You’re In The Cloud – Now What?

Keeping a business interconnected isn’t rocket science – with smart devices and wireless or data availability at an all-time high, integrating into the IoT is unavoidable. Taking advantage of this integration can significantly impact your business in a positive way, an impact bolstered further by understanding the potential that sits at the intersections of productivity, connectivity, and virtual environments.

Finding the right cloud provider and virtual platform for your company not only means outlining long-term growth goals, but embracing necessary security protocols. Companies need to incorporate these security protocols within their physical and virtual environments in order to ensure the security of their vital data.

Virtual environments will effect positive change in your company and its bottom line. Advantages include:

  • Flexibility: network access becomes streamlined for all employees, on site or remote. Location is never an issue if you have a protected cloud environment for your business.
  • Cost effective: overhead costs are slashed since there isn’t a need for a physical infrastructure, and you will not need to hire additional teams to update or fix issues on-site.
  • Growth potential: the cloud is virtual, meaning the newest computing power and capacity are readily available to your team – the only questions asked are “What?” and “How much?”.

Cyber security protection for a virtual environment is something many are either unaware of, or ignore entirely. The flexibility, cost-effectiveness, and growth potential benefits listed above mean nothing if a cyber security strategy isn’t included.

By reviewing and acting on the following points, your company will be at the end of its journey toward rounding out its virtual environment.

  • Compliance: Depending on the industry, requirements and timelines vary drastically. Knowing if your virtual environment provider is up to the challenge will save you valuable time and money.
  • Type of Cloud Provider: Are you interested in SaaS, PaaS, or IaaS? Are you aware of the security needed for each? Have this information before you make your final decision.
  • Monitoring and/or Managed Services: Internal IT personnel devoted to your virtual environment is a great tool. If that isn’t feasible, find a trusted external team to perform these necessary tasks.

An experienced cyber security provider such as Neovera allows for peace of mind when working within a virtual environment. Neovera has over 15 years of unmatched expertise in identifying risks and outlining specific, actionable steps to improve your virtual network security. Your company, its data, and critical systems are completely protected as we pinpoint security threats inside and outside of your virtual environment, and implement the necessary measures to prevent breaches and data loss. Most important, our extensive knowledge of compliance-related requirements ensures your company is adhering to compliance regulations and maintaining its industry standing.

Neovera Launches Secure Performance Hub Solution in Collaboration with Equinix

Securely Accelerates Cloud, Network & Application Performance for the Enterprise

RESTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Neovera, Inc., a leading provider of cyber security services and enterprise cloud solutions, today announced the launch of its Secure Performance Hub solution in collaboration with Equinix, the leading data center and interconnection company. The solution provides secure high-speed, high-capacity direct connections to any public cloud provider. With Neovera Secure Performance Hub, enterprises can easily create hybrid environments between their internal data center(s) and public cloud environments to ensure optimal application and workload performance across global network environments.
“Enterprises looking for a secure, end-to-end fully managed Performance Hub solution can take advantage of the numerous benefits Neovera offers without deployment hurdles or incurring a CAPEX burden on their budget,” said Ryan Child, President at Neovera. “We’ve bundled co-location, power, cross connects and servers into one simple offering, and deliver it with 24×7 continuous support provided by Neovera’s Joint Security Operations Center (JSOC) located in the LEED & SSAE16 SOC-1 Type II Equinix Data Center in Ashburn, VA.”

Neovera’s Secure Performance Hub empowers enterprises to deploy business critical applications in multiple public cloud infrastructures, with industry-leading security, availability, and performance that today’s businesses demand. As a result, Secure Performance Hub provides globally consistent network security and quality of experience to users—all while potentially lowering Total Cost of Ownership.

“As more and more enterprise customers look to incorporate cloud deployments in their overall IT infrastructure, it’s crucial that they have a secure and high-performance solution with direct access to multiple cloud providers,” said Greg Adgate, vice president of global technology partners and alliances. “Equinix is pleased to be working with Neovera to provide solutions that enable enterprises to solve real-world challenges and advance their IT initiatives in a cost-effective manner.”

