Video Interview: William Simmons, MDL Director Of Business Development, Explains LightEdge Data Center Benefits

Now more than ever, companies need a solution to their data storage needs. As an organization grows, so does its data storage needs, though not always its budget. According to William Simmons, director of business development at MDL Technology, “We’re seeing somewhere between 25 percent and 35 percent increase in the amount of data a company needs to store, replicate and protect.”   Additionally, Entrepreneur reports that several trends are contributing to the need for additional cloud storage:   Government regulations that require data back-up of certain information. Legal reasons that make it necessary to archive emails that date back as far as five years and older. An increase in…

Can Hackers Help Your Company Become More Secure?

When you think of hackers, the image that comes to most people’s minds is a faceless, hooded figure in front of a computer. They’re people who pray on loosely guarded information to make money. They are nameless, and your company may be at risk of their attacks and should be prepared in case you are targeted. A good defense to a hacker, however, could possibly be another hacker.   Hackers For Hire   Hackers are generally regarded as the enemies of companies, but who is better to find the weak spots in your company’s cybersecurity than those whose goal is to break through it? According to Read IT Quik, hackers…

Why Healthcare Organizations Need Strong Cybersecurity

Hospitals and medical practices house a goldmine of valuable patient information for hackers. Personal information such as birthdays, credit card information and medical history are entered into a database after visiting the doctor’s office. For this reason, medical practices are one of the largest targets for data breaches and should uphold strong cybersecurity measures.   Education Cybersecurity starts with the people who use the network most frequently: the employees. If employees are uneducated or not properly trained on cybersecurity procedures in the medical practices, mistakes will be made. For instance, the Utah-based company HealthEquity reported that 23,000 accounts were compromised in a data breach earlier this year. According to SC…

When Disaster Strikes: The Importance of an Off-Site Data Backup Program

Have you ever been working on something, and all of a sudden your screen goes blank? You can’t remember the last time you hit save, and now, you’ve lost your work and have to start over. What if this were to happen on a larger scale in your office? Off-site backup options keep your data safe and secure in case something happens to your mainframe or data collection tools. Online backups can’t be ruined by floods, fires or tornados. Since the backups take place over the internet, if something happens in your office or to your data, you can easily recover files and necessary information from the off-site storage. You…

How to Ensure the Best Performance for Your Company’s Cloud-Based Communications

Cloud-Based Communications has become a popular choice for modern enterprise communications and collaboration. There’s no need to combine disjointed cloud tools from multiple vendors any longer. ShoreTel Connect CLOUD is an end-to-end cloud phone and unified communications solution that handles everything for you. Cloud-based communications and collaboration make everyday meetings and interactions easier than ever before. And it’s not just any cloud phone system that you need – you need a cloud system and provider that gives you the speed and agility to drive more business, gives you advanced capabilities and isn’t complicated. Now it’s time to advance your competitive position through your phone system. You’ll increase employee productivity and…

Kansas City Managed Services Company Details Benefits of Dedicated Server Hosting

As the year draws to a close, it’s a great time to review your server hosting solution for 2017. Small businesses in particular may be accustomed to utilizing a shared hosting option due to budgetary restrictions. While a shared option may work well for some, a dedicated hosting solution may be more in line with the needs a of an expanding business.   Shared vs. Dedicated Hosting Solutions   According to InMotion, a shared hosting solution is much like living in an apartment building. All residents (customers) are in the same location and must share the available utilities with everyone else. These resources may include such things like a pool,…

Kansas City Managed Services Company Details Why The Hybrid Cloud Is The Future of Business

In the purest sense, the hybrid cloud is truly a game changer with undeniable benefits, with many having moved or are considering moving to the platform due to the limitations of operating in either a solely private or public cloud environment.   So what exactly makes it so great?   First, a little background. When cloud-based data centers came into existence, IT administrators saw them as a great way to use computing power as a utility. One could demand as much storage, RAM, CPUs and application instances as one wanted. The cloud would even expand and contract to provide the varying number users with the resources they needed. However, that…

How Virtual Desktops Infrastructure Makes Businesses More Efficient

What is VDI? According to CDW, at its most basic incarnation, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is the practice of hosting a desktop operating system within a virtual machine (VM) running on a centralized server. The desktop images can then be accessed by different types of devices such as desktop, laptops, thin clients and mobile devices. For a larger group of users, like one would find at any given small to midsize business, it makes sense to create a large number of virtual desktops on a cloud that operators can connect to using a thin client system. How does it all work? In the typical VDI, a special software application called…

Why Hosted Applications Benefit Businesses

Due to higher speed broadband becoming available, more and more businesses are now turning to hosted applications for their everyday needs. What is a hosted application? We’re glad you asked. By definition, a hosted application is a software as a service (SaaS) solution that allows users to execute and operate a software application entirely from the cloud on a recurring subscription. These applications are typically hosted and powered from the remote cloud infrastructure and are accessed globally through the Internet. They provide the same functionality as locally installed software but can be updated more easily. Instead of installing and using applications such as the Office suite on your own computer,…

Insight from Kansas City IT Managed Services Provider MDL Technology: Why You Need a Data Backup and Recovery Service

The IoT continues to evolve with leaders predicting the number of Internet-connected things to exceed 50 billion by the year 2020. As data continues to be generated at an exceeding rate, so does the need for long-term data placement that can keep your information kept and protected. Off-site data backup options keep your data safe and secure in case disaster or disruption occurs in your company. Data backup and recovery solutions have moved from the traditional hardware-dependent solutions to cloud-based ones that offer easier ways to recover data. When evaluating if your company needs a cloud-based off-site data backup solution, it’s important to think through and evaluate your IT goals.…