Today, the cloud plays an important role in people’s computing lives. While the cloud is not something new, it enables people to interconnect easily in so many ways and this is where CDW has taken advantage of its capabilities in order to effectively deliver collaboration applications to your staff. It provides access anywhere, any time, on any device.

CDW has a new solution offering CDW Cloud Collaboration as well as CDW’s Unified Communications and collaboration capabilities. Do note that CDW is not new to Unified Communication or to hosting collaboration tools.

Considering that CDW has completed more than 4,000 Cisco Unified Communication deployments over the past decade and hosts the service at its own Tier III-IV facility.

Companies can greatly benefit such structure  because it is delivered on a virtualized architecture, enabling you to support collaboration services without compromising security, flexibility and management or application functionality, all while freeing up IT staff to work on other initiatives.

Imagine if such service is not available. A company will have to hire staff and purchase hardware needs to support these causes. These are added costs, right? Now, getting on to CDW’s new cloud collaboration will enable companies to really save up on costs and still be able to gain access to solutions without having worries about security breaches and such.

And with access to industry leading technology like Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solutions and over 50 Cisco Certified Internetwork Experts on staff, CDW has what you need to transition to a cloud based solution.

Okay. Too much facts may be too much to handle for you. Check out this CDW Cloud Collaboration video to get a good overview on how it can help your business.

They also have a CDW’s Solutions blog containing articles that relate to their new service. Check it out!

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Companies that depend on computer data are no strangers to data storage. In fact, it is a necessity or else operations and services might be affected big time.

Data storage is costly though. Think about the physical hardware that is involved to store massive data that a company uses. There is more. How about the staff needed to ensure maintenances keeps services and operations running smoothly?

The most cost effective solution for me is to subscribe to services from a provider of data storage management. This way, a company can save costs from hiring extra staffs just to maintain all the data involved and from having to buy so many hard drives to store all the data.

This is where virtualization can efficiently help streamline a company’s services and operations financially and in a cost effective manner where you can Reduce Your IT Data Storage Requirements by 20-40%.
CDW can transform a company’s IT environment by providing flexibility and systematically standardizing and simplifying data storage systems.
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These are but a few of what CDW offers that can benefit a company.
  • Blade Servers. Think of these servers as stripped down in hardware specifications containing only parts that are needed to function almost the same as a fully equipped server for the sole purpose of minimizing space and energy.
  • Storage Management Software. Now, in order to cut costs on having to hire staff doing manual work to manage data, a system where a few personnel are assigned to use to maintain storage to its effective capacity is a more cost effective solution in my point of view.
  • Archiving Software is equally important considering that at any time data might be compromised, modified or corrupted, an archive of your data can make you say “thank goodness we have backup!”.
  • Data De-duplication can occur when you have too much data on hand. This process eliminates duplicate copies thus improving utiliziation of your storage.
  • Storage Area Networks have become popular these days as network architectures become more complex. This setup allows the connection of remote storage devices to backup servers so that operating systems can access these devices, as if it was native hardware.
  • Data Storage Virtualization provides a way to combine all hard drives into one centrally manageable resource, enabling companies to make changes to storage configuration without downtime enabling data migration a smooth transition for a company’s clients.
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Security is undoubtedly important. One may really not put focus into it until something hits them and that will be the time that they will scramble to fix that exploit. No online business wants their data compromised. Who does, right?

In a world where technology is evolving, one must take every precaution available. Believe me, if it hits you, it will hit you bad. Good if you have technical knowhow but for those who do not, it is a really big headache and looking for people to fix your problem may be even more expensive.

These threats evolve every day and hackers are very devious that they can almost find another way to exploit a site’s  loophole if left unguarded. So what are these 7 Identified Threats? I will explain them and give you a little idea.

1) Malware – surprisingly, my blog was hit by this a few days ago. I already had a few security plugins put in place but it seemed that it was not enough. Good thing I was able to fix it though. Malware is nasty, considering that their only purpose is to infiltrate a computer without the owner’s consent and unleash mayhem and possibly steal data.

2) Attacks on web browsers/hostile email attachments – aaah attachments. Remember the rule on not opening any attachment if you have no idea what it is? It is best to depend on mail services like GMail and Yahoo because at least they have anti virus services that scan your attachments before you even attempt to download them.

Pop-ups are also a nuisance, hence default popup blockers are put in place by web browsers to ensure users do not unwittingly click on them.

3) SQL injection attack – this one is pretty common amongst sites that depend heavily on server side scripting to produce HTML content. An attacker’s malicious SQL input can corrupt the application layer of the website thereby messing the SQL commands issued to the database and compromising client workstations.

4) Configuration management/PC lockdown – some companies are lax when it comes to this though I pretty much understand why some companies are strict with regards to the software installed to each employee workstation. Installing just about anything can sometimes lead to hazards like vulnerabilities and failure points. You don’t want an inside job to happen with some disgruntled employee looking for gaps or breakdowns to exploit, right?

5) Password issues – let me put it this way. Use a strong password, one that uses a combination of alphanumeric characters plus symbols like underscore and using uppercase on some of the alphabet characters. It is better to be safe than sorry. It will be pretty hard to get over it if your files are stolen or compromised and there is no way to get them back (if they get deleted).

6) Wireless security – mobile is a hit in the technology world today and WIFI is a seemingly important cog in order for people to be connected all the time. Not everybody uses their data plans since they can be pretty expensive if overused. Hence, a protected WIFI hotspot should be enforced either by placing a password or setting up each device’s MAC address to ensure only those authorized are allowed to access it.

7) Loss of mobile devices – considering that majority of the world depend on mobile devices to access the Internet and store important data, many of us still do not take precautions like encrypting them or place a remote wipe feature to clear all data in case it gets lost or stolen. Worse, many firms lack the ability to track and lock devices too. However, there are software apps that do this and the mobile user should also be responsible enough to make sure his/her mobile phone is secure even if it gets lost or stolen.

As I said before, not everybody is technologicaly inclined. However, there are serviecs and software applications that help monitor your sites and important data. For CDW’s side, I believe they have the capability and their accomplishments speak for itself.

CDW is a leading provider of technology solutions for business, government, education and healthcare. Proof of where they stand as a company is the fact that they are ranked No. 38 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies, featuring dedicated account managers who help customers choose the right technology products and services to best meet their unique needs.

Data loss can make a company look bad. Remember the Sony Playstation network debacle? That really put them in a bad light.

CDW’s solution architects offer expertise in designing customized solutions, while its advanced technology engineers assist customers with the implementation and long term management of those solutions.

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