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Three Benefits of Virtualization for Small and Mid-Sized Businesses
Posted on 7/25/2014 3:25:40 PM by Jared Simms

The Internet is full of marketing materials, blog posts, and websites that detail the features and benefits of virtualization. However, many of the benefits written about in these forums only make sense in large environments with virtualization clusters. This post will focus on three of the most important benefits of virtualization for small and mid-sized businesses:

1. Hardware Utilization

2. Recovery

3. Ease of Management
 
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Security on a Budget, Part 1
Posted on 7/25/2014 10:43:44 AM by Dr. Eugene Slobodzian

In my 17 year career in Information Security, I have worked with businesses of all sizes and in many industries. One of the most common (and incorrect) schools of thought amongst small to mid-sized organizations is that Information Security is a big ticket item. Many business leaders feel that Information Security is something that larger organizations, like big banks or governments, should and can worry about. As a result of this thinking, smaller businesses often think of information security as something unaffordable, out of their scope and, therefore, not something they can or should be worrying about.

There are two things that are wrong with this line of thinking:
 
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Make BYOD Work for You
used with permission from HP Technology at Work

The reality of bring your own device (BYOD) is unavoidable. If your organization has yet to implement a BYOD strategy, you can take several steps to get started. But first, know that the question is no longer whether you will support mobile devices. Instead, it's how do we secure and manage these devices in a user-friendly way?

A Forbes Insights and Google survey of U.S. business executives found that by 2016 more than half of leaders expect to use mobile devices instead of PCs as their primary business platform.

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Will The Smartphone Become Obsolete?
used with permission of http://thenetwork.cisco.com, by Kerry Doyle

A look at how cloud technology may change the future of mobile handsets.

In the current mobile manufacturing competition, device makers strive to give users a distinct product with unique features. So is it possible to imagine a common, ubiquitous device? That is, a mobile handset virtually the same as every other? Distinguished not by bells & whistles and physical features, but by its cloud-based, personalized profile, services & apps delivered to the user via SaaS?

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In this issue:
July 2014
Three Benefits of Virtualization for Small and Mid-Sized Businesses
Security on a Budget, Part 1
Make BYOD Work for You
Will The Smartphone Become Obsolete?
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Scott Adams
Scott Adams joins Winxnet as a Lead Technical Support Specialist. Scott brings with him a strong background and over 14 years of experience in systems and network administration, support and engineering. Prior to joining Winxnet, Scott was a Senior Network Administrator at ATCC in Manassas, VA. Scott's experience will be valuable to Winxnet and its customers as the company continues its rapid growth.




Doug Butler
Doug Butler joins Winxnet as a Lead Application Developer. Doug brings with him a strong background in software and application development, spending 10 years as a Senior Software Developer and Team Lead, where he worked with their key clients. In addition to his experience at CSC, Doug has also held positions with Alliance Data Systems and most recently MEMIC. Doug's extensive experience in .Net development, web development, Oracle and SQL will make him a valuable asset to Winxnet and its customers.


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