About Neovera

Neovera is a trusted provider of complex hosting solutions, leveraging over 15 years of unmatched technical expertise in enterprise cloud solutions, cyber security, and infrastructure management services. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Neovera’s clients range from start-up and non-profit organizations, to global media, healthcare, education, and financial institutions. Our goal? To help our clients achieve the highest return on their IT investment, ensuring convenience, superior support, and security of their mission critical systems and data. Learn more at www.neovera.com.

Read full press release here.

Is Your Wireless Network Secure?

A wireless network is a ubiquitous commodity to any organization. In that case, it should go without saying that security measures are in place with the latest wireless tools.

If only that were the case.

Close to 50% of IT leaders say their wireless components embody the weakest security link of their entire technology portfolios; furthermore, over 90% of CIOs are equally concerned about their wireless security. So, what needs to be secured, and what can your company do to make sure their wireless network is as secure as possible?

Let’s look at the big picture – enterprises can provide wireless access to their clients via a cloud network, and many enterprises allow employees to access the network via wireless devices. If an enterprise works with third party vendors, both the enterprise and vendor networks would be able to communicate wirelessly as well. There are obviously other wireless entry points to be considered, but these are just examples of what will need to be protected when incoming and outgoing traffic is involved. Case and point: if Target or Home Depot had the appropriate plan in place to secure their wireless network and virtual environments as a whole, they most likely could have sidestepped a lot of unnecessary trouble.

Now that you have a few ideas of where to secure your network and infrastructure, the next step is the “how”; or rather, as an enterprise working within the cloud – as 72% of you are – learning about the following ways to best protect your wireless networks as described below.

Firewalls: By establishing a connection between a trustworthy source (your network) and an untrustworthy source (the Internet, for example), a firewall will monitor incoming and outgoing traffic based on a pre-determined set of rules. The caveat to utilizing firewalls is that additional measures must be taken in order to protect your network, since a firewall isn’t able to quickly mold to each and every new attack it encounters.

Authentication: Looking beyond the current, buzzy nature of multi-factor authentication, there is absolutely something to be said for having it as a mandatory part of your cybersecurity plan. Don’t make it easier for hackers to barge through your network with just a username and password; confirm identities as much as possible through SMS, MMS, and other avenues.

IPS: An extension of Intrusion Detection Systems, an IPS will not only detect a potential attack, but also log the record and prevent and protect the network accordingly.

Having a candid conversation with an MSS/MSSP about best practices for securing your company’s wireless networks is vital to both long and short-term growth potential. Imagine if you had to take time out of every single day to deal with one cybersecurity scare or another on your wireless network – that would definitely scare potential new clientele or additional business! Lock down your wireless network protection options and put them into play as soon as possible so you and your organization can get moving on what really matters.

Neovera Joins F5 Networks UNITY Partner Program

Neovera’s Secure Performance Hub solution creates strong foundation for F5 partnership, empowering enterprises to deploy business critical applications in multiple public cloud infrastructures.

RESTON, Va. – Neovera, Inc., a leading provider of cyber security services and enterprise cloud solutions, today announced it has joined the F5 Networks UNITY™ Partner Program. In joining F5’s Partner Program, Neovera has gained access to the sales and marketing tools—as well as the training and services—necessary to provide the best possible service and support to its customers.

“Through the Neovera Secure Performance Hub solution, customers are able to meet the ever-increasing bandwidth and implementation demands expected in today’s enterprise market,” said Ryan Child, President at Neovera. “Our customers value our commitment to providing best-of-breed solutions, so we view the addition of the F5 product line as a wise investment of our time and resources.”

In partnership with F5, Neovera’s Secure Performance Hub empowers enterprises to deploy business critical applications in multiple public cloud infrastructures, with industry-leading security, availability, and performance that today’s businesses demand. As the only managed services and cyber security provider that can assemble, design, deliver and manage Equinix Performance Hub and F5 application delivery and security products as one simple, highly secure, and affordable solution, Neovera is able to lower costs for their users by pushing applications, data and processing closer to the edge of their enterprise network.

“F5 is pleased that Neovera has joined our UNITY Partner Program,” said Aldo Dossola, VP, North America Channels at F5 Networks. “Neovera’s innovative solutions create new experiences that enable customers to achieve maximum return on their investment. This new partnership is equally beneficial for both F5 and Neovera as it allows for mutual expansion of our markets.”

