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Returning to in-office business in the face of COVID-19

Unprecedented Business Environments

Though pandemics have occurred throughout history, they are an unprecedented event for modern business. Across the United States in mid-March, many businesses took the lead in requiring employees to work remotely where possible as COVID-19 accelerated across the world. Municipalities and state governments followed shortly thereafter. At that time, we were...

Posted on September 20, 2020

Advanced Threat Protection | The Difference Between Azure, Microsoft 365, and Defender

With various Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) tools offered through Microsoft, it's essential to know their features and how each matches your security needs. Let's look at what ATP is and its differences and benefits between Azure, Microsoft 365, and Microsoft Defender.

Posted on September 16, 2020

Building a Scalable Cloud Infrastructure that Enables Business Growth

Growing businesses need flexible cloud environments that can extend and expand with the business

For growing businesses, the ability to adjust and scale infrastructure quickly is critical. A flexible staffing and support model designed for your business needs is crucial for increased value creation. In addition, providing a broad range of capabilities that allow shifts as your organization grows...

Posted on August 27, 2020

Security on a Budget: The Do’s and Don’ts of Updating Your IT Infrastructure

As we continue to navigate the effects of COVID-19, newly remote offices are being presented with new challenges for their IT infrastructure and cybersecurity.

Posted on August 19, 2020

Thoughtful, staged migration to the cloud provides better results

What you need to know about cloud migrations

Often, organizations want to move to the cloud for potential cost savings, flexibility and access to cutting-edge technology. The problem? Where to start

Posted on July 19, 2020

Why an Enterprise Architect Pays Dividends for your Environment

An enterprise architect offers peace of mind

As technology evolves, IT extends further into day-to-day business operations and enterprise architects play an ever more important role. With the change of pace comes small shifts in how organizations use their technology. This shift is having a significant impact on both business efficiency and growth potential.

Posted on July 05, 2020

Backups and Disaster Recovery Plans: Why Every Business Needs Both

It’s every business owner’s worst nightmare. Your system crashes, your hard drive crashes, you’re the victim of a cybersecurity attack and all your files are encrypted – you’ve lost all of your data.

Posted on July 02, 2020

Using CloudCheckr to Evolve Our Cloud Delivery Model

Ascend Technologies is a 24X7, high-access service provider. We manage infrastructure for our clients, provide application support and development, security management, service desk and NOC.

As more clients move to the public cloud, we wanted to provide value add services beyond just basic support. We reviewed several platforms focused on cloud cost management and settled on CloudCheckr.

Posted on June 14, 2020

A Cloud Database Platform is Critical for Peak Performance

Wait, a Cloud Database Doesn’t Mean You Don’t Need Your DBA

I’ve heard it many times. Business leaders feel that since they moved their databases to a cloud provider, they won’t need their database administrative (DBA) staff. The thought is, “the cloud provider will manage that.” While cloud platforms do help alleviate some of the repetitive tasks of database administration, there are many...

Posted on June 01, 2020

How Secure Is Your Company's Cloud Storage?

As the country continues to follow shelter-in-place orders, many companies have found new ways to keep their businesses going by taking steps toward digital transformation and having their employees work remotely. And this trend doesn’t seem to be stopping any time soon.

Posted on May 26, 2020

Public Cloud Environments: How to Effectively Manage Costs

Forecast for Clouds with Sun breaks

There are several compelling reasons to move to the cloud. Speed of innovation. The ability to scale quickly.  Production ready services to leverage AI, IoT, natural language processing, etc.  However, for most businesses, it all comes down to costs.

In a previous blog post Moving to the Cloud: Myth Versus Reality, I touched on some misconceptions regarding...

Posted on May 24, 2020

Ascend Technologies Quick, Low-Cost Amazon WorkSpaces Implementation

As many organizations navigate the new normal of having a 100% remote workforce, there are several challenges they face. How do you ensure adherence to corporate policies and norms?  How do ensure your team’s cybersecurity posture is maintained? How do you support remote workers technology problems?

Posted on April 15, 2020

Moving to Cloud Computing: Myth Versus Reality

Cloud Computing Realities You Need to Know

Cloud computing solutions have been available for well over a decade. Software as a Service (SaaS) came to prominence first, followed closely by Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions, then advanced Platform-as-a-Service offerings (PaaS), and now Function-as-a-Service, or “serverless” cloud hosting models, where the application requests compute...

Posted on March 19, 2020

Mid-market Cloud Adoption: More Reliable than the Weatherman

Return on Your Cloud Investment

As more enterprise scale organizations shift to using cloud technology providers, like Amazon Web Services, mid-market organizations are working to determine if moving some of their workloads to the cloud delivers the return that larger organizations are recognizing. When we meet with clients, often we’re educating leaders on how cloud infrastructure and services...

Posted on March 19, 2020

Here’s Why You Need a Change Advisory Board

When it comes to technology infrastructure, change always carries some measure of risk. Even minor network and server reconfigurations can cause unexpected problems, making complete reviews of any system modification a crucial task. This includes analyzing how each modification can affect your network’s performance and integrity.

Posted on March 01, 2017

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