Are you worried about your company’s safe migration to the hybrid cloud? Although you want the speed and technological agility that the hybrid cloud can offer, you are worried about abandoning the legacy systems that have worked so well for so long. Zephyr Networks understands this worry, and we have embraced a bi-modal IT strategy to address it. Our goal is to ensure the safety of your company’s IT transition, and we have seen that bi-modal IT often can be the solution to the problem.
High Performance Technology For Your Business Racecar With Zephyr Networks As Your Pit Crew In The Cloud
In the 21st century when technological excellence is the key to profitability, your business should have high performance technology like an online racecar with Zephyr Networks as your pit crew in the cloud. The consulting and managed IT services offered by Zephyr, including our Level 3 Data Centers in Tustin and Irvine, can help turn your old technological clunker into a NASCAR-winning high performance racer. After all, isn’t it time your business has both the speed and safety it needs to succeed in today’s world.
Your Company And High Performance Technology
If you could be a NASCAR championship driver, wouldn’t you be? Everyone loves the idea of speed and success, but the reality is a bit scarier. Very few people are talented enough to drive high performance racecars. Heck, racing around a track at 200 mph sounds terrifying.
But shouldn’t your company operate like a high performance racecar online? Shouldn’t you have the highest processing speeds and Internet data capabilities to ensure the success of your business?
Of course, the answer is yes if such technological capabilities are affordable. At Zephyr Networks, we put together tailored packages for our clients to meet their high performance technology needs at a cost that makes sense. We work to find an affordable option for you.
High Performance Technology Means Safety & Maintenance
There is another reason why we don’t all go around driving racecars. It wouldn’t be safe, and that’s exactly why there are speed limits. At the same time, racecars demand a tremendous amount of maintenance. Although we can’t maintain your racecar, we can maintain the high performance technology of your business as well as anyone.
The information technology experts at Zephyr Networks understand that your business needs high performance technology with super fast Internet speed without taking risks. By offering the very best in computer and networking support, we can make this happen.
After all, providing network security, data security and cybersecurity has been our field of expertise for years. We believe that your high performance technology should never be a negative for your business. By providing quality managed services and ongoing maintenance, we make sure that your high performance technology is working for your company, providing optimum results.
Imagine Your Pit Crew In The Cloud
Zephyr Networks is your pit crew in the cloud, showing up at your company’s offices when onsite adjustments are needed. With our low latency data centers with Level 3 capabilities, you have the online processing speed used by Netflix and Amazon. By teaming up with Zephyr Networks as your company’s pit crew, you will finally be driving the business racecar of your dreams.
As the owner of the company, you are the racecar driver and you deserve nothing less than the checkered flag. Forget those old Plymouth Dusters, Ford Edsels and the rest of the rusty clunkers in the world. Today is the day for your company to have the polished high performance technology that will bring you the best results.
Zephyr Networks Can Make It Happen
Whether mobile computing or data center speed, cloud protection or managed services, Zephyr Networks can make it happen. Isn’t it time to embrace the very best? Please call (800) 884-7559 today to find out how we can take your company to the next level of high performance technology, data center speed, and cloud-based excellence.
At Zephyr Networks, we are starting off 2016 by promoting the idea of why truly proactive IT managed services make the most sense for your company. In the past few years, we have all seen a plethora of online IT service applications and offerings pop up. Rather than coming out of the woodwork like in the old days, these business termites came out of the network, makings tons of promises that most IT professionals know they cannot fulfill.
The Rubber Stamp Of Online IT Anonymous Offerings
Right off the bat, you have to ask yourself if your company is worth more than the rubber stamp offered by online IT anonymous offerings. The set-up of online IT offerings is essentially anonymous because you are not working face-to-face with your service providers. From the outset with Zephyr Networks, you get to know us because we meet you onsite at your company. More importantly, we get to know you and your company, tailoring our package of IT managed services to meet your specific needs.
