Why Your Business Needs Next Gen Firewalls

Since the mid-90's, most organizations—even SMBs—have deployed firewalls as a standard security tool, which begs the question, why do you need a next generation firewall (NGFW) as opposed to your current (and potentially less expensive) firewall?

Just as you probably couldn't imagine running your business via a flip phone anymore, NGFW's are the advanced iteration of traditional firewalls with more features and benefits. Like the flip phone would provide you with basic cell service and—if you're extremely patient maybe an SMS text—a traditional firewall would still be functional—but only as a bare-minimum solution. Using a smart phone ensures you have access to applications and features that we've come to rely on, like syncing your smart phone with your car for a hands-free experience or accessing the internet on the go. Similarly, NGFW's provide you with increased protection a traditional firewall cannot, such as the ability to block malware or ransomware from entering a network.

HackerThe ever-increasing complexity of modern cyberattacks and hacking have driven the need for beefed up security technologies. There are significant gaps in security coverage that your business is vulnerable to despite having a traditional firewall in place. Malicious emails and phishing schemes for example leave your network susceptible to infiltration, since these attacks are hidden within the content itself and are typically delivered, undetected by a traditional firewall.

Additionally, the explosion of "Internet of Things" devices and the overall digital transformation of an organization add numerous vulnerability points that a traditional firewall has no hope of mitigating. If you are in the process of digitally transforming your businesses, processes, and tools should be counseled to evolve your security protocols at a similar if not more aggressive pace.

The bottom line comes down to decreased risk and increased benefits, which can easily be summarized in five points:

1. Comprehensive network visibility

A network should always be monitored in order to identify potential problems and/or bad behavior by users in real-time, so that it can be stopped immediately. Most NGFW solutions provide a view of activity as well as a full contextual awareness that allow users to see where and when a threat originated, where it's been within your network, and where it's doing now. They will also allow insight into active applications and websites, communications between virtual machines and file transfers as well as threat activity across devices, users, hosts, and networks.

2. Advanced threat protection

NGFW's include optional services such as integrated intrusion detection systems (IDS) and intrusion protection systems (IPS) that identify potential attacks based on threat signatures, abnormal network activity and analysis of traffic behavior, enabling more thorough inspections as well as improving packet-content filtering of network traffic.

Anti-malware and anti-virus are also available on the network level; the appliances running the network such as routers, switches and servers, are targets as well. Anti-malware on the firewall in combination with anti-malware at the user endpoints can drastically increase visibility and protection to a your network.

3. Multi-functional

NGFW's include not only traditional, zone-based firewall protection, but also antivirus, anti-malware and intrusion protection and protocol filtering. Additionally, IDS (intrusion detection systems) and IPS (intrusion protection systems), as mentioned above, are used to detect attacks based on abnormal activity, threat signatures and behavior analysis, offering increased packet-content filtering of network traffic to the application layer.


4. Streamlined management

While traditional firewalls are managed individually and configured manually, next-generation firewalls can be monitored and updated from a single pane of glass portal, decreasing the bandwidth strain on the IT department.

5. Customizable

The lion's share of NGFW's solutions offer flexible and scalable deployment options to meet the needs of business' of all sizes

For your business and IT department—a traditional firewall, like that flip phone, can leave security holes. NGFW's are more intelligent and provide organizations not just with greater security, but additional efficiency and flexibility to protect and defend the business as it grows.

To learn more about I-Evolve's Next Generation Firewall Solutions, visit us at next generation firewall (NGFW)

I-Evolve Technology Services Acquires Crossfuze SMB Managed Services Division

Latest Acquisition Accelerates I-Evolve’s Growth in the Western New York Region

BUFFALO, NY, May 1, 2017—I-Evolve Technology Services, a leading Cloud Services provider, has signed an agreement to acquire the Small and Medium-Sized Business (“SMB”) Managed Services arm of Crossfuze. Crossfuze provides Managed Services to large enterprise clients (more than 1500 employees) which includes the implementation of ServiceNow, an Enterprise Service Management platform.

“The acquisition of the Crossfuze SMB Managed Services division allows I-Evolve to accomplish three strategic objectives,” said Kevin Kelly, President of I-Evolve. “It accelerates our growth plans, gives us access to high-quality technical talent, and provides opportunities to layer I-Evolve’s cloud solutions onto the managed services Crossfuze already provides its clients.”

