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By Erik Briceno

If 2020 Has Shown Us Anything, It’s the Need for Cloud Transition.

For a long time, many were using the cloud already — on iPhones, Androids and smart devices of all types — but not in business environments. Largely thanks to mandatory work-from-home policies, this has changed. But even before the pandemic, forward-thinking businesses realized that cloud computing offers the opportunity for increased productivity combined with managed costs. The best cloud providers deliver software over the internet, which eliminates the need to install and run these applications on local devices, simplifying maintenance and support.

Users are connecting to applications that run on a set of shared or pooled servers, rather than running on a single dedicated server. So, they are essentially outsourcing by having these computer services provided by someone else, which allows them to focus on what they need to get done.   Read more

Office 365 Is Now Microsoft 365. Is It a Better Option?

By Erik Briceno

Office 365 Is Now Microsoft 365. Is It a Better Option?

Big changes have come to Office 365 very recently. The most noticeable difference right away is that as of April 21, 2020, Microsoft has officially changed the name of its productivity suite from Office 365 to Microsoft 365. During that transition, there has been a plethora of updates implemented, and there is a lot more on the table. Is now finally the right time for your organization to make the switch to Microsoft’s all-in-one cloud solution? Today we’re taking a closer look at some of the latest features to help you make that determination.   Read more

Want to Weather the Storm? Focus on Agility Instead of Efficiency.

By Erik Briceno

Want to Weather the Storm? Focus on Agility Instead of Efficiency

For those of you who receive our newsletter and have been following us on Facebook, you’ve probably heard about this latest Forrester report sounding the alarm that all businesses need to commit to some very important changes if they want to survive the next 10 years. If nothing else, the coronavirus pandemic has shown us that this is precisely true. According to the report, organizations need to make both a technology and culture shift — from “efficiency” to “agility.” But what does such a shift look like, exactly?   Read more

The Expected Evolution of Cybersecurity Threats

By Erik Briceno

The Expected Evolution of Cybersecurity Threats

Cybersecurity threats are evolving to a point many of us thought we wouldn’t see within our lifetime. Have you heard of Moore’s Law? In simple terms, it states that the processing power of computers will double every two years. This law came out in the 1970s and since then, you can see how far technology has come. However, malicious users can also make use of this technology, which means that threats can grow exponentially in a very literal sense. Here’s a brief overview of what we are already starting to see the early stages of, and how they’re expected to get worse over time.   Read more

Office 365 Security Is Surprisingly Powerful — IF You Know It’s There.

By Erik Briceno

Office 365 Security Is Surprisingly Powerful — IF You Know It’s There.

Is your organization searching for a cloud-based software that offers strong security? Microsoft’s Office 365 might be your best solution. Today, we’re going to take a closer look at the security side of things — specifically, how Microsoft handles their “security as a service” approach and how their understanding of an organization’s security needs in today’s technology-based business world is integrated into the Office 365 platform for both government and commercial entities. We’ll also highlight a few essential features and steps to take, per their own recommendations.   Read more

Meraki MR and Cisco Umbrella: A Match Made in the Cloud

By Erik Briceno

Meraki MR and Cisco Umbrella: A Match Made in the Cloud

In a previous article, we mentioned that one of the strongest tools in our arsenal that we at V2 Systems use ourselves is Cisco Umbrella, and we outlined why exactly we think it is such a useful utility. While it’s not our intention to sound like a commercial and try to sell you a product, today we’ll be covering Meraki MR for many of the same reasons: It’s simply that good.

And one of the best things of all? Because Meraki MR is also technically a Cisco product these days (Meraki was actually acquired by Cisco in 2012), it integrates seamlessly with Umbrella. They were practically made for each other. Here’s what Meraki MR is and how Umbrella works within a Meraki network.   Read more

Office 365 License Options Can Be Confusing. We’re Here to Help.

By Erik Briceno

Office 365 License Options Can Be Confusing. We’re Here to Help.

In an earlier blog, we talked about how organizations transitioning to Office 365 can do so smoothly with minimal disruption to their day-to-day business. For those who plan on going ahead with the switch, today’s blog looks at the available plans and options regarding the entire Office suite. This should help you figure out which is the best path for your company to take regarding this popular cloud-based software solution.   Read more

How to Make a Smooth Transition to Office 365

By Erik Briceno

How to Make a Smooth Transition to Office 365

Moving an organization’s infrastructure to a cloud-based option can seem like a daunting and expensive experience to manage. Quite the contrary, if an experienced and well versed third party handles the transition. What exactly is Office 365 and what are some good reasons for making the switch? More importantly, how do you make the switch without interrupting and/or up-ending your business?   Read more

At V2 Systems, We Use Cisco Umbrella. You Should, Too.

By Erik Briceno

At V2 Systems, We Use Cisco Umbrella. You Should, Too.

Are you familiar with Cisco and their many products? If you use our services, you might be surprised to know that we use Cisco Umbrella to help keep you safe. Let’s take a closer look at what Cisco Umbrella is, and how we utilize it to help keep your business secure from outside threats. What makes this product superior to others on the market?

It’s certainly not the only tool in our arsenal, but it’s definitely a good one. Here’s a more in-depth look at this full suite of detection and protection.   Read more

By Erik Briceno

Business IT Spending Continues to Increase: Surveys Show the Future Is in the Cloud

When it comes to budgeting for IT, three key surveys of IT leaders predict companies will continue to increase their spending to keep their businesses running smoothly and securely, with many moving operations to the cloud.   Read more

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If 2020 Has Shown Us Anything, It’s the Need for Cloud Transition.
Office 365 Is Now Microsoft 365. Is It a Better Option?
Office 365 Is Now Microsoft 365. Is It a Better Option?
Want to Weather the Storm? Focus on Agility Instead of Efficiency.
Want to Weather the Storm? Focus on Agility Instead of Efficiency
The Expected Evolution of Cybersecurity Threats
The Expected Evolution of Cybersecurity Threats
Office 365 Security Is Surprisingly Powerful — IF You Know It’s There.
Office 365 Security Is Surprisingly Powerful — IF You Know It’s There.
Meraki MR and Cisco Umbrella: A Match Made in the Cloud
Meraki MR and Cisco Umbrella: A Match Made in the Cloud
Office 365 License Options Can Be Confusing. We’re Here to Help.
Office 365 License Options Can Be Confusing. We’re Here to Help.
How to Make a Smooth Transition to Office 365
How to Make a Smooth Transition to Office 365
At V2 Systems, We Use Cisco Umbrella. You Should, Too.
At V2 Systems, We Use Cisco Umbrella. You Should, Too.
Business IT Spending Continues to Increase: Surveys Show the Future Is in the Cloud