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From the experts | August 17, 2016 by Tania Stadnik
Another big buzz in the media again. Looks like there has been another dangerous vulnerability identified and rated a 10 for impact, and a 10 for exploitability. This is the threat we now know as the Shellshock Vulnerability. The major concern is that, if an attacker has the skill to craft a packet to take advantage of the vulnerability, they can inject code […]
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From the experts | August 11, 2016 by Brett Gillett
every organization faces challenges – whether unexpected costs, unplanned outages or security-related issues. In my experience, most are avoidable with a little extra planning. As you invest more time and treasure in the cloud, I recommend the following to build the foundation to keep your cloud strategy moving in the right direction. Click here to learn more.
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From the experts | May 19, 2016 by Joel Hoidas
In what’s shaped up as something of a cliffhanger episode of The Housewives of Silicon Valley, Oracle’s decision in March to end software development for Intel’s Itanium platform still has everyone in the industry hot and bothered – and not in a good way. No one – except maybe Oracle – is exactly sure why […]
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From the experts | April 13, 2016 by Joel Hoidas
In 2014, A Softchoice study revealed employees who use cloud apps are reckless and more likely to put corporate data at risk. Two years later, not much has else changed! From lax password security to rogue IT behavior, North American workers are (Still) Careless Users in the Cloud.
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From the experts | August 25, 2015 by Debbie Stephenson
Editor’s note: our virtualization expert Stephen Akuffo weighs in on the Virtual Space Race Study blog series – see his notes below. You’ve probably researched how virtualization will simplify your IT infrastructure and allow you to do more with less. The benefits of virtualization seem almost too good to pass up: lower costs, less complexity […]
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From the experts | August 12, 2015 by Debbie Stephenson
 Important considerations with BYOC strategy  Employees who are given laptops by their company might use their hardware eight hours a day. The remaining eight hours of awake time, in the evening or on in transit, they might connect to the office to check email or catch up on work they didn’t get a chance to […]
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From the experts | July 13, 2015 by Melissa Nitoiu
Editor’s note: our virtualization expert Stephen Akuffo weighs in on the Virtual Space Race Study blog series – see his notes below. You’ve probably researched how virtualization will simplify your IT infrastructure and allow you to do more with less. The benefits of virtualization seem almost too good to pass up: lower costs, less complexity […]
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From the experts | October 7, 2014 by Joel Hoidas
This is the third entry in a series about how Softchoice implemented BYOC. We hope you find the series interesting and look forward to your comments and thoughts on your experiences. As Madeleine’s blog series on Softchoice’s journey from Blackberry to BYOD is starting to wrap up, I’ve now started on a new journey considering whether Softchoice should expand BYOD […]
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From the experts | September 29, 2014 by Matthew Thiffault
Over the years our goal has always been to help our customers become more successful, more productive and more competitive. This year, we have chosen to narrow our focus even more to one major WIG – wildly important goal – that will guide our offerings for the next year. This is the year when it […]
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From the experts | September 22, 2014 by Emily A. Davidson
This article originally appeared on Stephen’s personal blog. You can visit it here. Right now there are several types of Mobile Device Management solutions.  They all have their place when you consider security and total cost of ownership.  Some of them are going to be much more secure giving more piece of mind.  Others are going […]
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From the experts | August 7, 2014 by Matthew Thiffault
What business goals are you trying to achieve? Are you trying to improve service, cut costs, or drive revenue? Migrating or implementing a new voice infrastructure isn’t easy. To be successful, you need to understand all the variables from hardware to software to how people will interact with the new system. We’ve installed hundreds of […]
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From the experts | May 28, 2014 by Joel Hoidas
At a recent Softchoice-hosted conference in Toronto, customers turned up in droves to learn about one thing – the virtual desktop. If the popularity of this event signals one thing it’s that interest in virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) has reached a tipping point. And for good reason. A look at the average desktop environment will […]
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From the experts | May 27, 2014 by Richard Carson
Dear Frank, The users in my organization have a variety of mobile devices, everything from Blackberries to iPhones to laptops and iPads. How do I ensure a secure, mobile experience for them no matter what device they are on? From, Mobily Challenged Dear Mobily Challenged, This is a common question that I get from almost […]