“We are excited to be transitioning our SMB Managed Services business to a company as respected and forward thinking as I-Evolve,” said Rick Muller, Crossfuze’s Chief Strategy Officer. “Our SMB clients will benefit by being able to leverage I-Evolve’s industry-leading cloud solutions. I-Evolve is uniquely qualified in its expertise to take over this business. This is a sound transaction for both companies.”

The acquisition of the Crossfuze’s SMB Managed Service portfolio is the eighth technology company acquisition by I-Evolve. “This acquisition is our response to the vitality of the Western New York business market,” said David Meller, Founder and CEO of I-Evolve. “The need for end-to-end, state-of-the-art IT services is strong, and acquiring this SMB-focused division of Crossfuze better positions I-Evolve to meet the growing demands.”

Crossfuze’s technical resources on staff will be retained, bringing I-Evolve’s total workforce to 32 full-time personnel with additional hiring now in progress.

I-Evolve has major growth spurt in Rochester



September 29, 2015

Rochester, NY − I-Evolve Technology Services is pleased to announce big additions to its Team

Gary Papke – Senior Account Executive Susanne Dewey – Services and Support Assistant Steve LaRocca – Telcom Systems Engineer Christopher Neusatz – Cabling Project Coordinator Jacob Francis – Cabling Technician Ben Cosgrove – Cabling Technician

All formerly with Monarch Telecom out of Rochester, NY, the new additions to the I-Evolve team build upon the company’s leading position in the information technology and cloud computing sector and also further drive the company’s visibility throughout the Northeast. “Growth like this doesn’t happen by accident. Expansion takes the right team and a good strategy” said David Meller, I-Evolve’s founder and CEO.  “I-Evolve has been working hard to constantly improve our cloud offerings, develop scalable processes and most importantly, keep clients happy. All of these elements have allowed us to enter a growth spurt.” I-Evolve President, Kevin Kelly, said, “Gary Papke and his team are excited about joining the I-Evolve team.  Their combined experience in the industry amounts to over 90 years!  We will leverage this experience to help expand the future services of I-Evolve.”

About I-Evolve Technology Services - I-Evolve is a business technology consultant and solutions provider headquartered in Buffalo, New York. The company has a strong presence in Western New York but services all of North America. I-Evolve leads the industry in delivering Disaster Recovery, Network Services, Cloud VoIP, Internet Services and E-Marketing. I-Evolve's strategic approach combines the use of remote technology along with automated software management and provisioning systems. I-Evolve solutions enable customers to focus on their core business while I-Evolve ensures the quality of their Voice and IT infrastructure. For more information, call 855-IEVOLVE (855-438-6583) or see www.I-Evolve.com.

Official Cloud Computing Sponsor for the Rochester Knighthawks


ROCHESTER – I-Evolve Technology Services announced today they have been named the Official Cloud Computing Sponsor of the Rochester Knighthawks Lacrosse Club. The Rochester Knighthawks are a professional lacrosse team in the National Lacrosse League that play in Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial, located in downtown Rochester. As the official sponsor, I-Evolve will be working with the Knighthawks to provide wifi, network services and internet services for future seasons to come.  “We are proud to be in partnership with the Rochester Knighthawks.  I-Evolve will allow the Rochester Knighthawks to stay up to date with changing IT needs. These IT solutions will be deployed, managed and maintained by I-Evolve” said David Meller founder and CEO of I-Evolve.  “We’re excited to be working with the Rochester Knighthawks, especially as we are expanding our reach deeper into the Rochester market.” Said Kevin Kelly, President of I-Evolve.

“We look forward to working with I-Evolve. We have witnessed their continued success in supporting professional sports venues and are confident that they will go above and beyond our expectations to provide us with top quality service” said Lewis Staats, President for the Rochester Knighthawks.

Founded in 2001 as a traditional network services provider, I-Evolve has progressed to a managed-services model and now is an industry leader in delivering Web Services, Cloud Computing, Business Continuity, Network Services, Cloud VoIP, Internet Services, Disaster Recovery and E-Marketing solutions. Its strategic approach combines the use of remote technology and automated software-management and provisioning systems, enabling customers to focus on their core business while I-Evolve ensures the quality of their Voice and IT infrastructure.

I-Evolve Technology Services Acquires Buffalo-Based PC Business Solutions, Inc.

