October 23, 2017

Protect Your Digital Business By Learning How Cybersecurity Has Evolved To Become A Top Priority In 2016

In the 21st century, Zephyr Networks has found that the complexities of digital business in an algorithmic economy have significantly increase the dangers faced by companies across the board. After all, what business is not a digital business with an online presence to at least a certain extent in 2016? As the hacker industry becomes an emergent reality, every digital business is vulnerable with size, geography and industry no longer being the main determinate risk factors. While most companies rely on perimeter defense and rule-based security, such an old-fashioned approach to cybersecurity is no longer adequate.

Digital Business = Cybersecurity Priority

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Digital Business Equals Cybersecurity Needed

Given the evolution into cloud-based services, your company needs the support that allows threats to be both detected and responded to in real time. Beyond blocking and other past measures to prevent attacks, you need to realize that cybersecurity includes an intrinsic approach to dealing with threats that overcome traditional barriers. The new adaptive security architecture offered by Zephyr Networks evolves and grows to meet emerging threats.

Today’s hackers are now using negative machine learning. Machine learning is a field of computer science that leverages pattern recognition algorithms. Negative machine learning is when this technology is employed for malicious purposes. In 2016, hackers will use negative machine learning more broadly. As a result, positive machine learning needs to be employed to keep up with and even pre-empt sophisticated cyber attacks. Although positive machine learning has been a part of all cybersecurity options for years, only now is it being adapted to respond to negative machine learning.

Machine Learning And Digital Business

As Hackers broaden their targeting and expand their range beyond the specific, cyber targets have significantly increased. No longer will your company be specifically targeted. Rather, the cyber vulnerabilities of your company will turn your business into a target, regardless of size, industry or geography. If there is an opening found, the hackers will take advantage of it.

As data becomes more contextually rich, it becomes more valuable to cybercriminals once it is shown to be vulnerable. Suddenly, the context is not as important as the opportunity. The growing risk of attack will require next-generation techniques for cybersecurity, including improvements in identity access management and now information management.

Even more importantly, public clouds need security system architectures that protect the private companies operating within this matrix. Acceptable risk levels and controls radically shift once a private company with context-rich intellectual property and proprietary information becomes part of a public cloud. Zephyr Networks has designed protocols and strategies to address such issues while also offering private cloud access.

Positive Machine Learning For Your Digital Business

Although positive machine learning algorithms have been used by security applications for years with varying success, big data analytics in the cloud is changing the potential effectiveness of these applications. Since Zephyr Networks runs our own data centers, managing a private cloud for our clients, we help ensure safety beyond the dangers of the public cloud. Our goal is to help make sure your company is protected from hackers. By working with Zephyr Networks, you can make cybersecurity a priority in 2016.

Bi-Modal IT As The Vehicle For Your Company’s Safe Migration To The Hybrid Cloud

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.

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Three Essential 2016 IT Trends To Understand To Ensure The Future Success Of Your Business

As leaders in providing information technology services and networking support in Orange County, Zephyr Networks understands and adapts to constantly evolving IT trends. The rise of mobile technology and private cloud services are two key examples of this ongoing evolution. What business owners need to understand is that everyone is connected to everyone, everywhere, all the time. Since such an intense and expansive level of connection is now available, the opportunities and the risks exist side-by-side.

At Zephyr Networks, our goal is to help you take advantage of the opportunities to improve the profit margins and the productivity of your business while minimizing the risks. In terms of this article, our focus will be on taking advantage of three essential 2016 IT trends to help ensure the future success of your business. In our next article, we will highlight the dangers of cybercrime in 2016 and how to improve your cybersecurity in order to minimize the risks.

Three Essential 2016 IT Trends —

  1. Taking Advantage of The Device Mesh
  2. Greater Emphasis on Private Cloud & Data Center Services
  3. Fast Data Processing Becomes More Accessible

1) Taking Advantage of The Device Mesh

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2016 IT Trends Include The Device Mesh

In 2016, your awareness of the device mesh will go from a “What the heck is a device mesh?” to “Are all of our employee’s devices connected and optimized for the device mesh?” The device mesh includes traditional business computing, mobile devices like smart phones and tablets, new forms of wearable technology, and a bevy of consumer and home electronic and automotive devices. In the post-mobile world, the device mesh extends the connective range of the user to just about everywhere.

Even more importantly, it extends the range of your employees. Suddenly, they can be doing work and accessing proprietary information while on the go; in restaurants, on airplanes and even while commuting to work. As the device mesh grows, greater cooperative interaction between devices needs to emerge. Moreover, user experience of websites and online services must be optimized to meet the needs of this new bevy of devices. If your customer can’t see your offerings on their smart phone, they won’t remain your customer for very long.