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From the experts | May 23, 2014 by Joel Hoidas
As we started to roll out a Softchoice CYOD program, we discovered there were a lot of moving parts across a lot of departments. When we previously rolled out our BYOD  program, we didn’t have the benefit of in-house expertise to guide the design, implementation and measurement of the program. With CYOD, which we’re piloting over […]
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From the experts | May 16, 2014 by Joel Hoidas
How to implement a Bring Your Own Technology strategy is still one of the most rampant conversations we have everyday with businesses. There is no single technology that is going to make the implementation successful. The goal of this guide is to outline the variables that need to be addressed so that you can find […]
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From the experts | May 5, 2014 by Joel Hoidas
With the rapid increase in everyone’s needs for mobility, wireless technologies are becoming more and more important all the time. A well implemented wireless network improves productivity by providing employees with the tools to access their network wherever they are—whether at work, at home, or on the road. A wireless infrastructure must take into account […]
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From the experts | March 10, 2014 by Erika Van Noort
Like many companies, Softchoice has invested in a number of collaborative technologies over the years. Some for general use, others for specific tasks in dedicated lines of business. And like many companies, we’ve unfortunately accumulated a hodge-podge of different technologies that are used inconsistently across the organization. Start with an Audit Our IT team agreed that […]
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From the experts | February 25, 2014 by Erika Van Noort
WAN optimization: the same network experience for all.  As virtualization and cloud computing drive more and more traffic over wide area networks (WANs), end users are expecting and demanding connectivity to access their applications from anywhere and any device, any time. This in spite of the fact that poor application response times at remote sites […]
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From the experts | November 25, 2013 by Lesley Morris
Often, new technologies bury old ones – think of the demise of the horse and buggy or the record player. But sometimes, established technologies have a funny way of flailing for a bit then finding a new equilibrium. In-theater movie going, for instance, didn’t die when at-home devices became popular – they both simply learned […]
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From the experts | November 22, 2013 by Angela Cope
This is the second in a series about how Softchoice implemented BYOC. We hope you find the series interesting and look forward to your comments and thoughts on your experiences. Building the team: You start with inviting a great marketing person to the team. OK, most BYOC teams don’t have someone like me blogging about the process, and […]
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From the experts | November 5, 2013 by Angela Cope
What is it that you want to protect most? This can be a very difficult question.  A question that has created many products and solutions (inside and outside of I.T…think insurance).  Other than the people, the most critical asset we have in most organizations is the information.  If it were not for that information we […]
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From the experts | September 25, 2013 by Ian Zagrodney
Over the years, we’ve worked very closely with a variety of market segments, to help them adapt, grow and thrive in spite of economic change and technology evolutions. With all that experience and knowledge behind us, we thought it would be interesting to hear from our Softchoice team directly, to share their insights and perspectives on how technology change […]
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From the experts | September 17, 2013 by Angela Cope
Just Google BYOD (as of July 16, that 6,340,000 results and counting) and BAM! it’s clear the bring-your-own-device revolution is far more than just a trend. If you’re CIO hasn’t started quivering yet – whether it be from excitement or fear – take a look at some more staggering numbers: 95% of organizations allow employee-owned […]
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From the experts | September 12, 2013 by Lesley Morris
Knowing what you already have in your toolbox before heading out to buy new tools is common sense. However, sometimes you can lose track of what you own and find yourself buying the same screwdriver over and over again. This can happen in your IT environment too if you don’t have a good system of keeping track of what’s in […]
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From the experts | September 5, 2013 by Angela Cope
In a recent an article on CIO.com, Tom Kaneshige ponders the inevitability of class-action lawsuits by users whose companies cross the divide between the personal and the corporate in a BYOD environment. The blending of personal and company data and applications on user-owned devices becomes a potential minefield. What if company applications are collecting location data […]
