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5 Reasons You Need IT Managed Services

Posted by Jared Quan and Jessica Doucette on Jan 24, 2016 8:00:00 AM

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Topics: VLCM Solutions, IT Information

The HP and Aruba vision…it has the Magic touch

Posted by VLCM on Sep 17, 2015 10:51:03 AM

Originally posted on: HP Networking Blog

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Topics: IT Information

What does your printer have to do with the Iliad?

Posted by Jared Quan on Jun 26, 2015 8:00:00 AM

The Iliad is the notorious story of the fall of the Troy to the Greeks in the Trojan War. Regardless of heroes like Achilles or Hector, the war was eventually won with the most unsuspecting tool, the Trojan Horse. Disguised as a victory trophy for the Trojans, the hollowed out horse was used to sneak past Trojan defense lines for the Greeks to end the war. This successful strategy has become an infamous symbol in modern days for tech threats just as massive and deadly. Our threat up for discussion today? The standard office network printer. Here are some common Trojan Horses found within printing environments.

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Topics: IT Information

3 Ways the Windows Server 2003 End-of-Support Will Kill You

Posted by Jared Quan on Jun 18, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Like an overzealous train conductor, Microsoft has been announcing the end of Windows Server 2003 support, since 2013. Time and again we have been reminded by webinars, seminars, and department meetings. However if you are reading this there is a more than likely chance you have not yet migrated all or some portion of your environment to a newer version. There could be several reasons for this, but as we near the end-of-the-line, your environment could suffer a derailment.

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Topics: IT Information

The Cost of Delayed Server Refresh

Posted by Jared Quan on Jun 15, 2015 8:00:00 AM

I don’t think people realize how similar the IT and movie industries are. Though 3D movies have been around in some form since 1915, 2003 marked the year of kicking 3D effects into blockbuster action. Despite low movie-goer excitement for 3D movies in the beginning years, studios joining the game in 2007 were able to hit the 3D sweet-spot where technological advancements and public thrill started to peak. For the studios that waited until 2010 to pick up the technology - where cost dropped from demand - late-joining studios suffered under those more experienced who were already evaluating a new set of technologies to get ahead in the game. 

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Topics: IT Information

Sophos 7 Deadly IT Sins: NO 3 – Unsecure WI-FI

Posted by Jared Quan on Apr 23, 2015 1:30:00 PM

As technology has advanced, so has our demand for the availability of the most recent convenience. The transitional need from cell service, internet access, to Wi-Fi access, has been rapid and those needs are not contained to just our homes. In London there was a project called Warbike that set out to locate wireless networks, and found 107,000. Of that fantastic number 27% of them had poor or no security. Unsecured Wi-Fi puts your network at risk, and that is why it is number 3 on the list of Sophos deadly IT sins.

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Topics: IT Information, Sophos 7 Deadly IT Sins

Sophos 7 Deadly IT sins: No 2 – Mac Malice

Posted by Jared Quan on Apr 16, 2015 1:30:00 PM

Since the two companies emerged in the 80’s, people have been faced with the choice, Mac or PC. Fast forward to today, Microsoft owns 91.02% of the market share, and Mac at 5.57% of the market. Despite those numbers, IT directors are facing an increasingly mixed environment, as Mac continues to grow in popularity. The timing has created the right atmosphere for our second deadly IT sin “Mac Malice”.

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Topics: IT Information, Sophos 7 Deadly IT Sins

Game Changer: Why You Should Consider an Office 365 Move

Posted by Jared Quan on Apr 14, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Microsoft first announced Office 365 way back on October 2010. The same year Burj Khalifa in Dubai was officially opened, and Tom Cruise would later climb on the outside for ‘Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol’. Also the Iceland volcano of Eyjafjallajökull erupted disrupting air traffic across Europe, later to be featured in the movie ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ with Ben Stiller. Regardless of the announcement in 2010, it wasn’t until 2013 that business began to take the platform seriously. The question now is why should you consider taking the leap to 365?

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Topics: IT Information

SOPHOS 7 Deadly IT Sins: No.1 – Mobile Negligence

Posted by Jared Quan on Apr 9, 2015 2:00:00 PM

Over the course of the next seven weeks we will be reviewing the Sophos 7 Deadly IT Sins. It is apparent that as technology continues to advance and our reliance of technology increases, IT professionals are being forced into a juggling act. One of the heaviest and most critical things companies have to deal with is security. Sophos has a practical saying they like to use ‘the solution to complexity is not more complexity.’ They have set out to tackle security challenges with clarity and confidence.

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Topics: IT Information, Sophos 7 Deadly IT Sins

Finding the Blind Spots before they become real problems: Why you should consider a wireless site survey

Posted by Jared Quan on Apr 7, 2015 1:30:00 PM

Thanks to the consumerization of IT, the BYOD (bring your own device) or BYOT (bring your own technology) explosion continues to expand beyond the previously estimated scope of 1-2 devices per person, leaving companies and even schools doing everything in their power to keep up. With an estimated 75% of companies allowing this expansion, there has been a struggle with a variety of problems. One of which is reliable and consistent coverage.

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Topics: IT Information