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Achieving business continuity:
7 strategic best practices

IT Integration

When it comes to risk management, best practices begin with best strategies:

1 Take the time to realistically assess your enterprise’s vulnerabilities
In one recent survey, increased reliance on technology itself and increasing business complexity ranked second and fourth as drivers of increased risk. Continue reading

Risky Business: What’s lurking in your risk landscape?

Risky Business: What’s lurking in your risk landscape?

Businesses have always faced risks. In the 1920s, shopkeepers in small Midwestern towns were issued surplus World War I rifles so they could run into the street and shoot skedaddling bank robbers.

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6 ways Europe’s new data protection rules can impact US businesses — Part 2

G, D, P, R, keys from keyboard sitting on top of CPU.In my last post, I listed two of the six ways the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) can affect even non-EU enterprises—by …

  1. Reaching beyond the EU; and
  2. Redefining personal and sensitive data.Here are four more reasons you can’t afford to ignore GDPR:
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6 ways Europe’s new data protection rules can impact US businesses — Part 1

10 networking capabilities to look for in your services provider

I’m here to ping you about GDPR.

That’s the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation — due to take effect on May 25. If this sounds like just another set of data privacy rules that someone else, not you, has to worry about — don’t be fooled.
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Beyond the Co-lo Checklist: Tech Services — or Landlord?

Thinking about renting space in a co-location facility?

I suggest you visit any site you’re considering with the usual due-diligence checklist that addresses matters of security, compliance, environmental risks, power redundancy, and networking capabilities.

This checklist will get you only so far, however. You’ll need to keep a couple of other co-location considerations front-of-mind, too.

First, who owns the co-lo site you’re considering? If it’s a real estate investment trust (REIT), this may impact how the co-lo site operates.

After all, REIT profits come from real estate — in this case, renting rack space — rather than providing technology services. At minimum, you’ll need to know the parties represented in your contract. A co-lo outfit operating on the REIT’s property? The REIT itself? What happens if, say, the REIT’s facility rather than the co-lo provider is responsible for a costly power outage?

By contrast, co-lo data centers owned and operated by experienced technology services providers act as much more than landlords, since they’re committed to fielding cutting-edge data center environments supported by a deep technical and business expertise that enables them to take full responsibility for what they provide.

So here’s the second co-lo consideration to keep front-of-mind: even if you don’t currently anticipate needing anything more than rented rack space, you may someday be glad for a tech-savvy co-lo provider able to also offer round-the-clock monitoring, remote hands, and the ability to deliver cloud integration or managed services whenever you need them.

10 networking capabilities to look for in your services provider

10 networking capabilities to look for in your services provider

The right services provider can ease the burdens of sustaining your network performance. But take care in choosing one. You can start by asking and answering whether the services provider you’re considering can…

1  Scale in tandem with your business?
Meeting both your current and (often unexpected) future needs requires a services provider that’s been successful at combining breadth and depth of capabilitiescloud as well as managed services; data centers, co-location, and network operations centers; vendor-neutral needs assessments; and diverse professional services. Continue reading

9 best practices that can boost your enterprise network performance

IT Integration

To achieve the network performance your business needs now and going forward, consider implementing these nine best practices:

1      Plan for continued bandwidth growth
The embrace of 5G mobility, the internet of things (IoT), video conferencing, collaboration tools, etc., means network bandwidth demand will keep growing. You’ll need to anticipate and budget accordingly.
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Technologies transforming network performance

IT Integration

In my last post, I described four challenges to network performance that your enterprise needs to overcome network complexity, achieve network visibility, and stay competitive — growth in data traffic and data speed, the arrival of 5G, intensifying network complexity, and heightened risk of security breaches.

So let’s look at some the key technologies that address these challenges, often by working in concert:

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Four challenges to your enterprise network performance

IT Integration

The ways we use and communicate information are changing so fast that it can be tough to keep your enterprise network at the performance levels the business needs to stay competitive. So I’m going to warn you about four challenges to network performance you cannot afford to ignore:

1      Growth in data traffic – and data speed

Annual global IP traffic is increasing by 24% per year. Yearly data traffic will hit 3.3 zettabytes – that is, 3.3 trillion gigabytes – by 2021, up from “just” 1.2 zettabytes in 2016.

Meanwhile, broadband speeds will nearly double by 2021, reaching 53.0 Mbps, up from 27.5 Mbps in 2016.

2      Arrival of 5G

Game-changing fifth-generation (5G) Wi-Fi is nearly upon us with such capabilities as… Continue reading

It’s 2018. Here’s what to look for now in a managed/hosted services provider

IT Integration

In my last post, I listed five ways that managed/hosted services providers can help power the IT-driven competitive advantage organizations need. Here’s what those providers must deliver in order to…

1      Flexibly choose and integrate customized IT solutions

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