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From the experts | August 29, 2013 by Stephen Perciballi
This is the second in a series about how Softchoice implemented BYOC. We hope you find the series interesting and look forward to your comments and thoughts on your experiences. Building the team: You start with inviting a great marketing person to the team. OK, most BYOC teams don’t have someone like me blogging about the process, and […]
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From the experts | August 19, 2013 by Florent Tastet
You want to get started on your Cloud roadmap, but with all of the options and opinions available it’s hard to determine exactly which approach is best for your organization. You have read white papers, blogs, newsletters, tweets and articles all explaining different approaches to: IaaS, SaaS, PaaS, hybrid cloud, private cloud, migrating to the […]
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From the experts | August 15, 2013 by Mustafa Ebadi
 Important considerations with BYOC strategy  Employees who are given laptops by their company might use their hardware eight hours a day. The remaining eight hours of awake time, in the evening or on in transit, they might connect to the office to check email or catch up on work they didn’t get a chance to […]
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From the experts | July 30, 2013 by Candice Garner
This is an exciting time in the world of communication technologies. It holds the promise of great opportunity as well as some daunting challenges around implementing, managing and maintaining new and evolving technologies. At Softchoice, we’ve spent many years working closely with a variety of  industries, helping them adapt, grow and thrive in spite of economic […]
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From the experts | July 22, 2013 by Eric Gardiner
This is the first in a series about how Softchoice implemented BYOC. We hope you find the series interesting and look forward to your comments and thoughts on your experiences. Like many other organizations, Softchoice is in the process of working our way through all the complexities of the Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC) revolution. We’re […]
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From the experts | July 2, 2013 by Francis Li
What’s Unified Fabric Networking technologies?  As the number of data, applications and servers in data centers have increased, so have corresponding storage and networks. Couple this with an increasing appetite for Virtualization and networking seems to have been a bit forgotten.  As organizations look to condense platforms and applications the demand on networking and storage […]
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  Spring may mean warmer weather, but for most of us it also means getting in touch with our inner hoarder: seriously digging into our closets, cupboards and drawers and parting with stuff we don’t use anymore. The alternative, of course, is watching helplessly as our dens, basements, hallways and garages simply become makeshift storage […]
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From the experts | June 21, 2013 by Mustafa Ebadi
Dear Frank, Recently, my company has added some branches across the country – which is great because we’re growing. But I’ve never been a fan of long-distance relationships. We try and keep in touch with co-workers, but the phone can be expensive and email just isn’t providing the intimacy we need to feel connected. How […]
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From the experts | June 20, 2013 by Joel Marans
Verizon’s most recent Business Threat Breach report features some sobering facts.  Like 70% of data stolen was stolen from outsiders.  94% of data breached was attributed to malware.  Over half of this malware was injection type malware such as SQL Injection and Cross Site Scripting.  Websites are being hit by attackers and they are targeting vulnerabilities […]
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From the experts | June 19, 2013 by Erika Van Noort
Just Google BYOD (as of July 16, that 6,340,000 results and counting) and BAM! it’s clear the bring-your-own-device revolution is far more than just a trend. If you’re CIO hasn’t started quivering yet – whether it be from excitement or fear – take a look at some more staggering numbers: 95% of organizations allow employee-owned […]
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From the experts | June 6, 2013 by Aaron Brooks
Storage virtualization isn’t just the buzz term du jour. More and more organizations are transitioning antiquated legacy storage environments into more flexible and agile infrastructures that can help reduce waste, outages and labor, maximize operating efficiency and performance – and, of course, save a lot of money. In fact, by some accounts, for every 12 […]
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From the experts | May 29, 2013 by Candice Garner
It’s time to get started Once your captains er– leaders are on board with the benefits and significant cost savings an efficient data center can deliver, it’s time to assess your current infrastructure and create a plan. The very first thing you need to do is,  “Shunt the deuterium from the main cryo-pump to the […]
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From the experts | May 23, 2013 by Aaron Brooks