In terms of your business, Zephyr Networks can help your company make the device mesh work for you while ensuring the security of your proprietary data across multiple platforms. Isn’t it essential that your employees can do their work safely and efficiently across multiple platforms? The device mesh should not be a spider’s web that entraps your company, but an array of exciting opportunities that help your expand your technological reach.

2) An Emphasis on Private Cloud & Data Center Services

InfoWorld’s David Linthicum has suggested that 2016 will be the year when the phase “cloud computing” is retired. Instead, people will go back to simply saying “computing” because the cloud has become that essential to the modern world. Zephyr Networks agrees with this belief, although the transition in the lexicon might take a little longer. After all, the adoption of new technological opportunities is always slower than expected as business owners resist change. Given this resistance, Zephyr Networks now provides a private cloud and data center services audit for our clients, providing an education side-by-side with a description of how this technological opportunity can help your company.

The most important access of a private cloud is so obvious that it almost feels absurd to say it aloud: Privacy and Autonomy for Your Company. Rather than being a little fish in the ocean, threatened by larger predators and pollution and anything else you can imagine, your company becomes a big fish in its own pond, protecting your company’s data while accessing a tailored package of services that make sense for your business. The focus of a private cloud and data center services audit is to understand exactly what your company needs to continue on its path of success. To learn more about how Zephyr Networks can help you keep pace with this 2016 IT trend, please contact us today.

3) Fast Data Processing Becomes More Accessible

In 2016, the fast data processing speeds used by Netflix and Amazon will now be accessible for small to mid-sized companies. Rather than be restricted to slower online processing speeds offered by cable companies and the like, your company can become a modern racecar without taking unnecessary risks. The goal of Zephyr Networks is to provide your company with the high performance technology options needed to succeed in today’s world.

The private cloud and low latency data center services offered by Zephyr Networks can help a small to mid-sized company succeed by accessing the benefits of fast data processing. Zephyr Networks believes that small to mid-sized companies to access the fast data processing capabilities of larger companies. With our Level 3 Data Centers, your company can access the data processing speed with low latency that is used by the Internet giants.

The data center services team at Zephyr Networks understand that your business needs high performance technology with super fast Internet speed. By offering the very best in private cloud and networking support, we can make this happen. To learn how Zephyr Networks can help your company take advantage of these 2016 IT trends, please call Zephyr Networks today by calling (800) 884-7559.

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

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Your Company’s 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.

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Zephyr Networks Is Your Pit Crew In The Cloud

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.

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Your Company’s Checkered Flag

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.

How To Avoid 3 Technological Office Time Sucks That Could Hurt Your Company’s Productivity In 2016

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Technological Office Time Sucks

Your company needs to avoid technological office time sucks in 2016 to be more productive and profitable. Given the omnipresent role of technology in the modern world, Zephyr Networks understands how frustrating it can be when your productivity seems to be going down and not up.

With all of the wonders of modern computing and communication, shouldn’t your productivity be shooting through the roof? Shouldn’t you have more time than ever to get your job done?

Zephyr Networks wants to help your company avoid technological office time sucks in

Increasing Productivity In The Modern World

By facing up to and avoiding three modern time sucks, Zephyr Networks wants to offer you this easy guide to becoming more productive. By following these simple suggestions – we admit the first two are easier to implement than the third – you will discover that modern technology once again becomes a positive as opposed to a negative. You will be able to get out of your own way by ambushing these 3 productivity killers in advance, optimizing not just your workday, but increasing your personal happiness as well.

3 Technological Time Sucks To Avoid

By addressing these three technological office time sucks that Zephyr Networks can help your company avoid, you will be back on the road to optimizing your company’s productivity and profitability.

1) The Quicksand of Social Media

The simple truth is that 75% of the time that people spend on social media is just a big waste of time. But the addiction creeps up on you and takes over. It happens to the best of us. At work, you start wondering what might be happening on Facebook or Twitter. Why not take a quick peek? You just want to make sure that your significant other or your kids aren’t posting anything stupid or your friends aren’t planning a big party without you. Innocent, right? Not so much.

Zephyr Networks can provide content filtering for your office computers that prevent access to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and whatever other social media websites are distracting your employees.
When it comes to such filters, the preferences of marketing departments to use social media for research can be a problem. Selective filters for different departments can prevent such problems.

