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4 Big Ways Hybrid Clouds Are the Best of Both Worlds

June 27, 2016

As a business owner, it can be tough to determine which cloud architecture you would like to have for your organization. After all, there are advantages and disadvantages to both public and private clouds. Your decision will depend on several different factors, including security, redundancy needs, required speed of implementation, latency, and many others. We have a simple solution for you – get the best of both worlds by going hybrid!

The hybrid cloud has become a core strategy for countless organizations of all shapes and sizes. You’ll find that it has some distinct advantages over both public and private cloud models. In fact, here are 4 big ways that hybrid clouds really are the best of both worlds:

Deployment Options – One of the most distinct advantages that hybrid clouds have over both public and private cloud architectures is the fact that they have many options for you to choose from. As you probably know, public clouds aren’t perfect for every situation, nor are private clouds. Hybrid clouds allow you to pick and choose where you can place your various data and enterprise resources.

Decreased Production Time – Hybrid clouds can give you the ability to choose to deploy new applications and tools in either a public or private setting. This can give your IT crew a great amount of control over deployment, especially if they’re in a bit of a time crunch.

Various Security Options – Public clouds can be quite handy; however, many business owners are concerned over storing sensitive data in a cloud that isn’t as secure as a secure private cloud. If you feel similarly, the hybrid approach can really work for you. You can still store your sensitive data and intellectual property within your private cloud while allowing the not-as-important information and applications to live in a public cloud setting.

Improved Redundancy – Smart business owners know that it’s foolish to keep only one copy of important documents. Since hybrid clouds give you the best of both cloud worlds, you can easily store critical data and applications inside both to improve your user access, increase redundancy, and reduce your overall risk. Additionally, if one part of the cloud is down, you will have the ability to fall back on the other part for the time being.

We at fpweb.net believe that the hybrid cloud is an excellent choice for enterprises of different shapes and sizes. If you’re ready to take the next step, call on the experts at fpweb.net. We can find the cloud-based solution that fits your business needs! Call us today at 1-866-780-4678 or learn all about us at www.fpweb.net.

 

5 Reasons You Need to Upgrade to SharePoint 2016 Today

June 20, 2016

Have you ever had an old car that was really past its prime but you loved and drove anyway? Maybe you had gotten used to the old CD player shorting out or the hand-cranked windows. Perhaps you already had accepted your V4 engine, faulty air conditioning, and superfluous hail damage. You were used to that car, so you drove it.

Now imagine that we take your old clunker and fixed the dings and scratches, gave it a fresh coat of paint, and cleaned out the interior. Not only did we make it look great, but you’ll find once you step inside or peek under the hood that we built it to last. The engine is a super-speedy Tesla special that will require much less maintenance and can run on clean energy while getting you where you need to be faster. But that’s not all – we’ve also updated the safety features, giving you a backup camera and 10 strategically-placed airbags to protect you should an accident occur. We bet your salivating right now over this souped-up dream car!

This is pretty much what happens when you upgrade your old SharePoint farm to SharePoint 2016.

Here are some of the major improvements you’ll experience when you migrate to SharePoint 2016 with the help of Fpweb.net!

Improved User Experience – While you’ll get the SharePoint Server you know and love, the user interface has been vastly improved in many ways. Hybrid customers will see almost direct parity in the UI experience of SharePoint 2016 through Office 365 with SharePoint Online, reducing user friction in hybrid environments. Meanwhile, on-premises-only customers will finally see the value accrued in Office 365 with an improved document library experience and many other UI improvements. Best of all, these improvements can be experienced equally on screens of all sizes, including mobile devices!

Tighter Compliance, Greater Insight – While there has always been great security in SharePoint and Office 365, the latest SharePoint Server installment has quite a lot more to offer. For those who seek tighter compliance, authorization and auditing are more centralized in SharePoint 2016. IT can now locate and manage your company’s sensitive data as well. Hybrid customers have the ability to take advantage of a new set of features that provides insight into analytics streams for both compliance and usage reporting purposes. This allows you to have the ability to understand who is accessing what, from where, and when.

Lose Nothing Again – Unlike previous versions of SharePoint, there are no user-facing deprecations in SharePoint 2016. InfoPath still functions as it did previously, and you can use InfoPath 2013 as your client application. Additionally SharePoint Designer 2013 can still create workflows in the style of either SharePoint 2013 or SharePoint 2010. Finally, with Office Online Server, you can find what you need and more with Excel and other Office programs!