In Part 1, we took a look at some of the big picture challenges facing IT pros when it comes to the exponential growth in storage needs. But what about the solutions? What factors should you be looking out for as you move to a more proactive – rather than reactive – storage strategy? Gartner, […]
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From the experts | May 8, 2013 by Dan Sylvester
Much like the human brain, the typical data center uses only a fraction of its potential, with servers running at about 10% of their actual capacity. Imagine if we could turn that number around! In this issue of the Advisor we highlight how virtualization is creating new opportunities to optimize the data center. Whether it’s […]
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From the experts | April 5, 2013 by Richard Carson
From rumors of cost savings, to greater employee satisfaction, to more productivity – the reasons for initiating a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy span far and wide. In the second addition to Softchoice’s BYOD Behind the Scenes Blog Series (read the first here), I wanted to explore exactly what triggered our decision to adopt a bring-your-own-device policy. […]
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From the experts | March 25, 2013 by Lesley Morris
 Once upon a time, you delivered an operating system to your employees on their desktop devices – or maybe you still are. You had applications and user profiles on your desktops too. And of course, your service level agreements (SLAs) were tied to the hardware as well because the hardware counted most. If it broke, […]
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From the experts | March 21, 2013 by Mark Sebastian
 Important considerations with BYOC strategy  Employees who are given laptops by their company might use their hardware eight hours a day. The remaining eight hours of awake time, in the evening or on in transit, they might connect to the office to check email or catch up on work they didn’t get a chance to […]
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From the experts | March 12, 2013 by Florent Tastet
We offer Managed Print Services (MPS) solutions to our customers, but we’ve also experienced the benefits firsthand. Previously, our IT department was responsible for managing a large printer fleet spread across multiple offices. Managing, maintaining and supporting our print environment was a time-consuming task — one that took away from more strategic IT-related endeavors. We […]
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From the experts | March 8, 2013 by Jonathan White
 So you’re sold on virtualization being the answer to controlling hardware costs in your organization’s long-awaited great Windows 7 implementation. But, you may be wondering, what about all my apps? In other words, you’ve found a resource-friendly way to implement Windows 7 but you worry that won’t amount to a hill of beans for users […]
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From the experts | March 8, 2013 by Doug Sekus
This is the third entry in a series about how Softchoice implemented BYOC. We hope you find the series interesting and look forward to your comments and thoughts on your experiences. As Madeleine’s blog series on Softchoice’s journey from Blackberry to BYOD is starting to wrap up, I’ve now started on a new journey considering whether Softchoice should expand BYOD […]
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From the experts | February 3, 2013 by Matthew Bynum
Over the years, data centers became fragmented, with numerous types of proprietary software living in silos inside specialized hardware components – making them complex and frustrating to manage. Today, virtualization helps absorb and minimize this challenge, but creates another: Server and application sprawl from explosive data growth. Server and application sprawl will cost you A […]
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From the experts | January 18, 2013 by Matthew Thiffault
There are a lot of differing opinions floating around these days about “Storage Tiering” and the different methods of achieving it. Before we get into some of the popular approaches you’ll read about, let’s talk about why tiering is important. The “need” for storage tiering stems from the fact that different types of drives have different performance […]
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From the experts | December 17, 2012 by Deepesh Misra
WAN optimization: the same network experience for all.  As virtualization and cloud computing drive more and more traffic over wide area networks (WANs), end users are expecting and demanding connectivity to access their applications from anywhere and any device, any time. This in spite of the fact that poor application response times at remote sites […]
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From the experts | December 7, 2012 by Jason McNeill
Whether we like it or not, the revolution is here. The consumerization of IT – or BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) – is transforming client computing as we know it. More and more companies are finding that employees want the freedom to choose the devices they work with. This is putting additional pressure on IT […]
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From the experts | November 30, 2012 by Matthew Bynum
Managing the risks of a mobile security tsunami – why a personal mobile device acceptable use policy for your organization matters. Personal smartphones, laptops, tablets, e-readers, netbooks, gaming devices – it’s a whole new mobile wild west out there. At first, organizations and their IT teams, understandably fearful of the risks to the integrity of private information and […]
