’s new in vSphere 5.5 and leave you with some practical steps to take if you are looking to move along the Virtualization bracket. Whether your goal is to simplify your IT infrastructure, enhance your business continuity and disaster recovery capabilities, or move to desktop virtualization and mobile computing, this is the event for you!

Event Schedule
Our presentation begins at 11am, but you'll want to stick around for lunch and the March Madness games at 12:15. We've reserved the room for the entire afternoon and we'd love to have you stay for networking, basketball, lunch, and a beer on us!

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Mention going green and cutting down on operating expenses and you've caught the attention of a business owner, but these two concepts don't have to be a distant vision. By introducing Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, or VDI, as an alternative to a traditional workstation you can, in fact, save money and go green.

VDI works by allowing users access company files, hardware, and operating systems right on their own device. This method of virtualization consolidates all your desktop resources in one data center, which can have many benefits. 

Benefits of VDI
- Greater efficiency, reduced costs, and greater security
- Desktops can be set up and ready to go in minutes
- IT costs are reduced because there are fewer tech support issues
- Fewer software compatibility issues
- A more robust desktop disaster recovery system is supported with VDI
- Maintenance and upgrades are made at the data center, reducing costs of having to maintain and upgrade each individual device
- Telecommuters can access applications and data without being physically present

Let's Talk Security
With VDI, your information can be hosted locally, on a central server, or in the cloud. This minimizes security risks because the information is not on the end user's device. This is a major benefit in the event the device gets stolen or hacked, or if the employee is no longer with the company. In addition, VDI can archive all your data on a regular basis, which leads to a better means of disaster recovery and business continuity. 

If you have questions on how VDI can benefit your work environment, give us a call. We’d be happy discuss an IT security assessment of your virtual environment to help you prepare for VDI.

Save Money and Increase Flexibility with Virtualization

Monday, February 11, 2013

If virtualization seems like just another buzzword, think again. Virtualizing your environment offers a hefty amount of benefits, including saving you money and providing increased flexibility and mobility. So just what is virtualization?

Virtualization is a technique that allows the consolidation of multiple systems or servers to run on a single server or device. Many companies use virtualization to consolidate several physical servers to a single server, saving a lot of money and up-front costs in hardware, and providing long-term cost savings for on-going maintenance, management and energy usage. But, virtualization is not just for servers – it's also available for networking devices, disk storage and even desktop computers. Simply put, virtualization provides the ability to accomplish more with less hardware and less management.

One major benefit of virtualization is the overall cost savings in needing less hardware and devices to provide the same technology services. Less hardware means less on-going support and maintenance costs, too. Companies will also benefit from the increased redundancy and data protection that virtualization solutions provide. For those looking to move to cloud-based services, implementing virtualization in-house will provide a much easier path to the cloud. Finally, the increased flexibility and mobility that virtualization can provide allows a business to quickly adapt to market fluctuations and stay competitive in the marketplace.

If those benefits don't intrigue you, there's more. Virtualization can provide every part of an organization with enhanced capabilities, whether it’s increased remote access for a mobile workforce or providing a test environment to insure smooth and tested technology upgrades. Companies should virtualize to consolidate servers, provide redundancy, increase efficiency of their workforce, and to reduce costs.

With virtualization you can focus more on your core business needs, not just on supporting your technology systems. Businesses that use virtualization are quicker to adapt to change, more responsive to customer demands and better able to align their technology system to their business goals.

To set up a consultation to begin virtualizing your environment, call IT Resource today at 616.837.6930.