One Size Does Not Fit All With IT Managed Services
The simple truth is that one size does not fit all when it comes to IT managed services. Even if you have a mid-sized business, is it the same as every other mid-sized business in the country? Does your 3D printing company in Irvine have the exact same needs as a drive-in restaurant chain in New Jersey? Yes, the online offerings of the termites that weaken your foundation claim that they will save you money. Yes, they allow you to pick and choose from their rickety offerings, but do they actually know what you need? Do you have the technical expertise to know what you need?
At Zephyr Networks, our IT managed service packages begin with a detailed understanding of your company and how it works and the technological challenges involved. Our goal is to tailor a truly proactive package of IT managed services that address your specific needs. From the very start, we focus on prevention and smooth transition by understanding exactly where your company is at and letting you know in detail where we think you need to be. Once you sign on, you have our maximum focus because we have installed or updated your system to reflect the specific IT needs of your company.
24/7 Remote Monitoring & Management = Network Stability
By taking on a premium package of truly proactive IT managed services with Zephyr Networks, we offer you ongoing monitoring that creates a continuum of reliability and confidence. The truly proactive IT managed services of Zephyr Networks can be combined with our data center offerings to reduce downtime and ensure connectivity. By running our own low latency data centers in Irvine and Tustin, we ensure that our clients have access to the fastest online capabilities.
Isn’t it time to stop looking for the cheapest option when it comes to the technological future of your company? Isn’t it time to embrace a value package of IT managed services that reflect your specific needs and pays off in both the short term and the long run? To learn more about the truly proactive IT managed services offered by Zephyr Networks and our data center capabilities, please contact us today by calling (800) 884-7559 for an computer and networking support consultation.
Recent conflicts between the government and giant tech companies like Microsoft and Amazon web services raise the question of who should be the gatekeepers of your company’s private data. When it comes to a company’s private data and customer information, why trust faceless tech behemoths with such a critical responsibility? Such trust seems foolish, particularly in light of the size of your small to mid-sized business in comparison to these corporate giants.
Why would they care about truly protecting what is the most precious resource of your business: Your intellectual property, your private data and your customer information?
Your Company’s Private Data
When Microsoft refused to comply with a warrant in December 2013 for emails from a business suspect in a court case, industry officials and civil liberties advocates raised a red flag. Why should Microsoft be making such a decision? Zephyr Networks believes such cases are a major reason to embrace the private cloud. After all, with a private cloud, you control your own information and access to that information. You should make such decisions, not Microsoft.
The White House, after months of study, has yet to articulate a public response to the argument that a victory in the Microsoft case would provide authoritarian governments, particularly those of China and Russia, with a way to get access into computer servers located in the United States. “Clearly, if the U.S. government wins, the door is open for other governments to reach into data centers in the U.S.,” Brad Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel, explained in an interview. Amazon web services and Microsoft are fighting efforts to give the federal government access to their communications. But will they fight for you?
Why Is A Company’s Private Data In The Mix?
The question that Zephyr Networks wants to raise is why should your company be part of this epic battle? Why are you entrusting Microsoft or Amazon web services with your company’s precious information? By embracing the private cloud, you put the power back into your own hands. This is why Zephyr Networks runs a data services center in Irvine for our clients, giving them access to a private cloud where they make the decisions and they are in control.
“People want to know what law will be applied to their data,” Brad Smith of Microsoft continued. “French want their rights under French law, and Brazilians under Brazilian law. What is the U.S. government going to do when other governments reach into the U.S. data centers, without notifying the U.S. government?”
Such international issues should not affect your company. Your company’s data should not be subject to a potential international tug-of-war.
Zephyr Networks Protects Your Company’s Private Data
By becoming a part of the Microsoft or Amazon web services behemoth, by allowing these corporate giants to control your company’s data, your are falling prey to their whims and fancies. By embracing the private cloud, you remain in control of your company’s information. It’s that simple. Rather than being a cog in a giant machine, learn about the independent freedom and reliable security of the private cloud by contacting Zephyr Networks today.
