Virtualize for Efficiency, Higher Availability and Lower Costs
Virtualization is the single most effective way to reduce IT expenses while boosting efficiency and agility—not just for large enterprises, but for small and midsize businesses too. VMware virtualization lets you:
• Run multiple operating systems and applications on a single server.
• Consolidate hardware to get vastly higher productivity from fewer servers.
• Save 50 percent or more on overall IT costs.
• Speed up and simplify IT management, maintenance, and the deployment of new applications.
What Is Virtualization?
Virtualization addresses IT’s most pressing challenge: the infrastructure sprawl that compels IT departments to channel 70 percent of their budget into maintenance, leaving scant resources for business-building innovation.
The difficulty stems from the architecture of today’s x86 servers: they’re designed to run just one operating system and application at a time. As a result, even small data centers have to deploy many servers, each operating at just 5 to 15 percent of capacity—highly inefficient by any standard.
Virtualization software solves the problem by enabling several operating systems and applications to run on one physical server or “host.” Each self-contained virtual machine (VM) is isolated from the others, and uses as much of the host’s computing resources as it requires.
The Benefits of Server Virtualization
The benefits of virtualization are nothing short of dramatic.
• Up to 80 percent greater utilization of every server.
• Reductions in hardware requirements by a ratio of 10:1 or better.
• Capital and operations expenses cut by half, with annual savings of more than $1,500 for each server virtualized.
• Robust, affordable high availability.
Virtualizing Networking Services
With software-defined networking, virtualization principles are applied to network resources, abstracting, pooling and automating them to transcend the limitations of rigid physical architectures. Network services are assigned to each application and remain with it, elastically adapting to its changing requirements. Software-defined networking has many benefits.
• Simplified provisioning
• Enhanced scalability
• Simplified management
• Lower operating costs
Deploying Security in a Virtualized Environment
Security can also be delivered as an efficient, software-defined service—decoupled from physical devices, aggregated, and applied precisely where needed without hardware upgrades. Virtual workloads can be moved and scaled free from security constraints and the need for specialized appliances. Services include:
• Integrated firewalling
• Optimized gateway services
• Open architecture
Could your business survive if a disaster struck and shut down your server for a day? What would it cost you if a disaster took place in your building and you were forced out of your office for several weeks? Would your employees be able to access company data and continue to work from elsewhere? Do you have a backup plan in place and if so was it working? If it wasn’t working how long would your business be able to survive? Box Lake Networks offers a variety of back up and disaster recovery solutions.
Automated offsite backup to Box Lake's datacenter
Onsite/offsite solutions with Datto
Full disaster recovery and business continuity
Data recovery services
93% of companies that lost access to their data for 10 days or more due to a disaster filed for bankruptcy within one year after the occurrence. 50% of those businesses filed for bankruptcy immediately.
db technologies offers the tools needed to evaluate the health of your network. We can evaluate your existing network and make recommendations to improve your company's efficiency and operating processes. We take a proactive approach to supporting your network that will reduce the time and frustration spent addressing network issues.
Cloud integration is the process of configuring multiple application programs to share data in the cloud. In a network that incorporates cloud integration, diverse applications communicate either directly or through third-party software. More and More organizations turn to the “cloud” for their business application needs. Businesses need to be able to connect their on premise networks, with cloud networks and multiple cloud networks need to be able to share data. db technologies works with the many different cloud providers to help integrate our clients systems and provide a unified platform for their business needs.
Microsoft Office 365
File Sharing Services
Mobile Device Management
On-site Wireless Survey
SAN (Storage Area Networks)
NAS (Network Attached Storage)
DAS (Direct Attached Storage)
Microsoft Exchange Installations and Migrations
Remote Maintenance and Support
Patching and Updates
Phone System Installation
Cat 5E, 6 and Fiber Runs
New Builds & Existing Structures
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Who is ultimately responsible for IT security?
Since security is primarily a risk management issue, responsibility ultimately belongs to the asset owner or, in larger companies, senior officials. They are the ones who will have to answer for lost or damaged intellectual property. This could result in the loss of personal assets following lawsuits and other legal ramifications.
How do I know if our organization is secure enough?
The short answer is that the level of risk management and associated security controls you need is based on the level of risk your organization can afford. Security is an ever-evolving challenge and most organizations need a security management plan that is based on periodic security assessments and ongoing monitoring and management.
My company is small and we are not subject to compliance requirements - should I worry about IT security?
Security needs depend on what assets you have at risk: client information, intellectual property, etc. The protection of any consumer data (payroll, loan, tax returns, patient record, credit card number, etc.) is regulated, regardless of the industry. Many small businesses may have more compliance requirements than they actually realize. Even if not subject to law suits or fines resulting from a data breach, the impact on business reputation can be equally disastrous for a business, regardless of their size. Once you determine your risk, you can determine what you need to worry about from an IT security standpoint.
How often should I have a third-party perform a risk assessment?
Best security practices would involve having a risk assessment completed on a yearly basis. This will provide a gap analysis and then you can create and/or update an annual security management plan.
What is the difference between a vulnerability scan and a security risk assessment?
A vulnerability scan can identify known vulnerabilities and potential risk levels at a single point in time. However, periodic vulnerability scans alone do not adequately address a client’s risk management needs. A security risk assessment involves a more comprehensive review of risk factors and probability of occurrence, as well as an analysis of existing IT security controls. It can also provide the basis for an annual security management plan.
Our firewall is old and end of life. Would you recommend a new firewall for us?
Though a firewall is one of many security controls needed to protect data assets, a plain firewall is not enough to adequately defend your business today. We would recommend a new perimeter security system with firewall and intrusion detection with prevention capabilities. This provides added intelligence to monitor traffic passing through the firewall to identify and block security threats. Additional perimeter security controls are also recommended to help protect data assets against email and web security threats.
Our antivirus software is coming up for renewal. Are all antivirus software packages the same?
Not really. Some antivirus software packages do not update their signatures often enough to keep up with the evolving threats. Others make your workstations run slowly. Today you need more than just antivirus software. You need end point data protection to help guard against more comprehensive treats.