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IT Disaster Recovery Planning Should Top Hurricane Prep List

July 9th, 2013
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By Laurie Head
AIS Network Vice President

If your servers are knocked out, how much unplanned downtime can your business sustain? Think about it. Data loss can cripple a business. Downtime results in:

  • lost competitive advantage
  • lost revenue and productivity
  • long-term erosion of customer retention
  • strained relations with strategic partners
  • damage to corporate reputation

As a business owner myself, I might also add that it leads to business owner STRESS.

This is a photo of a real flood in a real office building. A burst pipe was the culprit.

Did you know that, sadly, one in four businesses forced to close for at least 24 hours following a disaster simply never reopens?

Unquestionably, as we move further into Atlantic hurricane season, U.S. businesses and governments should protect their sensitive data and applications by implementing a solid, IT disaster recovery plan.

Businesses should think critically about ensuring business continuity by evaluating their IT infrastructure, preparing for potential data loss, and outlining the critical steps needed to recover that data. First, identify the risks associated with natural and man-made disasters, and then create a plan for action should disaster strike. By keeping those plans updated, you can help ensure the survival of your business.

This summer, AISN has launched a new disaster recovery promotional campaign, which we hope will promote awareness about the importance of IT disaster planning and show how some of the latest Microsoft technologies on the market are making disaster recovery easier and more cost effective.

Entitled, “Are You Ready?”, AISN’s campaign underscores a compelling need for organizations to ensure that they are fully prepared to protect their sensitive data and applications in the event of a disaster. In fact, in today’s highly regulated environment, businesses that must meet stringent compliance standards are expected to have an IT disaster plan in addition to a secure backup and recovery solution.

Our message to all businesses is clear: Don’t wait until you start hearing the weather predictions for hurricanes, tropical storms, floods and tornadoes. In the aftermath of a disaster, employees are typically struggling to do business in the face of lost communications, power outages, transportation failures and impassable roads. It’s imperative to protect your business now – before disaster strikes.

We are also advising that good business continuity planning should always include an IT disaster recovery plan that covers data loss and recovery. Your disaster recovery procedures should be planned and tested meticulously. And then, businesses should be ready to take proactive measures whenever local, state or federal disaster warnings are issued.

Stay tuned for more tips on secure online backup and disaster recovery planning as well as how the cloud can enhance your disaster recovery efforts.  We’ll be blogging about it here.

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Opportunities to Accelerate Abound at WPC 2013 in Houston

July 9th, 2013
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By Jay Atkinson
AIS Network CEO

Microsoft says it”s been a year of “amazing launches” and they say that their partners, like us, have certainly delivered.  Indeed!  Our Microsoft SPLA licensing is up 600% over the last couple of years.  That”s pretty telling.  The large enterprises that we serve are still quite serious about outsourcing their hosting needs, despite what has been a sluggish economy.

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More than 14,000 Microsoft partners are gathering in Houston this week for their worldwide partner conference.

 

I”m delighted to be in Houston this week to speak (tomorrow!) at the 2013 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference.

Attending are over 14,000 Microsoft partners, representing 150 countries across the globe.

Today, we heard from Steve Ballmer about Microsoft”s transformation as a company and the four trends underpinning our transformation: cloud, mobility, big data and enterprise social.  The opportunities here are endless, he says.

Here are three of Today”s Biggest Announcements:

IDC Cloud Profitability Study: In talking with companies that generated more than 50 percent of their revenues from the cloud, IDC saw that these partners are growing at more than double the rate.

Office 365 growth is explosive: Office 365 is on track to become one of the fastest growing businesses.

Windows 8.1 RTM available to OEM partners in late August: This means OEMs will be able to get the RTM bits and begin preparing devices with Windows 8.1 just in time for the holiday shopping season!

As Steve Ballmer said during his keynote today, “No matter what happens to consumerization we, together, will deliver devices and services.”

I will continue to maximize my time this week during the WPC by speaking at a session about excellence in marketing, networking with other partners, hearing from industry experts, and charting our own path for the future.  Stay tuned….

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Windows Server 2012: Navigating the New Licensing Structure

March 20th, 2013
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By Bill Peters, AIS Network Director of Sales

Windows Server 2012, which was released last fall, is the latest among Microsoft’s Windows Server product offerings, and it delivers a dramatically simplified licensing experience.

