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From the experts | August 17, 2016 by Tania Stadnik
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 | 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
As a cloud consultant, I’ve had the opportunity to see dozens of different public cloud implementations – the good, the bad and the ugly. Regardless of where you are on your journey, every organization faces challenges – whether unexpected costs, unplanned outages or security-related issues. In my experience, most are avoidable with a little extra […]
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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
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 12, 2015 by Debbie Stephenson
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 13, 2015 by Melissa Nitoiu
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 | October 7, 2014 by Joel Hoidas
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 | September 29, 2014 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 | September 22, 2014 by Emily A. Davidson
In Part 1 of this post, I blogged about how more and more companies are catching on to the value and importance of virtually storing their data. Storage virtualization offers the flexibility to simplify and modernize IT systems and control costs with as little disruption to a business’s data availability as possible. But while it […]
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From the experts | August 7, 2014 by Matthew Thiffault
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 | May 28, 2014 by Joel Hoidas
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 | May 27, 2014 by Richard Carson
Organizations of all sizes implement virtualization to gain efficiencies for both IT and the company. Typically, the server admin group leads this charge by running other virtualized servers on “virtual hosts,” or existing physical servers. In other words, it is possible to implement server virtualization without ever changing the server, storage, or networking hardware. From a […]
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From the experts | May 23, 2014 by Joel Hoidas
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 | May 16, 2014 by Joel Hoidas
The proliferation of personal mobile devices is changing the way we do business — and companies are either embracing it, or sticking with the status quo. But there is another option that’s gaining momentum. On one end of the spectrum is COPE (company-issued, personally-enabled), where the organization chooses which devices employees use, and the company […]
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From the experts | May 5, 2014 by Joel Hoidas
The computer under your desk is a big, clunky thing with a lot of moving parts. And moving parts mean that, sooner or later, some of those parts are going to break. That’s why, realistically, the traditional desktop has a three- to five-year lifespan.  But the increasingly widespread adoption of virtualization and data centers is […]
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From the experts | March 10, 2014 by Erika Van Noort
IT leaders are probably in the best position to help prevent a “fire, ready, aim” approach to using social media. This may sound counter-intuitive at first. After all, IT blocks social media, right? Not so. I’d argue that any organization that’s getting serious about using social media has a lot to gain by leveraging IT […]
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From the experts | February 25, 2014 by Erika Van Noort
I don’t know about you, but I find juggling one ball hard, let alone three or 43. But keeping all those balls from crashing all around you is a little like the challenge organizations face as they try to store and manage their ever-increasing volumes of data. And I do mean ever-increasing. Because Great Recession […]
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From the experts | November 25, 2013 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 | November 22, 2013 by Angela Cope
Everyone has an opinion on the best way to leverage cloud technology. And with all the hype out there, it’s hard to know what’s just hot air and what you can actually use to your organization’s advantage. Our CIO Kevin Wright sat down with the Softchoice Advisor to give some straight talk on successfully riding the […]
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From the experts | November 5, 2013 by Angela Cope
While you might know that Softchoice recently was recognized as one of the top tech firms in North America, you probably didn’t know that we also fall into the top 2% of Cisco partners with masters certification levels in UC and Security! To show our committment to all-things Cisco, we put together a short video that does […]
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From the experts | September 25, 2013 by Ian Zagrodney
While it’s true almost everyone is gung-ho about the benefits of virtualization these days, many organizations end up missing the boat on maximizing its greatest benefits – increased server utilization and consolidated workloads, lower energy costs, increased flexibility and easier system management.  Why? Maybe because they view virtualization as a magic bullet to solving all […]
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From the experts | September 17, 2013 by Angela Cope
 The term “cloud” in IT today evokes many responses, feelings and ideas on its purpose, makeup, and overall value to an organization. Some believe “cloud” is exclusive to IT services fully residing in an externally owned and run data center, in which an organization rents resources through an on-demand model. Some people believe cloud to […]
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From the experts | September 12, 2013 by Lesley Morris
