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WAN Router Lifecycle Strategy

WAN Router Lifecycle Strategy

Many businesses are in a cycle where it’s time to replace the majority of their routers. Typically, these routers are the ISR G2 (2900 and 3900 series). These products have been solid, battle-tested and reliable, but are soon end of life – the absolute last date of support is December 2022. If you haven’t already, …

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Cloud Migration: A Path to the Future

Cloud Migration

In today’s corporate IT landscape, every organization (whether they admit it or not) operates a hybrid-cloud architecture.  As more organizations migrate traditional platforms running in an on-premises data center to a public cloud provider, there are many aspects that needs to be considered to minimize the financial, operational, and architectural impact such a migration might …

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SD-WAN: Defining Your Future Network Strategy

Defining You Networking Strategy

We’ve worked with several of our customers recently on WAN refreshes. Some are looking to embrace SD-WAN. Others are just looking to replace EOL gear. And some are looking to dip a toe into the SD-WAN world. All of the major network manufacturers have integrated SD-WAN into their offerings – see the likes of Cisco …

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Privileged Access Workstations: Securing Administrative Tasks

Privileged Access Workstations

Many companies are trying to better secure their administrative tools and sensitive data. Leveraging Privileged Access Workstations (PAW) is a good way to reduce the threat vector on these sensitive tasks and systems. PAW are separate client computing environments that can take advantage of added security measures like multifactor authentication (see our post on Six Design …

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EUC Delivery: Master Image Optimization

Optimizing application delivery to your end users.

With the likes of Google and Twitter announcing long-term plans for a distributed workforce, the models used to serve our end users increasingly take on a higher priority. As this transition further develops, we move from planning, or early implementation, to optimization within our technology delivery platforms. Earlier, we explored your options for delivering services …

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Exploring a NAC Maturity Model

Network Access Control

As our current technical service models stabilize during this work from home transition, we’ll take a minute to visit strategies for improving our user experience for the future return of employees to the office. Today, we explore a Network Access Control (NAC) maturity model and the maturation of the deployment within our ecosystems. NAC Maturity …

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A Beginner’s Guide to Azure Network Design

Cloud-based networking principles

The Fundamentals for a Beginner’s Guide to Azure Networking Good networking practices are still fundamental, whether on premises or in the cloud. Often times, new terminology is used, but what network engineers are used to calling one thing just has a new name. A VRF is similar to a VNET in Azure. A VLAN is …

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Horizon Desktop: Physical Desktop Management

quick fix to support your work from home transition

The increased need to allow employees to work from home may be putting stress on your Horizon Desktop infrastructure. One quick fix for quickly scaling up the resources available to employees is managing your physical desktops with VMware Horizon. In the past physical desktop management in Horizon has been a time-consuming task. Installing the agent, adding the desktop …

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Exploring Your Technical Options after a “Work From Home” Mandate

Creating a strategy your work from home user base.

It’s finally happened…your company’s leadership came to you and asked what it will take to enable your entire workforce to work from home for the foreseeable future due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  How are you going to provide a computing environment for all these remote workers, and fast?  Let’s talk through the benefits associated …

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Cloud Readiness: Today’s Technical Elements to Prepare You for Tomorrow

Focus on your direction to be intentional about the journey.

So that’s it…you’re going to the cloud. This may not be your decision. It may be directed by a suit in an office somewhere. Other cases see operationally minded CIO’s acting quickly to ensure their technical teams are best aligned for the road ahead. And yet, others have done their homework and have determined a …

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