What went away? Away went the Enterprise edition, which was retired. Windows Server 2012 Standard edition includes all the premium features previously included in Enterprise edition. Away went the Web Server, and now web workloads running on a Windows Server 2012 edition will continue to receive the “CAL waiver” that is in effect for these workloads today. Windows Server CALs will not be required to access the licensed server if it is only being used to run web workloads. Away went HPC Products. Microsoft will now deliver the HPC Pack 2012 as a free download that can be used with any Windows Server 2012 Standard or Datacenter license. HPC workloads running on Windows Server 2012 Standard or Datacenter editions will continue to receive the “CAL waiver” that is currently in effect for these workloads.

So what’s new? Well, now there are just four Windows Server 2012 editions from which to choose. And, shaped by feedback from customers and partners, the new Windows Server licensing approach should help make choosing the right Windows Server a whole lot easier too.

Windows Server 2012 Licensing Overview

Microsoft holds that its new licensing approach will deliver the following benefits to its Windows Server customers:

Simple. It’s easier than ever to determine the right Windows Server edition for you. Choose from just four editions of Windows Server 2012, based on the size of your organization and your requirements for virtualization and cloud computing.

Economical. All editions of Windows Server 2012 deliver excellent economics and ROI for your business. For example, the Datacenter edition, with its unlimited virtualization rights, provides the benefits of cloud-level scale with predictable, lower costs. The Standard edition now offers all of the same enterprise-class features as the Datacenter edition and is differentiated only by virtualization rights.

Cloud-optimized. Businesses today are rapidly adopting a hybrid approach across private and public cloud computing. Windows Server 2012 offers the right edition for you, no matter where you are on your path to the cloud. Use the Datacenter edition for highly virtualized cloud environments, the Standard edition for lightly virtualized environments progressing toward cloud, or the Essentials edition for an ideal cloud-connected first server.

Here’s the Windows Server 2012 licensing at a glance:

*CALs are required for every user or device accessing a server. See the Product Use Rights for details.

Why a streamlined licensing model for core infrastructure? In short, this new model enables easier assessment and management of your server environment. For one thing, a single licensing model makes it easier for you to purchase the right product for your organization’s needs and also compare the cost of alternatives. Another plus is that it allows for a single, familiar and easy-to-track metric for all infrastructure products (reducing management overhead). Finally, as part of the alignment with the Microsoft private cloud licensing model, Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012, as well as Enrollment for Core Infrastructure (ECI), now all have the same licensing and packaging structure. Simple and convenient, right?

Choosing Between the Windows Server 2012 Standard and Datacenter Editions

Obviously, the Foundation and Essentials editions are for small business. If you are a mid-size business or a large enterprise, like the majority of AISN customers, your choice lies between Standard and Datacenter. When it comes to determining which of the two editions is best for your enterprise, there are only two words to keep in mind: virtualization rights.

Both the Standard and Datacenter editions provide the same set of features (including high availability features like failover clustering). The only differentiator between the editions is the number of Virtual Machines (VMs) being used. If your strategy calls for a highly virtualized environment, then the Datacenter edition provides you with optimum flexibility, since it allows for unlimited virtualization. If you aren’t ready to heavily virtualize your environment, a Standard edition license entitles you to run up to two VMs on up to two processors.

Calculating Your Windows Server 2012 License Needs

So, how do you decide how many licenses you’ll need? Good question. Because the Datacenter edition allows for an unlimited number of VMs, only physical processors need to be counted when determining licenses for the Standard edition. Here’s a quick formula:

1 license = 2 physical processors

To determine the number of licenses needed to fully license a physical server, simply count the number of physical processors in the server and divide that number by two. That will tell you the number of licenses you need.

Each Standard edition license provides you with the right to run up to two VMs. If you want to run additional VMs but do not require the highly virtualized environment that Datacenter provides (which is unlimited VMs), then you can simply purchase additional Standard edition licenses and assign them to a single physical server in order to increase your VM entitlements on that server.