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 5, 2013 by Angela Cope
Presenting Softchoice’s Top 6 backup challenges brought on by the virtualization revolution. Few who’ve seen virtualization implemented in their organizations would debate its benefits. Reduced costs, fewer physical servers, less IT admin time – what’s not to love? But as users rely more on virtual machines, protecting the virtual environment is becoming more critical and […]
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From the experts | August 29, 2013 by Stephen Perciballi
 The term “cloud” in IT today evokes many responses, feelings and ideas on its purpose, makeup, and overall value to an organization. Some believe “cloud” is exclusive to IT services fully residing in an externally owned and run data center, in which an organization rents resources through an on-demand model. Some people believe cloud to […]
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From the experts | August 19, 2013 by Florent Tastet
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 15, 2013 by Mustafa Ebadi
As a leading North American provider of technology solutions and services, Softchoice combines the efficiency and reliability of a national IT supplier with the personal touch and technical expertise of a local solutions provider. Softchoice’s holistic approach to technology includes solution design, implementation, asset management and cloud services, as well as access to one of […]
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From the experts | July 30, 2013 by Candice Garner
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 | July 22, 2013 by Eric Gardiner
While you might know that Softchoice recently was recognized as one of the top tech firms in North America, you probably didn’t know that we also fall into the top 2% of Cisco partners with masters certification levels in UC and Security! To show our committment to all-things Cisco, we put together a short video that does […]
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From the experts | July 2, 2013 by Francis Li
The term “grok” first appeared in the 1961 Novel “Stranger In a Strange Land” by Robert Heinlein. It was used to describe the sensation of becoming one with the observed. In the technology world, it’s a term that describes when someone fully and completely understands something in all its details and intricacies. We thought the […]
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Chicken and eggs and clouds (Oh my)  If your organization isn’t already dipping its toes into the cloud, it inevitably will in 2012. Quicker speed to market, universal availability for users, improved flexibility and ability to free up resources, with reduction in total cost of ownership, make cloud computing a no-brainer. At least that’s the hype […]
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From the experts | June 21, 2013 by Mustafa Ebadi
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 20, 2013 by Joel Marans
Social media is helping Softchoice CEO David MacDonald build relationships across the organization, and beyond its borders. Connecting with David MacDonald is as easy as sending him a tweet. MacDonald is part of the 18% of CEOs actively using social media. “As a company, we have humility in our culture that encourages us to be receptive […]
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From the experts | June 19, 2013 by Erika Van Noort
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 | June 6, 2013 by Aaron Brooks
With the size of the investment organizations make on unified communications and collaboration (UCC) , the last thing anyone wants is to paint themselves into a corner as it relates to future capabilities. Here’s a high-level look at the big UCC trends you need to know about in 2013 – and beyond. Related Posts Dealing […]
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From the experts | May 29, 2013 by Candice Garner
Related Posts Hooked On Storage Part 1: A Sustainable Approach To Storage Sprawl Urban planners have long since realized that building wider and wider highways doesn’t actually solve traffic congestion problems in the long run. Why? Because while they incr… How to Handle License Audits in a Virtualized Data Center The old rules no longer […]
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From the experts | May 23, 2013 by Aaron Brooks
I don’t know about you, but I find juggling one ball hard, let alone three or 43. But keeping all those balls from crashing all around you is a little like the challenge organizations face as they try to store and manage their ever-increasing volumes of data. And I do mean ever-increasing. Because Great Recession […]
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From the experts | May 8, 2013 by Dan Sylvester
Organizations of all sizes implement virtualization to gain efficiencies for both IT and the company. Typically, the server admin group leads this charge by running other virtualized servers on “virtual hosts,” or existing physical servers. In other words, it is possible to implement server virtualization without ever changing the server, storage, or networking hardware. From a […]
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From the experts | April 5, 2013 by Richard Carson
For some time now growing organizations have responded to exponential data growth and the need for more storage capacity for their different applications by simply buying new disk storage systems. An additional server here, a storage area network there. It worked well enough in the short term but because organizations – particularly those in the […]
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From the experts | March 25, 2013 by Lesley Morris
BYOD embodies many requirements that stretch outside the traditional realm of IT including change management, policy development and program delivery. We recognize there’s a disconnect between business and IT as it relates to BYOD – and this is what we’re doing to help our clients navigate with the launch of the Softchoice Innovation Office. Related […]