Outstanding Quality – There’s no doubt about it, SharePoint 2016 delivers with significant quality improvements for both hybrid and on-premises farms. Not only will you see higher capacity boundaries and performance improvements, but you’ll also have the opportunity to patch well-architected SharePoint farms with miniscule downtime and much more.

Support When You Need It – When you specifically choose fpweb.net to migrate your SharePoint farm to SharePoint 2016, you’ll experience customer service like no other. Our SharePoint experts are only a call away, 24/7/365, and they are an attentive, U.S.-based team that can answer your questions and respond to your ticket in under 6 minutes. Just because you call before 9 a.m., after 5 p.m., or on a weekend or holiday doesn’t mean you will be subjected to waiting in a queue. Fpweb.net is dedicated to taking care of our customers!

Ready to migrate to the latest and greatest SharePoint version? Put your business in the driver’s seat of that souped-up dream car by upgrading to SharePoint 2016 with fpweb.net! Call the experts at fpweb.net today at 1-866-780-4678 or learn more by visiting www.fpweb.net!

 

Foster Institute’s 3 Really Good Hacker Tricks to Avoid

June 13, 2016

Mike Foster had a pertinent cyber security post on the Foster Institute’s blog recently called “Avoid These 3 Really Good Hack Tricks” that we wanted to share with Mike’s permission:

Attackers prey on people trusting others. Watch out for these 3 common tricks.

  1. Refuse to permit tech support to access your computer to help you.

If this is your known service provider, then maybe you will decide to trust them, but trust nobody else.

Last week, I connected a new well-known webcam that is highly rated. It didn’t work properly, so I called tech support. Their opening line was, “I will send you a link to click, which will permit me access into your computer so that I can fix the problem.” I gently told him there was no way he was ever getting remote access. He was shocked and had to go ask his manager what to do next…

  1. Believe your anti-virus.

The camera company’s tech support rep, now with the manager with him, told me to download a special driver and run it on my computer. When I started to download the driver onto a “test” computer, my anti-virus program identified the driver as a virus. So I refused to install the driver. Without missing a beat, he said, “That’s okay. You can trust anything from us – it is safe.”

I wonder how many of their customers have been duped. Even if the tech support had no intention of infecting their customers’ computers, how can they be sure that their software isn’t already compromised without their knowledge? Never let convenience override your choice to do something reckless.

  1. Never answer online quizzes.

I love my wife. One day, she was so excited to tell me what her rock band would have been called in high school. She took a quiz on Facebook that told her. I asked what her rock band would have been called. The band name generated by her filling out the online quiz including the street she grew up on, followed by her favorite pet’s name and the name of the high school she attended. Like I said earlier, I love her so much, but please don’t ever fill out any online quizzes again – ever. You can be duped into giving away too much information. Attackers can combine the answers with other information they discovered elsewhere on the web, and it makes it lots easier for them to assume someone’s identity.

Please forward this to everyone you care about!

 

Low-Cost SharePoint Hosting: Is It Secure, Though?

June 6, 2016

There are several options out there for SharePoint hosting, but they’re not all created equal.

You have to ask yourself what is more important in your SharePoint experience – cost or security?

Fpweb.net employs an aggressive security strategy, taking cyber security as seriously as physical security.

  • SSAE 16 SOC 1 Type II Certified data centers that use biometric security access and armed guards
  • Fully redundant servers backed up by multiple diesel generators
  • Redundant Cisco Intrusion Detection and Prevention systems on all networks
  • SOX, PCI, and HIPAA compliant SharePoint environments
  • Various data backup and disaster recovery options to fit the Business Continuity Plan
  • Disaster recovery options to meet Recovery Point Objective and Recovery Time Objective
  • 100% uptime guarantee

Others in the SharePoint hosting industry are taking administrative shortcuts and going cheap by not following those security best practices. Without the constant monitoring, daily backups, patching, and updates, your data will be compromised.

Fpweb.net is a global leader and pioneer in the SharePoint hosting industry. It was the first company to host every version of SharePoint in the private cloud since 1999, and has managed 1.8 billion SharePoint logins since then. Fpweb.net is focused on managing SharePoint environments and providing expert, five-star, all-American, 24/7 support on-premises, or in any cloud. We stay on top of your security requirements so you’re free to take care of business.

Find out more about Fpweb.net‘s SharePoint security and Absolute Support® at fpweb.net/sharepoint, or call 866-780-4678.

 

Top 10 Reasons to Upgrade or Migrate to SharePoint 2016

May 31, 2016

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