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From the experts | November 12, 2012 by Jason McNeill
Of virtual domains and load balancing: some benefits of network virtualization.  It’s a common problem: by underutilizing their resources, most data centers end up deploying more servers than they need to. Those additional servers increase costs, of course, but they also create more disparate environments that are tough to manage. But now IT has the […]
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From the experts | November 5, 2012 by Lesley Morris
  Your data backup and recovery systems are like your insurance policy. Knowing that you have a process and system in place to ensure your data is secure and recoverable quickly and reliably means you can sleep at night knowing that your valuable corporate assets are safe. But wait, have you tested your tape backup […]
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From the experts | October 15, 2012 by Lesley Morris
As 2011 comes to a close, Softchoice customers are evaluating the success and challenges from the present year, and planning for the year to come. The Softchoice Advisor sat down with our Manager of Category Marketing, Bryan Rusche, to understand the opportunity organizations should expect to encounter while continuing to mitigate risk and maximize efficiencies […]
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From the experts | October 9, 2012 by Lesley Morris
Managing proprietary and public-facing data is key to your core business, growth and reputation and means that it is necessary to manage business and data growth while also handling increased management complexities. Unfortunately, Data Quality is a term that is often misused or ignored,  and even causes alarm in organizations. In this 3-part series, I’ll explore: how to measure […]
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From the experts | September 26, 2012 by Elliott McWhirter
What’s Unified Fabric Networking technologies?  As the number of data, applications and servers in data centers have increased, so have corresponding storage and networks. Couple this with an increasing appetite for Virtualization and networking seems to have been a bit forgotten.  As organizations look to condense platforms and applications the demand on networking and storage […]
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From the experts | September 14, 2012 by Lesley Morris
Editors note: our virtualization expert Stephen Akuffo weighs in on the Virtual Space Race Study – see his notes below. Technology is changing the way we do business every day in every way. We are constantly searching for ways to become more efficient, more flexible and more responsive. We want solutions that can be implemented […]
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From the experts | September 6, 2012 by Stephen Perciballi
“Our wireless sucks. I’m truly embarrassed, when my client asks for internet access in our boardroom. I’m constantly having to reconnect to the wireless. IT must not realize this is important to me.” Your users are likely thinking these things – if not yelling them at you and most IT organizations don’t have a great […]
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From the experts | August 24, 2012 by Madeleine Lee
This is an exciting time in the world of communication technologies. It holds the promise of great opportunity as well as some daunting challenges around implementing, managing and maintaining new and evolving technologies. At Softchoice, we’ve spent many years working closely with a variety of  industries, helping them adapt, grow and thrive in spite of economic […]
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From the experts | August 17, 2012 by Emily A. Davidson
We’ve learned a lot in the last 18 months. As cautious optimism surrounds economic recovery, what has changed in how organizations are harnessing technology? We assembled a group of Softchoice’s top technology thought leaders and asked them all one question: “What’s on your radar as organizations get back to business?” “In the storage arena it’s […]
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From the experts | August 16, 2012 by Madeleine Lee
Let’s face it. You’ve been spending a lot more time with virtualization lately. You weren’t sure how into it you were when you were first introduced. But be honest, now you’re head over heels. You like the way virtualization helps you reduce waste, outages and labor, how scalable it is, how it makes feel when […]
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From the experts | August 14, 2012 by Melissa Alvares
“How would it impact your business if  you saved 40 to 60% on your overall security spend, and get better security?” This is the question I ask clients most during consulting engagements. Typically there are a variety of responses that end with the question “how?” Related Posts How Managed Print Services Helped Us Save Money […]
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From the experts | July 27, 2012 by Melissa Alvares
The Impact of Thailand Flooding on Enterprise Storage Most IT professionals are aware that recent flooding in Thailand has had an impact on the Hard Disk Drive manufacturing industry.  The impact has been most immediate on disk drives used in PC’s and Industry Standard Servers (ISS) because the drive types used by these products are […]
