IT disasters: there is no such thing as “risk free,” but prevention is key!

Posted by Francois Desjardins_ on May 25, 2017 10:00:03 AM

These days, no company is safe from IT disasters. The causes are as many as they are varied. What with the damage of equipment, natural disasters, outside provider service interruption, human errors, and computer abuse, it becomes rapidly clear that the concept of “risk free” does not exist.

 

Knowing that computer disasters lead to revenue losses of billions of dollars annually on a global level, it is in enterprises' best interest to understand the risks and adopt preventive and proactive solutions.

 

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

Are back-up copies still necessary for applications in the Cloud?

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on May 15, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Analysts are unanimous. The future is cloud computing, public, with a private/hybrid emphasis depending on the size of the company.

Indeed, the benefits of this cloud services approach are numerous and include more specifically:

•  Total cost reduction of possessing IT infrastructure by replacing outdated and at risk systems and applications

•  Faster implementation of business initiatives

•  Integration with existing infrastructures (hybrid cloud and back-up sites within the Cloud)

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Cloud, IT security

What’s new at Present? Three exciting announcements to share!

Posted by Jennifer Bridgeman_ on May 4, 2017 8:00:00 AM

The main reason for our blog is to share insightful news and views on technology with our clients.  But occasionally, we permit ourselves to toot our own horn.  So, we’d like to take this opportunity to share with our readers 3 updates we’re proud to have accomplished.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Disaster recovery (DR), Storage

Office 365: an effective platform and not simply an email service

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on Apr 25, 2017 8:41:20 AM

Today’s companies must increase their IT’s efficiency to remain competitive, regardless of their industry. To do so, they must support their growth with powerful easy-to-use technological tools.

This is the case for Microsoft Office 365. Contrary to popular belief, it goes way beyond a simple cloud-based email service!

As the undisputed leader in its field, Office 365 is a fully integrated platform offering a complete array of tools. These different applications increase the efficiency of collaboration and the speed of communication, resulting in tangible benefits, both internal and external.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Cloud

How to strengthen data security with tape storage

Posted by Marc Therrien_ on Apr 12, 2017 7:30:00 AM

With the key role that data plays within companies, we cannot emphasize enough the importance of backups to ensure business continuity after a failure, a disaster or a malicious act. More than ever, organizations must take the necessary steps to secure their backup systems.

Tape storage might seem archaic and outdated, but it’s a solution that offers numerous benefits. A large amount of data can be stored on tape for a lower cost, and it also provides great portability and very efficient data protection.

Today, companies with a state-of-the-art storage infrastructure continue to invest in tape backup. Here's why.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Storage

IT at the forefront to assist business leaders in achieving their goals

Posted by Marc Beaulieu_ on Mar 29, 2017 8:47:00 AM

All the information I have gathered whether it be from studies or during meetings with corporate leaders have confirmed these business priorities :

  • 1. The growth of the business; 
  • 2. Continuous innovation;
  • 3. Using technology as a growth lever;
  • 4. Developing a strong corporate culture.

There is a common denominator in all business leaders’ priorities: information technology. IT has become vital in creating value for businesses. Here is how IT can also assist you in achieving your objectives.

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, Digital transformation, CIO/IT leaders

Flash storage (SSD) for production: Increasingly affordable advantages

Posted by Marc Therrien_ on Mar 2, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Over the years, businesses have gradually turned towards Flash memory SSD disks for their production environment, in addition to rotating hard drives.

 

Given their numerous benefits, they are the ideal solution for organizations dealing with a high volume of ultra rapid transactions, like financial institutions. However, they are just as beneficial for the majority of companies, ranging from large businesses to SMBs, as their benefits are numerous.

 

The advantages of Flash storage, in comparison with HDD, are undeniable:

 

 

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, Storage

Business continuity in an era of rapid ransomware evolution

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on Feb 8, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Ransomware is a category of malware whose purpose is to render the targeted data unusable or to block access to IT systems until a ransom is paid, generally in the form of hard to trace virtual money.

It can just as easily encrypt data from a work station as it can with what it has access to on a shared network.

 

 

A considerable threat

The 2016 Midyear Security Roundup: The Reign of Ransomware study demonstrates that throughout the first half of 2016 there was a 172% increase in cases of ransomware, in comparison to all of 2015.

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, Disaster recovery (DR), Storage, IT security

How to overcome 3 fears related to IT managed services?

Posted by Benoit Mercier_ on Feb 1, 2017 7:30:00 AM

The rapid evolution of technology, especially everything related to mobility and digital transformation, has brought many challenges to companies.

In Quebec, as well as the rest of Canada, many companies are at a turning point: they must make critical decisions for their transformation and to secure their future. Choosing which functions to keep internally and which to outsource is part of these critical decisions.

While companies have outsourced IT management for many years, this practice has not yet fully become the norm, and it raises many concerns. [Read the free guide: The shift towards IT managed services. Why, how and is it right for you?]

Yet today, these fears are no longer justified. It’s important to note that the tools to ensure the monitoring and maintenance of IT infrastructures have improved greatly and the companies specialising in this service have optimised their business models and offerings.

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

Video: Transactions are 8x faster using SAP HANA on POWER8.

Posted by Jennifer Bridgeman_ on Jan 17, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Several months after South Shore Furniture implemented SAP HANA on POWER8 – a Canadian first realised in conjunction with Present – the results are impressive. The most significant indicator of the success of the new infrastructure is the accelerated transaction speed, which is now 8 times faster.

Knowing the company’s systems receive and process orders 24/7/365 and deliver to its clients within 24 hours, it is a considerable improvement.

In the video below, Claude Bernier, VP of IT for the company, explains what motivated the use of a POWER8 infrastructure instead of Intel to deploy SAP HANA. 

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, High availability, Big Data, ibm

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