A big thank you to Ingram Micro's HPE Team for delivering us goodies! We certainly indulged ourselves in chocolates, chocolate covered peanuts and caramel popcorn. YUM!
True to I-Evolve's culture, we are one big family. This is the 10th year in a row we've gathered together to eat a delicious meal prepared by the entire team, family style. We are already counting down till next year's feast! Go team!!
Companies use a variety of criteria when choosing office locations. Some are common, such as centralized location, convenient highway or public transit access, adequate office space, ample parking, and amenities like in-building or nearby food vendors.
Increasingly, though, facility managers and the executive teams they work with are assessing a more technical criterion that is becoming as important as any: Is the building “cloud-ready”?
Companies are now reliant on high-speed network connectivity to the Internet and other essential services, including access to public or private clouds—which are a popular alternative to on-site servers by providing secure storage of, and access to, data and software programs.
Buildings that are not “cloud-ready” are (in the minds of many decision makers) about as useful as offices without electricity or bathrooms. Consider these statistics: As of January 2019, there are almost 4.4 billion active internet users, equivalent to 57% of the global population. 8 billion devices will be connected to the internet by 2020. 293 billion emails are sent daily in 2019, and this is expected to grow by 4.2% yearly to 347 billion in 2023. So, yes, the ability to connect seamlessly to the cloud, via the Internet, is a 21st century essential.
What exactly is a cloud-ready building? It has one or more providers who have installed high-speed connectivity to the building (on-net). As network connectivity to the building has already been established, it is a relatively simple process of running the chosen network cables into the particular floor or suite requesting it. Then, the right technology services provider (such as I-Evolve Technology Services) can optimize use of the network to take advantage of one or more cloud services—such as communications, data storage, security and redundancy—that not only protect a company’s vital data, but enable fast and flexible access to it.
The reasons why so many companies are choosing cloud services are numerous. But most are directly or indirectly tied to the one factor that impacts most business decisions: money.
Cloud-readiness is a growth enabler for organizations—both from an IT perspective because critical IT staff can shift from reactive break/fix systems management functions to more proactive business projects which foster growth; and from an operations standpoint as business functions and workforce can grow quickly and efficiently.
Cloud computing reduces costs in a number of ways:
- Lower capital costs. Companies that build and manage their own data rooms incur sizable upfront costs in purchasing the requisite equipment, along with the expense of ongoing maintenance fees. Those costs are almost eliminated by using the cloud.
- Lower utility costs. Plenty of electricity and air conditioning is required to power and cool server rooms, and those fees can be reduced drastically if all or most IT assets are shifted to the cloud.
- Real estate savings. Businesses can free up office space by moving the location of servers and other equipment typically needed when most IT management occurs on-site to an off-site location instead.
- Personnel savings. Whether using public cloud services, private cloud services, or a hybrid cloud solution, businesses require less headcount to monitor and manage the network.
- Agility. Companies who contract for cloud services only pay for what they need on demand, and can usually, depending on the provider, quickly scale their IT infrastructure needs up or down based on seasonal growth patterns or other marketplace factors.
Business managers who embrace the importance of cloud availability will reap the benefits. They will have more available time, greater flexibility as they manage their businesses, and cost savings both now and going forward. Establishing themselves in Cloud-Ready office space is not just important, but essential to enabling future success.
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.
The 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.
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.
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)
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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.