- Enterprise Cloud Partner of the Year Award - CANADA,
- Hybrid Cloud and Infrastructure Platform GLOBAL Partner of the Year Award
Microsoft Chooses Long View as Finalist for Two Partner of the Year Awards
June 30, 2017
HOW DIGITAL ASSET MANAGEMENT ENHANCES SHAREPOINT
June 15, 2017
Protecting your Growing Business from Downtime
April 20, 2017
If you’re looking into the future of your company (and of course you are) you may envision it expanding by leaps and bounds. As your business advances, it’s essential to ensure you’re prepared for any unanticipated changes in your environment.
Sadly, many companies are finding themselves ill-prepared for the unexpected. According to an IDG Research study nearly 40% of organizations rated their ability to recover operations in the event of a disaster as “fair to poor,” and while 50% had a formal disaster recovery plan in place, 36% said their plan only covers back-end infrastructure, leaving their desktops and remote offices vulnerable to attack.
Being prepared means avoiding inevitable costly downtime. When your company isn’t running, it means your employees aren’t performing, your customers are waiting, and your bottom-line is suffering. The average cost of downtime is $7,900/minute,* which means you can risk everything you’ve built up from one extended period of operational failure – and business interruptions do happen whether its human error, cyber-crime or a natural disaster - so it’s imperative your business is ready.
Ensure your business is safe and secure.
A reliable storage system gives you the confidence to run your business knowing your data is protected whether on premise or in the cloud. It’s adaptable to a changing workplace where employees are increasingly on the road using their mobile devices. Most of all, it gives you the peace of mind to know that your business won’t become a victim of the unexpected.
What storage solution is right for you?
Long View is a leading provider of cost-effective, flexible and performance based technological solutions. Here are two key storage products we know every small and medium sized company can benefit from.
HPE MSA SAN
This best in class storage solution is perfect for the business looking for an entry level product with potential for growth. If you’re running execution heavy applications, the HPE MSA SAN with built-in hybrid flash delivers fast enterprise-class performance with the flexibility for future scalability. Find out more here.
HPE StoreVirtual 3200
If you want versatility and reliability, look no further. This system supports continuous data growth and allows you to manage multiple platforms through a single screen. An easily adaptable solution to keep your applications running smoothly while keeping costs down, the HPE StoreVirtual 3200 eliminates the frustration of adding new hardware while providing business security and the ability to prepare for growth. Find out more here.
A little forethought can give you a huge advantage down the road, and the best way to do that is with a storage system that works for your business and anticipated growth. Long View is here to help you prepare. To learn more about these products reach out to us.
* The Nines Observer, "What is the True Cost of Downtime for SMBs?" March 12, 2014.
Why It’s Time to Invest in a Server
April 20, 2017
Servers used to be a one size fits all entity – and that size exclusively catered to big business. Smaller companies would either run files on an old, unreliable PC or worse, not back up at all. Today, servers are catered to work within your business needs and budget - whether you have 3 employees or 3000. They allow for growth while giving you the security you need in a constantly evolving technological landscape.
Unfortunately many companies still do not use servers which can be a costly mistake. 90% of businesses have experienced unexpected costly downtime,* yet 3 out of 4 organizations are at risk of failing to recover from a disaster or outage.**
Your business is your life line, so why leave it at risk?
Long View understands that undertaking the purchase of a server is a big decision for a growing business and we know there’s a lot of concern about where to start.
We’ve listened. These are the challenges most small to medium sized businesses face when it comes to investing in a server:
We don’t have enough employees.
No matter what size your company is, a server is essential to help your employees collect and share data - even on the road. Fortunately, there are now options that work with your space restrictions, employee size, and budget.
Long View recommends: HP ProLiant MicroServer. A sleek, wireless solution perfect for front office operations of less than 10 employees. This server easily coordinates day-to-day activities without needing an overloaded IT staff. Find out more here.
We don’t have enough room.
Traditionally, when envisioning a secure computer system we think of an entire room with racks of expensive servers - not a realistic goal for most small and medium size businesses. Today, there are options that fit in any space with added scalability.
Long View recommends: HPE ProLiant Tower ML Servers. These standalone units are small in size yet big in performance. This is a perfect starter solution for the business that’s looking for simplicity with room for growth. Find out more here.
Our dedicated server room is filling up.
Fear not. A rack server caters to small business while providing enterprise - class performance all in a space saving rack size.
Long View recommends: HPE ProLiant DL Rack Servers. These SMB rack servers gives you a cost-effective compact rack solution while promising high velocity performance and reliability. Find out more here.
We’re growing fast and have remote branch offices.
With the rise of the cloud along with remote offices, finding the right server is challenging. Your business can now depend on a solution formulated to anticipate growth while allowing you to easily expand and reduce the long term cost of ownership.
Long View recommends: HPE ProLiant Easy Connect. These servers are ideal for remote locations, providing you trusted security with competitive performance. Find out more here.
