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Saving Money with Azure Migrations

With end of extended support for Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 and SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 quickly approaching within the next year, Microsoft has announced a program that will provide an additional 3 years of extended support if these workloads are migrated to Azure. Since this announcement in July, customers have been trying to figure out the most efficient way to migrate these workloads to Azure while preventing any security or compliance issues.

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Fri, Sep 14, 2018
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Daymark Volunteers Support Habitat for Humanity

During two hot July days a team of dedicated Daymark employees traded a couple of days in the office for a great cause at the build site of the current Habitat for Humanity project in Boston. The Daymark group of volunteers worked tirelessly on the construction of Habitat Greater Boston’s newest location, a five-unit condominium on Balina Place in Dorchester, MA. The units at Balina Place will be three stories, approximately 1,300 square feet each, and each unit will have three or four bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, a kitchen, and a living room-dining area.

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Mon, Aug 20, 2018
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2018 Run to Home Base – Another Home Run

Thanks to All on Team Daymark

For the 9th straight year, Daymark employees, their families and clients supported “Run to Home Base” an annual event committed to helping veterans suffering from mental trauma and brain injuries. It’s an inspiring event that Daymark employees are fully committed to. At this year’s event we were able to offer our clients the unique opportunity to join “Team Daymark” thanks to our partnership with Cisco.

This year, “Team Daymark” was 31members strong joining the more than 2,400 others who participated in this great cause on July 28th. With this year's fundraising of more than $25,000, “Team Daymark” has now raised more than $145,000 for Run to Home Base.

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Fri, Aug 03, 2018
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SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 End of Extended Support

On July 12, 2018, Microsoft announced new options for SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 end of support. End of support is quickly approaching:

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Wed, Jul 25, 2018
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California Consumer Privacy Act: GDPR Principles Arrive in the U.S.

In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, restrictions on monetization of personal information (aka PI or PII) are coming to California in 2020. The California legislature unanimously passed a historic bill to adopt many of the core privacy principles of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for California consumers. The bill was fast-tracked into law in order to avoid the likely passage of a more rigorous ballot initiative in the November election.

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Wed, Jul 18, 2018
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Takeaways from Cisco Live!™ 2018

I recently returned from this year’s Cisco Live! in Orlando. It was a busy week jam packed with great speakers, engaging sessions, demos and product announcements. There was so much going on at any given moment it was hard to get to every session of interest. Now that I’m back I’ve had some time to digest all I learned and thought I would share my key product takeaways for network security.

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Tue, Jun 26, 2018
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Reduce Costs and Network Bandwidth for Cloud Storage – Dedupe it!

As businesses continue to look to the cloud to improve efficiency, reduce costs and meet the need for agility, data protection has been a workload worth strong consideration. As an alternative to tape, the cloud provides the potential for “cheap and deep” storage targets for data that needs longer-term retention, but not necessarily the recovery performance of local storage. However, those who have migrated backup to the cloud have been unpleasantly surprised by high cloud storage costs and suboptimal performance. The culprit: lack of deduplication.

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Thu, Jun 21, 2018
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Reboot Your Router Now! The Latest on VPNFilter

Do you have a Small Office Home Office (SOHO) grade router at home? Is it possible you have rogue devices on your corporate network? Does Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) traffic traverse your network? If you answer yes to any of these questions, then this post is a must read!

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Wed, Jun 06, 2018
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VM-based Replication Saves Financial Services Firm from Disaster

Lacking confidence in your disaster recovery (DR) strategy is not a situation any CIO wants to be in, particularly in the Financial Services sector. In this Q&A interview Daymark consultant, Matt Trottier, shares his experience of helping a financial services client re-architect their DR strategy to ensure failover if a real disaster were to occur.

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Mon, Jun 04, 2018
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Optimizing Firewall High Availability in Azure

 

Firewall capabilities fall short in cloud environments like Microsoft Azure due to the fact that Azure and other major public cloud providers offer limited access to their API’s. This creates a problem for enterprises as they look to security independent software vendors (ISVs) to enhance their security capabilities in the cloud the same way they would in the data center.

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Tue, May 22, 2018
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