After Safe Harbor, the international data transfer law used by the U.S. and the European Union, was invalidated in October 2015, the Department of Commerce and the EU Commission worked to draft a new agreement that gave Europeans more rights about their personal information in the U.S. On July 12, the EU-US Privacy Shield law was passed. Why did this agreement come about in the first place? When the EU Court of Justice ruled Safe Harbor invalid, it had two …

There is a fundamental shift happening to IT right now, and it’s changing the way we think about the department: IT as a Service. What is it? It’s an organizational model that corporate and internal IT departments must recognize and adapt to or risk falling behind the curve. But how has this concept revolutionized the industry? Internal IT has changed because its role in business has changed–drastically. Historically, IT has been viewed as a cost center, slow to respond, and …

The European Commission has announced the new EU-US Privacy Shield law, which replaces Safe Harbor effective immediately. The new ruling addresses European concerns about US access to the data of Europeans and gives Europeans more options to file concerns regarding the use of their data. U.S. companies may certify compliance beginning Aug. 1. Tech companies praised the new agreement, saying it restores trust that’s needed after the Edward Snowden leaks of 2013. “Our members are ready to implement the new …

Recently, Yan Ness and Bill Frohriep of Online Tech held a thought leadership event with a dozen business and IT executives at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. The main topic on the agenda was Shadow IT, or “IT behind the scenes.” Shadow IT refers to companies who implement IT projects without the department’s knowledge (or permission, in some cases), usually because the internal IT department is too slow or doesn’t have enough resources to respond to requests. An example of …

Ransomware has been rising at an “alarming rate,” according to security researchers, with a 3,500 percent increase in criminal use of net infrastructure that helps run ransomware campaigns. According to Microsoft, the U.S. has the highest number of ransomware attacks, with more than 300 thousand. It can affect anyone with a computer or mobile device, and there are already plenty of examples of large businesses being victimized and shelling out large amounts of money to get their data back. How does ransomware …

Online Tech CEO Yan Ness will be speaking at the Fifth Annual Chicago and Midwest Data Center Summit this week! He is part of a panel that will be speaking on topics such as the role monetization has played in data centers, how the cloud affects the data center, and how enterprises view the retail data center with the advances in cloud computing and the Internet of Things. The conference will take place today and tomorrow at the Westin Hotel River North …

Online Tech CEO Yan Ness had the opportunity to speak at the IMN data center conference in Washington, D.C., on June 9-10. He was part of a Cloud Service Provider CEO panel, and answered questions on future growth areas, how to remain competitive in a market dominated by large players, and specializing geographically. What is Online Tech doing to remain competitive in today’s crowded market? Yan explained that it is Online Tech’s people who make the difference, citing his white-glove …

Your organization’s data is money unaccounted for on the balance sheet, and it must be protected. A secure production site with no single point of failure goes a long way, but disaster recovery is the insurance that keeps you running in case of a fire, cyber attack, or accidental database wipe. Many factors, most importantly cloud economics, have been a driving factor in the growth of disaster recovery, making it imperative to business continuity. You need simple data protection. There …

Disaster recovery is more than a luxury, it’s imperative to an overall business continuity plan. But it can be overwhelming and expensive to implement. However, disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) is becoming the answer to the many woes of traditional IT disaster recovery. Disaster recovery spending has been on the rise since 2014, with 46 percent of TechTarget’s annual IT Priorities survey respondents saying it was a top priority for their budgets in 2014. In a separate study by CIO …

Data is money

Posted on April 28, 2016 by

It amazes me how plentiful and important data has become to our lives. It truly has become the currency that runs our world. From targeted ads to the growth of big data analytics, information has tremendous value. That’s why I have no doubt your business requires data to survive. For most companies, Online Tech included, efficiency would be severely impacted if we lost all access to our data. That is why I say, “Data is money.” And where do we …

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