Social Media Filters = A More Productive Office

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Social Media Quicksand

Compulsive social media checks are a definite example of technological office time sucks. Checking Facebook and Twitter throughout the day can add up to hours a week of lost work time. More importantly, they take your employees out of the flow of their work.

If employees want to check Facebook or Twitter, they can schedule social media time during their lunch breaks and check Facebook and Twitter on their phones. Your employees might grumble a bit, but who cares if they end up being more productive and your company ends up being more profitable.

2) The Stampede Of Too Much Email

Email is impossible to avoid in today’s world, but the flood of spam, personal content and useless messages can hurt a business. Why is your workplace email box overflowing with hundreds of emails every day? Zephyr Networks have learned from experience that being too connected can be a major productivity killer. Why do you employees need to be connected to a flow of information that distracts them from their work? Such distractions are downright damaging.

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The Stampede of Social Media

When it comes to your email inbox, you need to take a structured approach. Automate some basic email tasks to help you prioritize your inbox. Most emails don’t need to be replied to and many more don’t need to be read. If you are going through every email in your inbox every day, you are wasting a tremendous amount of time.

Your office email box should not be one more of the  technological office time sucks hurting your business. It should be segmented like a Gmail inbox where messages are divided between primary, social and promotional. The latter two should be ignored during the workday. By having your employees segment their Inboxes, they will save a lot of time. You also can have your employees use a separate email for work that focuses exclusively on business essentials.

3) The Freedom Of Cloud Computing

Okay, Zephyr Networks understands how this solution is the hardest to implement and it doesn’t have to be done overnight or in one fell swoop. However, isn’t it time for your company to embrace the freedom of cloud computing and remote work opportunities? Are both the morning and evening commute sucking valuable hours from your employee’s workdays? In most big cities, employees that commute to work five days a week lose over 10 hours of potential productivity.

Fortunately, thanks to cloud computing, working remotely is easier than ever. With web-based software and collaboration tools, office workers can get everything done even when they’re miles away from home base. Telecommuting is growing quickly as remote employees report higher productivity and morale.

Cloud Computing = Remote Productivity

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Access The Freedom of Cloud Computing

Even if you can’t work remotely all the time, you may be able to slightly shift your work schedule so you’re not traveling at rush hour. Couldn’t some employees handle the first part of your workday from home before they make that commute? By avoiding rush hour, they’ll be saving time and relieving stress.

Working remotely can remove unwanted distractions at the office and help employees focus on what they do best. By giving them set goals to accomplish, they will become responsible for their own time on the clock. If they fail to accomplish the set goals, take away the privilege of being allowed to work remotely part time. When such a punishment becomes a reality, you will be amazed at how much more productive your employees become when working remotely.

Zephyr Networks Can Help

Zephyr Networks specializes in helping our client companies take advantage of cloud computing opportunities that can help their business. Our goal is to help make modern technology work for you. By avoiding the above time sucks and optimizing your office’s relationship to modern technology and networking, you can increase productivity and profitability.

To learn more about how Zephyr Networks can help your company avoid technological office time sucks in 2016, please contact us today by calling (800) 884-7559.

Why Should Microsoft Or Amazon Be Gatekeepers Of Your Company’s Private Data?

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?

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Your Company’s Private Data

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.

Modern Cyber Criminals Are A Real Threat To Your Company’s Onsite Servers

Cyber criminals are a real threat to your company Zephyr Networks wants to be sure that small to mid-sized business owners across Orange California in particular and Southern California as a whole are aware of the criminal dangers that can threaten their company’s servers. Beyond the remote cyber security threats, onsite hacking due to a lack of security in your office server rooms is a danger as well. Still, remote cyber security threats and hacking dangers to your servers remain the number one danger.

The Threat of Cyber Criminals

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The Real Threat of Cyber Criminals

Recent revelations about the hacking forum Darkode proved to be truly frightening. Upon being taken down by the Justice Department, it was discovered that the hackers were making malware to create networks of malware-infected “zombie” computers to perform automated criminal tasks online without the user’s knowledge. The zombie computers could be used to do just about anything within a hacker’s realm of power. Nobody is immune to such 21st century threats. Such dangers exist for your company as well.

A zombie is a computer connected to the Internet that has been compromised by a hacker. Such a computer can be used to perform malicious tasks of one sort or another under remote direction. Potential threats of cyber criminals could greatly undermine your business by compromising your servers are real.