Now for the nitty gritty. What activities are NOT allowed under theWindows Server 2012 licensing? You cannot:

  • Mix Windows Server 2012 Standard and Datacenter licenses on the same server. All of the processors on a given server must be licensed with the same version and edition.
  • Split your Windows Server 2012 license across multiple servers. Each license can only be assigned to a single physical server.
  • Assign a Windows Server 2012 license to a virtual machine. A license is assigned to the physical server and each license will cover up to two physical processors.
  • Use your Windows Server 2008 CAL to access Windows Server 2012. The CAL accessing the instance of Windows Server must be equivalent to or higher in version than the server being accessed.

Factoring in Software Assurance

A number of enterprise customers will be concerned about how Software Assurance will work with Windows Server 2012. Here are some scenarios.

Software Assurance and the Datacenter Edition. If you have Software Assurance on the Datacenter edition, you are entitled to the Windows Server 2012 Datacenter edition. On the old version, a Datacenter license covered up to 1 processor. With Windows 2012, a Datacenter license covers up to 2 processors. So, for every two current Datacenter licenses with Software Assurance, you will receive one Windows Server 2012 Datacenter edition license.

Software Assurance and the Enterprise Edition. If you have Software Assurance on the Enterprise edition, you’re entitled to receive two Standard edition licenses for each Enterprise edition license that you have.

Software Assurance and the Standard Edition. If you have Software Assurance on the Standard edition, you’re entitled to receive one Windows Server 2012 Standard edition license for each Standard edition license that you already have.

Software Assurance and the Web Server Edition. If you have Software Assurance on the Web Server edition, you’ll receive an additional Windows Server 2012 Standard edition license to use while also maintaining your right to run your current Web Server license. For every two Windows 2008 R2 Web Server edition licenses, you’ll receive one Windows Server 2012 Standard edition license.

What if I want to upgrade to the Datacenter edition? Remember that the Step-Ups from the Enterprise edition to the Datacenter edition are being removed from the price lists. Therefore, if you’ve decided to move to a more highly virtualized or private cloud environment, you should consider taking advantage of the Software Assurance Step-Up benefit to upgrade to the Datacenter edition prior to the Windows Server 2012 General Availability.

Purchasing Windows Server 2012 Licensing

Okay, now how do you get going?

You can purchase Windows Server 2012 licenses through multiple channels, which provides you with optimum flexibility and choice to acquire the software. Microsoft Hosting Partners like AIS Network are an excellent resource in evaluating your Windows Server 2012 licensing needs. We can help you evaluate, plan, deploy, and manage any type of hosted system—from a small business implementation to supporting the largest enterprise applications built on the latest technology.

At AISN, we recommend Service Provider Licensing Agreement (SPLA) licensing (as opposed to other volume licensing), based on ease of deployment. How does it work? AISN tracks and manages the licensing for you. We provide a monthly subscription-based pricing plan, including software assurance. This eliminates any large, upfront costs needed to purchase the right amount of licensing as well as the over-purchasing of

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unused licenses. However, if you own volume licensing we can utilize those licenses in our hosted environments.

Why so many options for licensing? The various licensing options enable you to choose the program that works best for your management and operational needs. We’d be happy to discuss with you in more detail all of your options and how they can be delivered via a custom hosted solution. For a conversation about this and a free quote, email me now and let me know your needs.

AISN is ready and eager to work with you on all of your hosting needs and on helping to save your business money too.

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What is Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)?

March 16th, 2013
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By Donna Hemmert
AIS Network Vice President, Strategic Development

If you don’t want to own the equipment that supports your operations, and want increased flexibility, especially when it comes to expanding or downsizing, you may want to consider Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)** from a provider such as AISN. In contrast to having to purchase all the equipment for your infrastructure such as storage, hardware, servers and networking components, you can pay on per-use basis and avoid the headache and capital costs.

The difference between IaaS and PaaS (Platform as a Service) is often confusing so let me clarify. In an IaaS model, the underlying infrastructure is provided which includes network, storage, compute resources and virtualization technology. This means you are responsible for the additional operational tasks. With PaaS, the underlying infrastructure is provided, but also the application development platform. This includes automation to deploy, test and integrate applications. Your vendor also handles operational tasks such as configuration and updating your environment.

IaaS has been experiencing huge growth and, in fact, according to Gartner’s latest report on public cloud adoption***, the biggest part of cloud growth is coming from IaaS. This interest in IaaS, according to

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** Sometimes called Hardware and a Service (HaaS)
*** Forecast Overview: Public Cloud Services, Worldwide, 2011-2016, 4Q12 Update Published: 8 February 2013

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Hosted Private Cloud Services to Surpass $24 Billion in 2016

March 1st, 2013
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By Laurie Head
AIS Network Vice President

Good news from IDC yesterday — at least for those of us engaged in private cloud hosting.

