Modernize your business with Zones Azure Complete

Zones-Azure_Complete-infographicPlanning and implementing a cloud computing platform can be complex and time consuming. Zones Azure Complete accelerates the adoption of your cloud computing platform, and allows you to discover new ways of optimizing the performance of your Azure environment.

Through a wide array of services to support your organization’s cloud-based functions, Zones Azure Complete provides help to enhance the utility and management of Azure in your organization.

Zones Azure Complete delivers best-in-class technologies and proven methodologies for thorough assessment, thoughtful design, seamless implementation, and consistent management of the Azure cloud platform. It’s an all-inclusive program that goes beyond cloud subscriptions to include reliable ongoing services for your cloud environment.

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Still Running SQL Server 2005?

It’s time to give your data the care it deserves

MicrosoftSQLServerOn April 12 Microsoft ended extended support for SQL Server 2005. That means security updates and hotfixes will no longer be available from Microsoft. And unsupported software means increasing vulnerability to data issues and exposing other devices and associated applications to these same vulnerabilities.

What’s new?

A lot has changed since the launch of SQL Server 2005. Back then, the common practice was to deploy software on-premises on physical hardware. End of story.

Today, you have a number of on-prem and cloud options, including SQL Server 2012, SQL Server 2014, and Azure SQL Database.

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Lenovo: Pioneering Mobility in Healthcare

Mobility in the healthcare space is trending upwards. Quickly. And it’s driving better patient care.

doctor-bedside-w-tabletA recent study conducted by the MetData group suggests that over 65% of physicians own or use a smartphone, tablet, or laptop for work. Another source finds that doctors are 250% more likely to own a tablet than the average consumer (Manhattan Research, “Taking the Pulse”). Sounds like mobile devices are practically tailor-made for professionals in the healthcare field …

And that’s why Lenovo solutions within tablets and laptops, which can place a wealth of information at the physicians’ fingertips, are helping hospitals and doctor’s offices improve patient engagement and outcomes. When healthcare providers need the right tool, in the right time, at the right place, and with better tools at hand, professionals can collaborate easier, achieve interoperability, share data securely, and move from patient to patient to deliver faster and continuous collaborative care. Consider the following: Continue reading

Go beyond deployment to true management

Get more, with Microsoft Office 365 and Zones Office 365 Complete

Zones Office 365 CompleteThe Microsoft Office 365 experience is collaborative, reliable, secure, and fast. It also eases maintenance and management. But it’s not always easy to deploy, and it needs ongoing management.

Planning and implementing an Office 365 migration can be complex and time-consuming. Then, there’s the regular and ongoing need to do things like manage mailboxes, provide end user support, and perform data backups and restores. Hiring experts in Office 365 features and functionality is usually cost-prohibitive and waiting for issue resolution is costly and hinders productivity.

Delivered through best-in-class technologies and proven methodologies, Zones Microsoft Office 365 Complete is an all-inclusive program that goes beyond cloud subscriptions to include reliable, ongoing services for your Office 365 environment.

“Zones has always helped customers with license provisioning and software migrations,” says Brent Swank, Zones director of Microsoft software. “Now we’re expanding our support services to calm the fears of moving to the cloud and afterwards provide consistent, reliable ongoing support to our customers.”

The Zones Office 365 Complete program is designed to be flexible so you can customize your packaged solution by choosing our services for each lifecycle phase: assessment, implementation, and management.

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Autodesk subscriptions give users greater access and flexibility

vsb_lt_global_campaign_lp_banner_twitter_440x220_2The software you need, when and where you need it

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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A better way to buy, implement, and manage Office 365

Zones Office 365 Complete


Zones Office 365 Complete is a portfolio of services that support your organization – at every level.

Delivered through best-in-class technologies and proven methodologies, Zones Office 365 Complete is an all-inclusive program that goes beyond cloud subscriptions – delivering reliable, ongoing services to your existing Office 365 environment.

Assess. Implement. Manage.

Zones Office 365 Complete includes:

  • Cloud workshop and readiness assessments
  • Software landscape assessment
  • Managed cloud services
  • End-user helpdesk and break/fix support
  • Enterprise mobility management
  • Migration services and user setup

What’s more, you can customize your Zones Office 365 Complete packaged solution for each lifecycle phase: assessment, implementation, and management. Continue reading

Advanced mobility management solutions enable a more secure mobile enterprise

Take a comprehensive approach to business mobility

3.25.16-Mobility-Tablets_BLOG-HeroThe growth of mobile infrastructures in organizations is creating the most connected workforce ever, but is your mobile strategy addressing the potential security threats that accompany this mobile revolution?

Minimizing threats while maximizing worker mobility and productivity requires a holistic approach that encompasses every aspect of the existing infrastructure – including wired and wireless networks, unified communications compatibility, security, and cloud services – as well as plans for mobile device management, device selection, app development, activation services, and, ultimately, deployment.

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Lenovo is mobilizing healthcare

ThinkPad: moving toward better patient care

two-looking-at-tabletLenovo is leveraging technology and innovation to offer secure, compatible, reliable, and mobile solutions that improve care from start to finish. And with Lenovo’s ThinkPad product line, a diverse lineup of ultra-portable notebooks, Lenovo is pioneering solutions that help hospitals and doctor’s offices improve patient engagement and outcomes. Lenovo is technology you can trust, and when health providers need the right tool, at the right time, at the right place, ThinkPad solutions offer the kind of mobility that providers need to make the most out of every minute. With better tools at hand, professionals can collaborate easier, achieve interoperability, share data securely, and move from patient to patient to deliver faster and continuous collaborative care. Continue reading

Detect, deter, and analyze security events

Layered-Security-Blog-Graphic_648x432Making true end-to-end security a reality

Private businesses and public entities are responding to rising concerns about theft, fraud, and terrorism by extending infrastructure security to include a focus on physical security and surveillance systems.

In addition to deploying advanced data, network, application, server, and endpoint security solutions, the Zones Advanced Solutions Group team work alongside an organization’s security personnel to develop plans, train staff, and implement systems such as surveillance cameras, access controls, and paging and radio systems. This approach helps protect against threats from man-made and natural disasters. What’s more, systems can be far more effective and can cost less to manage when tied together over an existing IP network. Continue reading

Security threats in the cloud

Balancing risk and efficiency

Cloud-Security-Blog-Graphic_648x432Last month the Top Threats Working Group at the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) released “The Treacherous 12: Cloud Computing Top Threats in 2016,” identifying and describing critical security issues facing IT leaders today.

Sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise, the report serves as an up-to-date guide to help cloud users and providers make informed decisions about risk mitigation within a cloud strategy. The report points out that while the cloud service model delivers a wide range of capabilities more efficiently than ever before, there are risks that come along with that efficiency.

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