Cyber Criminals – Onsite Threats To Servers

Criminal threats to your company’s servers exist because security in office server rooms is often nonexistent. Beyond remote hacking with zombie computers, if thieves that are hackers with computer capabilities break into your offices in the night or during a holiday, they literally can steal everything. More and more of these cyber criminals exist, particularly within local organized crime gangs and syndicates that see private business information, intellectual property, and computers as the new criminal frontier.

Once experienced cyber criminals are actually in your office and in front of the server hardware, it is so much easier for them to access what they want to steal. By tackling servers head-on, cyber criminals can capture all of your company’s data and information. Imagine a kidnapping of everything on your company’s servers and the compromising of all of your databases. Once the kidnappers are gone, there will be no ransom demands; the data is taken for good.

Advanced Security Of The Irvine Data Center

At the Irvine data center of Zephyr Networks, our security team’s monitoring tools function 24-7. If something happens that is not copasetic, our security team is immediately alerted. The Irvine Data Center has security designed to address HIPAA, SOX, and other compliance challenges where client and company information must be protected. We make sure both cyber criminals and onsite thieves are unable to steal your company’s data and intellectual property.

Zephyr Networks offers local safety for the modern remote world. Our data center team helps your business avoid problems that could undermine your profitability and productivity. You can set-up a free informational tour of the Irvine data center site with Zephyr Networks so you can see our capabilities for yourself. To learn more about the advantages of the Zephyr Networks Irvine Data Center, please contact us today by calling (800) 884-7559.

Are Cleaning Mishaps And Janitorial Negligence Threatening Your Company’s Onsite Servers?

Are your company’s onsite servers safe? A major reason why Zephyr Networks chose to take on the responsibility of managing our own Irvine Data Center was to provide our clients with a higher level of security. When it comes to protecting your company’s valuable data and information stored on servers, you need a guaranteed sense that safety is a number one priority. Do you realize how often cleaning mishaps and janitorial negligence can threaten and damage a company’s onsite servers?

Are Your Onsite Servers Really Safe?

It almost seems absurd that casual accidents actually could jeopardize your company’s servers and data when you are not in the office. What’s crazy is that Zephyr Networks has witnessed such damage to private onsite servers time and time again. A lack of security and proper safety protocols often leads to damage on account of cleaning mishaps and janitorial negligence.

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A wet floor can lead to disaster for onsite servers

When it comes to onsite servers, beyond the external security of the building and a locked door or two, there tends to be an utter lack of the security needed to prevent careless accidents. First, Janitorial staff and cleaning companies circumvent the first level of security because they are given access to the building. Second, when it comes time to do the weekly janitorial work or deeper cleanings by an outside agency, the cleaning staff tends to be given access to the whole building. Doesn’t your maintenance staff have a master set of keys and the freedom to enter all the rooms? Such universal access includes access to the supposedly secure spaces where a company’s onsite servers are housed.

Casual Cleaning Mistakes Innocent But Deadly

Zephyr Networks is not implying a nefarious conspiracy by janitorial staff and cleaning agencies to destroy company servers. When such mishaps happen, they are innocent in nature, but still deadly. There have been too many examples of office maids, carpet cleaning companies, and janitors accidentally bumping into servers while they execute their work. As a result, not only is the work executed, but the innocent servers are sacrificed as well. When cleaning, they spray chemicals and use cleaning products that can hurt the machines and the advanced technology of the servers. Can you imagine one of those huge office carpet-cleaning machines banging into one of your onsite servers?

Avoid Janitorial Negligence & Cleaning Mishaps

Zephyr Networks has seen first-hand the immediate result of such careless accidents; everything gets shut down. If the internal server security system interprets the bumps and thumps as a threat, they go into lockdown mode and need to be completely rebooted. Your business could be shut down on Monday morning because of something that happened on Saturday when you were at the beach with your kids. Does taking such a risk make any sense?

This is the advantage of working with Zephyr Networks and embracing our Irvine Data Center (Grupo SMS). We provide a smart answer to these external threats. Naturally, our Irvine Data Center is regulated to deal with natural disasters, flooding, electrical outages and the like. More importantly, our excellent security at both locations avoids human error, whether criminal or just downright negligence. We don’t allow outside cleaning vendors to go near our servers. Our number one goal is to protect your valuable company data from every external threat, including careless mishaps and ignorant mistakes.

Protect Your Company’s Servers

Don’t let your onsite servers become a liability for your company. To learn more about the advantages of the Zephyr Networks Irvine Data Center and our data center services, please contact us today by calling (800) 884-7559.