The research group forecasts that worldwide spending on hosted private cloud services will surpass $24 billion in 2016.  Compare that to $5.5 billion spent on such services last year. IDC predicts that spending will rise 64% to $9.1 billion in 2013.

Have a look below at the press release, which also talks about two popular private cloud deployment models:

IDC Forecasts Worldwide Spending on Hosted Private Cloud Services to Surpass $24 Billion in 2016

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., February 28, 2013 – According to a new forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC), worldwide spending on hosted private cloud (HPC) services – an operational model for deploying computing infrastructure services of many types via a cloud model – will be more than $24 billion in 2016. HPC spending will experience a compound annual growth rate of more than 50% over the 2012-2016 forecast period as companies and IT providers look to cloud in its various forms as a means to transform and make more efficient and scalable the “how” of what they provide to their customers. Along the way, Hosted Private Cloud services will become the backbone of a new set of infrastructure services, transforming existing provider models for IT outsourcing, hosting infrastructure services, and other key IT industries.

At the highest level, there are two types of deployment models for cloud services: public and private. Public cloud services are designed for a market and are open to a largely unrestricted universe of potential users who share the services. Private cloud services are designed for a single enterprise and have user-defined and controlled restrictions on access and level of resource dedication.

Hosted private cloud is a composite view of two private cloud services deployment models, both of which offer customers and providers very different choices about resource dedication, tenancy cost, user access/control of the computing asset, and real and perceived security structures in place. The two HPC deployment models are:

  • Dedicated Private Cloud: This model offers dedicated 1:1 physical compute and storage resources focused on the needs of one enterprise or extended enterprise. This model offers the greatest customer control over their contracted resource. Examples of dedicated private cloud service offerings include Amazon EC2 Dedicated Instances, IBM SmartCloud Enterprise, Savvis Symphony Dedicated, and Rackspace Cloud: Private Edition.
  • Virtual Private Cloud: This model is an adjunct of public cloud services with shared virtualized resources and a range of customer control and security options distinct from most public cloud services. Examples of virtual private cloud service offerings include Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), IBM SmartCloud Enterprise Plus, Savvis Symphony VPDC/Open, and Rackspace RackConnect.

“IDC anticipates that virtual private cloud will be the predominant operational model for companies wanting to take advantage of the speed and lower capital costs associated with cloud computing while cloud service providers will welcome the move away from the expense of dedicated 1:1 physical systems for delivering their business process and datacenter outsourcing and other services,” said Robert Mahowald, Research Vice President, SaaS and Cloud Services.

Virtual private cloud is expected to make steady gains in part because of its similarity to public cloud, particularly public Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), which many IT buyers are already using as a cost-saving alternative to replacing aging infrastructure. As more companies evaluate their Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) options, the need to centralize the management of all cloud-sourced capabilities will become apparent. Meanwhile, the majority of dedicated private cloud buyers will be those companies with existing IS outsourcing or hosted infrastructure services contracts. Potential buyers of dedicated private cloud services will place a premium on off-loading the asset management burden and on operational reliability, over and above other cloud features such as scalability, granular billing, and customer self-service.

When dedicated private cloud grows, the winners are likely to be large incumbent packaged software providers and equipment providers, global systems integrators, professional services firms, and telecommunications service providers. These providers are working mightily to build single-vendor stacks, providing all the underlying components from bare metal to “trusted partner applications.” But if virtual private cloud becomes the dominant provider-based model, as IDC expects, it will be more like a public cloud model with mostly standardized, virtually dedicated assets, which means a vastly different set of vendors will benefit.

“Not even the largest technology incumbents can sustain IT market leadership without achieving leadership in cloud services. Quite simply, vendor failure in cloud services will mean stagnation,” added Mahowald. “Vendors need to be doing everything they can – today – to develop a full range of competitive cloud offerings and operating models optimized around those offerings.”