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From the experts | July 27, 2012 by Madeleine Lee
Softchoice’s CIO Kevin Wright talks about using technology to stay ahead in tough times. Q: From a cost-management perspective, how has the recession changed the way you do things as an IT organization? A: With every crisis there’s an opportunity to innovate and be more efficient. And that’s how we approached it. We made it […]
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From the experts | July 25, 2012 by Melissa Alvares
I am assuming you are reading this now because you saw this Security Alert for CVE-2013-4022 Released and: the panic has set in, or Oracle and Java have taken its toll or You are now getting e-mails from your executives asking if you are aware, and what you are doing about this! Let’s quickly assess what the […]
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From the experts | July 25, 2012 by Lesley Morris
Editors note: our virtualization expert Stephen Akuffo weighs in on the Virtual Space Race Study blog series – see his notes below. Long gone are the days of a single server and a few machines. Today’s computing landscape has evolved to include cloud-based services, on-premise applications, and virtualized environments. As a result, you may find […]
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From the experts | July 25, 2012 by Lesley Morris
The Consumer Electronics Show was in Las Vegas a couple weeks ago, and product announcements were steadily trickling out. It comes as no surprise that an entire slew of new smartphones, tablets, and laptops has been announced, but a growing trend is all the other intelligent, Wi-Fi connected devices being announced, such as Parrott’s Flower […]
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From the experts | July 25, 2012 by Melissa Alvares
Our latest infographic examines the differences between the user experience and the IT experience when implementing a BYOD strategy. From user demands for anywhere access to network security, and quick application loading times to a virtual desktop infrastructures, this infographic aims to help you ensure your back-end can support the new demands BYOD places on […]
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From the experts | July 24, 2012 by Emily A. Davidson
In a recent an article on CIO.com, Tom Kaneshige ponders the inevitability of class-action lawsuits by users whose companies cross the divide between the personal and the corporate in a BYOD environment. The blending of personal and company data and applications on user-owned devices becomes a potential minefield. What if company applications are collecting location data […]
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From the experts | July 23, 2012 by Lesley Morris
Software compliance is one of those aspects of business that exists safely in the back of your mind until, suddenly, it rears its ugly head. Issues of software non-compliance rarely occur intentionally, and are often the result of a company expanding beyond the scale of their original licensing agreements. In short, while it may be a […]
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From the experts | July 16, 2012 by Emily A. Davidson
Recently Stephen Speirs from Cisco wrote a blog post about The Winchester House, as an analogy to explain how IT often evolves in unplanned ways. I’d like to extend Stephen’s analogy a little further by using the Winchester House as an example of what can happen when organizations over time continually enhance and upgrade their infrastructure […]
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From the experts | July 16, 2012 by Emily A. Davidson
Softchoice Solutions Architect Matthew Bynum reveals his top ten considerations for any organization considering a unified communications (UC) deployment.  #10. Understand why All too often, the driver behind IT change is as simple as “our existing gear is old,” or “we can’t get support on it anymore.” Make sure you can articulate the actual reasons […]
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From the experts | July 5, 2012 by David Davis
Like many companies, Softchoice has invested in a number of collaborative technologies over the years. Some for general use, others for specific tasks in dedicated lines of business. And like many companies, we’ve unfortunately accumulated a hodge-podge of different technologies that are used inconsistently across the organization. Start with an Audit Our IT team agreed that […]
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Softchoice Solutions Architect Matthew Bynum reveals his top ten considerations for any organization considering a unified communications (UC) deployment.  #10. Understand why All too often, the driver behind IT change is as simple as “our existing gear is old,” or “we can’t get support on it anymore.” Make sure you can articulate the actual reasons […]
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From the experts | June 22, 2012 by Madeleine Lee
Much has been written on the long-term survival of the desktop PC. The proliferation of smartphones, tablets, and cloud computing within the enterprise is changing the way we work, but does that mean the PC is destined for extinction? There’s no denying, the PC market is suffering right now. According to a recent Gartner report, […]
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From the experts | June 13, 2012 by Madeleine Lee