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From the experts | March 21, 2013 by Mark Sebastian
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 | March 12, 2013 by Florent Tastet
Everyone has an opinion on the best way to leverage cloud technology. And with all the hype out there, it’s hard to know what’s just hot air and what you can actually use to your organization’s advantage. Our CIO Kevin Wright sat down with the Softchoice Advisor to give some straight talk on successfully riding the […]
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From the experts | March 8, 2013 by Jonathan White
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 8, 2013 by Doug Sekus
The City of Moncton is located in New Brunswick, in Canada’s beautiful Maritime Provinces. Formerly a transportation hub for the Canadian National Railroad, the city experienced an economic downturn in the 1980’s when the railroad closed its operations, resulting in unemployment and economic upheval. The City quickly realized its new reality required a different approach to stimulate economic development and growth. Technology became a centerpin for many strategies […]
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From the experts | February 3, 2013 by Matthew Bynum
The right VDI security achieves the costs and efficiencies your enterprise is looking for. As server virtualization continues to go mainstream, achieving significant savings by optimizing resource utilization, many organizations are taking the lessons learned and benefits achieved and setting their sights on an even bigger challenge and opportunity: the desktop. Desktop virtualization – or VDI […]
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From the experts | January 18, 2013 by Matthew Thiffault
Want to save time and money on your Windows 7 deployment? Virtualize!  If you’re a stalwart IT decision maker who stuck by Windows XP for the last decade, you’re finally coming face to face with the reality of a Windows 7 world. And you’re probably asking yourself: so how do I make the move? For […]
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From the experts | December 17, 2012 by Deepesh Misra
Urban planners have long since realized that building wider and wider highways doesn’t actually solve traffic congestion problems in the long run. Why? Because while they increase capacity in the short term, they also encourage sprawl, which in turn generates more traffic and still wider highways – and the vicious cycle continues without ever solving […]
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From the experts | December 7, 2012 by Jason McNeill
IT professionals may be reluctant to introduce a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program – and for good reason. Concerns about security, governance and the fact that many employees are hesitant to take on the job of supporting their own devices derail even the best intentioned BYOD program. However, there is more balanced option emerging, and […]
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From the experts | November 30, 2012 by Matthew Bynum
 Virtualize first: The #1 rule for new IT applications.  There are a ton of things you can’t completely predict when it comes to the growth, responsiveness and success of your IT infrastructure. But one that you can bet on, if you’re going to keep pace with change and become or remain a highly efficient and […]
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From the experts | November 12, 2012 by Jason McNeill
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 | November 5, 2012 by Lesley Morris
Urban planners have long since realized that building wider and wider highways doesn’t actually solve traffic congestion problems in the long run. Why? Because while they increase capacity in the short term, they also encourage sprawl, which in turn generates more traffic and still wider highways – and the vicious cycle continues without ever solving […]
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From the experts | October 15, 2012 by Lesley Morris
Innovation: it’s a word ranked in the top 10 of the most overused marketing terms in the past few years. You see it everywhere you go. It’s used to describe everything from new cars and smartphones to sports equipment and food. While there are countless books written on this topic, it should be noted that a lot […]
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From the experts | October 9, 2012 by Lesley Morris
As a cloud consultant, I’ve had the opportunity to see dozens of different public cloud implementations – the good, the bad and the ugly. Regardless of where you are on your journey, every organization faces challenges – whether unexpected costs, unplanned outages or security-related issues. In my experience, most are avoidable with a little extra […]
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From the experts | September 26, 2012 by Elliott McWhirter
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 | September 14, 2012 by Lesley Morris
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 | September 6, 2012 by Stephen Perciballi
What are you going to get out of this blog? As technology advances, it is paramount that organizations capitalize on the potential efficiencies to be gained and both adapt and embrace change.  Over the past 20 years we have helped our clients optimize their existing infrastructures while integrating new technologies to help the business mitigate […]
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From the experts | August 24, 2012 by Madeleine Lee
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 | August 17, 2012 by Emily A. Davidson
