Ruckus Cloudpath: security for wired AND wireless networks

Posted by Marc Therrien_ on Nov 1, 2017 7:45:00 AM

In recent years, IT experts have put a lot of emphasis on the importance of properly securing wireless networks. In fact, while the message has gone over well for wireless, this is far from the case for wired networks as most companies continue to neglect the protection of their LAN network. Companies are unknowingly at increased risk of being attacked or having their sensitive data accessible to anyone with a network connection at their disposal. 

 

Take for example your residential WiFi access. You most likely need a password to connect to the Internet. However, if you connect your workstation directly to your router, authentication is no longer necessary and you have immediate access to your network. This is exactly the same principle for companies. Remote access to the network is secure, but the wired entry doors within the building are unlocked when companies do not impose some form of authentication before a user can connect to the network.  

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Topics: BYOD, IT infrastructure, IT security

6 reasons to entrust your Office 365 migration to a consultant

Posted by present on Oct 17, 2017 7:45:00 AM
Office 365 is a platform that brings together a suite of services and applications that aim to improve the efficiency of communications and business collaboration. Given all the available offers, it is a solution adapted to all sizes of companies.  When you plan to migrate to this platform, as many are,  hiring a consultant specializing in the field will help you get the most out of this rapidly evolving solution suite.

 

According to market intelligence regarding specialists in migration to Office 365, these skilled people are scarce and have limited availability. It is, incidentally, a common reason why migration projects in many companies are postponed. Fortunately, companies such as Present have expert consultants who are experienced in migrating to Office 365 and are ready to assist you. Here are 6 reasons to do business with a consultant specializing in migrations to Office 365. 

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Topics: IT infrastructure, CIO/IT leaders, Office 365

Hyperconvergence to the rescue of the traditional data center

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on Oct 3, 2017 7:45:00 AM
In today's economy, a company's strategy relies more than ever on its capacity for innovation and transformation, and therefore equally on the profound change in the role of IT.

 

The changing role of IT 

It is no longer just about guaranteeing stability, levels of performance and availability of applications, but also encouraging innovation and contributing to the business. 

This new orientation of IT is inevitably accompanied by the modernization of the data center, which today is an impediment to the requirements of the lines of business. 

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, Convergence / Hyper-convergence, CIO/IT leaders

Quick-SmartData, the AS/400 database replication solution

Posted by Benoit David_ on Sep 27, 2017 7:45:00 AM

Many companies run their databases on AS/400 (IBM Power) servers and are faced with the lack of a solution to replicate their data in real time between these servers and their ecommerce platform server.

While e-commerce is now well ingrained in consumer buying habits and online transactions are continuously growing, companies may be slow to adapt all the technologies to optimize this type of transaction.

Until recently, the heterogeneity of database platforms limited the frequency of exchanges between these databases and it required constant manipulation.

Fortunately, a new application is now available to remedy this lack of synchronism: Quick-SmartData. This innovative solution finally allows replication and integration of heterogeneous data, including database replication from IBM Power servers.

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, replication

IT in SMBs: Technical assistance on demand VS managed services. Which to choose?

Posted by Benoit Mercier_ on Sep 21, 2017 7:45:00 AM

We’ve observed that among certain business leaders, there is a form of IT weariness. In fact, for many, information technology is complex, costly and represents problems that they would rather do without. This exasperation often leads to a reactive attitude that, when a problem arises, exacerbates the frustration with IT. Do you see yourself in this scenario? 

IT infrastructure should not be an obstacle to the success of a business. On the contrary, it is a powerful lever to generating value. But how can we take advantage of technology without the inconvenience of managing it? 

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Managed services, CIO/IT leaders

Why more and more business leaders are relying on IT managed services?

Posted by Benoit Mercier_ on Jul 25, 2017 7:50:00 AM

We are at the midst of an era of digital transformation. And as with every transition period, some companies will pass through it brilliantly while others will struggle and even disappear. In this context, companies that are able to strategically align IT with business objectives are the most likely to succeed

Companies that dominate in their field have understood one thing: IT is becoming increasingly complex and difficult to operate. With the increasing number of technologies, the constant threats to IT security, and the lack of resources and expertise limiting the time actually spent on business priorities, the gap between IT and lines of business is widening. 

To bridge this gap, more and more business leaders are choosing to outsource part of their IT.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Managed services, CIO/IT leaders

Recruitment decisions: What is the best option for IT needs, hire yourself or outsource?

Posted by Jacques Latour_ on Jul 11, 2017 8:15:00 AM
Reducing costs while optimizing operations is the challenge faced by many companies. As information technologies evolve rapidly, there is a sort of race for innovation, the main obstacle being to win or maintain your place in the market. As a result, IT projects are multiplying within companies and considerable efforts are being made to push the limits and set themselves apart from the competition.

 

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Recruitment, Managed services, CIO/IT leaders

How to evaluate your risk in the event of a disaster in 22 questions

Posted by Benoit Mercier_ on Jun 20, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Most companies take measures to protect their IT data, and with good reason. However, the increasingly critical role of IT in business models tends to increase the vulnerability of enterprises to disasters.

To help you evaluate your company’s risk level in event of a disaster, we have drawn up a questionnaire that addresses four areas related to IT security. This short survey will help you have a better idea of the consequences of a disaster on your operations, business, human resources, and your supply chain.

Answer the following questions and determine your risk level!

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Disaster recovery (DR), CIO/IT leaders, IT security

How to prevent ransomware attacks using a test infrastructure

Posted by Francois Desjardins_ on Jun 7, 2017 7:45:00 AM

Ransomware attacks have become an important issue for companies over the last few years. Hackers use this type of malicious software to crypt the data of one or more computers and block companies from accessing their IT system. They then ask a ransom in exchange for the data.

 

A ransomware is a virus introduced into servers via email, a USB key, or any external component that can access a workstation or server. This can result in serious consequences for companies:

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Topics: BYOD, IT infrastructure, CIO/IT leaders, IT security

How to simplify and optimize your IT asset management

Posted by Benoit Mercier_ on May 31, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Many companies are not concerned about the management of IT assets as much as they should be. However, having an overview of all your company’s IT assets is essential for the planning and well-functioning of your present and future operations.

 

In addition to using your IT assets to its maximum, the appropriate IT asset management improves your organization’s efficiency and performance while minimizing costs. Furthermore, knowing all the components of your IT systems, including the manufacturer’s maintenance contracts, allows you to solve problems faster and more efficiently while reducing risks.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Managed services, CIO/IT leaders

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