Still buying servers for each application? It’s time to get on board with virtualization.   Inertia can be a powerful force. Whether it’s the inertia that comes from a lack of understanding and fear of the unknown or the kind that comes from believing something ought to be done a certain way because, heck, it’s […]
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The Consumer Electronics Show was in Las Vegas a couple weeks ago, and product announcements were steadily trickling out. It comes as no surprise that an entire slew of new smartphones, tablets, and laptops has been announced, but a growing trend is all the other intelligent, Wi-Fi connected devices being announced, such as Parrott’s Flower […]
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From the experts | May 31, 2012 by Melissa Alvares
“Our wireless sucks. I’m truly embarrassed, when my client asks for internet access in our boardroom. I’m constantly having to reconnect to the wireless. IT must not realize this is important to me.” Your users are likely thinking these things – if not yelling them at you and most IT organizations don’t have a great […]
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From the experts | May 30, 2012 by Joel Marans
Much like the human brain, the typical data center uses only a fraction of its potential, with servers running at about 10% of their actual capacity. Imagine if we could turn that number around! In this issue of the Advisor we highlight how virtualization is creating new opportunities to optimize the data center. Whether it’s […]
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From the experts | May 29, 2012 by Ben Abbey
Just Google BYOD (as of July 16, that 6,340,000 results and counting) and BAM! it’s clear the bring-your-own-device revolution is far more than just a trend. If you’re CIO hasn’t started quivering yet – whether it be from excitement or fear – take a look at some more staggering numbers: 95% of organizations allow employee-owned […]
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From the experts | May 25, 2012 by Lesley Morris
  Spring may mean warmer weather, but for most of us it also means getting in touch with our inner hoarder: seriously digging into our closets, cupboards and drawers and parting with stuff we don’t use anymore. The alternative, of course, is watching helplessly as our dens, basements, hallways and garages simply become makeshift storage […]
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From the experts | May 25, 2012 by Lesley Morris
The old rules no longer apply. In the past, you knew how many processors would be committed to a particular application, and you made your software deals accordingly. Now, you face an ambiguous standard. What happens if you are undergoing a license audit during a period of peak demand? Every IT innovation brings with it […]
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From the experts | May 14, 2012 by Melissa Alvares
I am assuming you are reading this now because you saw this Security Alert for CVE-2013-4022 Released and: the panic has set in, or Oracle and Java have taken its toll or You are now getting e-mails from your executives asking if you are aware, and what you are doing about this! Let’s quickly assess what the […]
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From the experts | May 13, 2012 by Lesley Morris
Like it or not, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) isn’t going away. While everyone agrees it’s a good idea to plan for the inevitable, few know what to expect. To give you an idea, we put together a list, compiled in part from first-hand experience of doing it ourselves, of the impacts you can expect […]
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From the experts | May 8, 2012 by Lesley Morris
One approach to support multiple devices in a manageable and secure fashion is to leverage client virtualization. Our Softchoice Advisor Team asked Jon White, Solutions Architect for Client Virtualization here at Softchoice for his insights on helping customers understand the considerations involved. Softchoice Advisor:  What are the steps for building out a client virtualization strategy to […]
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Editor’s note: our virtualization expert Stephen Akuffo weighs in on the Virtual Space Race Study blog series – see his notes below. You’ve probably researched how virtualization will simplify your IT infrastructure and allow you to do more with less. The benefits of virtualization seem almost too good to pass up: lower costs, less complexity […]
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Editors note: our virtualization expert Stephen Akuffo weighs in on the Virtual Space Race Study blog series – see his notes below. Long gone are the days of a single server and a few machines. Today’s computing landscape has evolved to include cloud-based services, on-premise applications, and virtualized environments. As a result, you may find […]
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From the experts | April 27, 2012 by Lesley Morris
Networking is a word that for many causes trepidation and excitement at the same time, and I’m not necessarily talking only about networking equipment in IT, I’m also talking about human networking. We all know how nerve racking it can be to step into a room full of strangers with the goal of branching out […]
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From the experts | April 13, 2012 by Lesley Morris