IT Managers discover the high cost of ignoring data center efficiency. Your data center is running low on space. Your cooling system is at its limit. Network demands are growing. Energy demands are growing. The business is growing. You need more power. You need more servers. You feel like standing on the boardroom table and […]
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From the experts | August 16, 2012 by Madeleine Lee
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 | August 14, 2012 by Melissa Alvares
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 | July 27, 2012 by Melissa Alvares
BYOD embodies many requirements that stretch outside the traditional realm of IT including change management, policy development and program delivery. We recognize there’s a disconnect between business and IT as it relates to BYOD – and this is what we’re doing to help our clients navigate with the launch of the Softchoice Innovation Office. Related […]
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From the experts | July 27, 2012 by Madeleine Lee
Another week, another breach! It seems like every week we’re hearing about another major website’s secure passwords being compromised. Personal information is either being leaked for malicious purposes, or hackers are showing off their prowess for accessing “secure” information. Last week 3 major websites reported their customer passwords were compromised: LinkedIn.com – 6.5 Million customers affected eHarmony.com – […]
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From the experts | July 25, 2012 by Melissa Alvares
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 | July 25, 2012 by Lesley Morris
Social media is helping Softchoice CEO David MacDonald build relationships across the organization, and beyond its borders. Connecting with David MacDonald is as easy as sending him a tweet. MacDonald is part of the 18% of CEOs actively using social media. “As a company, we have humility in our culture that encourages us to be receptive […]
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From the experts | July 25, 2012 by Lesley Morris
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 | July 25, 2012 by Melissa Alvares
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 | July 24, 2012 by Emily A. Davidson
In a condo, tenants each have control over their own units (access, decor, furniture) but at the same time they are sharing resources such as the pool, security, gym and landscaping. They get a lot more, but at a fraction of the cost, compared to if they had to invest in those amenities on their […]
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From the experts | July 23, 2012 by Lesley Morris
Another week, another breach! It seems like every week we’re hearing about another major website’s secure passwords being compromised. Personal information is either being leaked for malicious purposes, or hackers are showing off their prowess for accessing “secure” information. Last week 3 major websites reported their customer passwords were compromised: LinkedIn.com – 6.5 Million customers affected eHarmony.com – […]
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From the experts | July 16, 2012 by Emily A. Davidson
With the recent news about Thailand’s floods, you might be wondering what your next steps are for planning your PC deployment needs next year. There’s much you can do to ensure that your organizations needs are met while factories in Thailand work to get back on track. With half the global PC hard drives made […]
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From the experts | July 16, 2012 by Emily A. Davidson
“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 | July 5, 2012 by David Davis
Depending on your organization, BYOD means a lot of different things. BYOD can be a welcome change (employee retention, talent acquisition, employee satisfaction, productivity enhancement, lower IT costs, and potentially customer satisfaction) or a challenge (security, access/restriction of data, lost devices, etc). Regardless, the first step is knowing the who’s, what’s and where’s of your […]
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Presenting Softchoice’s Top 6 backup challenges brought on by the virtualization revolution. Few who’ve seen virtualization implemented in their organizations would debate its benefits. Reduced costs, fewer physical servers, less IT admin time – what’s not to love? But as users rely more on virtual machines, protecting the virtual environment is becoming more critical and […]
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From the experts | June 22, 2012 by Madeleine Lee
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 | June 13, 2012 by Madeleine Lee
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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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 | May 31, 2012 by Melissa Alvares
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 | May 30, 2012 by Joel Marans
What are you going to get out of this blog? As technology advances, it is paramount that organizations capitalize on the potential efficiencies to be gained and both adapt and embrace change.  Over the past 20 years we have helped our clients optimize their existing infrastructures while integrating new technologies to help the business mitigate […]
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From the experts | May 29, 2012 by Ben Abbey
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 | May 25, 2012 by Lesley Morris
The right VDI security achieves the costs and efficiencies your enterprise is looking for. As server virtualization continues to go mainstream, achieving significant savings by optimizing resource utilization, many organizations are taking the lessons learned and benefits achieved and setting their sights on an even bigger challenge and opportunity: the desktop. Desktop virtualization – or VDI […]
