Helping clients manage their technology for over 30 years.

6 signs of network performance problems

In my experience, poor network performance can cause outages that cascade unpredictably through the business and cost you plenty. Are you experiencing any of these signs of trouble?

  1. Network-dependent applications have become sluggish — and your employees, customers, and suppliers are letting you know how unhappy they are.
  2. Network administrators struggle to isolate the cause of poor network performance.
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Beyond the commoditized cloud: 3 aspects of customization

While cloud computing services save you from much of the arcane complexity inherent in today’s information technology, this can go too far when a provider eschews customization to simply sell you a cast-in-concrete service package and then walk away.

So look for a cloud services provider you can trust to take the time to understand your objectives and what’s necessary to achieve them. Without sacrificing affordability, the right cloud services provider should be able to work seamlessly with your staff, systems, policies, and procedures to design, deploy, and support the exact service solution your business needs to compete and grow.

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Do you really know what kind of cloud works best for your business?

It’s easy — too easy — to get lost in the techno-babble about all those types of cloud computing. Once you’ve decided which IT capabilities you want to offload to a cloud, what matters most is whether the cloud service you choose can really handle business needs.

Which is why I prefer a simpler way to describe today’s cloud computing landscape: Consumer clouds versus business clouds.

Without sacrificing speed, business-focused cloud computing services can deliver a far more flexible and agile IT infrastructure that you pay for monthly, like a utility.

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4 ways cloud computing boosts your bottom line

Cloud computing is a tried-and-true approach that exploits the universality of a new(ish) delivery mechanism: The Internet.

When you implement cloud computing solutions, you will be able to…

  • Reduce capital expenditures. You pay a monthly fee that comes out of your operating budget, not CapEx.
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Liberate 35-50% of your legacy IT spend with cloud computing

Do you spend so much maintaining legacy IT operations that you can’t think about doing anything new? Well, think again: Reallocating part of your IT budget to cloud computing could liberate 35% to 50% of what you spend on legacy operations.

According to Gartner, Inc., a highly respected IT research firm, the “average” IT organization devotes almost two-thirds of its budget to day-to-day operations. Here’s another “average” from Gartner: In 2011, IT budgets will increase 1%.

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