The IDC study, Worldwide Hosted Private Cloud Services 2012-2016 Forecast: New Models for Delivering Infrastructure Services (Doc #238689), examines the hosted private cloud services market, composed of dedicated private cloud services and virtual private cloud services. The study includes a detailed discussion of the overall cloud services market and how public and private cloud services are distinguished from one another, as well as revenues for 2011 and a five-year growth forecast for 2012-2016.

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Top 10 Security Risks Found by Your Auditor

February 21st, 2013
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By Sarah Morris
KirkpatrickPrice

At KirkpatrickPrice, we strive to provide the proper assurance and resources to help our clients maintain security within their organization. Recently, we held a client webinar focused on the “Top Ten Security Risks” that your auditor finds during your auditing process. Below is a summary of the most common risks that we find.

1. No Formal Policies and Procedures

Formal guidelines of policies and procedures help provide your employees with clarity of what’s expected of them. They define the accountability for each employee and also establish necessary training. Information security policies are mandated by the FTC Safeguards Rule, PCI Data Security Standards, and the HIPAA Security Rule. This means they are mandatory.

2. Misconfigurations

Standards need to be applied consistently. Organizations should utilize benchmark configuration standards from a recognized entity such as: Center for Internet Security (CIS), International Organization for Standardization (ISO), SysAdmin Audit Network Security (SANS) Institute, and the National Institute of Standards Technology (NIST).

3. No Formal Risk Assessment

Assessment should cover assets that are critical to your enterprise to continue business operations for the following: hardware, software, human resources, and processes (automated or manual). Some important things to consider when thinking about risk assessment are the threats to your assets as well as the likelihood of vulnerability being compromised. Threats can be both internal (employees or third party contractors or partners) as well as external (natural events or social engineering). Developing a proper risk assessment can help to mitigate potential risks that you face.

4. Undefined Incident Response

It is always important to have clear instructions on reporting procedures when determining incident response. It is suggested to build a culture within your work

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5. Lack of Disaster Planning

Disaster planning is important in a situation where written plans were available for others to follow in the event that key personnel are not available. A business impact analysis can help quantify what level of redundancy is required for disaster planning. Proactive arrangements should be made to care for the staff and to communicate with third parties. Walkthroughs and training scenarios can benefit organizations so employees are properly prepared in the event of a disaster.

6. Lack of Testing

The concept of testing applies to all areas of your security. If your security is not tested, there is no way to determine whether or not vulnerabilities are present.

7. Insecure Code

Developing secure coding is something we find lots of companies struggling with. To develop secure coding, training must be implemented as well as specific development standards and quality assurance.

8. Lack of Monitoring/Audit Trails

Log Harvesting, parsing, and alerting methods must be determined to efficiently deal with massive event logs. The responsibility for review must be formally assigned as part of daily operations. Audit trails should be stored in such a way that system administrators cannot modify without alerting someone with and oversight role.

9. Data Leakage

Some things we often forget are where the data is located and how long should it be retained? How is encryption implemented and verified? How is access to data granted and audited? These things are all very important, and if not corrected, can keep you from complying with federal and industry standards and regulations.

10. Lack of Training

A lack of training can prove to be a striking blow to the security of your organization. Employers should recognize the importance of properly training all employees on safety and security best practices. Standards and guidelines should be clearly set and determined in each organization. Several training opportunities are offered through KirkpatrickPrice to properly train you and your company on the basics of security awareness, awareness for managers, awareness for IT professionals, and awareness for credit card handling.

Determining your individual risks is the first step toward the mitigation process. Maximum security of your sensitive information is KirkpatrickPrice’s number one priority.

If you’re ready to get started with your assurance process, you’ve come to the right place. We’re ready to help. Let’s work together.

Sarah Morris is a technical writer for KirkpatrickPrice, a provider of world-class audit services. Visit www.kirkpatrickprice.com.

 

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Disasters Happen. Is Your Business Ready?

February 14th, 2013
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By Laurie Head
AIS Network Vice President

Preparing for an emergency is a key factor to business continuity after a disaster. Wherever the threat comes from – whether it’s physical, virtual, network failure or cybercrime-related – it’s important that your business is equipped to deal with the problem.

In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that over 40 percent of businesses never reopen following a disaster. And, when we consider these potential consequences, it’s important that you have a disaster preparedness plan ready.