The Windows 10 privacy concerns are serious. The new Windows 10 policies took effect on August 1, and they could undermine the privacy of your company and your company’s data. If your company is using Microsoft’s services and software, there are some unsettling realities to be faced. Since the Privacy Statement and Services Agreements clocks in at 45 pages in length, you’re probably not going to read it all. You probably won’t even read part. Microsoft claims it’s all straight forward. In truth, the violations of privacy contained within are one more argument to have an IT professional like Zephyr Networks make sure that Microsoft is not taking advantage of you.
Windows 10 Privacy
The straightforward truth is that the Windows 10 agreement is at the heart of the Windows 10 privacy problems. The agreement makes a leap straight into your company’s data. By default, Windows 10 gives itself the right to dump loads of your data onto Microsoft’s servers, use your bandwidth for Microsoft’s own purposes, and profile your Windows usage. In need of reform, the Windows privacy 10 issues are currently a nightmare for small to mid-sized companies.
If you haven’t yet installed Windows 10, but you plan on doing so, make sure you that you do a custom install so you’ll be able to pick and choose what is enabled at the onset. But, if you installed Windows 10 using Express settings, you can still disable some of the default privacy settings. Whatever you choose to do, you need the help and support of an IT professional and data protection services company like Zephyr Networks today.
The Broad Powers of Microsoft
Do you realize, however, that Microsoft decided to give itself some very broad powers to collect your company’s data if your employees use its operating system? Sign into Windows 10 with your Microsoft account and the operating system immediately syncs settings and data to their servers. This process includes your browser history and favorites as well as saved app, website and mobile hotspot passwords, and Wi-Fi network names and passwords. Rather than being an opt-in option, this is all by default.
In addition to the other Windows 1o privacy problems, Windows 10 automatically assigns an advertising ID to each user on a device tied to the email address that’s on file. Using that ID, the company can tailor ads for web browsing and using certain applications. Microsoft’s Siri-imitating Cortana personal assistant and its new Edge browser are designed to take advantage of as much personal information as possible to customize user experience, take annotations, and learn all about you. Cortana is less of a trustworthy virtual assistant and more like a sexy virtual spy. The problem is the sexiness is forced while the spying is all too real.
Cortana & Windows 10 Privacy
If you use Cortana and have Windows 1o privacy concerns, did you know you are opting into a whole host of data sharing?
“To enable Cortana to provide personalized experiences and relevant suggestions, Microsoft collects and uses various types of data, such as your device location, data from your calendar, the apps you use, data from your emails and text messages, who you call, your contacts and how often you interact with them on your device.
Cortana also learns about you by collecting data about how you use your device and other Microsoft services, such as your music, alarm settings, whether the lock screen is on, what you view and purchase, your browse and Bing search history, and more.”
“We will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders), when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to protect our customers or enforce the terms governing the use of the services.”
Windows 10 Privacy = Business Intrusion
Such terms can be applied to both individuals and companies, particularly those that lack the technical capability to protect themselves. Does Microsoft own your company? Did you hand over the keys to the front door when you bought the Windows operating system and their software? Are you a data vassal in the court of this corporate lord?
Of course, the answer to all of these questions is no. Zephyr Networks can help ensure that Microsoft does not violate the privacy and data security of your company. As a business, the integrity of your private data comes first. You should not be subject to a violation of that privacy just because you use the tools of a large corporation like Microsoft. After all, when you swung a hammer, did Black & Decker demand access to your address, phone number, and the shopping patterns of your wife? Computer tools should operate by the same standards unless a user opts-in and chooses otherwise.
Zephyr Networks & Windows 10 Privacy
If you need help with Windows 10 privacy concerns, please contact Zephyr Networks today. Whether you need help with a clean install or you need to disable some of the intrusive Windows 10 privacy settings after a faulty install, we can help. Call Zephyr Networks at (800) 885-7559 to help ensure the security and privacy of your company.
A Microsoft Exchange Server Migration often proves to be a lot more challenging than most clients realize, particularly if they have waited nearly a decade to make the switch. When it comes to making a Microsoft Exchange Server Migration to upgrade to the latest available technology, many companies believe that such a transition is as easy as pushing in button. In truth, if your company has waited to update and become comfortable in the old system, a Microsoft Exchange Server Migration often becomes a multi-step process that includes the re-training of your staff.
