The foundation of a successful OS upgrade

Upgrading your organization’s operating system is a big investment in time, money, and resources. But of course, it’s worth all the work.

After all, you’ll be delivering a more secure and responsive infrastructure that will support your business for years to come.

A successful migration starts with a Zones OS Readiness Assessment. This professional service administered by our Advanced Solutions Group will help you verify that your systems have everything necessary to deploy, integrate, and support the new OS. Continue reading

Meet the challenges of digital business

Cisco Digital Network Architecture

Legacy business processes are becoming increasingly digital, requiring fast and flexible network services to facilitate and support them. On top of that, business leaders and the IT professionals who run them are under pressure to accelerate adoption of big data, mobile, cloud, video, and IoT technologies.

Cisco Digital Network Architecture (DNA) gives you a clear and efficient way forward. DNA centers around a network infrastructure that is not only fully programmable and open to third-party innovation, but can also fully and seamlessly integrate the cloud as an infrastructure component. Continue reading

The state and future of hyper-converged infrastructure

Data Center BlogHyper-converged appliances simplify the design, deployment and management of complex infrastructures, easing pressure on IT staff and leadership. With components designed and built from the ground up to function as a pre-validated system, hyper-converged appliances eliminate the risk of incompatibility you run when rolling out a converged infrastructure.

Hyper-convergence delivers three key benefits:

Faster Deployment – You’re acquiring a single appliance from a single vendor. That means no finger-pointing among component manufacturers when you need support.

Simplified Management – A hyper-converged system provides true single-pane-of-glass management for the entire system.

Rapid Scalability – When you need to scale, you simply deploy additional building blocks.

An excellent example of state-of-the-art hyper-converged appliances is Cisco’s HyperFlex System. These appliances evolved to bring new levels of efficiency and adaptability to the data center, allowing IT to deploy in less than an hour, create clones in seconds, and save on data storage day after day, year after year.

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Explore the benefits of Software Defined Networking

7-18-16-DataCtr-Blog-graphic-742x388Like server and storage virtualization, network virtualization abstracts existing resources and allows them be viewed and managed from a single pane of glass, using open protocols such as OpenFlow.

This allows for on-demand provisioning of resources without the need to physically configure cabling and switches with every network change. Software Defined Networking (SDN) takes things a step further, entirely separating the control plane from the data plane, and enabling administrators to spin up virtual components, virtually at will.

Zones teams with industry leaders like Cisco and Avaya, to bring the speed, flexibility and scalability of software defined networking to all kinds of organizations.

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The next wave of mobility

Keeping people productive – wherever they work –
is key to succeeding in today’s business climate

3.25.16-Mobility-Tablets_BLOG-HeroA decade ago, road warriors were well equipped with a laptop and a BlackBerry. Their counterparts today expect worldwide connectivity to the Internet for their personal inventories of notebooks, tablets, and smartphones.

Of course, the need of mobility isn’t limited to road warriors. Even at the office, workers expect seamless transitions between wired and wireless networks as they move about with their devices.

Because users expect to be able to work in any location – and in whatever way they want to work – they will create workarounds if you don’t fill this need. If your mobile strategy has grown organically on an as-needed basis, it’s likely that you’re not meeting users’ needs. If that’s the case, you may be encouraging workers to get “creative” to achieve their business goals. That creativity could end up compromising the security of your network and your business.

The good news is that it’s getting easier to meet expectations. The bad news is that easy solutions are not always the best solutions. Continue reading

Up your mobile game

Perform a comprehensive operating system assessment

Mobility With every business becoming a mobile business, it’s important to guarantee that everyone – and every device – can connect and work as expected, wherever your team members need to do business.

Whether your business relies Windows or OS X, Windows 10 Mobile or iOS, or any combination of these operating systems, our mobility assessments provide deep visibility into your existing environment, and set you up for long-term success.

Zones can help you evaluate your infrastructure and design a robust single or multi-platform environment that ensures seamless notebook, tablet, and smartphone connectivity across offices, oceans, and operating systems.

Contact your Zones account executive or call 800.408.ZONES to request a comprehensive and affordable mobile infrastructure assessment today.

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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

Planning a streamlined move to cloud storage

Zones Cloud Solutions and our Advanced Solutions Group make it easy

Cloud-Storage-Blog-graphic-742x388By turning to the cloud for backup and storage, organizations gain rapid and massive scalability at a reduced cost, versus expanding on-premises data center capacity. Cloud storage also offers the advantage of strong protection for data backup, archival and disaster recovery applications.

With your data stored in the cloud, many data center activities are reduced or eliminated. Without the need for manual backups and the associated hardware maintenance and management tasks, your IT staff is free to focus on business-critical tasks, increasing data center efficiency and productivity. And should disaster strike, cloud storage allows IT to restore affected data quickly, enabling your business return to normal operations. Continue reading

Zones named a 2016 Tech Elite 250 solution provider by CRN

Tech Elite 250 list recognizes IT solution providers for deep technical expertise and premier certifications

data_center_100_awardOn March 29, CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, named Zones to its 2016 Tech Elite 250 list. This annual list honors an exclusive group of North American IT solution providers that have earned the highest number of advanced technical certifications from leading technology vendors.

“We continue to invest in our team’s technical training in all key solution areas to support our customers and the technology partners we represent,” said Asif Hudani, senior vice president of the Advanced Solutions Group at Zones. “Our placement on the Tech Elite 250 list solidifies our commitment to providing the expertise and technical knowledge our customers require.”

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Comprehensive workplace mobility solutions empower workers and protect organizations

Mobility-Hero-Master-742x388Keeping people productive – wherever they work – is key to succeeding in today’s business climate.

A decade ago, road warriors were well equipped with a laptop and a BlackBerry. Their counterparts today expect worldwide connectivity to the Internet for their personal inventories of notebooks, tablets, and smartphones. Even at the office, workers expect seamless transitions between wired and wireless networks as they move about the office with their devices.

The good news is that it’s getting easier to meet those expectations. The bad news is that easy solutions are not always the best solutions. Continue reading