Outsourcing IT services to a managed IT service provider is one popular way to augment your in-house talent and help provide you with the technology and support you need to move strategic initiatives forward. But whether or not you reach your IT goals depends largely on the success of the provider-customer relationship. When it comes to IT, it’s not just about having a managed service provider (MSP) by your side to keep an eye on your technology. It’s just as much about developing a good relationship with that provider so they can bring the most value. Here are seven things you should look for and expect from an excellent MSP: Improved efficiency & cost savings Whether you are a [...]
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A multicloud approach involves leveraging two or more cloud providers to meet an organization’s infrastructure needs, leverage the best cloud technologies and control cost. Rather than using a single cloud vendor that covers hosting, storage, and applications, a multicloud approach involves the use of several. That cloud mix may look like a combination of Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud Platform (GCP), for example. You might select which services from each provider will be best for your organization based on technical requirements, costs, and the need to manage workloads. Multicloud solutions are most often built on open-source, cloud-native technologies that are supported across the major public cloud providers. It combines software-as-a-service (Saas), Platform-as-a-Service (Paas), and Infrastructure-as-a-Service [...]
Do you have a patch management process in place? If not, you’re opening your organization up to vulnerabilities. It’s time to set up and implement a patch management system that works. You know all about the serious risks cyber attacks pose these days, but what if we told you that consistently implementing patch management best practices could stop most hackers in their tracks? Patches involve the deployment of new or updated code that fixes mistakes, covers vulnerabilities, improves performance, or adds new features to operating systems, applications and software. Why You Should Prioritize Patching It’s true that patch rollout can feel overwhelming, and if you are part of a small business, you might feel like it’s impossible to keep [...]
AccountabilIT (AIT) has the expertise and capabilities to provide security-related services on Azure and Microsoft 365. They help customers protect networks, data, apps, endpoints, and identities from cyber threats. Scottsdale, September 1, 2021.- AccountabilIT, the rapidly-growing Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) and Managed Service Provider (MSP), announced today that it has achieved Microsoft Gold Security Competency status. By attaining this Security Competency, AccountabilIT has proven to have the background, skills, management, and reliability needed for designing, implementing, and managing customer information security using Microsoft solutions. Microsoft awards Gold Competency (its highest certification level) only to partners who exemplify high-level expertise as well as a demonstrated specialization in each technology or service area. The Gold Security Competency is AccountabilIT's 4th Gold Competency awarded [...]
Is your organization dealing with patched together legacy systems that are clunky to use and costly to maintain? Learn more about hyperconvergence and why so many businesses are turning to this streamlined IT solution. The Basics of Hyperconvergence Hyperconvergence is an infrastructure that combines computing, storage, networking and virtualization into a single system. This building-block method allows you to expand when and where you need it, reducing the tendency toward overprovision to allow for future growth. Consisting of a hyperconverged platform with a virtual machine monitor (VMM) or hypervisor, this system allows one host computer to support multiple virtual machines that share its resources. In other words, hyperconvergence could be data center infrastructure modernization at its best, thanks to [...]
Last year was one for the record books when it came to cyber attacks on businesses, governments, and individuals. There were more data breaches and heightened sophistication on all fronts from cyber criminals. As we are halfway through 2021, it’s important to take a deep dive into your business and assess how secure your sensitive data, connected devices, and everything else within your IT infrastructure are. Even if you’re a small business (and especially if you’re a small business), cysecurity matters now more than ever. Here’s a look at some of the top threats your business and others are facing in the current climate. Threat #1: Lack of readiness 78% of senior IT and IT security leaders lack confidence in [...]
The recent wave of cyber attacks in the United States—including the dramatic ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline that caused long fuel lines—may have had you wondering how prone to cyber threats your organization is. Ransomware alone has reached new heights with increasingly targeted attacks, and has seen a 158% spike in North America since 2019. As well, new variants of malware have been identified, malicious files have increased, and cloud tools have become weapons for cybercriminals. Why is cybercrime increasing? There are a number of reasons that are swirling to create a perfect storm for cybercriminals, whose tactics are getting both more refined and more aggressive. For starters, the pandemic sent people home to work, where they would access [...]
The cloud is far from being an amorphous, indistinct thing. Cloud computing power is actually made possible by several physical, integrated components, including hardware, virtualization, storage, and networking devices. These components are what make up the cloud’s infrastructure, whether you are operating in a public cloud (like Microsoft Azure), private cloud, or hybrid cloud environment. Here we take a closer look at what all these resources are and how they contribute to make the cloud possible. What are the cloud infrastructure components? There are a number of key components that are needed for cloud computing. The four primary ones are hardware, virtualization, storage, and networking. Hardware Physical hardware lays the groundwork for cloud infrastructure and can be positioned in [...]
Has your business delved into the exciting world of machine learning yet? This application of artificial intelligence (AI) has the ability to transform the way your business approaches data, from processing it to using it to inform your business practices and solve problems. What is machine learning? It can feel a little fuzzy or futuristic to those outside of IT, but machine learning has very tangible, right-now benefits. At its most basic, machine learning is the task of making computers more intelligent by teaching them to identify patterns in data. Instead of telling a computer how it should behave or what to do, it teaches computers to retrieve data, then it uses that data to learn and process new [...]
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software selection is a huge undertaking. No matter how large or small your business, your ERP software is a critical piece of your business’ tech stack. It impacts functional areas across the entire organization, from accounting to HR to sales to operations, and so on. Implementation takes time and additional resources, not to mention the cost of a license will be significant. You’re aware that you’ve got to do your due diligence and get this investment right, but perhaps what you are lacking is the “how”: How do you even get started understanding ERP solutions? What selection criteria should you use? We’ve got some answers to get you started. Here are our tips to help [...]