Important Note – The Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, Outlook 2003, Windows XP, Exchange 2010 SP2 and Windows Server 2003 will no longer be eligible for tech or updates support from Microsoft. All the lifecycles of these Microsoft products end in early April of 2015, except for Windows Server 2003 that ends in the middle of July 2015 .
- Outlook 2003 will transition out of extended support on 8th of April 2014
- Exchange Server 2003will transition out of extended support on 8th of April 2014
- Windows XP will transition out of extended support on 8th of April 2014
- Exchange 2010 SP2 will transition out of support on 8th April 2014
- Windows Server 2003will transition out of extended support on 14th of July 2015
The Challenge of a Microsoft Exchange Server Migration
At the same time, such a switch opens up new doors by expanding your technological capabilities and providing your company with the latest Microsoft Exchange Server’s innovations and tools. Zephyr Networks has the staff and the technological know-how to effectively help your company with a Microsoft Exchange Server Migration without interrupting your daily business while ensuring the safety of your data, and continuity for your employees. Recently, we helped a new client make a Microsoft Exchange Server Migration that they desperately needed since it had been over a decade since their last update.
The challenge with a Microsoft Exchange Server Migration when so much time has passed is the multiple steps needed in the process. Since the company was still operating with the 2003 version of the Microsoft Exchange Server, they had missed several versions. In fact, Microsoft Exchange 2003 is no longer supported by Microsoft. Microsoft almost takes for granted that a company, at the very least, has updated to the 2007 Microsoft Exchange Server version. But the reality is many companies are still using Exchange Server 2003.
Two-Step Migration To The 2013 Microsoft Exchange Server
In order to protect the ongoing fluidity of the company’s email processes while keeping the past data secure, Zephyr Networks needed to take a two-step approach to the migration process. First, their present 2003 Microsoft Exchange Server was migrated to the 2007 Microsoft Exchange Server version. Although the staff was given information about this initial migration, it was done during downtime when there was less demand on the system. In the second step, Zephyr Networks was able to bypass the 2010 Microsoft Exchange Server update and migrate directly to the latest 2013 Microsoft Exchange Server. By making a two-step leap, although it took more time, it ensured the integrity of the existing system and data while guaranteeing a clean Microsoft Exchange Server Migration to the latest version. End users saw little change in their daily activities but were quickly able to use the enhanced capabilities.
Advantage of Microsoft Exchange Server Migration to 2013
After the Microsoft Exchange Server Migration, Zephyr Networks helped train the company’s employees in the effective use of the new system. Beyond on-the-site training, we provided access to the best online tutorials and training manuals provided by Microsoft. In addition, if any problem came up after the Microsoft Exchange Server Migration, we were one phone call away from a solution.
On the Microsoft website, the advantages of making a Microsoft Exchange Server Migration to the 2013 version are clearly laid out. Unlike the 2003 version, the latest Exchange lets a company tailor their solution based on their unique needs, ensuring that their communications are always available in light of the rise of mobile technologies. While protecting a company with the latest Microsoft safeguard, the 2013 Microsoft Exchange Server increases productivity by helping employees manage increasing volumes of communications across multiple devices and work together more effectively as teams.
Zephyr Networks Can Help Your Company
If your company already has been using the Microsoft Exchange Server system, Zephyr Networks can help you with any Microsoft Exchange Server Migration needs while address any other information technology issues at hand. Whether you want to move to the private cloud or improve your network security, we can help. If you are not using Microsoft Exchange Server already, we also can offer a variety of options that might be better suited for your business needs, saving you both time and money. To find out how Zephyr Networks can help your company, please call (800) 884-7559 today for a free consultation with one of our information technology and networking support experts.
A private cloud offers a distinct and secure cloud-based environment in which only the specified client can operate, thus avoiding the dangers of the public cloud while offering the benefits of virtualization. As with other cloud models, private clouds deliver computing power to your company as a service within a virtualized environment that has an underlying pool of physical computing resources. With a secure data services center based in Orange County, Zephyr Networks offers the best in private cloud options and solutions.