Latest Acquisition Accelerates I-Evolve's Growth In The Western New York Region BUFFALO, NY.

January 6, 2015 - - I-Evolve Technology Services has signed an agreement to acquire Buffalo-based PC Business Solutions, Inc. Founded in 1991, PC Business Solutions has provided more than 700 customers with advanced information technology services including networking, hardware, software and professional services.

PC Business Solutions

Reasons for the acquisition

"The acquisition of PC Business Solutions allows I-Evolve to accomplish three strategic objectives," said Kevin Kelly, President of I-Evolve. "It accelerates our growth plans, gives us access to high quality technical talent and provides opportunities to layer I-Evolve's cloud solutions onto the network services PCBS already provides their client companies." "We are excited to be joining a company as respected and forward-thinking as I-Evolve," said Jerry Hickson, PC Business Solutions President. "Our customers will benefit by being able to leverage I-Evolve's industry leading cloud solutions to enhance the security, backup and recovery of their sensitive data. It's a sound transaction for both companies."

Impact of the acquisition

The purchase of PC Business Solutions is the 6th technology company acquisition by I-Evolve. "This acquisition is our response to the vitality of the Western New York business market," said David Meller, Founder and CEO of I-Evolve. "The need for end-to-end, state-of-the art IT services is strong and acquiring PC Business Solutions better positions I-Evolve to meet the growing demands." All current PC Business Solutions employees will be retained, bringing I-Evolve's total work force to more than 30 full time personnel with additional hiring now in progress.

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I-Evolve Technology Services

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I-Evolve Wins Best Success Story award from InfoTech Niagara

I-Evolve has won the Best Success Story award at InfoTech Niagara’s BETA Awards ceremony, held on March 25, 2009 in Buffalo, NY.  The Best Success Story award  honors companies that have recently invested in technology within the Buffalo/Niagara community, resulting in generating positive economic growth.  This honor comes on the heels of I-Evolve’s being named as one of Western New York’s Best Places to Work for 2009. For more information about the InfoTech Niagara, please visit www.infotechniagara.org

Kevin Kelly named President of I-Evolve Technology Services

Kevin P. Kelly will become President of I-Evolve Technology Services effective March 1st, 2009, announced David A. Meller, who founded the company in 2001.

Meller, the current president, will become I-Evolve’s Chief Technology Officer and will focus on the continued development and delivery of the technology solutions that have helped propel the company to the number one spot on Western New York's fastest growing companies.

Kelly, a 17 year veteran of the voice and data industry, was President and CEO of TR Services. TR was acquired by IPLogic in 2005 where Kelly spent two years as VP of Sales and Chief Marketing Officer.

“To date, our Cloud technology platform and business solutions approach has been the catalyst for our
growth, explained Meller. Kevin brings to us a unique mix of entrepreneurial leadership, sales and marketing
expertise and technical knowledge that will help us to improve upon what’s already been built”

“With rapid changes occurring in both the technology industry and the economy, the I-Evolve model of providing voice, data and internet services in an incremental and manageable fashion is in high demand for
businesses looking to reduce costs and increase productivity. In the past, businesses would need to make a capital investment in technology solutions that they might never grow into, or outgrow too quickly – paying as you go has been one of the keys to I-Evolve’s growth” said Kelly.

According to Meller, I-Evolve’s success has been based on its diverse solution set. “Being able to provide Cloud VoIP, Business Continuity and Data Backup, Co-location, E-mail and Web hosting as well as other options has given our customers the ability to reduce their vendor management costs and cycles.” said Meller.

"I am excited for the opportunity to lead the I-Evolve organization," said Kelly. "The I-Evolve brand has a tremendous reputation amongst its customers. The challenge ahead is to leverage that reputation and continue to develop innovative products and services that the market and our customers’ deman

David Meller, President of I-Evolve Technology Services Named to Business Firsts 17th Annual 40 Under Forty Class of 2008
The 40 honorees - all under the age of 40 – were recognized on November 13, 2008 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center for their records of professional success and community involvement. David is active in promoting and contributing to non-profit organizations and fundraising events. He has been a volunteer firefighter for the last 18 years. Meller serves as technical advisor to many local companies and serves on the Board of Directors at InfoTech Niagara, WNY’s technology association. Congratulations to David Meller on yet another outstanding accomplishment.