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From the experts | May 25, 2012 by Lesley Morris
Presenting Softchoice’s Top 6 backup challenges brought on by the virtualization revolution. Few who’ve seen virtualization implemented in their organizations would debate its benefits. Reduced costs, fewer physical servers, less IT admin time – what’s not to love? But as users rely more on virtual machines, protecting the virtual environment is becoming more critical and […]
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From the experts | May 14, 2012 by Melissa Alvares
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 | May 13, 2012 by Lesley Morris
Containing virtual sprawl by optimizing management of network resources. As environments being more and more virtualized, the cost of computing goes down, efficiency, uptime and productivity increase and application performance is optimized. But, as with any major technology shift or revolution such as this, there are bumps in the road. That’s certainly true in the […]
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From the experts | May 8, 2012 by Lesley Morris
The way people work is changing dramatically. Everyone is bringing their personal devices into the office, which has led to the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend. A recent Infotech Indaba survey found that the use of personal and unmanaged devices and applications within businesses is at an all time high. “The consumerization of IT […]
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For some time now growing organizations have responded to exponential data growth and the need for more storage capacity for their different applications by simply buying new disk storage systems. An additional server here, a storage area network there. It worked well enough in the short term but because organizations – particularly those in the […]
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This article originally appeared on Stephen’s personal blog. You can visit it here. Don’t let the introduction scare you.This post is actually more appropriate for less technical readers who have had a computer failure and lost data. While on a recent business trip, the hard drive light on my laptop remained solid at all times. As […]
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From the experts | April 27, 2012 by Lesley Morris
Collaboration. There’s a million ways to do it, and a million ways to fail. Here are seven simple strategies to jumpstart your collaboration strategy and ensure your labors are fruitful. Related Posts Protect Your Infrastructure from Maintenance Sprawl Simplicity is among the principal advantages of implementing a virtual infrastructure, but few talk about the complexity that […]
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From the experts | April 13, 2012 by Lesley Morris
Containing virtual sprawl by optimizing management of network resources. As environments being more and more virtualized, the cost of computing goes down, efficiency, uptime and productivity increase and application performance is optimized. But, as with any major technology shift or revolution such as this, there are bumps in the road. That’s certainly true in the […]
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From the experts | April 8, 2012 by Lesley Morris
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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IT leaders are probably in the best position to help prevent a “fire, ready, aim” approach to using social media. This may sound counter-intuitive at first. After all, IT blocks social media, right? Not so. I’d argue that any organization that’s getting serious about using social media has a lot to gain by leveraging IT […]
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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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From the experts | April 2, 2012 by Eric Gardiner
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 | March 30, 2012 by Ferrol Macon
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 | March 30, 2012 by Ferrol Macon
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 | March 29, 2012 by Lesley Morris
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 | March 16, 2012 by Emily A. Davidson
Social media is helping Softchoice CEO David MacDonald build relationships across the organization, and beyond its borders. Connecting with David MacDonald is as easy as sending him a tweet. MacDonald is part of the 18% of CEOs actively using social media. “As a company, we have humility in our culture that encourages us to be receptive […]
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From the experts | March 8, 2012 by Lesley Morris
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 | February 14, 2012 by Ferrol Macon
How load balancing is helping deliver on the promise of application virtualization. From systems and storage to networks, virtually every nook and cranny of the IT environment these days is being virtualized. Applications, of course, are no exception, and for good reason. By isolating applications from the underlying operating system and from other applications, then […]
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From the experts | February 10, 2012 by Emily A. Davidson
Not all tiers of storage are equal, especially when it comes to compliance. Optimize your storage architecture for regulatory obligations such as Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA and PCI, and you can recoup your compliance spend, make audits less painful and redeploy the savings to projects that have ROI potential. As with every aspect of your compliance efforts, […]
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From the experts | January 10, 2012 by Emily A. Davidson
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 […]