What does the future look like to you? Does it include flying cars and meals in the form of pills? Will we no longer have diseases to worry about, or will robots be serving our every whim? Maybe it’s not quite like the Jetsons now, but thanks to the Internet of Things, that future is coming faster than you think. In a nutshell, the Internet of Things allows anything with a WiFi connection to be connected to the Internet. This …

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 …

You already know that there are three major types of clouds: Public, Private and Hybrid. Now, there’s a newer player in the game: Virtual Private Clouds. What makes these different from public and private clouds, and what is the benefit? Is it just a fancy name for public cloud, or is it a private one? Virtual Private Clouds (VPC) are related to the public cloud, but they are not the same. Instead of sharing resources and space in a public infrastructure, …

Picture this: The second quarter of 2008. My sales vice president and I were doing a pipeline review with our sales team. Every person reported that most of their IT disaster recovery opportunities were in a holding pattern. Companies were defunding DR in preparation of tough economic times. In other words, our prospects were saying disaster recovery was not necessary to continue collecting revenue. Why was this important in our Q2 2008 pipeline meeting? Because as the bottom fell out …

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 …

A key component of a successful disaster recovery plan is testing it. Testing once a year is usually not enough, and you’ll want to make sure you can run a proper failover when you need to. A failover is when you move from one environment to another. In disaster recovery terminology, it’s used to mean the transfer from a production environment to a recovery one. A failover is a huge process, and there are many complications that can arise from it. …

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 …

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