Private Cloud Model at Zephyr Networks
The difference between the private cloud model offered by Zephyr Networks and the public cloud offered by Google and other Internet giants is simple to illustrate. Like the picture at the right, your company needs the security of a classic white picket fence. You need to know your data and information is safe. Although the most important aspects of your computing requirements remain virtualized, the private cloud offers an advanced level of security and privacy. Such security has become a necessity for many businesses in this day and age.
When a data breach could mean the end of your business and possible lawsuits, a private cloud is the answer that your business needs. When compliance regulations are growing from both a state and federal perspective in terms of client information, a private cloud offers the protection needed to stay in compliance. From HIPAA to complex financial regulations, the private cloud avoids the problems that data breaches of the public cloud have made so common.
No Maintenance + Reliable Power Backups
A key advantage of a private cloud like at the Zephyr Data Services Center is you no longer have to worry about ongoing maintenance. You don’t have to worry about cooling your server rooms or any other technical issues because we do everything for you. More importantly, all maintenance questions are covered, turned into reliable answers.
In the modern world of 24/7 business, can you afford a time out period for your business because of power issues? With the recent heat wave and the resulting rolling blackouts, many companies were temporarily crippled. Imagine the business lost and the opportunities tossed out the door. By relying on the Zephyr Data Services Center, you have the power back-ups and cooling reliability that your business needs to guarantee success.
Public Cloud Dangers vs. Private Cloud Security
A public cloud has multiple clients accessing virtualized services and resources from the same pool of servers across public networks. In contrast, the private cloud draws on a distinct pool of protected physical servers and computers. Hosted externally at the Zephyr Data Services Center, these resources and services are accessed across private leased lines or secure encrypted connections via public networks. The benefits of such managed services are multiple with protection and reliability being high on the list.
The additional security offered by the ring fenced cloud model is ideal for any organization that needs to process private data or carry out sensitive tasks. For example, a financial company that is required by regulation to store sensitive data internally should utilize a private cloud service. At the same time, such a company wants to benefit the advantages of cloud computing within their business infrastructure, such as on demand resource allocation.
Learn More About The Zephyr Private Cloud
By accessing a private cloud, the security and the flexibility go hand-in-hand or server-to server with a tailored array of services offered. The private cloud model is closer to the more traditional model of individual local access networks (LANs) used in the past, but with the added advantages of virtualization. If you want to know more about the private cloud opportunities offered by Zephyr Networks, please contact us today for a free consultation.
Do you have any idea how high the risk of a data breach is for your small business? For every high-profile case like the Target data breach at the end of 2013, there are hundreds of data breaches experienced by small businesses owners across the country. If you thought there was no risk of a data breach because it only happens to the big boys and your confidential information is safe because of your size, you couldn’t be more wrong.
Since January 2012, California has seen the equivalent a major data breach every 2-½ days, and those include only the data breaches that have been reported. The risk of a data breach is increasing by the day. The majority of data breaches often go unreported and, even more frightening, many go unnoticed.
The Risk Of A Data Breach
Jason Oxman, chief executive of the Electronic Transactions Association, told the Los Angeles times that, “We are absolutely facing an epidemic of attacks on our nation’s infrastructure and attempts to gain access to information… smaller merchants tend to be easier and more attractive targets for cyber criminals.” Although the big problems like Heartbleed make headlines, the threats to confidential data held by everyday enterprises – dentist offices, colleges, financial consultants, Specialty Retailers and the list goes on and on – tend to fly under the radar. This reality does not surprise Zephyr Networks.
The dark underside of the current American economy is populated by not only the prototypical nerdy hackers, but by organized crime operatives who steal office computers and ex-employees who take the information given in trusted confidence and sell it to the highest bidder. The risk of a data breach comes from many different dark sources.