We consulted Cindy Bates, Microsoft US SMB Vice President, for some tips. As you create your business continuity plan, she recommends that you keep in mind the following:

Communication strategy. Make a plan about how you will communicate any disaster and its impact on your internal and external audiences. Remember that 40 percent of businesses will never reopen following a disaster.

Financial management. Ensure that you can still access your company accounts, pay bills on time and make the payroll.

Data backup.

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Keep your company information safe by backing up assets and storing a copy offsite on a regular basis.

Cloud-based software. Move software to cloud-based versions of the programs that you use today. This acts as a great alternative to data backup and enables your employees to have access to email, important documents, contacts and calendars – anytime and from virtually anywhere.

Technology updates. Maintain vigilance when it comes to keeping your technology updated with security patches to safeguard your network against the latest threats.

Your digital assets are extremely important to business continuity in the aftermath of a disaster. Do you need help protecting them? Contact us for a free assessment.

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What Do Our Microsoft Competencies Mean?

February 3rd, 2013
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By Laurie Head
AIS Network Vice President

What do our Microsoft competencies mean? They are something we’ve worked very hard to achieve and we’re quite proud of them. There are 640,000 partners in the Microsoft Partner Network, but only 5 percent of partners worldwide can distinguish themselves with a competency and having attained this high degree of proficiency.

AIS Network has attained Microsoft competencies in hosting and in mid-market solutions. AISN’s Microsoft competencies show you our demonstrated expertise — and our commitment — to staying deeply informed about the latest Microsoft products and technologies.

AIS Network Microsoft Competencies

Attaining Microsoft competencies is a rigorous process but the outcome is highly rewarding.

By attaining our Microsoft competencies, we have met extensive requirements through rigorous exams — culminating in Microsoft certifications. And, we have also been recommended by our customers for our skills, support and knowledge. A Microsoft competency allows us to accelerate our customers’ success by

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Welcome, Ron Cornelison, to the AIS Network Advisory Board

December 11th, 2012
Posted by: Donna Hemmert

Respected Tech Executive and Recent Chairman/CEO of AMCAD Joins AIS Network Advisory Board

By Donna Hemmert
AIS Network Vice President, Strategic Development

We are pleased to announce the addition of Ronald Cornelison to the AIS Network Advisory Board, who brings 35 years of entrepreneurial and government contracting experience to AISN. Cornelison’s expertise in government contracting

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While Cornelison will be advising us on all areas of business including operations, strategy and product/services, his expertise in government contracting will round out AISN’s team of technology leaders and help guide strategy as our government cloud computing business continues to grow.

You can read more in our press release and in Cornelison’s full bio.

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Bob McDonnell, Virginia’s Governor, Calls for 4% Reduction in Agency Budget

December 6th, 2012
Posted by: Donna Hemmert

By Donna Hemmert
AIS Network Vice President, Strategic Development

AIS Network is a proud provider to the Commonwealth of Virginia and its agencies and so we are always concerned where our customers are concerned. We know the pressure many of the Virginia agencies are under to provide top-of-the-line IT services so recently when Bob McDonnell, Virginia’s governor, called for a 4% reduction in agency budgets, we knew our eGov customers would be looking to us to collaborate on ideas.

Luckily, there are strategies in IT that definitely allow you to cut costs without cutting service. The place where most organizations have recently found savings is by moving to the Cloud and a Software as a Service (SaaS) model. According the KPGM, the Cloud/SaaS market has been growing for this very reason

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– cost savings. SaaS pricing is helping organizations do more IT with less money.

With this model, you really are focusing your IT budget on resources, as opposed to hardware or software. The benefit is that you can purchase the exact resources you need (processing, storage, memory) and upgrade them quickly as required. This eliminates planning around hardware including the expensive hardware replacement cycle.

An additional benefit of Cloud and the SaaS model is that the ability to apply temporary IT resources becomes very easy and is no longer nearly as costly. This can be beneficial if you have a temporary project, such as a website around a promotion or project, or in the case of software development where developers really appreciate the flexibility of quickly deploying virtual machines as needed.

Because in the cloud, the cloud provider does all your support, maintenance, and performs any emergency support, man-hours are reduced and the need for around-the-clock staff is reduced. This is especially relevant in the case of mission-critical applications where the servers need to be working around the clock.

So, if you want to save money while still delivering top-level service, consider

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the Cloud and SaaS. And, as always, we are here to answer any questions.

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