Having security and performance at your fingertips is a necessity for any growing business, and a solution from the HPE server family can help you achieve your goals. We’d like to help you get there. Reach out to Long View to discuss these models in greater detail.
* Source: Adweek
How Technology has Simplified Business
April 20, 2017
The future of business is here and that means complacency is no longer an option. Living in a “comfort zone” when it comes to running operations can mean falling behind the competition; today’s environment demands flexibility to change to constantly evolving technology.
Advancements - whether it be phones, online security, applications, cloud or big data - have made us faster, more informed and have empowered us to excel beyond what we thought possible. We work remotely across multiple platforms and devices with virtually no need for paper. Stay competitive in today's market by harnessing the power of enterprise level IT solutions, with the cost and functionality designed for small to medium sized businesses.
Is your company keeping up?
Long View found four technological elements that have the biggest influence in the business world:
In a competitive landscape, it’s imperative to be connected and reach your customers anywhere, anytime, on their terms. Your employees need the assurance that any device they use will be compatible across multiple platforms. Thanks to the latest mobile technology, we can do just that: 67% of small and mid-size businesses now view mobile solutions and services as critical to their business.*
The biggest crimes today are committed through that screen you’re looking at right now – your computer. 90% of Fortune 500 companies have been hacked at some point in time* and smaller entities are not immune to security breaches. Luckily with innovations like HPE’s server and storage solutions for small and mid-size businesses (you can check some of them out here), you can ensure your important information is safe out of the hands of cyber criminals.
Accessing files from anywhere is now the norm; you no longer have to “go dark” when travelling for business. Information can be accessed and edited from anywhere, keeping your team organized and in sync. It’s now an affordable trend that’s easy to get on board with too: 61% of midsize businesses and 37% of small businesses already subscribe to cloud based back up and disaster recovery.**
Companies are capturing data on your customers all thanks to business analytics. Intelligence available to you in-the-moment is crucial to running a business these days – your clients expect you to know what they want without asking and if you don’t have the information, you can bet your competitors do.
No matter how you slice it, businesses run seamlessly when implementing a solid performance plan. If your company isn’t utilizing the latest in technology, maybe it’s time to catch up to the competition. Long View is here to help; reach out to us and we’ll get you up to speed.
* Source: Adweek
**“2014 U.S. Small & Medium Business ICT & Cloud Services Tracker Overview,” December 2013, AMI. SMBs consider these factors very important.
Canada’s Best Managed: A Commitment to Quality and Innovation
April 1, 2017
Digital Transformation with Sean Culbert
March 17, 2017
Mr. Sean Culbert is Long View’s Microsoft OneCloud Business Development Manager and was interviewed on Radio NL Local First 610 AM Kamloops, BC ahead of his talk at the 2016/17 Technology and Innovation Speaker Series. The series took place at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops (March 17th) where he presented on ‘Innovate or Risk becoming Obsolete’.
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The Three Things You Can Think About Today to Get Ready for the Cloud
January 9, 2017
- Where are you on the cloud maturity curve?
- Are you still sitting on legacy infrastructure?
- Do you need to standardize and consolidate some of your infrastructure?
- Are you at the point where you can virtualize and optimize your infrastructure?
- Can you begin to automate the infrastructure’s capabilities and move toward being more service oriented? This is possible if your infrastructure is virtualized.
- Are you ahead of the curve and able to adaptively source? This means you can spread your workloads across multiple clouds.
- How do you want to deliver and consume your applications?
- Where do I need to deliver the application from?
- How do I want to consume it?
- From which platform?
- How do you want to manage it?
- Legacy infrastructure might be best supported by legacy operations.
- Converged infrastructure might be best supported by hybrid operations.
- Cloud and converged infrastructure might be best supported by out-sourced operations.
Why a Cloud Project Might Fail: Look at Your Network
January 3, 2017
- Inefficient bandwidth
- Limited network security
- Poor visibility
- Lack of control
- Inconsistent user experience
- Resilient and able to withstand failures.
- Flexible in its ability to add or change endpoints.
- Scalable in response to changing bandwidth needs.
- Secure to ensure regulatory compliance.
- High-performing, with service level agreements (SLAs) ensuring reliable access from multiple locations and device types.
Disaster Recovery: Don’t Play Against the Odds
December 27, 2016
“Businesses are betting on a 33% chance that they will experience no significant downtime while ignoring that 33% possibility that they will experience downtime that will lead to losses of over two million dollars.”The consequences of losing are not worth playing the odds. A proper plan is needed to ensure an organization can recover in an event of total shutdown, as well as during other instances where a certain application may become unavailable or need to be restored.
Understanding Availability, Disaster Recovery and Backup:
- Availability provides granular recovery of a system by increasing its accessibility.
- Disaster Recovery allows for total restoration of an environment to its previous state.
- Backup delivers a replication of an application’s data from a secure copy.