About Neovera

Neovera is a trusted provider of complex hosting solutions, leveraging over 15 years of unmatched technical expertise in enterprise cloud solutions, cyber security, and infrastructure management services. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Neovera’s clients range from start-up and non-profit organizations, to global media, healthcare, education, and financial institutions. Our goal? To help our clients achieve the highest return on their IT investment, ensuring convenience, superior support, and security of their mission critical systems. Learn more at www.neovera.com.

F5 and UNITY are trademarks or service marks of F5 Networks, Inc., in the U.S. and other countries. All other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners. The use of the words “partner,” “partnership,” or “joint” does not imply a legal partnership relationship between F5 Networks and any other company.

Read the full press release here.

Neovera Invited to Speak at Annual Homeland Security Week Conference

Neovera’s VP of Cyber Security Greg Shanton to speak on Cloud Implementation and Cyber Security at 11th Annual Homeland Security Week Conference in Washington, DC

RESTON, Va. Neovera, Inc., a leading provider of IT consulting, cyber security solutions, and infrastructure management services, announced that its Vice President of Cyber Security, Greg Shanton, has been invited by KnightPoint Systems to participate as a panelist for the Cloud Implementation and Cyber Security session at this year’s 11th Annual Homeland Security Week Conference in Washington, DC.

Hosted at the Washington Hilton November 1-3, the Annual Homeland Security Week conference allows industry leaders from both the public and private sectors to discuss the challenges faced currently in the realm of homeland security, and the best ways to answer those challenges and create a safer, more hopeful future for the country. It is an educational platform that, in its 11th year, continues to experience a great deal of popularity throughout the worlds of business, government and academia.

“I am honored to have been asked to participate as a panelist at this year’s conference,” said Greg Shanton, Vice President of Cyber Security at Neovera. “Lending a voice to such a significant discussion is truly a fantastic opportunity and I look forward to utilizing my extensive cyber security background during the session.”

About Neovera, Inc.

Neovera is a trusted provider of cyber security services and enterprise cloud solutions, leveraging over 15 years of experience in preventing, detecting, and remediating cyber threats for companies across multiple industries, including financial services, global media, healthcare, education, retail, technology, and non-profits. Our goal is to help clients understand the security threats associated with their environment, identify risks, and implement the necessary measures to prevent security breaches and data loss. Bottom line: we protect your business and critical information from cyber attacks. Learn more at www.neovera.com.

Read the full press release here.

Is Your Cloud Provider Secure?

Cloud providers are experiencing a great deal of popularity – not only is cloud usage increasing across industries, but many are beginning to understand the nuances between hybrid, or fully private, cloud models, therefore making more informed choices for their businesses. Working in a virtual environment not only gives employees more flexibility in terms of network access, but overhead costs are slashed since there isn’t a need for a physical infrastructure on site. Lost in the midst of added flexibility and reduced costs is a major caveat many either ignore or are unaware of: the need for the cloud provider to have a secure environment. Seems like a simple concept, but 29% of survey respondents discussing enterprise cloud use stated it was their most significant concern. More often than not it is overlooked by both the business utilizing the cloud and the cloud provider itself.

The cloud can be delivered within a few different service models: SaaS (software as a service users gain access to application software and databases), PaaS (platform as a service consumers do not manage or control the underlying cloud infrastructure including network, servers, operating systems, or storage, but have control over the deployed applications and possibly configuration settings for the application-hosting environment.), and IaaS (infrastructure as a service provides the cloud on-demand from their large pools of equipment installed in data centers). From there, cloud options available are either private, hybrid, or public: private clouds hold a singular company’s data, while public clouds can be compared to a warehouse with smaller storage units open to anyone. The hybrid essentially provides a private storage unit within a public cloud while restricting access to a few select groups.

Virtual networks and infrastructures stored in the cloud are a great way to allow added flexibility for your workforce, plus it takes away the hassle of dealing with physical equipment that can be cumbersome and confusing. To be able to find the right cloud provider for your company, you not only need to think about your storage needs and long-term growth, but what security protocols they have in place. Most importantly, your company needs to be protected as much as possible lest the worst case scenario occurs – and trust us, it can.

Artificial Intelligence and the Cloud Are Changing Lives

Imagine you’re scrolling through pages on Amazon looking for the next great book or just ordering some more paper towels. You see that recommendation Amazon just gave you, one that’s right up your alley? That’s artificial intelligence at its finest – ever-present though many don’t realize how much it is engrained in everyday life. In this instance, AI is learning your shopping tendencies and using them to show you other products you are likely to be interested in; just one example of how it works in the consumer arena.