Zephyr Networks Offers Holiday Upgrades Of The Latest Technology That Could Help With 2014 Tax Savings

Holiday upgrades equal the rare combination of a smooth transition married to cost-saving tax incentives. With Thanksgiving over and Christmas right around the corner, Zephyr Networks is offering our clients and new potential clients a way to save money while improving their technological capabilities. End of the year tax incentives equal the ability to reduce your company’s 2014 tax burden. By spending money today on holiday upgrades, improving computing and networking systems, you will have them up and running by the end of the year.

Holiday Upgrades Can Mean Tax Savings

The idea is to get spending on the books now by having new computer upgrades up and running before the end of the year. If the systems are in place by year’s end, the expense can offset profits, lowering your taxes later. By purchasing new equipment like computers, tablets and mobile phones that are tax deductible as legitimate business expenses, you create tax savings in 2015. Such opportunities are a big reason why the Zephyr Networks team works through the holidays.

In addition, by working through the holidays, we assure our client that any new technologies or computer upgrades are integrated into your company with as easy of a transition as possible. During the holiday season, interruption is minor. Such downtime means it’s the perfect time for a major upgrade and a smooth migration. While the competition is off skiing, Zephyr Networks is working hard for your company to give you that competitive edge in 2015.

Zephyr Advantage = Holiday Upgrades Installed

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Zephyr Networks Holiday Upgrades Mean Saving Money

Any good accountant will tell you that spending money on better equipment and technological upgrades at the end of the year is a great way to offset profits. By using funds spent on holiday upgrades as company tax deductions, technological upgrades truly become holiday upgrades. After all, isn’t the best-looking version of Santa the one that looks a little like more Benjamin Franklins in your pocket?

The bigger bonus of holiday upgrades is that the newer, more cutting edge equipment delivers greater reliability and greater security. You also can upgrade your network security software and virus protection capabilities, providing the safety your business deserves while doing some smart tax planning. The majority of such computing, networking and mobile offerings are tax deductible as legitimate business expenses. Still, at Zephyr Networks we do not pretend to be accountants. As computer networking, information technology and cybersecurity experts, we recommend you talk to your accountant.

Holiday Upgrades Make Sense

Without question, however, in today’s day and age when the latest computer hardware and mobile devices are improving at such a rapid pace, making a smart holiday upgrades make sense. With better and faster mobile devices like the latest tablets and smartphones, your employees can have what they need to do their jobs effectively wherever they happen to be. Such an expense is money well spent because you are improving your company’s capabilities while reducing its tax burden.

Through a free consultation, Zephyr Networks will examine your year-end technological needs and make specific recommendations about what upgrades to purchase before 2014 is over. If new equipment is needed, we will explain what is needed and why it is needed. As a new client, we will help integrate the new upgrades into your company’s technological culture and train your staff when needed.

Time To Take Action Is Now

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Your Holiday Upgrades Up & Running By 2015

An accountant friend of Zephyr Networks told us that Congress has not extended section 179 of the tax code that corresponds to accelerated depreciation. As a result, if businesses want to take advantage of accelerated depreciation they need to have the new hardware and software in place and functioning before midnight January 1st, 2015. Zephyr Networks can make this happen, and this is why we work through the holiday season, installing holiday upgrades of computer equipment and networking solutions. While you are on holiday, Zephyr Networks will be working to get your holiday upgrades up and running.

According to the accountant, cloud computing services could be a workaround. If your company signs up for cloud based services, colocation, virtual private servers, or dedicated servers before the end of 2014, your business does not have to put the entire investment on their books today. Still, since the Zephyr Network’s private cloud is already in place and operational, you can expense the entire licensing for cloud computing immediately. When it comes to holiday upgrades, this makes good sense. Please check with your company’s accounting firm to see if such an option works for you.

Call Zephyr Networks To Learn More

To learn more about holiday upgrades as 2014 comes to a close, please contact Zephyr Networks today by calling (800) 884-7559.

 

Disclaimer: Zephyr Networks is not an accounting firm so we are not offering any accounting direction, advice or feedback. We strongly recommend you consult with a licensed CPA to receive expert clarification about any points raised in this opinion piece. In addition, this article presents only a partial view of the subject matter. It does not claim or attempt to be comprehensive or perfectly accurate. Pursuant to U.S. Treasury Department Regulations, any federal tax commentary in this article is not intended or written to be used for the purpose of (i) avoiding tax-related penalties under the Internal Revenue Code or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any tax-related matters addressed herein.

 

What Is A Private Cloud And Why It Makes The Most Sense For Your Business

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

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Security of the Private Cloud

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

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The Zephyr Data Services Center

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.

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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.