If more than 500 Californians are affected, the institution must give the attorney general’s office a copy of the advisory letter sent to potential victims. More than 380 of these letters have been posted since the program began in January 2012 — which equates to a major breach in the state every 2-½ days.
Risk Of A Data Breach Growing
Still, these are only the companies coming forward, admitting what has happened to them, and taking responsibility. The risk of a data breach also includes the risk of losing business due to the scandal. A good percentage of small to mid-sized companies hit by data breaches bury the truth. Such a bad decision is the result of the fear that a data breach will permanently damage their business. What is problematic is their fear is based in reality because public data breaches often erode a company’s client base while damaging their reputation. This is the price brought on by casually accepting the risk of a data breach.
Despite the prevalence of data breaches and equipment thefts, many small firms know little or nothing about cybersecurity. The National Small Business Association reported that 44% of respondents to a survey last year had been victims of at least one cyberattack or data breach, with an average $8,699.48 cost for each breach. Accepting the risk of a data breach often proves costly.
Understanding The Risk Of A Data Breach
Zephyr Networks understands that California’s size and wealth make its businesses a popular target. Companies that process, store or transmit credit and debit card data are expected by card companies and payment processors to abide by the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, a checklist of protocols known as PCI. But many of the 8 million U.S. businesses that accept credit and debit cards simply ignore this requirement.
Small-business owners often leave themselves vulnerable, increasing the risk of a data breach, by browsing social media or messaging friends on the same computer used to process financials. Others allow employees to log in to company networks remotely using easily stolen passwords or credentials. “It’s an economic calculation for a small merchant — is it more expensive to secure the network, or pay for the damages that may result if not?” Oxman said. “But many don’t consider the possible reputational harm. If you’re a small business, you might not be able to withstand the drop in business that might result from a breach.”
Minimizing The Risk Of A Data Breach
If you are a small business in Orange County, Zephyr Networks has a proven history of providing cybersecurity solutions that are affordable and tailored for each specific company. We know how to miminize the risk of a data breach for your company. To find out more, please contact Zephyr Networks by calling 800.884.7559.
Zephyr Networks Integrates Different Technologies And Cloud Potential To Improve Client Productivity And Profitability
When it comes to managing the IT needs of our clients, Zephyr Networks takes a proactive approach towards Cloud potential. We understand that a company hires an information technology services provider in order to improve both productivity and profitability. After all, when it comes to business, the bottom line remains the bottom line. By integrating new and different technologies that jibe with Cloud potential into a client’s company framework and employee infrastructure, we help turns abstract ideas about productivity and profitability into working realities.
Zephyr Networks understands that with the expansion of network capabilities and the proliferation of new devices, the base employee computer station is no longer what it once was. By focusing on integration and believing in Cloud potential in the form of Cloud computing, we allow information technology solutions to work across a variety of platforms while avoiding conflicts and bugs. Our goal is to help you lower operation costs while providing access to the latest technological solutions so you can keep up with the competition.
Cloud Potential Means Google Drive
A perfect example is when one of our clients wanted to have employee’s update their work files with client and sales information remotely. At the same time, they did not want to pay for every employee to have a laptop with the resulting Wi-Fi costs. Zephyr Networks offered the solution of combining Google Apps with iPads to foster better, cheaper and faster results. Integrating a Google Drive solution with the cloud-based PDF Expert application, the employees could fill out PDF files remotely and load them to their Google Drives using cloud technologies. Full Wi-Fi accounts and laptop computers were not needed to accomplish the goals of the company.
By fully taking advantage of Cloud Storage and Servers, companies can be relieved of the ongoing maintenance burden of their own servers. Zephyr Networks has become experts at integrating Cloud Programs and Cloud Solutions with the local systems of our client companies. At the same time, we help with security credential management to ensure network security and data security.
The Evolution of Cloud Potential
As we like to tell our new clients with a smile, Cloud potential quickly is evolving into the new mainframe of the world. If you can, imagine the mainframe concept of your own servers on a global scale in the form of the Cloud. If you want to learn more about our proactive solutions for IT services, please call us toll free at (800) 884-7559 or fill out our handy contact form.