Editor’s note: our virtualization expert Stephen Akuffo weighs in on the Virtual Space Race Study blog series – see his notes below. Do you remember the days of dial up – when you had the patience to wait minutes for the information you wanted? Fast forward 20 years. We now live in an era that […]
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From the experts | April 8, 2012 by Lesley Morris
Over the years, data centers became fragmented, with numerous types of proprietary software living in silos inside specialized hardware components – making them complex and frustrating to manage. Today, virtualization helps absorb and minimize this challenge, but creates another: Server and application sprawl from explosive data growth. Server and application sprawl will cost you A […]
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Editors note: our virtualization expert Stephen Akuffo weighs in on the Virtual Space Race Study – see his notes below. Technology is changing the way we do business every day in every way. We are constantly searching for ways to become more efficient, more flexible and more responsive. We want solutions that can be implemented […]
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How archiving is helping organizations get email under control.    Consider, if you will, these two predicaments.  Organization A, which is particularly prone to lawsuits, has decided not to keep email backups beyond 30 days.  This decision is based on the knowledge that the number one issues courts are looking for today concerning email retention […]
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From the experts | April 2, 2012 by Eric Gardiner
As organizations adapt to an evolving desktop environment, Professional Services will play a key role in guiding this transformation. The arrival of next-generation technology is one thing, but navigating through hundreds of options and actually deploying them are the most crucial components of IT success. Our Softchoice Advisor recently team met with John Kauffman, our […]
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From the experts | March 30, 2012 by Ferrol Macon
What’s Unified Fabric Networking technologies?  As the number of data, applications and servers in data centers have increased, so have corresponding storage and networks. Couple this with an increasing appetite for Virtualization and networking seems to have been a bit forgotten.  As organizations look to condense platforms and applications the demand on networking and storage […]
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From the experts | March 30, 2012 by Ferrol Macon
They say, be careful what you wish for. A plant needs sunshine and water to grow but give it too much and the plant burns or withers. The same sort of predicament might be said of data center consolidation. Over the last few decades, pulling the plug on inefficiently used servers in a variety of […]
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From the experts | March 29, 2012 by Lesley Morris
Over the years, we’ve worked closely with a variety of market segments,to help them adapt, grow and thrive in spite of economic change and technology evolutions.With all that experience and knowledge behind us, we thought it would be interesting to hear from our Softchoice experts directly, so they could share their insights and perspectives on how technology […]
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From the experts | March 16, 2012 by Emily A. Davidson
In December 2006, TJX – the company that owns retailers TJMaxx, Marshalls in US, and Winners and HomeSense in Canada – found suspicious software on its computer systems. Three months later, TJX admitted that a computer security breach had occurred and that more than 45 million of its shoppers’ credit cards had been compromised. The […]
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From the experts | March 8, 2012 by Lesley Morris
The following is a keynote address delivered by David MacDonald, President and CEO of Softchoice, delivered at the CD Howe Institute in Toronto on May 18, 2016. Unleashing Productivity: The Role of Innovative Technology in Canada’s New Economy Good afternoon, everyone. Today, I want to talk to you about the disruptive technologies that are shaping the world around us, […]
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From the experts | February 14, 2012 by Ferrol Macon
Another big buzz in the media again. Looks like there has been another dangerous vulnerability identified and rated a 10 for impact, and a 10 for exploitability. This is the threat we now know as the Shellshock Vulnerability. The major concern is that, if an attacker has the skill to craft a packet to take advantage of the vulnerability, they can inject code […]
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From the experts | February 10, 2012 by Emily A. Davidson
Software compliance is one of those aspects of business that exists safely in the back of your mind until, suddenly, it rears its ugly head. Issues of software non-compliance rarely occur intentionally, and are often the result of a company expanding beyond the scale of their original licensing agreements. In short, while it may be a […]
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From the experts | January 10, 2012 by Emily A. Davidson
WAN optimization: the same network experience for all.  As virtualization and cloud computing drive more and more traffic over wide area networks (WANs), end users are expecting and demanding connectivity to access their applications from anywhere and any device, any time. This in spite of the fact that poor application response times at remote sites […]