When it comes to businesses, artificial intelligence takes menial tasks off your plate.

For instance, there is x.ai, an artificially intelligent personal assistant who schedules meetings for you. By connecting your calendar with “Amy”, the name of your magical computer-created being, you now allow her to do your grunt work. When you receive a meeting request, you CC Amy on the email, who then takes over and schedules the meeting for you by finding an open time in your schedule. She will continue the process by emailing with your colleagues until the meeting is officially scheduled, at which point she’ll send the invite for you; your colleagues won’t even know she’s just a machine doing all the work.

Artificial intelligence is also helping engineers use their time more efficiently saving their companies millions of dollars.

GE uses artificial intelligence to build a digital “twin” of its jet engines, allowing engineers to see when a jet engine may need maintenance or inspection. Prior to this, engineers had to follow a schedule or decide on their own when to inspect an engine. This takes the engine out of use, and costs the company money and the engineer’s time, even if there ultimately isn’t anything wrong. Artificial intelligence allows these engineers to focus on the problems they actually need to solve.

These are just a few of the many examples of how artificial intelligence is changing the world. However, none of these developments would be a reality if it weren’t for the cloud.

Until the cloud came along, computing power was expensive. Constantly running an algorithm or having a machine continuously learn and organize data would be a significant cost, making it less feasible for a company to use it effectively without burning through the bankroll. Today, the cloud’s low cost computing power allows artificial intelligence to flourish.

Artificial intelligence continues to increase in sophistication, and organizations of all shapes and sizes have the opportunity to utilize the cloud to their own advantage. By working with a specialty firm that can be a guide through the process, companies and organizations can focus on their overall goals and not be sidelined by technology issues.

How Open Source is Changing the Development Landscape for the Better

Remember that teacher in elementary school that always talked about sharing, and made you share your toys with the other kids in class? That teacher provided a valuable lesson to many in that sharing really is caring. Ok, so enough with the nostalgia – currently, sharing is spoken about in different terms, especially when it comes to software and applications. In the past we used terms like “shareware” or “freeware” to promote free software to a large group of people. Today we often use the term “open source,” referring to software that is made available to anyone, and can be contributed to, or altered by, anyone.

Open source is nothing new, except when it comes to enterprise.

Much of enterprise software is provided by one vendor for a given price, calculated by number of users or licenses, or a monthly or yearly fee. The constant is that the vendor is responsible for updating, maintaining, and improving the software over time. The problem is that the vendor only has so much bandwidth to be able to develop improvements that are equal parts timely and meaningful.

This is where open source software comes in: there are a great number being used for big data, project management, web development, and other projects. Two examples are Hadoop (big data) and WordPress (web development). Both are open source software, having become more popular than they would have had they been created and maintained by only one vendor or company.

Open source allows for collaboration, with software developers from all walks of life contributing to its functionality in order to make it better.

You don’t have to hire this person or seek them out; all you have to do is lay out guidelines to follow and sit back. It creates a chain reaction that helps improve the software more rapidly than if it were only being developed by a few people.

In the realm of open source software like WordPress, this type of collaboration results in a number of improvements to the core of the CMS, as well as thousands of plugins and themes, or skins. When working with a program like Hadoop, it allows businesses to form that utilize Hadoop to build big data infrastructure, and planning and do so much faster.

Open source is a realm of endless possibilities due to platform creators allowing the users develop improvements rather than just selling it to anyone. And while software development is a business (giving away free software won’t pay the bills), there are plenty of ways to create a business out of “freeware” or open source software.

In the end we should all be thankful that these developers cared enough to share their work with others, and allowed other developers to add to their work. What it does is make things better and easier for the rest of us faster than we could have imagined; and that really is a great thing.

Cloud Migration: Four Key Benefits for your Company

Saving your data in the cloud could save your company in more ways than one – the rise of cyber crime and the increasing need to store more and more data makes companies and individuals susceptible to data theft, corruption, or loss. Many businesses will back up data with a secondary, external hard drive, or a central server. However, if your data storage becomes vulnerable, it is imperative to have a backup plan. In this particular instance, moving to the cloud allows for a more scalable environment that continues to grow alongside your business needs.

