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Community Bank Moves to Office 365: An Interview from the Front Lines

Leveraging the cloud for the agility and scalability today’s businesses demand has become the norm for most organizations. Microsoft Office 365 is a frequent choice for a businesses’ first cloud-based application. But what’s it really like once the decision is made to move to Office 365?

In this blog, Daymark Cloud Consultant, Steve Caprio, shares his experience of deploying Office 365 at a Massachusetts community bank with over a dozen branch locations. This was the bank’s first enterprise cloud application and Steve offers a candid view of the migration’s motivation, key security and compliance challenges, buy-in from senior management, end user experiences, and more.

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Wed, Dec 27, 2017
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My Data Protection Deep Dive

As a Daymark Senior Data Protection Consultant, I genuinely get excited when I can learn about new features and approaches that help keep our clients’ data efficiently backed up, recoverable and secure. So, I was excited when Veritas nominated me to attend their 2017 Data Protection Interlock, an invitation-only global technical training event.

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Tue, Nov 07, 2017
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Thoughts from Veritas Vision 2017

Vision 2017, Veritas' annual global conference was recently held in Las Vegas, providing customers, partners and Veritas employees the opportunity to meet and discuss the upcoming year of new releases and capabilities from the Veritas product portfolio.

The focus was on Veritas' strategy to support emerging IT industry direction and requirements. The conference was heavily themed on discussions around cloud adoption and overall product enhancements.

Key takeaways from the general keynote sessions:

  • Veritas is not a one stop shop for backup anymore
  • 360 Data Management provides a single platform solution for all facets of IT in traditional, hybrid, and cloud data centers
  • Customers are leveraging multi-cloud data centers
  • Veritas is focused on rapid product expansion and accelerated support for multiple workloads

There were several major product announcements delivered at the keynote address. Here is a summary:

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Thu, Sep 28, 2017
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Key Takeaways from VMworld 2017

The Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas was buzzing all week with activities surrounding VMworld 2017. Here are my takeaways on VMware’s many announcements:

VMware on Amazon Web Services: The big announcement was VMware’s GA release of cloud services for Amazon Web Services (AWS), both running on vSphere code on bare metal, and native services protecting and managing EC2 instances. The key thing to remember is AWS is just the start. This is the initial release and they will add on new features and functionality as they go. VMware's future aim is to add Azure and Google to this list as well, providing the same level of VMware service and functionality across all the major cloud vendors. 

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Thu, Sep 14, 2017
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Is this (Finally) the Year of VDI? The Verdict is In

In last week’s blog "Is this (Finally) the Year of VDI?" I talked about how VDI has struggled to live up to its many promises and explained how security benefits and performance boosts from HyperConvergence are making VDI an attractive option to secure and support end users. Is wide scale adoption about to happen? Is 2017 finally the year of VDI? Read on to find out!

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Wed, Sep 06, 2017
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Is this (Finally) the Year of VDI?

 

It’s become an industry joke that every year is the “Year of VDI.” While promising to be the be-all and end-all solution to everyone’s IT woes, it’s never really lived up to the hype. Sometimes the issue is cost; other times it’s concerns about performance. And there’s also the problem of familiarity -- why break away from something you’re already comfortable with? Not to mention that supporting a VDI environment falls in that weird gray area between infrastructure and end user support. Nobody that has worked on VMware environments for the last 10 years is particularly interested in troubleshooting Microsoft Office issues again. But there is a convergence of improved technologies and market forces creating a perfect storm as to why you should begin seriously considering implementing VDI in your environment, if you haven’t done so already.

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Wed, Aug 30, 2017
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Keeping Up with Enterprise Vault Database Maintenance

I’ve come across many Enterprise Vault installations in the past 12 months that were suffering from degraded performance. The cause? Fragmentation of the SQL databases. Intuitively, we know that it is essential to perform regular database maintenance to preserve performance and protect data integrity while preventing data loss, but it doesn’t always get done. Without maintenance, stale SQL statistics and fragmentation within the indexes slow down deletion of completed threads which need to be returned to working memory.

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Tue, Aug 22, 2017
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AWS vs. Azure: Developers Share their Insights

When organizations are evaluating public cloud platforms, they frequently compare the market leaders: Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. There is no shortage of published content comparing the pros and cons of each of these platforms, but I think research by Stack Overflow, an online knowledge sharing community for developers, provides some interesting and unbiased insights.

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Thu, Aug 17, 2017
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Don’t Click that Link! Why Phishing Continues to Work

Cybercriminals continue to use phishing attacks on individuals within enterprises. With increased sophistication and multiple attack vectors, businesses must be vigilant at every step of the way to prevent infiltration. Let me share a recent example-

Today I received an email from a recruiter. It’s not out of the ordinary for recruiters to ping us with resumes hoping that we will see a fit for their candidate. This one was well written, had a company logo, and a picture of the sender. Including pictures is a growing trend with recruiters

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Thu, Jul 06, 2017
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Make Moving Backup to the Cloud Easy with NetBackup 8.0

More and more, the cloud is becoming a backup destination. Done right, using the cloud as a storage tier gives enterprises reliable and scalable data protection that unlocks agility, provides visibility and control over backups, and drives down costs.

Enterprise Cloud Data Protection 

As we see our clients evaluating workloads to move to the cloud, backup is frequently on their list. In fact, ESG Research surveyed how organizations are leveraging cloud and found that data protection efforts (specifically backup, archiving, and disaster recovery) sit at the top of the cloud use-case list right now.

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Wed, Jun 14, 2017
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