If you paid for Intel vPro technology, you should be using it.

Get more value from your vPro-enabled devices.

As one of the country’s largest solution providers, Zones deploys thousands of mobile devices and PCs powered by high-performance Intel® Core™ processors with vPro™ technology to businesses around the world.

Intel’s vPro technology describes a range of features that enhance the security, manageability, and performance of computers built around high-end Intel Core processors.

But too often, the hardware-enhanced remote manageability and security capabilities that vPro was designed to deliver don’t get activated by IT, leaving a lot of value on the table.

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Cloud-Minded. Business Grounded.

The forecast calls for 80 percent of IT to be in the cloud by 2020.

The cloud is going mainstream and delivering on its promises. Companies moving workloads are seeing the cloud as a catalyst for business growth. These companies are innovating freely, reaching out to new markets, and disrupting the status quo.

But with cloud technologies being developed at staggering rates, it’s hard to predict which direction they’re moving. More important for you is planning a cloud strategy that goes along with your business forecast. Continue reading

Shaky disaster recovery plan? There’s no excuse anymore.

Everyone knows that a comprehensive disaster recovery plan stands to pay for itself – should you need to use it. But over the years, we’ve seen many businesses fail to make the necessary investments in time and money to create one. Some were lucky. Many were not.

Of course, critical systems for banks, finance, and healthcare had significant redundancies built into their IT architecture. After all, these organizations could afford complex solutions maintained by some of the most talented IT folks in the industry. But many firms simply could not afford or maintain the necessary skills on staff to support a true disaster recovery solution for key applications and IT systems. Continue reading

Getting to the core of Microsoft’s new licensing model

Navigating the move from per-processor to per-core licensing

new-microsoft-logoWith the arrival of Windows Server 2016, customers can soon be running a cloud optimized operating system that supports current workloads, and offers new technologies to simplify the transition to cloud computing.

In addition to the many networking, compute and storage advances included in Windows Server 2016, Microsoft is also transitioning from per-processor to per-core licensing.

Moving Windows Server and Microsoft System Center 2016 to per-core licensing aligns the servers to a common and consistent licensing denomination that is already a standard measure for capacity across environments: cores. This also brings Windows Server into alignment with the per-core licensing model that applies to Microsoft’s SQL Server 2016 and Azure products.

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Autodesk subscriptions give users greater access and flexibility

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Through the Autodesk subscription model, individuals, teams and enterprises have more choices than ever before. Regardless of the size of your business – small, mid-size, or enterprise – Autodesk offers the flexibility to choose the subscription options that best fit your business needs. Now, you can Try out new tools without making a big up-front investment, and better manage changing software and budget needs. And with Multi-user access available for most products, more than one person can share software licenses.

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Enhancing the efficiency, scalability and mobility of cloud computing

Zones Cloud Solutions

Cloud computing is revolutionizing IT service delivery by enabling a more efficient and more flexible way to meet the technology needs of your organization.

The primary reason our clients choose cloud computing is to reduce the cost and complexity of IT. From a financial standpoint, cloud solutions represent an operational expense (OpEx) rather than a capital expense (CapEx), with little to no upfront investment required. Thereafter, you only pay for what you need and use, much like a utility bill. And it gets better: cloud solutions greatly reduce the need to purchase, maintain and refresh expensive hardware, and eliminate the associated staffing costs. That adds up to significant savings – and frees up your IT staff to focus on more strategic projects.

The cloud also delivers tremendous flexibility and scalability – allowing IT to immediately provision resources to meet increasing demands. That means never losing business while you wait for additional resources. And when demand is reduced, you can turn off those resources, avoiding the cost of maintaining excess capacity. Continue reading

Grow as your business requires, without fear of technology limitations

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For years, storage architectures have coupled data to hardware in complex and costly arrangements. These legacy systems required overprovisioning of capacity to meet future storage needs, straining budgets and offering limited ability to fully address modern virtualization needs.

Given this, it’s no surprise that today’s storage hurdles demand a new approach.

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Increase data center flexibility, scalability, and efficiency

Software Defined Networking

Like server virtualization before it, software-defined-networking (SDN) is gaining tremendous traction in the data center, due to its ability to reduce the complexity, expense, and time associated with network administration. And in light of the exponential growth of traffic stemming from increasing virtualization, real-time applications, and the adoption of cloud-based services, SDN has arrived just in time.

The major difference between SDN and traditional networking lies in its model of controller-based networking. SDN essentially separates control plane functionality from switches across the data center into a single centralized software entity, leaving only the data plane functions in the individual switches.

With this separation, network devices become simpler and easier to manage, as a centralized controller has a complete end-to-end view of the entire network, and knowledge of all network paths and device capabilities resides in a single application. The centralized controller provides the visibility and control necessary to move application workloads between compute resources connected to different physical switches without requiring network reconfigurations. Continue reading

Take enterprise mobility to a better place

Connect with the mobility practice at Zones

MobilityEver since BlackBerry rolled out its first smartphone in 2003, enterprise mobility solutions have been changing the way business gets done.

Over a decade later, the rapid adoption and evolution of business mobility in the workplace show no sign of stopping. In fact, research firm MarketsandMarkets estimates the BYOD and Enterprise Mobility market will grow at a 15% compound annual growth rate, reaching $181 billion by 2017.

While mobile devices – the smartphones, laptops and tablets we use – are the most visible components of an enterprise mobility solution, they are by no means the most important. Without a robust and secure enterprise mobility infrastructure in place, unmanaged or poorly managed iOS, Android, and Windows enabled devices can present a liability to the organization. Continue reading

Windows Server 2003/R2 End of Support: July 14, 2015

A new beginning for your data center

Windows Server migrationThe end of support for Windows Server 2003/R2 on July 14, 2015 could signal the beginning of a new stage in the evolution of your IT organization. You have the opportunity to transform your data center and open up a whole new world for your business.

Microsoft envisions a data center without boundaries – where you can extend beyond the resources you have on-premises to more easily use cloud resources when you need them. Such a data center transformation is driven by Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Azure, and Microsoft Office 365. Continue reading