Four benefits you can expect immediately after moving to the cloud:

  1. Cost Savings: When you run your own servers, you’re looking at up-front costs: in the world of cloud-computing, that initial hardware investment is taken care of by the cloud provider. Additionally, you can reduce your IT department’s size and money spent on storage costs as a result of moving to the cloud. Furthermore, redistributing IT resources to areas that focus on business growth and not maintenance is another payoff for migrating your company’s data to the cloud.
  2. Storage Capacity: The cloud grows in stride with your data, and you only pay for the space your data is inhabiting at a given time. For as little or as much space as is necessary for your company, not only is it available but you won’t ever have to worry about going over a set storage limit (there isn’t one!).
  3. Improved Operations: You can access your data anytime, and anywhere. Downtime for server updates and maintenance will be a thing of the past, and your business will thrive with the extra time available.
  4. Security: Cloud providers make it their mission to ensure the safety of your information. Databases in rural locations with strict entrance protocols ensure that much, and not to worry if there happens to be a breach – alarms will sound and your cloud provider should be able to provide your company with 24×7 failover protection in emergency situations.

Cloud computing could become one of the most important pieces in your business arsenal. On-premise hardware with limited storage capacity that your own IT team needs to maintain is a thing of the past and puts a hard stop on any business development if there happens to be a technological glitch or breach. Grow your business with the cloud and experience the limitless possibilities.

IT Predictions In The New Year: What To Look For In 2016

The New Year is upon us. We’ve shaken off the food comas and hangovers, changed out of our pajamas and back into our big kid clothes and pinned a new calendar to the wall. Many of us see a new year as a fresh start, a time to cure our ails and leave our mistakes in the past. While a new year offers plenty of opportunity to start over, it also offers opportunity to continue on an upward trajectory.

In the world of IT this couldn’t be truer. As we look ahead to a busy 2016, here are some topics in IT to keep an eye on.

The Cloud Gets Bigger

Cloud computing is the ‘hot topic’ if you will in the IT world. While the numbers still funnel in, it was estimated that cloud computing usage would rise over 40% in 2015 when compared to 2014. With what we’ve seen and heard the past year it stands to reason that number is accurate, if not a little low.

Expect to see cloud adoption increase even more in 2016. In a report published by Cisco, and outlined in a recent Network World article, predicts annual global cloud traffic will quadruple from its 2014 numbers and is expected to account for more than 80% of total data center traffic by 2019. The cloud is not only used for an e-commerce store or application development anymore, companies are finding new and exciting ways to use the power of the cloud to their advantage. Even the Army has begun researching cloud computing vendors so that they may break ground on a new contract vehicle. If the trends continue on a similar path we could see the best year yet for cloud computing.

Security Will Be Highest IT Concern

We’ve talked about it time and again – security is important. Over the past year we saw numerous organizations and government entities struggle with keeping their data secure. With more and more data being stored digitally the securing of that data is of the utmost importance – especially when it comes to consumer or customer trust.

As the adage goes, “money talks”. According to a recent article in TechCrunch, worldwide information security spending hit $76.9 billion this past year, and is projected to reach $170 billion by 2020. More importantly, venture capital investments in cyber security startups are growing consistently, with projected levels of $3.5 billion for 2015 alone. Look for cyber security to become a major influencer with IT firms’ decision making .

Big Data Makes A Big Return

Big data means big business. However, in the past year the cloud and cyber security have overtaken big data when it comes to business strategy. Business intelligence allows companies to make smarter decisions more quickly than ever before. They can make better products or provide improved service, and big data helps with all of that – for a deeper dive into the world of big data, check out the Forbes’ explanation here so you’re ready to be ahead of the curve for 2016.

We’ll See Something We Haven’t Seen Before

Virtual reality is becoming a true reality, 3D printing gives humans and animals limbs and organs, and any man or woman with the gusto (and a large enough bankroll) to shoot their own rocket into space can do so at their will. New and exciting things happen each and every day in the world of technology. This includes the world of IT.

Be assured that we will encounter something in 2016 that we’ve haven’t seen before. It could be a new application, a new security measure, a piece of IT related legislation. Whatever the case, each and every year there is new and exciting things to talk about that we never thought were possible.